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Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?
"You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor. Then, and only then, will you understand the relative value of a ridiculous status symbol to someone who intuits that they cannot afford to not have it."
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november 2013 by cluebucket
Grad Student Who Shook Global Austerity Movement -- Daily Intelligencer
"'I clicked on cell L51, and saw that they had only averaged rows 30 through 44, instead of rows 30 through 49.'

"What Herndon had discovered was that by making a sloppy computing error, Reinhart and Rogoff had forgotten to include a critical piece of data about countries with high debt-to-GDP ratios that would have affected their overall calculations. They had also excluded data from Canada, New Zealand, and Australia — all countries that experienced solid growth during periods of high debt and would thus undercut their thesis that high debt forestalls growth."
2013  2010s  thomas_herndon  nymag  kevin_roose  economics  economist  takedown  austerity  government  budget  arindrajit_dube  carmen_reinhart  kenneth_rogoff  correction  harvard  student  deficit  politics  amherst  policy 
april 2013 by cluebucket
What Would Orwell Make of Obama's Drone Policy? - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Orwell: "Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."

Adam Serwer: "The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission."

TNC: Consider the notion of "imminence." Last year Eric Holder claimed that a lethal strike against an American citizen can only be made if to protect against "an imminent threat of violent attack." But the white paper states that imminence "does not require that the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons or interests will take place in the significant future." Effectively, the word "imminence" has no meaning beyond "we think you're a bad guy."
theatlantic  george_orwell  ta-nehisi_coates  adam_serwer  nbc  news  2010s  drone  policy  politics  terror  murder  al-qaeda  secret  warning  language  threat  attack  imminence  power  war  crime  2013  motherjones  america  obfuscation  vagueness  DoJ  justice  government  barack_obama 
february 2013 by cluebucket

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