Archive for the ‘The Papers’ Category

Highly misleading ads disguised as articles at the WaPo

October 3rd, 2014

I’m a big fan of the WaPo, not to mention a contributor (to the very cool and eclectic PostEverything section) and a long-time subscriber. So it really took me aback to see this so-called “sponsor generated content” masquerading as a Post-produced infographic on corporate tax rates. In fact, it’s nothing more than erroneous propaganda placed there by… Read more

Labor Day Reading

September 1st, 2014

Some great articles worth a look on labor, unions, wages, and more: EJ Dionne on an exemplary employer and the workers who went to bat for him. Jon Cohn interviews one of the deepest thinkers I know on labor issues: Rich Yeselson. An important look at the problem of “wage theft” in the NYT. Bob… Read more

Weighting For Medals at Sochi

February 21st, 2014

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “total medal counts” for the Sochi Olympic Games, I always wonder, “sure, but why count all three medal levels as equal?” That is, surely gold is worth more than silver which is worth more than bronze.  Shouldn’t there be some weighting scheme to factor in those… Read more

Can “Smart Guns” Help?

February 19th, 2014

I don’t like to stray too far from my econo-lane, but I’ve long wondered whether a “smart gun” could be developed that could help minimize mass shootings in public places.  The idea would be to require chips in weapons that would essentially shut the firearm off in say, schools or movie theaters. Putting aside the… Read more

Morning Papers: Immigration Reform and the TTIP

June 18th, 2013

A few snippets that caught the under-caffeinated eye: —On immigration reform, don’t watch Rubio, watch Boehner.  That’s what Wonkblog says this AM, and I agree.  In fact, at the risk of being too reductionist in regards to what is obviously a complicated bill and legislative process, whether the bill becomes law is a function of… Read more