How Things Work

If We All Pretend Hard Enough We Can Create More Jobs

"You know what’s been the biggest job creator over the last few decades? Financial bubbles. The labor demand created by the dot-com bubble in the 1990s and the housing bubble of the 2000s created millions of jobs and sent the unemployment rate below 5 percent in both cases."


If You Started Your Business 12 Years Ago You'd Be Shifting Priorities Now

"Everybody always shifts their priorities and business plans every 12 years or so."


How a Biller Becomes A Lobbyist

"Consider, for example, the curious case of Liz Fowler. Fowler went from being the chief counsel for the Senate Finance Committee to being the vice president for public policy and external affairs at health insurer WellPoint in 2006. But two years later, Fowler returned to the Hill as an aide to Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), where she—guess what?—made sure that WellPoint's interests were favored during the health care reform debate.

"Naturally, she then moved on to a position in the White House, where her job description became 'to 'oversee' the implementation of the law.'

"I'm sure that Fowler took a substantial pay cut to do both of those [...]


How Your Arc Of The Moral Universe Gets Bent

"Struggles for human rights always begin with brave men and women who stand up, isolated, against the forces of oppression. But, in the United States, victory really arrives on the glorious day when the people with money decide discrimination is bad for business."


Motives Impugned

"When British editors or writers do stories like this they are punting for a job in New York."


Local Rich Man Bankrolled Anti-Mosque PR Campaign

Long Island-based Republican megadonor and hedge fund honcho Robert Mercer (and his wife, Diana) gave more than $100,000 in the 2010 election cycle to people like Michele Bachmann. (Also his three daughters donate big-time as well, at least in name, although certainly one of them has her own money, from her $2 million settlement against Duke, from when she was kicked off the football team for being a girl. So she's that unusual thing: a far-right gender equality litigant! She also runs, with her sisters, a bakery in New York City—while donating to Jim DeMint. U.S.A.! U.S.A.! We are a nation of diversity!) We bring up [...]


Guy Still Getting A Lot Of Visibility From Buying A Beer In Australia Three Years Ago

"A customer pays for a Fosters beer at the Occidental Hotel in central Sydney June 21, 2011." —Can you guess the story from the photo caption? I must confess that I could not.


Politico "conflates the work of journalism with an amnesiac’s bad acid trip."

"Much of Politico’s published output seems deliberately engineered to exasperate high-minded liberals who consider journalism an act of public service. In its short half-dozen-year lifespan, the Politico brand has become a byword for a style of political reporting that gleefully defies almost every liberal shibboleth about the civic values of newsgathering: gossipy, blithely unconcerned with policy or the real-world effects of the actions of political actors, fixated on artificial 'narratives,' designed to flatter the powerful." Consider Politico.