From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE?
Olympic Events for Republicans
Coming soon to an alternate universe near you:
Fiscal cliff divingEverybody gets a score of 9-9-9. And their uniforms come from China because, fuck it, it's a buck cheaper.
Synchronized voter suppression
Car-top dog crate hosedown
Football (the American kind, not the yurpian commie kind!)
More shooting stuff
Caribbean tax-haven-to-tax-haven regatta
Super PAC donor fluffing
Shooting stuff you already shot
Gay servicemember booing
Individual and team pearl clutching
Protest sign spelling bee(canceled, since everyone was disqualified during the qualifying round)
Climate science reality hurdles
Pin the shame on the libertine
Shooting stuff again (bazooka finals)
Economic theory gymnastics
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The US solar industry is undergoing some serious growing pains, with bankruptcies and mergers a necessary part of that process; meanwhile, competition from Chinese solar panels has many believing that American solar simply cannot . . . → Read More: Don’t Give Up Yet: US Solar Companies can Compete with China with a Bit of Innovation
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Everyone loves a good turnaround story. Nowhere is this truer than in the stock . . . → Read More: This Well-Known Stock Just Entered its Second Phase of Big-Time Growth
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This new ad from the Obama campaign does not sound like an apology....[...]
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On it.In response to the Mitt Romney campaign's use of her words in the 2008 primary against Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton comes in swinging, taking direct aim at Romney's financial supporters and campaign advisers:
?I am out of politics, and I haven?t seen any of the ads that you?re talking about,? Clinton said, who has appeared in two Romney ads thus far. ?But I have to say it?s a waste of money. Everybody knows I ran against President Obama in 2008, that?s hardly news. Everybody knows we ran a hard fought campaign and he won. And I have been honored to serve as his secretary of state.?The feckless and incompetent Romney campaign just can't catch a break.
Pericles at Daily Kos has an amusing and enlightening history of shaving and capitalism.
So instead, the market has gone two ways. The mass market has kept research labs busy churning out phony “improvements” that generate market-protecting patents and give advertisers something to work with. And vast amounts of money have been spent persuading men (successfully!) that there’s something new worth paying up for and something primitive about the double-edged safety razor.
For men who have caught on to that game, a connoisseur market sells expensive shaving paraphernalia to bolster an overclass identity. So whether you’re a mass-market Gillette-Fusion-type guy or a connoisseur wielding a buffalo-horn-handle Damascus-steel-blade straight razor, you support a market with high profit margins.
What worries me is that I see exactly the same dynamic in the pharmaceutical industry. It takes a huge investment in time, money and expertise– with big risk– to patent a new drug that actually cures something, or even is measurably better than older, cheaper drugs. That’s why you see existing drugs marketed in new forms– gel caps, dissolvable tabs– or new drugs that are almost the same as older ones in the same class.
Letting the free market lead is harmless enough when it produces a ten-blade disposable razor. When it comes to things that really matter, novelty does not reign supreme.
The NYT reports that for prominent Mormons who are bankrolling Mitt Romney's campaign, their support of Romney is about his being a Mormon, and more generally, about helping promote Mormonism in America and across the world.But this election isn't about Romney's Mormonism, really.[R]ecords show that roughly two dozen members of Mormon families provided nearly $8 million of the financing for...
Mitt Romney may or may not be a job creator, but he [or his campaign team] sure knows how to create a hot new phrase. Under scrutiny for the discrepancy between his SEC filings and his avowals of having left Bain Capital in 1999, Romney has now declared that, in 2002, he climbed into his [...]Related posts:
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? CDs-by-County: I think you're all going to love this. Thanks to yet more hard work by jeffmd, we now have a new chart for you: congressional districts by county. Click the link and you'll find a tab for each state laying out which counties are in which congressional district. But there's a lot more. Jeff has also figured out how many people in each county (or part thereof) are in a given district (that's column C), what percentage of each CD is made up by each county or county-part (column D), and finally, what percentage of each county is in a given CD (column E). Since counties are an easily understood and frequently used layer of political organization (for example, party endorsements are often made at the county level), this kind of information is very useful, since it lets you see how much sway a particular county has in a particular congressional district.
For instance, if you open the Arizona tab, you'll see that 197,708 residents of Pinal County live in AZ-01, and those folks in Pinal make up almost 28% of the congressional district's total population. But if you look at column E, you'll see that only 53% of Pinal is place inside the 1st?that means its split among more than one district. Scrolling down (or searching on the word "Pinal"), you'll see that there's also a teeny-tiny fraction of the county in AZ-03 (just 545 people), as well as a much bigger chunk (some 177K) in AZ-04.
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