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Think Tank Watch
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First Thoughts on Piketty I have been reading Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the 21st Century." It is truly an impressive work, and I am much enjoying it. I have recently organized a session at the upcoming AEA meeting (January in Boston), where David Weil, Alan Auerbach, and I will be discussing the book, followed by a response from Professor Piketty. Let me offer a few immediate reactions. The book has three main elements: A history of inequality and wealth. Point 2 is highly conjectural. Point 3 is as much about Piketty’s personal political philosophy as it is about his economics. The bottom line: You can appreciate his economic history without buying into his forecast.

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Astroturf Astroturf refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms. Definitions Campaigns & Elections magazine defines astroturf as a "grassroots program that involves the instant manufacturing of public support for a point of view in which either uninformed activists are recruited or means of deception are used to recruit them." Journalist William Greider has coined his own term to describe corporate grassroots organizing. He calls it "democracy for hire." Unlike genuine grassroots activism which tends to be money-poor but people-rich, astroturf campaigns are typically people-poor but cash-rich. Astroturf techniques have been used to: Sometimes genuine grassroots organizations are recruited into corporate-funded campaigns. NeoCon Astroturf Libertarian Astroturf Coal industry Astroturf ACCCE and Bonner & Associates FACES of Coal References

think tanks, Schema-Root news Wed. April 16, 2014 Radio Australia April 16, 2014 EX-RN-SYD A new report on logging in Papua New Guinea by leading British think-tank Chatham House has found illegal practices are widespread and transparency in the industry is among the worst in the world. WhaTech Global Business intelligence (BI) and analytics software vendor, Yellowfin, has announced that it will hold a series training workshops directly following its 2014 think tank conference. think tank is Yellowfin's annual BI conference. think tank 2014 ... Terrace Standard BARRING A last minute infusion of money, a northwest resources think tank formed in 2009 is poised to shut down. WantChinaTimes The economic think tank said on Tuesday that Taiwan's economy would grow 3.05% this year, 0.02 percentage points higher than the 3.03% growth it forecast last December, citing an economic recovery in the United States and Europe. MSN Money NL Times Middle East Monitor US should save Egypt from a looming solvency crisis, think tank. Global Times

New Bill Helps Expand Public Access to Scientific Knowledge Internet users around the world got a Valentine's Day present yesterday in the form of new legislation that requires U.S. government agencies to improve public access to federally funded research. The proposed mandate, called the Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act, or FASTR (PDF), is simple. Agencies like the National Science Foundation, which invests millions of taxpayer dollars in scientific research every year, must design and implement a plan to facilitate public access to—and robust reuse of—the results of that investment. Compare that to the traditional system, which gives journal publishers substantial control over access to academic work, even though they don't pay a dime in exchange to the authors who do the research, the peer-reviewers who vet the research, or the institutions that help make it possible. The proposed changes reflect but also improve upon National Institutes of Health’s public access policy. The bill isn't perfect.

Psychopaths Rule the World Congressional Pig Book | Citizens Against Government Waste Watch the latest video at <a href=" Introduction For the second time since Congress enacted an earmark moratorium beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2011, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has found earmarks in the 12 appropriations bills funding the federal government. While a single earmark violates the moratorium, at least the number and cost of the earmarks contained in H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, decreased from FY 2012, the last time Congress passed the spending bills. The 2012 Pig Book noted that although there were fewer earmarks than in prior years, the projects involved larger amounts of money and included fewer details. The 2014 omnibus package was certified as earmark-free by Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). The projects in this year’s Congressional Pig Book Summary symbolize the most blatant examples of pork. I. III. IV. V.

Think tanks A think tank (also called a policy institute) is an organization, institute, corporation, or group that conducts research and engages in advocacy in public policy.[1] Many think tanks are non-profit organizations, which some countries such as the United States and Canada provide with tax exempt status. While many think tanks are funded by governments, interest groups, or businesses, some think tanks also derive income from consulting or research work related to their mandate.[2] In some cases, think tanks are little more than public relations fronts, usually headquartered in state or national seats of government and generating self-serving scholarship that serves the advocacy goals of their industry sponsors. Of course, some think tanks are more legitimate than that. "We've got think tanks the way other towns have firehouses," Washington Post columnist Joel Achenbach says. Think tanks are funded primarily by large businesses and major foundations. US Government Global examples US Examples

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