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Transportation Stimulus Gives Short Shrift to Cities
Compare to the essay I read a few months back on how cities should be getting proportionally MORE money, b/c they're so critical to economic health. Doesn't sound good!
followup  2008crash  economy  nyt 
july 2009 by kkennedy
Obama After Bush - Leading by Second Thought
FTA: 'President Obama’s decisions this week to retain important elements of the Bush-era system for trying terrorism suspects and to block the release of pictures showing abuse of American-held prisoners abroad are the most graphic examples yet of how he has backtracked, in substantial if often nuanced ways, from the approach to national security that he preached as a candidate, and even from his first days in the Oval Office.'
gwot  terrorism  barackobama  nyt 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Explorer-Scouts Train in Post-9/11 Law Enforcement Methods
FTA: 'The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.' -- To clarify, it's not the Boy Scouts directly, it's the Explorer program...but nevertheless, when this goes awry, it's going to Go Really Awry. Yikes. (and note, the actual news article headine is 'Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More'.)
gwot  terrorism  nyt 
may 2009 by kkennedy
Wikipedia Grappling with Deletion of IHT.com - Thomas Crampton
FTA: 'Wikipedia - one of the highest traffic websites on the Internet - makes reference to a large number of IHT stories, but those links are now all dead. They need to delete them all and find new references or use another solution.' -- Nicely done, NYT
future  media  deadmedia  nyt  curation 
may 2009 by kkennedy
In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Past Use
FTA: 'The program began with Central Intelligence Agency leaders in the grip of an alluring idea: They could get tough in terrorist interrogations without risking legal trouble by adopting a set of methods used on Americans during military training. How could that be torture?' -- Please tell me that's not the new rationalization...by the people than RAN THE GOVERNMENT? Gah.
torture  gwot  legal  nyt 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Google Claims Orphan Books, Raising Alarm in Academia
FTA: 'While the registry’s agreement with Google is not exclusive, the registry will be allowed to license to others only the books whose authors and publishers have explicitly authorized it. Since no such authorization is possible for orphan works, only Google would have access to them, so only Google could assemble a truly comprehensive book database.

“No other company can realistically get an equivalent license,” said Pamela Samuelson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. ' -- This is exactly where I start to get uncomfortable with it. It is indeed kind of an end run.
nyt  copyright  google  followup  4blogpost 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Google Claims Orphan Books, Raising Alarm in Academia
FTA: 'While the registry’s agreement with Google is not exclusive, the registry will be allowed to license to others only the books whose authors and publishers have explicitly authorized it. Since no such authorization is possible for orphan works, only Google would have access to them, so only Google could assemble a truly comprehensive book database.

“No other company can realistically get an equivalent license,” said Pamela Samuelson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. ' -- This is exactly where I start to get uncomfortable with it. It is indeed kind of an end run.
nyt  copyright  google 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Health Critic Brings a Past and a Wallet
Interesting. FTA: 'Mr. Scott’s emergence this spring as the most visible conservative opponent to Mr. Obama’s not-fully-defined health care effort has former friends and foes alike doing double takes, given Mr. Scott’s history.

Once lauded for building Columbia/HCA into the largest health care company in the world, Mr. Scott was ousted by his own board of directors in 1997 amid the nation’s biggest health care fraud scandal.'
nyt  healthcare  healthpolicy  economics  politics 
april 2009 by kkennedy
Paul Krugman - Failure to Rise - NYTimes.com
FTA: 'Mr. Obama’s victory feels more than a bit like defeat. The stimulus bill looks helpful but inadequate, especially when combined with a disappointing plan for rescuing the banks. And the politics of the stimulus fight have made nonsense of Mr. Obama’s postpartisan dreams.'
economics  paulkrugman  barackobama  nyt  2008crash 
february 2009 by kkennedy
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in Innovative ‘Passive Houses’
FTA: ' “You don’t think about temperature — the house just adjusts,” said Mr. Kaufmann, watching his 2-year-old daughter, dressed in a T-shirt, tuck into her sausage in the spacious living room, whose glass doors open to a patio. His new home uses about one-twentieth the heating energy of his parents’ home of roughly the same size, he said.'
nyt  energy  future  housing  sustainability 
january 2009 by kkennedy
How to Repair a Broken Financial World
Op-ed on the 2008 crash (part 2 of 2). FTA: 'Rather than tackle the source of the problem, the people running the bailout desperately want to reinflate the credit bubble, prop up the stock market and head off a recession. Their efforts are clearly failing: 2008 was a historically bad year for the stock market, and we’ll be in recession for some time to come. Our leaders have framed the problem as a “crisis of confidence” but what they actually seem to mean is “please pay no attention to the problems we are failing to address."'
economics  finance  economy  2008crash  nyt 
january 2009 by kkennedy
The End of the Financial World as We Know It
Outstanding NYT op-ed. (part 1 of 2) FTA: "Greed” doesn’t cut it as a satisfying explanation for the current financial crisis. Greed was necessary but insufficient; in any case, we are as likely to eliminate greed from our national character as we are lust and envy. The fixable problem isn’t the greed of the few but the misaligned interests of the many."
economics  finance  economy  2008crash  nyt 
january 2009 by kkennedy
Questions Are Raised in Trader’s Massive Fraud
A $50 billion Ponzi scheme by Bernard Madoff...wow. I hope no one I know is caught in this. And the duration of the fraud appears to have been helped by a notable lack of transparency, based on how he structured his firm. Fancy that.
finance  corruption  nyt 
december 2008 by kkennedy
The Reckoning - Citigroup Saw No Red Flags Even as It Made Bolder Bets
This whole situation is really disgusting. These guys were basically gamblers; happy to take the credit and reward when they got lucky, and demanding a "too big to fail" bailout when they blew it. There's nothing there that deserves pity, admiration, or sympathy.
finance  2008crash  bailout  nyt 
november 2008 by kkennedy
New York Police Fight With U.S. on Surveillance - NYTimes.com
FTA: 'The dispute has played out since midsummer in a highly unusual exchange of letters between Raymond W. Kelly, the [NYPD] police commissioner, and Michael B. Mukasey, the [US] attorney general, in which each accuses the other of mishandling terrorism cases and embracing an approach that made the public more vulnerable. The letters have not been publicly released.'
nyt  gwot  security  surveillance  michaelmukasey  nypd 
november 2008 by kkennedy
The Reckoning - Building Flawed American Dreams
FTA: 'While [Henry] Cisneros says he remains proud of his work, he has misgivings over what his passion has wrought. He insists that the worst problems developed only after “bad actors” hijacked his good intentions but acknowledges that “people came to homeownership who should not have been homeowners." '
nyt  2008crash  housing  economics 
october 2008 by kkennedy
U.S. May Take Ownership Stake in Banks
Wow. This may actually be a pretty good idea, from the economists I've been reading, but talk about the end of an era.
economics  bailout  nyt 
october 2008 by kkennedy
In Blow to Bush, Judge Orders 17 Guantánamo Detainees Freed
“I think the moment has arrived for the court to shine the light of constitutionality on the reasons for detention,” Judge Urbina said.
gwot  guantanamo  legal  nyt 
october 2008 by kkennedy
Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes
Wow. Good reading. And yes, I'd be happy to read Joe Biden's version (he has numerous stances I'm not happy with).
nyt  ethics  2008election  sarahpalin  politics 
september 2008 by kkennedy
Senate Gives Final Approval to Sweeping Housing Bill
Not saying I'm against this at all, but it's really apparent how simplistic solutions have failed. It's fascinating to watch anti-regulation types like Sec. Paulson become advocates of HUGE gov't intervention. Again, I'm not saying it's wrong...I'd just l
economics  nyt 
july 2008 by kkennedy
A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is - New York Times
It's telling that I have a del.icio.us tag for google, but not for microsoft...
media  future  nyt  google 
february 2008 by kkennedy
Were doomed
Paul Krugman - Op-Ed Columnist - New York Times Blog
marketing  politics  statistics  paulkrugman  nyt 
november 2007 by kkennedy

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