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January 31, 2008
George Lakoff gets to the nub of the matter:
The rest is here.
Rich has offered several posts regarding his concerns about the electoral map and the ability for the Democratic candidate to prevail in 2008. I am strongly convinced that a Democratic candidate can win and he or she can do it without winning big states like Florida and Ohio.
If it's Hillary, "home state" Arkansas is a very good bet.
Now that McCain looks likely to be the Republican candidate, Bill Richardson's stock as a Dem VP has gone way up. The Southwest is the key to a Democratic victory and Richardson potentially minimizes McCain's advantage in that part of the country.
posted by Kevin Stolarick
It's one of my favorite games. Some rumblings already about McCain-Guiliani (ugh). Who would Obama choose. OK, I'll get it started: How does Obama-Hagel sound? What about Hillary? Or Romney?
Penny for your thoughts.
That's nearly $300 million. A DC insider once told me these so-called think tanks don't so much create new intellectual capital as repackage and recycle it - or as he put it, they run it down. Candidly, I was shockingly disappointed during my time in DC by the inability of most think tanks to tackle big questions in an open-minded, globally-oriented (that is not American-centric) way. And while there always are individual exceptions, I was also dismayed by the quality of much of the work. My hunch is the increased giving is being fueled by partisan agendas - actually, I have been told many time this is the way think tanks increasingly are funded - as political actors seek to lend credibility and legitimacy to desired actions.
Question: About that $300 million - I wonder how much this works out to per unique new idea?
January 30, 2008
Over at City of God, Dan asks:
What do others think?
UofT student and sometimes Spin correspondent, Chandler Levack writes:
It's a nice profile with insight into my upbringing, love affair with music and the evolution of my thinking
Check out the 35th annual edition of the Village Voice Pazz and Jop music rankings. It'sa comprehensive guide to the year in sound based on votes by 577 music critics.
Like James Surowiecki, says crowds sure can be smart. Looking it over, 2007 certainly stacks up as a good year in music. But tell me Pazz and Joppers, how did you rate Taylor Swift ahead of Kevin Drew, Wooden Ships, and Daft Punk? For my money, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Robert Plant and Allison Krause, and Iron and Wine are better than P&J, while Herbie Hancock's Joni Mitchell tribute, Neil Young Live at Massey Hall and Jill Scott are a whole lot better. LCD System and Bruce Springsteen - fine albums mind you - seem to benefit from home-field advantage. I'm slightly less enamored of them and of the White Stripes' latest. And when it comes to hip-hop, I take the fifth - ever since Biggie.
January 29, 2008
Tim Harford will be on the Colbert Report Thursday night, which means his Toronto event at the Gladstone Hotel is canceled. Fortunately, Tim will still be in town on Friday. Plus we both think the world is spiky.
Over at Eye Weekly where the most popular topic is this, Marc Weisblott reviews last nite's Board of Trade event, aiming his very witty key stokes at Toronto's business community, the Board of Trade, local and provincial officials and most of all, moi - I'm the "Zune" to Toronto's iPod (zing, zing). But I have to admit I just don't think it's a bad thing when 2000 or so members of the business community are led by a female CEO and board chair, are addressed by an openly gay Deputy Premier, and a mayor who has just launched a pioneering Prosperity Agenda with business, academia and labor. Or then again, maybe I'm just too much of an old Walkman ...