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Mitt Romney: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

In 1%, Birth Control, Current events, Government, Health Insurance, Justin, Obama, Romney, Welfare on November 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Some elections are close. This one wasn’t. Even as Karl Rove tried to deny reality  and other conservatives attempted to digest the ill news, it became apparent that this was hardly even a contest. Ceding only North Carolina and Indiana back to Republicans from his initial election, it was obvious pretty early on in election night that it was going to be Obama’s night.

What was remarkable was how most Republicans had no idea that such a victory for the Democrats was coming. It wasn’t simply a psychological ploy that Romney had no concession speech prepared on election night…he truly believed he was going to win, and the Fox News spin machine (Looking at you Dick Morris) played right into that. Most Fox pundits, and even Romney’s own advisors, were predicting landslide victories for the Republican nominee.

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The Post-Truth Republicans

In 1%, Economics, Justin on December 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Krugman’s epic take down of Mitt Romney and the fact-challenged Republican field.

The Post-Truth Campaign –

“If Mr. Romney is in fact the Republican presidential nominee, he will make wildly false claims about Mr. Obama and, occasionally, get some flack for doing so. But news organizations will compensate by treating it as a comparable offense when, say, the president misstates the income share of the top 1 percent by a percentage point or two…The end result will be no real penalty for running an utterly fraudulent campaign. As I said, welcome to post-truth politics.”

I feel like starting a slow clap for Krugman, anyone with me?

Force Feeding: Destination Population

In 1%, Current events, Fascinating, Justin, population on December 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

The monthly force feeding is an attempt for the writers to challenge the other to go somewhere they wouldn’t have gone. December’s challenge is here.

It really is an interesting question, and it exemplifies the kind of “big” thinking that we are attempting to promote on this blog – what consequences will expanding human population have on worldwide biodiversity? There are certainly enough doomsday scenarios out there that predict that the increased human population is going to destroy the world as we know it – and a large number of the flora and fauna as well. In fact, there is enough evidence that can be culled from a cursory glance at the issue to make you feel guilty just for being alive.

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