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Business cycle assymetry. More support for thinking that the economy doesn't fluctuate around a long term average, it just hits potential or not, usually not, especially these days. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/on-the-asymmetry-of-booms-and-slumps-wonkish/?_r=0

Filibusters and status quo conservatism help the rich. Anti-democratic Founding Fathers: "Just as planned." http://phys.org/news/2013-12-super-rich-benefit-status-quo.html

Nice phrase: environmental fiscal reform. http://phys.org/news/2013-12-environmental-fiscal-reform-environment-economy.html

Finnish prison cell http://yle.fi/ecepic/archive/00091/vankila_selli_konnun_91307b.jpg
Finnish prison cell with a bucket for a toilet http://yle.fi/ecepic/archive/00187/selli_paljuselli_ve_187179b.jpg

Aragorn should look Egyptian or Middle-Eastern http://dresdencodak.tumblr.com/post/71363931729/this-is-completely-unrelated-to-dresden-codak-but

Some private colleges cutting and rationalizing tuition http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/education/getting-out-of-discount-game-small-colleges-lower-the-price.html

LAPD harasses jaywalkers http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/us/in-a-car-culture-clash-its-los-angeles-police-vs-pedestrians.html

Making fun of gold mines and Bitcoin mines. Though I'm seeing some potential utility for Bitcoins for international payments, or was before countries starting slamming down. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/opinion/krugman-bits-and-barbarism.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The unemployed suffer most, but a poor economy imprisons the employed, as well; little freedom to leave. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/the-plight-of-the-employed/?_r=0 Which makes it a good time to link back to the liberation of full employment http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2012/10/14/full_employment_a_moderate_idea_with_radical_implications.html

Should we regulated Uber? Yes, and we already do, in the important ways: http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/12/24/uber_regulation_of_course_it_should_be_regulated_and_it_is.html

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