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  • Ha! Who would’ve thunk it?

    This isn’t specifically about NSA or judges, though.

    The opportunities would extend to, say, FCC officials in the know about the mergers. Or, say, what about FAA types getting a lucky hunch about Raytheon?

    The 11th Commandment about not getting caught would apply in so many places.

  • maa8722 commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: July 27, 2014 by Elliott.

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    Thanks, but the B-17 was before my time, just barely. Coulda been a perk for a deed well done. Dunno.

  • maa8722 commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: July 27, 2014 by Elliott.

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    Skewered. . . Not sure by whom, actually. Recollection of those times is fuzzy here now. But I recall the others, Huntley/Brinkley, Mike Wallace, Morey Safer. . . I think it was all a journalistic cartel. Still is. The urge to skewer would, I think, remain within the cartel where to some extent the spoils [...]

  • maa8722 commented on the diary post Sunday Talking Heads: July 27, 2014 by Elliott.

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    I grew up in those years too. I’m not so sure about Cronkite, but agree he was “trusted.” That could be due much to his bedside manner more than substance, though, regardless of what viewers thought they were getting. Cronkite was usually hamstrung by a 30 minute segment, all all of them were, for most [...]

  • There is a tendency for schools to evolve into type sets.

    That’s true whether Yale, Antioch, or anywhere else. I don’t think it’s avoidable, since Admissions can’t get into the head of each applicant and get any inkling of what really ticks. The admissions process doesn’t allow time for that, anywhere. It becomes a rote process regardless of how respectably it’s dressed up.

    The accepted applicants then migrate toward comfort zones only they, as individuals, really know. Even just where they choose to apply is subject to this.

    The predictability of Stepford wives is a result.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 24th, 2014

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    The most obvious may be a crafted illusion to please a bit of this or that audience. That is, Kerry may have been prepped beforehand (or even suggested a photo op, himself?).

    Note. . . There was no nasally caustic complaint. Except for Morris, the cat, one else has that sound that I can think of.

    So I think this is no more real than the “open mic” a few days ago.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 24th, 2014

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    On a happier note nowadays, there are some additions just discovered in the Gurlitt art trove, 1400 stolen works. The trove was first accidentally uncovered two years ago. Now it seems there also sculptures by Degas and Rodin, unseen since around 1940.

    The trove has been the most sensational story in the art world since World War 2. It overshadows Monuments Men just due to its implausibility of remaining hidden so long, and it’s size.

    There’s a website, still in construction, run by the team which is trying to sort out provenance of each work, but most of the trove will eventually end up in a Swiss museum. Works whose original ownership can be proven will be returned to the extended families.

    Look for the two “Schwabing” links for more info. The main site is in German, but there’s an English link on upper right corner.

    http://www.lostart.de/Webs/EN/Start/Index.html;jsessionid=3EBD3DD4F190F7DAB19E197A39793E71.m0

    More on story is at

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/more-works-found-at-german-collector-gurlitts-apartment-1406208293

    Paywall for most there, but a google search should offer other sources for free.

    http://online.wsj.com/articles/more-works-found-at-german-collector-gurlitts-apartment-1406208293

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 23nd, 2014

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    Regarding $225 billion for Iron Dome. The link and Haaretz both cite $225 million. But Haaretz also has a figure over $400 million.

    Any money that way will just extend the war. Since the rockets aren’t very effective, Hamas’ demands for an end to blockade don’t have much backing them up. IDF will finish off the tunnels and rockets over time, weeks?, then Netanyahu becomes more flexible. . . after hundreds more have died.

    Nothing serious is going on at UN but ponderous talk. Surely there’s a tipping point.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post 17 Percent Now Oppose Obamacare for Not Being Liberal Enough

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    Hooray! We’re in the double digits finally. It must be a lot more than 17 though.

    Consider the DOD budget, and how far much better half of that could be spent, and we’d still have the largest military in the world by far.

  • For those of us in eastern Mass, recall this is the spawn of Adelphia.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

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    Ha! Excellent.

    A cascading process may ensue.

    Thanks!

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

    2014-07-23 06:24:09View | Delete

    Yes.

    That may satisfy the cockles of one’s heart, which is about all we can do here.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

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    Sounds like the best of choices, all of which are bad.

  • maa8722 commented on the blog post The Roundup for July 22nd, 2014

    2014-07-23 06:01:40View | Delete

    That’s an interesting link, especially comments at the end. Argentina made a mistake issuing those bonds under NY rules. Could have gone somewhere else which didn’t apply Pari Passu, though maybe the bonds wouldn’t have sold (or sold with a higher rate).

    Whether the bond holders are “vultures” or not, in addition to hedge funds holders include thousands of individuals, including Argentine pensioners. How will that situation steer the course? Probably won’t, blogs notwithstanding.

    There is no easy out for Argentina. Default, and get kicked out of the market for years. Pay up, and more enforceable claims will gobble up about half of Argentina’s dwindling foreign reserves. That would be around a $13 billion tab out of the remaining $28 billion reserves.

    Kirchner could have a third option. Start another suicidal Falklands war to distract the lemmings. That would really bankrupt the country, and create even more victims with troubles far worse than now. Maybe she’s dreaming about the UK, which this time has no functional aircraft carrier with real planes. The danger is an illusion Argentina might win.

  • Add MA to your list. Beacon Hill wants to tap into the Fed Exchanges, as of a few weeks ago. The contractor working on the state exchange project got fired, and at a big loss to the state.

  • Unfortunately it was both. False diichotomy there, I think.

  • How would human hostage-shields in German cities, bombed to smithereens toward the end of Nazi Germany, fit into this? Albeit on a smaller scale today. . .

    Just wondering. . .

  • Agree.

    But Jon is right there will be a WH request for enbanc, and then a political decision will rush in. OTOH then SCOTUS may have another take. Or not. Watch Kennedy.

    I think the first inkling about this was published in WSJ around Oct 2010. The bill was kept close hold during a time when conscientious Devil’s advocates should have had access, not just the ACA shills in hiding. Too hot, though, and here we are now.

    It is possible the wording was careless oversight. OTOH it might have been intentional, a sly threat to states which might decide not to set up their own exchanges. Of course, Roberts mooted that factor out later, but it could have been in play while the bell was drafted.

  • Oops! #22. . . Didn’t apply. My bad. Deleted.

  • Had we had top 2 in Mass in 2010, Charlie Baker would be Gov instead of Deval Patrick . Tim Cahill got around 8% as a straw candidate to deflate Baker’s take.

    This time I was glad the system “worked” that way, corrupt as it is. The ends always justify the means, no?

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