[Jennifer Rubin] Newt Gingrich is as clueless as he is presumptuous. Yesterday, he trekked around Florida comparing himself to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mitt Romney to the party-switching milquetoast Charlie Crist. Rubio was having none of it and in a rare moment decide to intervene in the GOP presidential race. He put out a statement: “Mitt Romney is no Charlie Crist. Romney is a conservative. And he was one of the first national Republican leaders to endorse me. He came to Florida, campaigned hard for me, and made a real difference in my race.” Boom.
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
The researchers also found that those who use social media regularly are more reluctant to express dissenting views in the offline world.
I have been following this very closely for the last week. Iceland is in for another eruption. It is fascinating how close they were to the actual day it would erupt. Scientist have been reporting the lava as it moved under the crust. This is a bad situation for Iceland because this is subglacial and can cause a jökulhlaup which is an water ice flood. This thread will continue to update through the night.
No one I read explains money matters better than Frances Coppola. Here she begins a series on the changing nature of money.
These days, nearly all forms of money bear interest, which makes them indistinguishable from interest-bearing assets. [T]he paying of interest on bank reserves, coupled with the decline of physical currency, all but eliminates the distinction between interest-bearing safe assets such as Treasury bills and what we traditionally call “money”. All assets can be regarded as “money” to a greater or lesser extent: the extent to which assets have “moneyness” is really a matter of liquidity.
I'm hoping that this article by Amos Harel, defense correspondent for Israel's Haaretz newspaper, comes through the paywall. Harel is someone I read regularly. He has this no-nonsense straight-forward way of writing that I find refreshing, and many others might find dull. But he knows his stuff. Here's his not so positive assessment of what the future looks like for Israelis and Palestinians.