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Reuters on “thoughtful conversation”

January 14th, 2012 No comments

“Once you’ve reached a certain number of points, you become a recognized user. Congratulations: your comments will be published instantly from now on. Our editors will still review your comments after they’ve been published and will remove them if they don’t meet our standards. When that happens, you’ll lose points. Lose enough points and you’ll revert to new user status.” Or banned. I imagine they left that part out for a reason. What could it be? I recommend you read the whole post and match your distillation with mine.

http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

So, correct thinking, from the moderator’s perspective, is rewarded and the inverse is punished. Neat.

“Sorry, but this account has been banned from posting comments”

Apparently I’ve been banned from posting on Reuters articles/blogs for reasons unknown and uncommunicated with no recourse. For context, I’ve participated actively online since 1986 and have never been banned/restricted in any forum. None.

One might conclude that “thoughtful conversation” represents speech that comports with a moderator’s worldview. If that’s the case, I’m proud not to have earned Reuters approbation.

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USA Corporate Taxation Infographic by Mint.com

October 26th, 2011 No comments

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Digging

July 27th, 2011 No comments

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What is a “Feminist Economist”?

July 15th, 2011 No comments

Over at Ms. Magazine blog you’ll find an article entitled “A Feminist Economist Speaks Out: Deficits are a Grrrl’s Best Friend” that’s unintentionally hilarious in its absurdity. Be sure to read the comments.

I too responded with a comment but apparently the moderator found it too offensive to post. I’ve reproduced it here:

The magical thinking behind this article is breathtaking. It is the inflationary currency devaluation insanity that most advanced economies learned not to engage in decades ago. Recall the stagflation, price controls, astronomical interest rates, gas rationing and general malaise of the ’70s under Nixon and Carter? You don’t because you’re too young? Educate yourself and you’ll see why responsible people wish to avoid it.

The premise of this article is a non sequitur. Think printing. A mouse click in the Treasury is NO different than printing Dollars to increase the money supply when it isn’t supported by growth in the economy. Issuing Treasury Bonds is selling debt and is exactly like a national credit card. The global economy buys these bonds which must be paid back by USA taxpayers WITH INTEREST. Failure to make scheduled payments is called Sovereign Debt Default. If you wish to understand how the inability to print dollars makes a difference, read about any state that’s in financial trouble due to abysmal bond ratings (think California, Illinois, etc.). The low credit rating means less interest and more risk in buying their bonds because of mismanagement of state economies, i.e. structural deficits (spending more than your revenues). These states have higher borrowing costs. There’s a reason many states have balanced budget amendments.

Want to see the future this “feminist economist” (what the heck is that?) would produce? Look at Greece, who spent 115% of their annual GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for years. They’re being bailed out by the EU (really, the frugal Germans, Europe’s largest economy). Point being, no entity is large enough to rescue the USA if we continue on this unsustainable path. The USA, with 5% of the global population produces 25% of global GDP.

Bottom line: Spending does not create economic growth. It’s exactly the inverse. Also, don’t source your information from ideologues who bend facts to suit their world view. Anyone who places “feminist” before their job title falls into this category.

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Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

July 13th, 2011 No comments

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Egypt: Won’t Get Fooled Again?

February 11th, 2011 No comments

I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution

Take a bow for the new revolution…

Meet the new boss

Same as the old boss

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Decision Points vs. He Points

November 17th, 2010 No comments

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Force Fed Up

November 6th, 2010 No comments

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vox populi

November 2nd, 2010 No comments

A timely observation. Make your voice heard.

 

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray, to not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.” – Edmund Burke

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Special Interests

July 14th, 2010 No comments

“Beware when the political class preens about protecting us from ‘special interests.’ The most powerful, persistent and anti-constitutional interest is the political class. Bradley Smith, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, says that Disclose should stand for Democratic Incumbents Seeking to Contain Losses by Outlawing Speech in Elections. It is a reason for voters to multiply those losses.” –columnist George Will

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