politics

Fouad Ajami on the U.N. and a Palestinian State

Fouad Ajami wrote the opinion piece below for the Wall Street Journal back in June. It’s still timely a couple months later as Palestine seeks a declaration of statehood from the United Nations this week. While it’s high time that the Palestinian people join the international community and adopt the responsibilities†of statehood, Ajami makes a†crucial†point …

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US debt problem visualized: Debt stacked in 100 dollar bills

This is a brilliant information design project, and an astounding reminder of the scale of money we talk about in public finance. >> Link:†US debt problem visualized: Debt stacked in 100 dollar bills.

America’s Deficit and the Debt Ceiling

The United States–its citizens and lawmakers–need to pay careful attention to the effects of our near-term actions.†The outcome of not raising the debt ceiling is uncertain–nobody really knows what will happen. But the press is ablaze with information:   The Economist does a nice job of summing up the status of government debt >> Link:†America’s …

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Visual Budget – an Interactive Guide to the Federal Budget

From Information Aesthetics: Visual Budget is a cutting-edge data-visualization web site. It explains all the complicated ins and outs of the US Federal Budget using interactive charts and motion graphics. It is a tool that lets citizens like you and me understand this important issue, armed with the latest most comprehensive facts and figures. It …

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A Tale of Two Moralities

From Paul Krugman’s Op-Ed in the New York Times: Yet we have, for the most part, managed to agree on certain ground rules in the abortion controversy: itís acceptable to express your opinion and to criticize the other side, but itís not acceptable either to engage in violence or to encourage others to do so. …

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Cross-Dressing Japanese YouTube Music: Only in a California Governor’s Race

Truth is stranger than fiction, and this is proof: a Meg Whitman staffer retweeted an endorsement link. Only Twitter’s 140 character limit cut off the last character of the URL, leading readers not to a message from a sheriff–but to a Japanese man in pink tutu and lingerie playing the bass. “Huh?” you ask. Me …

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