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Transformers 4 is a master class in economics Transformers: Age of Extinction is the fourth Transformers movie made by Michael Bay, and it's inarguably one of the four best Transformers movies Michael Bay has ever made. Even so, a lot of "critics" seem to have misread the movie entirely. At the New York Times, A.O. Scott frets over the film's "narrative incoherence." Transformers 4 is a master class in economics
How ISIS is exploiting the economics of Syria's civil war
The guy who beat Eric Cantor penned a scathing, seemingly unpublished book about the economics profession
Noam Chomsky (2014) "How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways"
The farm bill: A trillion in the trough
CBO: Obamacare Is A Tax On Work, May Cut Full-Time Workforce By 2.5 Million
Economics Daily Digest: Progressives have a lot to celebrate and fight for By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. The 25 Best Progressive Victories of 2013 (HuffPo) Economics Daily Digest: Progressives have a lot to celebrate and fight for
US economy grew at surprise 2.8% rate in 3rd quarter
US economy grew at surprise 2.8% rate in 3rd quarter
Market Awaits 'Unprecedented' Reforms In China
Emerging economies: The Great Deceleration Emerging economies: The Great Deceleration WHEN a champion sprinter falls short of his best speeds, it takes a while to determine whether he is temporarily on poor form or has permanently lost his edge. The same is true with emerging markets, the world economy’s 21st-century sprinters. After a decade of surging growth, in which they led a global boom and then helped pull the world economy forwards in the face of the financial crisis, the emerging giants have slowed sharply. China will be lucky if it manages to hit its official target of 7.5% growth in 2013, a far cry from the double-digit rates that the country had come to expect in the 2000s. Growth in India (around 5%), Brazil and Russia (around 2.5%) is barely half what it was at the height of the boom.
America’s public finances: The Unsteady States of America
λόγος λόγος "Logic might be imagined to exist independent of writing - syllogisms can be spoken as well as written - but it did not. Speech is too fleeting to allow for analysis. Logic descended from the written word, in Greece, as well as India and China, where it developed independently. Logic turns the act of abstraction into a tool for determining what is true and what is false: truth can be discovered in words alone, apart from concrete experience. Logic takes its form in chains: sequences whose members connect one to another. Conclusions follow from premises.
The biggest obstacle to a stronger economic recovery Sometimes, a simple, eight-word headline can say quite a bit: “Fed Chief Calls Congress Biggest Obstacle to Growth.” The Federal Reserve’s chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said Wednesday that Congress is the largest obstacle to faster economic growth, and he warned that upcoming decisions about fiscal policy could once again undermine the nation’s recovery.“The economic recovery has continued at a moderate pace in recent quarters despite the strong headwinds created by federal fiscal policy,” Mr. Bernanke said in the opening line of his prepared remarks to a Congressional committee.Moreover, he said, Congress could make things worse later this year. “The risks remain that tight federal fiscal policy will restrain economic growth over the next few quarters by more than we currently expect, or that the debate concerning other fiscal policy issues, such as the status of the debt ceiling, will evolve in a way that could hamper the recovery,” he said. The biggest obstacle to a stronger economic recovery
This is an article about the difficulties of doing ethnography in relatively enclosed and secretive communities, based on my experience of trying to launch an ethnographic study of Hollywood. I consider (separately) the problems of doing participant observation in ‘inside’ locations, and the problems of gaining access to industry insiders for interviews. In response to the problem of doing participant observation, I propose the practice of what I call ‘interface ethnography’, attending events in which the closed institution presents itself to ‘the public’. In response to the problem of gaining access to insiders for interviews, I discuss the important role of the interviewee’s ‘interest’, whether practical or intellectual, in the project. © The Author(s) 2010 Access: Reflections on studying up in Hollywood Access: Reflections on studying up in Hollywood
IMF Warns Of Global Slowdown IMF Warns Of Global Slowdown International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday singled out the U.S. Congress for failing to avert across-the-board spending cuts that slow down potential for growth. She called U.S. deficit reduction in 2013 excessively rapid and ill-designed. Copyright © 2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use.
Formal Broadband Plans Spur Economic and Social Development Formal Broadband Plans Spur Economic and Social Development Two Asian nations – Korea and Singapore — have managed to leapfrog multiple stages of economic development and have transformed into economic miracles. This comes as no accident, in part, because both have taken a planned approach to technological development, starting with national broadband plans, which has led to increased broadband adoption, and successive waves of economic growth. A new report by the UN Broadband Commission and Cisco shows that Korea and Singapore are the most notable examples of a statistically significant trend -- Countries that embrace national broadband plans have increased broadband adoption.
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News Republic News Republic The Independent Friday, June 28, 2013 9:18 AM GMT Britain’s roads are the safest they have ever been - for everyone except cyclists. According to government statistics, road casualties have dropped to 1,754 a year - the lowest since records began in 1926. By comparison, deaths and injuries among cyclists rose sharply.
International Labor Markets: All Tree, No Forest by Jeff Van Geete on Prezi
Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail | Politics News
Sal Khan @ MIT
Starship Citizens Starship Citizens Guns end a lot more conversations than they start, which means they're probably not an ingredient for cohesive societies. Moreover, how can these weapons be the sole protection of 'inalienable' human rights, given by God, when they were only invented 600 years ago? Were my rights not sovereign prior to the 14th century - are these definitions not given by institutions of law, and therefore in no way 'inalienable'? That which is given can be taken away!
How Nations Succeed: What's the Secret to Ending Poverty?
Austerity's Spreadsheet Error - The Colbert Report - 2013-23-04
Austerity's Spreadsheet Error - Thomas Herndon - The Colbert Report - 2013-23-04
Reinhart, Rogoff Backing Furiously Away From Austerity Movement Under steady attack after their seminal research was found to be riddled with errors, Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff are making a show of backing away from the austerity that their research encouraged. They claim that their views on austerity have never changed, but the record tells a different story. They're still trying to have it both ways -- advocating for government belt-tightening while trying to avoid being seen as political.
International Labor Markets: All Tree, No Forest by Jeff Van Geete on Prezi
Reinhart, Rogoff Admit Excel Mistake, Rebut Other Critiques - Real Time Economics
Grad Student Who Shook Global Austerity Movement Thomas Herndon, Excel sleuth. Most Ph.D. students spend their days reading esoteric books and stressing out about the tenure-track job market. Thomas Herndon, a 28-year-old economics grad student at UMass Amherst, just used part of his spring semester to shake the intellectual foundation of the global austerity movement. Herndon became instantly famous in nerdy economics circles this week as the lead author of a recent paper, "Does High Public Debt Consistently Stifle Economic Growth?
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The country has lurched from one disaster to the next since 2007. Amid a rare lull, here's a modest plan of action for Congress and President Obama. Reuters Politicians have stared down so many fiscal battles and economic near-calamities during the past six years that it's unclear if they still know how to operate when they're not approaching some sort of crisis. That question hung over the capital the last two weeks, as Congress voted to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and as Washington experienced a lull between fiscal battles. If we're not in a crisis, then, really, what are we supposed to do now? url?sr=1&ct2=us%2F7_0_s_0_1_a&sa=t&usg=AFQjCNFifi1yhdLNCzkxhDzxvMdFDyz-iA&cid=52778084983329&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theatlantic
– A study on Dealers, Abusers and fake Twitter Accounts by Jason Ding, Research Scientist Many people dream of becoming popular or famous, and Twitter provides an outlet to make this possible. Most Twitter users try the standard way to get popular and gain followers: constantly tweet funny quotes or comments, discuss breaking events, or disclose information that many people want (like Guy Adams did). The Twitter Underground Economy: A Blooming Business | The Barracuda Labs Internet Security Blog
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Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future - A/42/427 Annex
U.S. Falls In World Education Rankings, Rated 'Average'
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