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ZeroHedge: The Top Ten ‘Fiscal Cliff’ To-Do List

Nice detail on the fiscal cliff. Here’s the list.


Read the whole thing here.


NYT/Ross Douthat: The Birthrate and America’s Future

There are many great reasons to have a large family. This one is more controversial & has stirred up more commentary than thought.

It’s a near-universal law that modernity reduces fertility. But compared with the swiftly aging nations of East Asia and Western Europe, the American birthrate has proved consistently resilient, hovering around the level required to keep a population stable or growing over the long run.
America’s demographic edge has a variety of sources: our famous religiosity, our vast interior and wide-open spaces (and the four-bedroom detached houses they make possible), our willingness to welcome immigrants (who tend to have higher birthrates than the native-born).

John P Kotter/HBR: Accelerate!

Keeping up with the pace of modern life.

We cannot ignore the daily demands of running a company, which traditional hierarchies and managerial processes can still do very well. What they do not do well is identify the most important hazards and opportunities early enough, formulate creative strategic initiatives nimbly enough, and implement them fast enough.
The existing structures and processes that together form an organization’s operating system need an additional element to address the challenges produced by mounting complexity and rapid change. The solution is a second operating system, devoted to the design and implementation of strategy, that uses an agile, networklike structure and a very different set of processes. The new operating system continually assesses the business, the industry, and the organization, and reacts with greater agility, speed, and creativity than the existing one. It complements rather than overburdens the traditional hierarchy, thus freeing the latter to do what it’s optimized to do. It actually makes enterprises easier to run and accelerates strategic change. This is not an “either or” idea. It’s “both and.” I’m proposing two systems that operate in concert.

Here’s the link.

It’s A Fat, Fat World After All

ZeroHedge: “Survival Of The Fattest”

There are multiple factors which are linked to the development of obesity globally, but sugar-sweetened drinks have attracted particular attention in the US. Sugar intake from sugar-sweetened drinks is thought to be the largest single caloric food source in the US, approaching 15% of the daily calorific intake in several population groups.

Still not convinced that the government should be involved in finding a solution. They are more typically the problem.

State Government Control Since 1938 – Graphic –

Building conservative bench strength.
Great graph at the link.

There are now more state capitals dominated by a single party —  where one party controls the legislature and the governor’s office —  than at any time since 1952.

Ace of Spades HQ: Early election analysis


The Southwest has been rumored to be the future graveyard of the GOP, but both New Mexico and Nevada outperformed the national trend. Arizona’s lack of movement is probably more the result of a slight 2008 bounce for McCain than anything else. So, perhaps that conclusion is a little premature.Those all-important swing states of Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado? All of them underperformed the national trend. I’m sure Obama’s ad blitz, early voting push and microtargeting focus on these states had plenty to do with that.Some good news: the Rust Belt (minus Ohio) seems to be moving in the GOP’s direction as a region. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite fast enough for the 2012 election but Republicans would be smart to target this region more forcefully in upcoming elections.Finally, the gut punch: See the five reddest states on that map? This indicates the strongest movement towards the GOP in 2012 and all five states went to Mitt Romney decisively. There were also Senate races in those five states. We lost four of them.

Read the whole thing here.

C-SPAN: Greg Lukianoff on new book Unlearning Liberty

Any good? Let me know.

Greg Lukianoff, author and President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, discussed his book,Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, about free speech issues on campus and more.


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