September 17th, 2008

Politics

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Top read: so, how would Obama govern? (I posted the McCain version a while back.) Vote the issues, people. Ignore the stalking horses.

OK, I try to avoid these 'flip-flop' arguments. I don't care if a politician changes his mind, as long as it's for the better, and as long as they're not being hypocritical about it. But McCain changing his mind on regulation on the campaign trail, now that everyone remembered the economy is an issue again, just seems even more mercenary than the usual fare.

ALSO:
* The politics of polarization. (I may have posted this one already. But it's a winner.)
* Information wants to be free: "This year, the McCain campaign keeps making assertions that anyone with an Internet connection can disprove in a minute." (More here and here.)
* "[Palin] knows more about energy than probably anyone in the United States of America." -John McCain, 9/11/08. Fact checking on Alaskan energy, and attacking Palin.
* Quayle 2.0? "With Ms. Palin, it's not about agreeing or disagreeing. She doesn't appear to understand some of the most important issues."
* What made it so much worse is the strategy for which the Republicans have made Ms. Palin the frontwoman: win the White House not on ideas, but by denigrating experience, judgment and qualifications."

News

two easy pieces

"Don't get me wrong - I think both parties bear responsibility for the mess. Both parties allowed a shadow banking system to develop that created all these exotic mortgage instruments that made a lot of people a lot of money but avoided the regulatory constraints placed on banks. Both parties, pressured by lobbyists, failed to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac despite years of warnings. But a president must take the lead on some issues, and this has been a fundamentally deregulatory administration headed by a man who wanted to push retirees to put some of their Social Security savings into the stock market. (Remember when Enron was going to lead to lasting reform?)"

and

"So, what is going on? How did we get into this mess, and how will we get out? It is clear to any detached observer that the travails on Wall Street are not simply a superficial kink in the circulation of the nation’s money supply. There are deep-seated problems here that will impede growth, and accelerate business failures and job losses if not objectively identified and forcefully addressed. While we have recklessly disregarded the need for prudent supervision of our banking and financial systems, the real problem is even deeper. For eight years we have papered over the fact that American consumers do not have the purchasing power to sustain economic expansion."

Comics

I put a spell on you

Before you ask, no, this one actually didn't stem from a discussion with M. For a change of pace.

I am aware that some of these characters are based on other characters from myth and fiction. Which is good and all. But I am asking solely in the context in their career as comic book characters:

Poll #1262052 Not-so-famous comic book lady magicians

Which of the following comic-book characters have you heard of?

Circe
2(4.7%)
Morgan le Fey (DC)
2(4.7%)
Morgan le Fey (Marvel)
0(0.0%)
The Enchantress (Marvel)
0(0.0%)
The Enchantress (DC)
0(0.0%)
Lorelei
0(0.0%)
Clearly, I need to read more comic books.
20(46.5%)