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  • Of course, DeLong wants to blame it all on the Republicans. The truth is that DeLong is a card-carrying member of the “Diversity Über Alles” faction of the Democratic party who don’t care about what happens to ordinary Americans as long as the “diversity” and “tolerance” agendas move steadily forwards.
  • Yes, the Republicans did not pass welfare reform, nor NAFTA, nor the sentencing laws that primarily impact minorities and the poor. They did not by themselves bail out "virtuous" Wall Street while ignoring the "non-virtuous" underwater mortgagees. The Bush tax cuts could not have been passed without Democratic participation, nor could the trillions spent in boondoggles oversees. No Republican forced Obama to set up Simpson Bowles or to talk about how the nation needed to tighten its belt at the worst possible time. No Republican forced the Clinton and Obama administrations to look away as massive monopolies grew untouched by anti-trust laws. No Republican forced Obama to slap Wall Street malfeasance on the wrist instead of prosecuting those most responsible. Certainly no Republican forced Clinton to support massive Wall Street deregulation who's impact at the very least was to create a permanent state of regulatory capture due to revolving door politics.

    Most of all, no Republican forced Clinton or Obama to not lobby harder for the middle class and the poor. Maybe the Republicans would have continue to block the efforts, but they could have at least continued to hammer home the narrative ala Sanders rather than hippie bashing and hiding behind "inevitability" arguments. Instead of "liberal" and "government" being dirty words and Democrats always ceding defensive ground to Republican ideology, they could have maintained the narrative that more than just the "technology drivers" (ie: the elite) mattered.

    "If it weren't for those meddlin' Republicans we would have gotten away with it" is getting pretty old now. It is becoming clear that Democratic failure here is a feature rather than a bug.

  • There really is no such thing as “free market”. Corporate and shareholder liability is capped by enforcement of the government, patents and copyrights are enforced by the government, property ownership is enforced by the government. These are all invisible but massive subsidies to corporations – meaning they are the horrid “market manipulation” everyone screams about. They are just invisible to us because we are used to these norms.

     

    Even Hayek would agree that monopolies are bad, he would just claim in a perfect Libertarian world the invisible hand would fix them. Well, with copyrights and patents the invisible hand would fix it – by allowing anyone to use (steal?) anyone else’s intellectual creation. That is, were it not for a government enforced monopoly.

     

    I’m not arguing that these norms are wrong (or right for that matter), but to pretend that markets are in any way “free” is a joke. Similarly when they talk about taxes as being something taken “at threat of gunpoint”, they forget if a company is run badly and you are one of the losers when they go bankrupt, part of why you can’t forcibly take back what is owed to you is “at threat of gunpoint” of the government. Why the kid who has no food has to starve while others have plenty is also “at threat of gunpoint” of the government. Civil society, for better or worse, all works because of government intervention, which ultimately renders the idea of totally “free” moot. In the end, it’s just convention which determines what we consider “free” or not.

     

    Of course, again, we can’t see this because we’re steeped in the middle of it. Like an abused child, they often don’t know there is another possible reality.

  • Carl Weetabix Roch

  • “We have some advice for Smith, as well as the thousands of college students who apply to work at Goldman Sachs each year: If you want to dedicate your life to serving humanity, do not go to work for Goldman Sachs. That’s not its function, and it never will be. Go to work for Goldman Sachs if you wish to work hard and get paid more than you deserve even so. (Or if you want to make your living selling derivatives but don’t know what a derivative is, as Smith concedes in passing that he didn’t at first.)

     

    “Goldman and other investment banks do perform an important role in our economy, and Goldman bankers — most of them, at least — can hold their heads up high. But it is not charity work. Goldman’s clients are mostly very well-off. Smith’s lament that the bank no longer serves their needs above and beyond its own does not tug at our heartstrings.”

  • Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens
  • Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

  • When Kansas Instituted Work Requirements to Get Food Stamps, Guess What Happened

    • I think I have a partial fix - it will at least use the plugin, though it right now it's hung working on an OVA. If I'm lucky it's just that it's busy uploading the OVA, but even if not, it's way closer to working. It at least lets me try to use the functionality.

       

      The problem is, as we say up our way, "You can't get there from here". Without the OpenSSL library the installer fails, but until you've installed it, you don't have the libraries to put in the build directory. The manual run of the installer after the install seems to be "too smart" to regenerate the certificates, therefor the initial run of the certificate generation fails and the installer will never try again.

       

      Solution:

       

      • Install the package first.
      • sudo mkdir -pv /build/toolchain/mac32/openssl-1.0.1m/lib
      • sudo cp /Applications/VMware\ Client\ Integration\ Plugin.app/Contents/Frameworks/lib* /build/toolchain/mac32/openssl-1.0.1m/lib
      • Uninstall the package.
      • Install the package.

       

      The second install will take a long time as OpenSSL ("openssl" process) does it's magic creating certificates. Once complete, the plugin functions, though not sure if it's hung as noted at the top.

       

      I am tempted to try to link the two libraries in "/build" to the existing OS supplied libraries in /usr/lib in the hope that they are more stable. It would also avoid the first ugly install and copy. Granted they are OpenSSL 0.9.8, but may be mostly forwards compatible.

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    • I ran into this issue today when changing the ip-address of the vcenter appliance. It seems the old ip address is not changed in the hosts file on the appliance. to correct this login to appliance management on port 5480 and enable ssh login & bash access. login with ssh and drop into the shell, edit the /etc/hosts file with vi and change the ip-address. After a reboot of the VM and restarting all services in the shell everything was working again.

    • 283 Top Economists Back Trade Pact, Letter Shows
    • Milton Friedman on the right and James Tobin
    • In addition to Friedman, who is on the staff of the Hoover Institution in Palo Alto, the California-based economists endorsing the trade pact were Kenneth J. Arrow, Donald Brown, Anne O. Krueger, Philip I. Levy, Thomas MacCurdy, Ronald McKinnon, George Pencavel, Peter C. Reiss, G. Saloner, William F. Sharpe, John B. Shoven, Ken Singleton, John B. Taylor and Frank Wolak of Stanford University;

      Patrick R. Asea, Arnold C. Harberger, Federico Sturzenegger of UCLA; Menzie Chinn of UC Santa Cruz; Roger Craine, Gerard Debreu, Barry Eichengreen, Joseph Farrell, Albert Fishlow, Jeffrey A. Frankel, Jack Lettichi, Richard Lyons, Maurice Obstfeld, Matthew Rabin, Christina Romber, David Romer, Andrew Rose, Paul A. Ruud, Ernesto Stein, Kenneth Train and Janet Yellen of UC Berkeley; Robert Engle, Bruce Lehmann and Michael Rothschild of UC San Diego; R. Feenstra of UC Davis; B. Peter Rosendorff of USC; and Doug Steigerwald and Linda L. Tesar of UC Santa Barbara.

    • Why I (Belatedly) Blew the Whistle on the SEC’s Failure to Properly Investigate Goldman Sachs

    • MARTIN SMITH: These sources said that at the weekly indictment approval meetings that there was no case ever mentioned that was even close to indicting Wall Street for financial crimes.

    • "We actually decided to try to find out whether it is a public safety issue, whether it is a problem with transgender people misusing bathrooms to prey on others," [Wallace] said.

        

      The Fox News host then noted that Politifact was unable to find any instances of people using laws meant to protect transgender people as cover for committing a crime.

        

      "This seems to be a solution in search of a problem," Wallace said.

    • Recent Fast Food Consumption and Bisphenol A and Phthalates Exposures among the U.S. Population in NHANES, 2003–2010

    • HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility.
    • It allows you to download a World  Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML,  images, and other files from the server to your computer.
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