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Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki

I realize that the title of my post is a contradiction in terms, but I can't think of any other way to describe what's going on with federal Republicans and Democrats these days. Burnt Orange Boehner pulls out all the stops by demanding something outrageously batshit fucking crazy - like, the total defunding of Planned Parenthood - and then he stamps his little feet and says he'll shut down the government if he doesn't get it. The Democrats bang their fists on the table in outrage and say there's no way the Republicans will get what they want. But somehow, the deals are made, the governmental shutdown is avoided, and some horrible "compromise" is reached which, mysteriously, amazingly, benefits the top 2% of society. Read below the fold...

Pay no attention to the oligarch behind the curtain

I'm going to meander about here and end up at DanP's nine-word word platform. This is sloppy and unfinished because RL is shouting again, but maybe there are some useful questions in it. This is an inferior substitute for the big think piece I was asked for in mail (you know who you are).

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From the Barcalounger: Read below the fold...

Who funds the right wing noise machine?

The methodology of disinformation

Cannonfire is the go-to blog on foil. The post is on Wikileaks, but this paragraph really leaped out at me: Read below the fold...

Gene Sharp links

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Here are the results of the shallowest possbile online research on Gene Sharp:

Amazon's page of Sharp titles, including Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice And 21st Century Potential, From dictatorship to democracy: A conceptual framework for liberation, The politics of nonviolent action, Gandhi As a Political Strategist: With Essays on Ethics and Politics, and five more.

Wikipedia's Gene Sharp page: Read below the fold...

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Work place democracy study?

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read about....it entailed a study of a machine tool company that implemented work place democracy (in a limited way) during the 1960s, as part of a program to introduce computer numerical controlled machinery. Ring any bells? Read below the fold...

Satisficing

Interesting idea (and Herbert Simon is an interesting man):

Herbert Simon was a remarkably fertile thinker in the social and "artificial" sciences (The Sciences of the Artificial - 3rd Edition (1969, first edition)). His most celebrated idea was the notion of "satisficing" rather than "optimizing" or "maximizing" in decision-making; he put forward a theory of ordinary decision-making that conformed more closely to the ways that actual people reason rather than the heroic abstractions of expected utility theory.

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Live from Cairo

[Live updates continue at the bottom. Nothing from Mub yet, but a statement from the E speaker of the parliament is expected shortly, according to AJ and Guardian live blogs. More: Mub orders govt to step down, will name new govt tomorrow. Alrighty, then. --lambert] Read below the fold...

The FCIC archive: A nearly complete listing

[Welcome, Economist's View readers! Welcome, Naked Capitalism readers! --lambert] Read below the fold...

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Data on taxes, investment, and growth disproves conservative economics

Mike Kimel has been doing great work analyzing real-world data on the effect of U.S. income tax rates on economic growth and investment. This pretty much summarizes his findings so far:

Put another way – conservatives and libertarians have a very, very flawed theory of the world. At the very least it does not conform at all with historical US data. At all. Which of course has serious consequences; because that theory is somewhat dominant in the political sphere, and has been since the late 60s. The end result – slower economic growth for all of us since the late 60s. That has real consequences for real people – 310 million of us. That should have repercussions for the consciences of economists who peddle this garbage, though apparently it doesn’t.

Amen! Read below the fold...

Awesome must-read from Global Sociology

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Coin Seigniorage and the irrelevance of the debt limit

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[Welcome, Felix Salmon readers! And for a response, see here. Welcome, Slate readers! Welcome, Money Illusion readers! --lambert] Read below the fold...

Obama & A Few of the “Games People Play” from Eric Berne

Eric Berne, M.D., decades ago wrote the very popular “I’m Okay, You’re Okay” self-help book based on his theory of “transactional analysis”. Berne maintained that people related to each other from three ego states, the child, adult and parent. He held that when these cross transactions at times reached dysfunctional levels, people would often resort to manipulative passive aggressive game-playing to achieve social power advantage. Read below the fold...

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