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Awesome Lighting Fixtures from Plumbing Parts

March 31st, 2009 No comments

These I want.  And I need to build LCD monitor holders using the same materials.

KOZO2 Desk Lamp

KOZO2 Desk Lamp

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The Atlantic: The Quiet Coup

March 30th, 2009 No comments

The Atlantic, May 2009: The Quiet Coup

Dire warnings from an IMF perspective.   Touchs on a lot of what the Rolling Stone article mentions, but more polite.  A less than rosy outlook.

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Rolling Stone: The Big Takeover

March 29th, 2009 No comments

Rolling Stone: The Big Takeover – “The global economic crisis isn’t about money – it’s about power. How Wall Street insiders are using the bailout to stage a revolution.”

Lack of government oversight, how banking system was de-regulated, and how it’s more of the same going forward.

Yeah, it’s only Rolling Stone, but I liked it.

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PBS Frontline – Ten Trillion and Counting

March 28th, 2009 No comments

PBS Fronline – Ten Trillion and Counting

Explains why Obama is insisting on addressing health care costs:  combine the costly Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security programs with the just begun wave of retiring baby boomers results in disasterous debt, as much as 20% of GDP (up from 5%) by 2019.

Also explains how large the debt is, how it got so large, and who owns it.

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PBS Frontline – Inside the Meltdown

March 28th, 2009 No comments

PBS Frontline – Inside the Meltdown

Highlights the US government’s involvement in the early stages of the 2008 financial meltdown.  How they set the price for the Bear Stearns buy-out, decided not to bail out Lehman Brothers, and had to act to prevent AIG from taking down the world banking system.

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Wired: Recipe for Disaster – The Formula that Killed Wall Street

March 28th, 2009 No comments

Wired: Recipe for Disaster – The Formula that Killed Wall Street

Explains Wall Street “quants”, Credit Default Swaps (CDS), Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), and an ever-increasing housing market contributed to the sub-prime mortage melt-down.

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NPR – This American Life – Bad Bank

March 28th, 2009 No comments
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Extreme Sheep Herding

March 28th, 2009 No comments
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Kinetic Wave Sculptures, Make Magazine

March 28th, 2009 No comments
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This is why you are fat.

March 20th, 2009 No comments

This is why you are fat.

Not you specifically.  North Americans in general.  US Americans to be specific.  Although there is some poutine buried in there, so Canucks included.

Now I’m hungry…

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