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Reputation, reputation, reputation!

Othello, Act II, Scene 3:

CASSIO:
Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial. My reputation, Iago, my reputation!

IAGO: As I am an honest man, I thought you had received some bodily wound; there is more sense in that than in reputation. Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving. You have lost no reputation at all, unless you repute yourself such a loser.

And so Krugman today:

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Mush from The One

Obama's FT interview (FT commentary):

In all countries there is an understandable tension between the steps that are needed to kick start the economy and the fact that many of these steps are very expensive and tax payers have a healthy scepticism about spending too much of their money, particularly when it is perceived ...

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Condition aid to Mexico on democratization

Pundita, with an interesting view on the damn border fence: It's not about drugs, but labor:

Make no mistake, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who still insists that the 2006 presidential election was stolen from him, has the winds of the economic downturn at his back. And in a letter last week to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (see below), he made it clear that he believes that U.S. assistance to help President Calderón fight the drug cartels is an interventionist move intended to prop up Mexico's elite -- or 'oligarchy,' as Mark more correctly terms them.

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So why "tough love" for Big Auto, and not for the banksters and the "health" "insurance" parasites?

Politico (sigh, but it's all administration leaks anyhow):

In surprising [why?] findings to be outlined at the White House on Monday, President Obama has concluded that neither GM nor Chrysler as they now exist deserve more bailouts. But the White House is sparing them for a month or two, and is promising American consumers that the government will stand behind warranties if the automakers fail. ...

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White House Health Reform Traveling Circus: Dearborn, Michigan edition

"People from Canada are not flocking to Detroit for medical care."
- Medicare recipient and single payer advocate, speaking at the Michigan forum

I'm about 3/4 of the way through the video from the first Health Reform Forum, held in Michigan, and this gentleman is the fourth person [fifth? I'm losing track] to speak up for single payer and/or HR 676. His point is that other countries, Canada, for instance, are doing something right, we should look to them for ideas. Read below the fold...

Sunday Night Rational Marijuana Policy Lo-Fi Blogging

I'm sending this one out to Jake, tonight, and all the guys in the London office....

Gambling in the establishment:

I'm sending this one out to Jake, tonight, and all the guys in the London office....

Gambling in the establishment:

And for all the hippies, a bonus track: Read below the fold...

Hillary as SoS: "Women’s rights and empowerment... key to the foreign policy of this administration"

Meant to flag this a couple of days ago, but it's still great. Obama's Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton:

“Reproductive rights and the umbrella issue of women’s rights and empowerment will be a key to the foreign policy of this administration,” Clinton said in Houston, where she received the Margaret Sanger Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The award is named after an early 20th- century activist for birth control.

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NPR reports GM's Wagoner to resign, no successor as yet; NPR sees as part of Obama admin being tough on automakers

Update, 6:32pm: ABC News reports Obama asked that Wagoner step down. "Request by White House," exact wording.

NYTimes has article; there are numerous other reports on this.

This may be an interesting comparison with how the administration treats heads of failed and floundering banks and how it treats heads of companies which actually make things (and have unions).

I feel the US automakers' management did not prepare for necessary changes, but, again, the comparison is with financial institutions which have brough the economy to brink and how their managment has been treated in general. Like being on the inside of major negotiations and decisions with the administration.... Read below the fold...

What Obama could do to help financial crisis, and what Ian Welsh sees as likely

Today, Ian Welsh looks at several steps which would help get us through the Big Meltdown and make for better business and social conditons afterwards, but he doesn't hold out a lot of hope they will be enacted by the Obama administration.

There're also this from today and this from yesterday. Read below the fold...

Interesting

I saw A New Way Forward over at FDL, in comments on Stirling's newest.

April 11 is far away enough to plan. Anybody know ANWF is? Read below the fold...

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Sunday Book Review

It's Sunday and time for another book review/recommendation post. I apologize to the east coaster who have to wait for this West Coaster to post. So it goes.

What are you reading right now? What do you want to read? What are some books that were recommended to you that you probably wouldn't have read otherwise? Read below the fold...

Obama, via Gates, throws gays under the bus on DADT

Quelle surprise.

Who'd they check with? Rick Warren? Read below the fold...

11-dimensional deck chairs on the Titanic

The Economist has some interesting data relevant to political economy: Read below the fold...

DiFi flips on card check, fucks the unions over

How secret "health insurance" company blacklists deny you coverage

[Welcome Industry Radar readers! -- lambert]

The banality of evil, expressed in sales manuals:

Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You'll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.

This confidential information on some insurers' practices is available on the Web -- if you know where to look.

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