Nailed It!

This is from a reader, who perfectly verbalizes our blog philosophy… (pertains to a column by Nick Kristof in New York Times on Sept 26, 2013)
“This article described a real problem in the American media-political landscape but, like too many of your pundit colleagues, you had to spoil it with gratuitous false equivalence. blaming both sides equally for the excesses of one. That’s not being even-handed, it’s being misleading. A straight story sometimes MUST be unbalanced.”
Moderation in everything….. including moderation!

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Obamacare……

The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) has many detractors, both on the left and the right. Those on the right say it is too intrusive, while those on the left say it does not go far enough. This could be argued till the cows come home, as it is unlikely to change people’s minds in the short run. In the long run, the public’s perception of the law will depend on how it is implemented and how many […]

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How did this guy get this far?

Sometimes you wonder how outwardly successful people could be so clueless. This little story caught my eye:
AIG’s CEO Robert Benmosche — who came in to rescue the company after the 2008 financial crisis — told the Wall Street Journal that the outrage over the bonuses promised to AIG’s members was just as bad as when white supremacists in the American South used to lynch African Americans:
The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out […]

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Britain’s Erin Brockovich

From the U.K. Telegraph:
Dyslexic Alex Gibson, 36, was determined to get justice after suffering taunts at work – so she studied law just like the environmental campaigner played by actress Julia Roberts. The office coordinator was bitterly hurt at how her dyslexia was handled by her company and felt she was “bullied” out of her job. She could not afford legal fees to fight the case – so enrolled for a law degree to take her former company to court. […]

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Perception versus Reality

The chart below has been generated from the US Labor Department data of the national unemployment rates in January of each year from 1948 to 2013.  This allows us to cleanly demarcate each presidential inauguration.  The unemployment rate in percentage (%) is plotted on the Y-axis.  The rates ranged from a low of 2.9% in Jan 1953 to a high of 10.3% in Jan 1983.  The red line connects the unemployment rates at the start and end of each presidential term.  While […]

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Study in Contrasts in the Defund Obamacare Vote

Friday’s (Sept 20, 2013) house vote on defunding Obamacare was largely along party lines, save for three members. The two Democrats who crossed over were Rep. Mike McIntyre of North Carolina (won his district by 655 votes in 2012) and Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah (won his district by 768 votes in 2012). So one can understand that they were scared about possibly losing in 2014 and voted this way. Matheson even reiterated his opposition to the signature […]

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Punditry’s Asymmetric Verbal Warfare

We are all aware of asymmetric warfares – like the ones conducted by terrorist organizations and renegade militias against nation states. However there is another asysmmetric warfare, of the verbal kind, carried out by the pundit class and their enablers in the media. When a politician in power says something, such as drawing a red line on Syria, Assad must go, etc., he is held to account for that. Any further development such as a possible […]

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Blog Philosophy

The general guiding principle of this blog, besides truthfullness, is “Moderation.” As a wise man once said, we aim to pursue “Moderation in everything, including moderation”.
The general tenor of the posts willl be centrist. When it comes to domestic U.S. policies, our posts may appear to be left of center. But that is only because, the “Overton Window” in U.S. politics has shifted significanly rightward in the last 30 years, just as it had shifted to the […]

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Hello World!

This is a new blog, where we hope to discuss different topics, to enrich our knowledge and understanding of the world around us. Our aim is to have a free-flowing stream of topics and ideas. This is not a topical blog about any one particular issue. We hope you will join us for the ride. See you soon.

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