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Even a blogger needs to eat. This blog is primarily Charles' hobby. But if he is intent on continuing to woo the Hooter's waitresses in Chatanooga he needs something that pays.... wings don't come free you know. Here's a link to his day job where he works the education beat and, assuming he can't annoy enough people that way, is sometimes allowed to write opinion pieces.


Need perspective? Watson offers readers all they could possibly eat. For a unique view on current events, namely how they look from orbit, here's Chuck's Real-Time(ish) Satellite Imagery of Areas of Interest. Whenever it strikes his fancy, and there's good telemetry, Chuck will process and post near real-time images of locations in the news. Eminently engrossing.


Wanna get into the head of a Japanese salaryman? Why, for Chis'sakes?! Well, assumin' you do, feel welcome to check out the on-line journal of Campbell's English class. Everyday, a group of disaffected salarymen are required to spill out their inner-most thoughts about life, the universe and everything in broken English. Amazingly prosaic.




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Shoutin' across the Pacific
Chiizu taberu koufuku shiteiru saru ga kangei-saremasen.
 
Sunday, April 10, 2005
 
Crazy. According to at least one survey, Pueto Ricans are the most satisfied people on earth. That may have something to do with the weather and the scenery. Or maybe it's just the high rate of mental illness on the island.

posted by Charles at 11:39 PM
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Saturday, April 02, 2005
 
FDR Responsible for Prolonging - Not Ending - Great Depression. Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian, two economists at the University of California, Los Angeles, reached that conclusion in a new study published in the Journal of Political Economy.

Specifically, they blame New Deal policies explicitly aimed at raising prices and wages.

"High wages and high prices in an economic slump run contrary to everything we know about market forces in economic downturns," Ohanian said. "As we've seen in the past several years, salaries and prices fall when unemployment is high. By artificially inflating both, the New Deal policies short-circuited the market's self-correcting forces."

Without those policies, they contend, the Depression would have ended in 1936 instead of the year when they believe the slump actually ended: 1943.

Several media outlets picked up the results of Cole and Ohanian's research, and they treated it as if it was shocking news.

It shouldn't be.

There's a wealth of data and economic analyses that shows FDR's policies extended the Great Depression and made it worse. This latest study is just one more piece of evidence in the case against the New Deal.


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