Chart of the day: The slow death of journalism

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Via Confessions of a Newsosaur, dramatic evidence of the collapse of print newspaper circulation.

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Jan. 1 – Jan. 31 – In the news

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“Time” is the most used noun in the English language, yet it remains a mystery.

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“Time” is the most used noun in the English language, yet it remains a mystery. We’ve just completed an amazingly intense and rewarding multidisciplinary conference on the nature of time, and my brain is swimming with ideas and new questions. Rather than trying a summary, here’s my stab at a top ten list partly inspired by our discussions: the things everyone should know about time.

1. Time exists.

Might as well get this common question out of the way. Of course time exists — otherwise how would we set our alarm clocks? Time organizes the universe into an ordered series of moments, and thank goodness; what a mess it would be if reality were complete different from moment to moment. The real question is whether or not time is fundamental, or perhaps emergent. We used to think that “temperature” was a basic category of nature, but now we know it…

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Where the trouble lies: narcissism the unknown ‘ideal’

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How to Show That Taxation is Robbery

Objectivism for Intellectuals

The following article is not a general proof of the Objectivist principle that the initiation of physical force is destructive to human life; but it will show that taxation is equivalent to robbery and, when carried out for wealth redistribution, is actually more harmful to more people than the robberies committed by criminals in First-World countries. (A general proof of the destructiveness of initiated force does exist, and I may go through it at some point in the future.)

The Hypothetical Showing the Connection

If I have earned, say, $1,000 this week through my own labor, and another man comes up to me, points a gun at me, and tells me to give him the money, so he can pay his rent, is this robbery? Is it legal for him to do it? What if he tells me it’s for his friend’s rent? Is that robbery/legal? What if he gets 9…

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Neoliberalism and Bottom-Line Morality

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In ZMagazine’s Neoliberalism and Bottom-Line Morality: Notes on Greenspan, Rubin, and the Party of Davos (pasted below), Edward S. Herman dissects the hypocrisy and self-serving worldviews of the dominant “business economists.” In particular he looks at the role Alan Greenspan and the Clinton administration played in preparing the ground for the worldwide economic crash we’re experiencing now.


Neoliberalism and Bottom-Line Morality

Notes on Greenspan, Rubin, and the Party of Davos

By Edward S. Herman, December, 01 2008

zmag1-lopez-goldencalfFrom the Reagan era onward I have been impressed with how regularly liberal and left-leaning economists I knew, who went to work in industry and finance, very soon became pro-business, anti-labor, and politically right wing. I think that what got to them was not only the impact of association with businesspeople, but the fact that business profitability became central to their own performance. As business economists, wage increases would seem bad—as encroaching…

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R.S. Agarwal : Verbal Reasoning

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