Counterparties

By Nick Rizzo
August 19, 2011

Michele Bachmann has promised to bring back $2 per gallon gas. But I want a chicken in every pot!

Tim Geithner’s 50th birthday cake is about as depressing as this economy. He should have just eaten a “supercookie.” Oh wait, no, that’s actually a new method websites are using to track your browsing history, the WSJ tells us.

British gilt yields fall to their lowest since the 1890s. German guilt’s still really high, otherwise they would have told PIIGS to take a hike by now.

Some great photographs of What They Were Thinking, then and now, in the New York Times Magazine.

AT&T charges you 10,000,000% more for sending data when it’s in a text message. While we’re on the subject of unfair, capricious bureaucracies, here’s an interesting Q & A with Eliot Spitzer on ratings agencies. “The metaphor I used to use is that it’s like getting a speeding ticket. You learn the lesson for some period of time but then 20 miles down the road, 30 miles down the road, your foot starts going back down on the accelerator. It’s a question of for how long we’ve learned the lesson.” Er, should we expect to find some more hookers twenty or thirty miles down the road?

Hundreds of foreign students in the U.S. on a summer work visa program staged a walkout at a Hershey’s plant, alleging heavy exploitation. I wonder: did the Oompa Loompas ever try that?

Ezra Klein says that FDR devaluing the dollar (and some help from Hitler) helped end the Depression. Bit of trivia: that same Executive Order is why Glenn Beck shills gold coins at a hefty markup.

And Anderson Cooper has a very severe case of the giggles.

 

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Geez, low-blow on Spitzer! and you wonder why there are no strong progressives in America – any with the least bit of charisma or cajones get run down or run out of office. So what if he used prostitutes, it wasn’t with govt $$ and it didn’t effect his work (detrimentally at least.) Prostitution is legal in some states in America and I wonder why the faux moral outrage still exists around it? Frankly I find it FAR more disturbing that politicians say they don’t believe in evolution or think prayer works to solve problems.

Even Anthony Weiner didn’t do anything illegal and he was tarred and feathered. That alone should tell all about how ‘liberal’ media coverage is in America…

Posted by CDN_Rebel | Report as abusive

the road to $2 gas is global economic collapse.

Posted by q_is_too_short | Report as abusive

@a_is_too_short

She didn’t say HOW she would achieve the goal of $2 per gallon gasoline.

Personally, I think she is capable of getting us to $2 (possibly even $1) gasoline. However, that doesn’t mean that I will vote for her as I want to have things like a job, savings, Social Security in old age, etc. as well.

Posted by ErnieD | Report as abusive

@CDN_Rebel: Prostitution is legal in a few licensed bordellos in a couple of towns in Nevada (Las Vegas isn’t one of them); that’s it. Not “some states”. Not saying it’s right or wrong, but your statement is misinformation.

The question of politicians and prostitutes cuts across the political spectrum. I wouldn’t necessarily declare it a career-killer myself, but citizens might rightly question the judgment of politicians who frequent prostitutes.

Posted by Curmudgeon | Report as abusive

@curmudgeon Fair enough, but I think it’s also fair to say that there is a look the other way attitude in some states, like many other countries including most of western Europe and Canada.

Posted by CDN_Rebel | Report as abusive

superbloggers like Felix or Yves make even the links page a pleasure to be read.

Posted by hansrudolf | Report as abusive

Spitzer hookers! Ha ha, that never gets old!

On the other hand, nobody since him has been more effective than he was, so getting him nuked b/c he was paying for bootie was maybe a mistake.

Talk about a victimless crime.

Posted by sagreer70 | Report as abusive
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