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The Greatest Country on Earth

March 12th, 2011  |  Source: Slate

What the United States can learn from the tiny island nation of Mauritius.  Suppose someone were to describe to you a small country that provided free education through university for all of its citizens, transportation for school children, and free health care—including heart surgery—for all. You might suspect that such a country is either phenomenally rich or on the fast track to fiscal crisis.


The Must See Chart

March 11th, 2011  |  Source: Daily Kos

This will be a very short diary.  I just wanted to get this chart out there.  I originally received it as a post by the Facebook group "The Christian Left."  

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Secret Fears of the Super-Rich

March 8th, 2011  |  Source: The Atlantic

Does great wealth bring fulfillment?

An ambitious study by Boston College suggests not. For the first time, researchers prompted the very rich—people with fortunes in excess of $25 million—to speak candidly about their lives. The result is a surprising litany of anxieties: their sense of isolation, their worries about work and love, and most of all, their fears for their children.

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Why Is Israel Aid Exempt?

March 5th, 2011  |  Source: Media Matters Action Network

Once upon a time, Social Security was considered the "third rail" of American politics. The "third rail" is the train track that carries the high-voltage power; touching it means instant death.

The "third rail" metaphor has for decades been applied to Social Security, a government program so popular with the American public that proposing any changes in it would mean political death to the politician.

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Money laundering scandal could finish off carbon trading

March 4th, 2011  |  Source: Globe-net.com

The EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the ideal environment for laundering money - and if such a scandal emerges, it will mean the end of the cap-and-trade programme, a leading investment banker has warned.  

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Meet the World's Richest Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

March 4th, 2011  |  Source: Foreign Policy

Teodorin's World: Playboy bunnies. $2 million Bugattis. Bags full of cash. Meet the world's richest minister of agriculture and forestry.

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Under the Microscope: AIG's Second Chance

March 3rd, 2011  |  Source: K@W

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Arab freedom is worth a short shock in oil prices

March 2nd, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

What might the Arab uprising mean for the world? No one knows the answer to this question. But this should not prevent one from making a guess at the range of uncertainty.

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2 Shot at Gun Show. NRA Supporter’s Response

February 27th, 2011  |  Source: FireDogLake.com

 

 

Two men have been injured in what officials say was an accidental shooting at a central Illinois gun show.

 

Every time there is a new shooting tragedy the spokespeople from the NRA have to create a response. I’ve heard enough of them to anticipate their verbiage. Here is my impression of an NRA supporter’s response.  I think it will go a little like this:

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