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Nobel meta

Matt Taibbi:

This is what Barack Obama did to “earn” the Nobel Prize. He put the benevolent face back on things. He is a good-looking black law professor with an obvious bent for dialogue and discussion and inclusion. That he hasn’t actually reversed any of Bush’s more notorious policies — hasn’t closed Guantanamo Bay, hasn’t ended secret detentions, hasn’t amped down Iraq or Afghanistan — is another matter. What he has done is remove the stink of unilateralism from those policies.

They’re not crazy-ass, blatantly illegal, lunatic rampages anymore, but carefully-considered, collectively-run peacekeeping actions, prosecuted with meaningful input from our allies.

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Look! Over there! Huge bonuses!

Big Picture lists things that are more important* to worry about: Read below the fold...

Boohooman

I, too, have been irritated by the administration's failure to take a stand against "progressive" bloggers!

Of the many, many favorites offered for our delectation, I'd select this one: Read below the fold...

Five Fatal Flaws in Finance

They're all in it together

Bloomberg:

Some of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s closest aides, none of whom faced Senate confirmation, earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other Wall Street firms, according to financial disclosure forms.

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Vampire squid doubles bonus blood for 2009

Yay:

On Thursday, Goldman Sachs will announce the firm's bonus payments for 2009. Analysts expect the bonus pool to mushroom to $23 billion -- double the bonus pool paid to employees in 2008. Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs said that it had put aside $11.4 billion for bonuses during the first half of the year.

Things are working out quite well for the banksters, aren't they? Read below the fold...

The human eye is a wonderful device.

With a little effort, it can fail to see even the most glaring injustice. Ian Welsh, however, responding to CD, can use his eyes:

Notice that your elites as a group (there are exceptions, like Summers) are not fat. In fact, they are exercise fanatics who watch what they eat very carefully [And for good reason. --lambert]. Between that and actually getting good health care, they live and work into their seventies.

But fat drugged unhealthy Americans are easier to control, so what they do for themselves, they sure as hell don’t do for you.

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Everybody knows...

Yikes!

Quite a ways from Suzanne....

NOTE Via Skippy. Read below the fold...

"It's not the thing you fling, but the fling itself."

Common household remedies request

Can I patch a leaky, single-pipe steam (and not hot water) radiator? Even if just for one heating season? Read below the fold...

Fait accompli

(In case you don't know, that's French for "Lay back and enjoy it.") Baseline Scenario:

On Friday morning, Diana Farrell – a senior White House official – made a significant statement on NPR’s Morning Edition, with regard to whether our largest banks are too big and should be broken up.

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Common household remedies request

It's getting on winter, so I'm burning wood. So my skin is drying out, and suddenly I'm horribly itchy. (Why is it that when scratching causes bleeding, the itching stops? Not to alarm anyone...) Read below the fold...

I sold my pajamas to the junk man

What a bunch of WATBs "progressives" are. Somebody in the White House said something about somebody and now they don't feel v-a-a-l-i-dated. Or maybe they do but shouldn't. Or should and don't. The future lies ahead! Or it's wrong! All wrong! Read below the fold...

Maine's Own Organic Milk

Cutting Hood out of the food chain. I hope it works out; I'll certainly buy it!

OK, OK, "M.O.O. ..." Read below the fold...

So who said I had pajamas on?

NBC's Harwood gives the views of "a White House official" -- "[T]hose bloggers need to take off the pajamas, get dressed, and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult."*

Waaah!

If only we had a dynamic and progressive President who was a powerful orator and had mad negotiating skillz! Then things wouldn't be so c-o-m-m-m-plicated! Read below the fold...

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