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THERE WILL BE A QUIZ
When you read Al Franken’s book – fact-checked by 14 Harvard Kennedy School, students – […]
Newsweek‘s Allan Sloan wrote a column earlier this month about the deficit. The deficit, he said, is much, much worse than stated.
‘No,’ it’s not, you can hear the Bushies retorting.
‘Yes, it is.’
So the question arises, whose math do you trust: Bush’s or Sloan’s?
Let me give you a […]
I don’t want to live in a country where we need machine guns to guard our gated communities. But that’s the direction we’re headed when we cut taxes for the rich and after-school programs for our kids.
I don’t want to live in a country where we lose the separation of church and state . […]
“Our families and most states are required to balance their budgets. It is reasonable to assume the federal government should do the same.”
— Republican National Platform, 2000
The document continues . . . ‘Therefore, we reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget.’ This plan seems […]
Here’s an interesting thing I just learned: even uncorked, champagne stays fizzy for weeks in the refrigerator. No wonder it costs more than Dr. Pepper! How do they do that? (Like so many great discoveries, this one came entirely by accident. I don’t even like champagne — but I don’t like throwing things out, either, […]
Jim Skinnell: ‘Well, sure, this year is the only year that particular formula would work. Next year, just add 1754 (or 1753 if your birthday hasn’t happened) instead and it will work.’
FIVE VOWELS, MAYBE SIX – BUT SEVEN?
Eric Pollack: ‘FACETIOUSLY is the only English word that has all […]
How can so many Americans think Bill Clinton was a bad president when in fact he was such a good president. Which was he? ‘History will decide,’ goes the standard line.
But will it? I was fascinated to read David McCullough’s best-selling John Adams, which shows what an underappreciated hero Adams was . . […]
And so is John Adams (my apologies to those of you too young to remember the early years of Saturday Night Live), so — guilty though I feel putting off this fascinating essay from Richard Rosenfeld — I guess Adams isn’t going anywhere. Come back tomorrow.
Gennady Shmukler: ‘Here’s a short wonderful ‘conundrum’:
Take the number of times you go out a week. Double it. Add 5. Multiply by 50. If your birthday this year has passed, add 1753. If not, add 1752. Subtract from this result your year of birth (1953, 1964, etc.). You should end up with a […]
When I first wrote about Borealis, November 16, 1999, it was trading around $3 a share and the stock market bubble was about to burst. Those of you who bought it must thus be rubbing your eyes, as I am, to see that – while Cisco and Microsoft (say) are maybe half their former […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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