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Juan Cole may take a long time getting there but ends by saying Isis has to be wiped out.If the link doesn't work go to his blog "Informed Comment" , which it is.



As I was saying

And saying , and saying.

Brain Lehrer casually connected the dots the other day. The topic was the desperately sad increase in suicide rates among  non rich white americans  and Brian said, "of course ,caused by Nafta".

Which was exactly right. In his wise middle age Keynes abandoned his brilliant earlier defense of free trade and reached a position which can be pretty much summarized by two of his remarks: " The thing about tariffs is-they do the trick". And "Let all goods be homespun".

The good enough President

Our first child was autistic or to use the preferred characterization " a person with autism". The help available to us was considerably worse than useless. It was advice from Freudians-most of whom probably meant well-but whose underlying theory was so wrong that their suggestions could only be- not just of no use -but bound to make matters worse.

In the 60s that begin to change and in the forefront of those with changed views was a Brit psychologist  named Winnicott  who coined the useful phrase "The good enough mother".

What was the matter with Raul?

One Monday morning he looked exhausted. He had been an economist in Havana now he was starting over as an accountant in San Juan. Avery good one. But today he looked as if he should just go home.

It was I was told, like this. On Friday afternoon he'd  left the office, for Eastern Airlines to Miami. Where his brother, a local gambler , met him and drove them to Key West.

Call for John von Neumann

Let us assume Kerry/Obama somehow ensured the Iran Agreement provided our Weapons Inspectors with carte blanche  Would that  have raised or  lowered the odds that it would have actually been honored?

Sure, when up to your ass in alligators it's sometimes  hard to remember just why you wanted to drain the swamp. But In this case clearly the object was to please not the John McCain's of the world  but the Iranians most able to increase the odds that what was supposedly agreed would be implemented

That was Minimax...

People will die

if the Court rules against the Administration  in King vs Burwell.

There are all sorts of estimates so let's make our own.

There are 10 million  Obamacare users who didn't have insurance before and they'll once again won't have insurance. Some of them are going to have a life threatening condition in the next two years that would have been treated but won't be now.

How many?Let's say 5%.

Some of those 500 K souls will scrape up the money somehow and get better. But lots of them won't .Maybe half.

Dennis Hastert

In 1964 ,John Profumo, UK Secretary of Defense -and husband of the beautiful Valerie Hobson- was having an affair with the equally beautiful , lower class, 16 year old Christine Keeler,. Who was also having sex with a senior  Russian diplomat stationed in London!

When the Labour party leader ,Harold Wilson, disembarked at Heathrow he was mobbed by screaming reporters asking  for his comment.His entire reply was

"No comment........in technicolor"

Which  should be our reply if asked about Hastert  .Though I fear it won't be..

Free Trade

Definition: Things get made where it's cheapest.

Result. US workers don't make them.

Long term effect: they starve.

Well,the Government won't let that happen, you think.

Just another day at the office

".....I was at home in Newton on the morning of Sunday, March 20,2005, when I received notification that the House would convene later that same day to consider the case of a Florida woman named Terri Schiavo.Fifteen years earlier,she had fallen into a comatose state. Once it became clear  her condition would not improve, her husband asked the hospital to remove her feeding tube. This was in accordance with a wish he said she had expressed to him before she was stricken.

The UK Tory victory has been greeted

here by a very old and very wrong assessment of  Labour's  economic performance. Krugman-of course- and a few others rebut it but it's become the accepted story.


A short hand way to portray what was actually the truth is to look at the deficits- and occasional surpluses- of the two main UK parties.

They're essentially the same.

For example

Labour            Average Deficit          Tories   Average Deficit       

1975-78          (6)Billion    

                                                            1979-87       (9)


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