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Archive for December 27th, 2012

For the archives: the decline in productivity

Posted by Charles II on December 27, 2012

I linked the following Fed Letter by Fabina and Wright in comments below and wanted to promote it to a post.

In this Chicago Fed Letter, we describe the recent behavior of productivity in the United States and in other advanced economies around the world. We show that there has been a dramatic reduction in the rate of growth of productivity across almost all advanced economies over the past ten years. Moreover, this reduction began prior to the onset of the global economic crisis and, hence, it appears to reflect a fundamental decline in the rate of growth of efficiency of economies, not simply declines in factor utilization.

The authors don’t reach any firm conclusions on cause. I tend to think that measurement is the main issue, with trade being the culprit, but there’s no doubt that investment in human capital and infrastructure has declined in the US and many other western countries. It also seems likely that all the investment in repression (war, surveillance, border control) by western countries is a low-return investment. But it’s worth thinking about.

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Pro-Gun Blogger Fountain Has Anti-Woman Friends

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 27, 2012

destroy the bitch

Before anyone puts too much stock in pro-gun blogger Christopher Fountain’s rationale for posting the home addresses of various newspaper personnel because their newspaper (for what rationale, I’m not sure) posted publicly-available information about the gun permit holders in the area — namely, that he did it to allegedly help/avenge/? abused women — I suggest you check out the web site of one of his biggest fans, who favorably links to him:

Destroy the bitch

Having started out with a hard slam, Mister Cold Fury shows he was just warming up:

… People, you all know I’m a peaceable, conciliatory type. I would never advocate harassing this arrogant shrew to within an inch of her miserable life, making her completely uncomfortable and even afraid in her own home, trembling at the mere prospect of leaving the premises or turning on her computer as a consequence of her outrage against all decency.
I wouldn’t suggest that people call her at all hours, or hold screaming protests on her front lawn complete with bullhorns and windbreaker-clad thugs skulking about and issuing threats against her spouse and children. I wouldn’t call for additional harassment of her despicable employer in hopes of getting her fired. Nor would I wish to see her every waking moment turned into a living nightmare from which there is no awakening.

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I therefore present this link purely for informational purposes, as I’m sure CynDee (eyeroll) did with her original article, with no intent to intimidate or inconvenience… Burn in hell, you abominable shrike.

Just kidding, my ass. In my opinion, he wants her dead and burning in hell because she knows how to search for publicly-available information.

I have no idea what she was trying to do, but to me it’s pretty obvious what Cold Fury Guy and his BFF Fountain are trying to do, and that’s to exert what they see as righteous payback against a “bitch” and a “shrew”.

UPDATE: Thanks to Charles, I’ve been alerted to one of Fountain’s regular commenters, “Jack”, claiming to have acquired information on Cyndee Royale’s Amex and Visa purchases:

more from Fountain post - commenter claims to have Cyndee Royale's AmEx and Visa card histories

And yes, it turns out that Chris Fountain isn’t exactly the enlightened friend to women that he makes himself out to be when he’s trying to defend the indefensible. He stated of Journal-News reporter Heather Salerno “I believe she manned the free condom table” at her college — i.e., he’s saying he thinks she was a dirty nasty slut in college, but did so in a way that allows him to avoid using the S-word. This actually got one of his conservative readers to chide him a bit, saying “Why did you go the low road with THAT one? I thought this was supposed to be a game of my-journalistic-ethics-are-better-than-yours. But now… you have undermined everything you have accomplished over the past 3 days via this one 8-word post up above.”

Outraged con chides Chris Fountain for his sexism RE female reporter

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Ashley Judd Has Mitch McConnell Pee-His-Pants Scared RE: 2014

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 27, 2012

This is hilarious. Ashley Judd hasn’t even come close to openly stating she’d like to run against Mitch McConnell, yet the fact that she is within four points of him in two separate polls — one of them a Republican internal poll — has him panicking a full two years before the election:

Two weeks ago, Public Policy Polling found that McConnell, with an approval rating of just 37%, is the least popular senator in the nation. In a hypothetical match-up against actor Ashley Judd, the Republicans’ Senate leader was ahead by only four points, 47% to 43%.

McConnell’s office responded to the poll with a conspiracy theory, which was odd, and by conducting an internal poll, which turned out to be even odder.

Sen. Mitch McConnell is looking to knock Ashley Judd out of the Kentucky Senate race before she gets in.

The Senate Minority Leader’s campaign has leaked the results of a poll on some of Judd’s positions, saying it proves the Hollywood actress doesn’t pose a threat to his re-election if she decides to launch a campaign.

The polling showed that McConnell’s lead in a hypothetical matchup with Judd jumps from 4% to 20% once voters know more about her, according to a memo provided to Politico.

So, let me get this straight. PPP found McConnell leading Ashley Judd by only four points, 47% to 43%, leading the senator’s aides to allege a conspiracy. But when McConnell conducted his own poll through a Republican polling firm, he learned that his lead over Judd was … four points, 47% to 43%.

Hilarious as it is, McConnell is right to be worried. If the North Carolina Democrats had managed to talk Andy Griffith into running, he would have beaten Jesse Helms like a gong back in 1990, and very likely died as a United States Senator.

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