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  1. Rhapsody1447

    512 Paths to the White House

    512 Paths to the White House - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com A fantastic visualization of the various paths to the White House. I'm sorry conservative brethren, but the road ahead looks nigh impassable. For people who think Romney will win, which path do you predict he'll get there by?
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    Site Data

    Is time-series site data available? I'd love to be able to look at historical site statistics and the effect of elections on the user base. (e.g. new registrations, political leans, post/thread count, overall activity, etc.)
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    Is Uncle Sam The Biggest Enabler Of Private Equity Jobs "Offshoring"?

    Is Uncle Sam The Biggest Enabler Of Private Equity Jobs "Offshoring"? | ZeroHedge Lately, it has become particularly fashionable to bash private equity, especially among those workers in the employ of the state. The argument, in as much as capitalism can be summarized in one sentence, is that...
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    Monetary Policy, Money, and Inflation

    FRBSF Economic Letter: Monetary Policy, Money, and Inflation (2012-21, 6/30/2012) A great letter describing how our current environment has forced us to rethink textbook monetary policy. Key Excerpts: Before interest on reserves, the opportunity cost for holding noninterest-bearing bank...
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    Redditor Plays Civ II for 10 Years, World Turns to Hell

    I've been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. : gaming Awesome story. Any Civ players out there?
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    What would happen if the Fed forgave U.S. Treasury Debt?

    I've seen very little research on this and I'm curious to hear people's thoughts. Currently the Federal Reserve holds $1,667.63 Billion in U.S. Treasury securities. What would happen if they forgave it? What would happen to the dollar? What would happen to the real economy? What would happen...
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    George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says

    George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, official says - The Washington Post Looks like this will be the next major court case to follow over the next couple years. I can't see anyone being upset by this, both sides should be glad to see the issue vetted in the proper way.
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    Rick Santorum Drops Out: GOP Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaigns

    Rick Santorum Drops Out: GOP Presidential Candidate Suspends 2012 Presidential Campaign (LIVE VIDEO) Video at link. It's about time.
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    FRED Add-In for Microsoft Excel

    No discussion necessary, just thought I would share in case people hadn't heard of it. I love this add-in and use it all the time. For people who use excel and FRED data regularly this is a must. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OAH-wGtP_k8 Economic Data Add-In for...
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    The Tax System Explained in Beer

    http://www.ijreview.com/2012/04/688-tax-system-explained-beer/ Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this… The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing The fifth...
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    Who Killed the Debt Deal?

    Long but enjoyable read about the intricacies of what happened back in August of last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/magazine/obama-vs-boehner-who-killed-the-debt-deal.html?pagewanted=all The conclusion reeks of unfair speculation about the motivations of the actors, however it does...
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    Why a Balanced Budget is an Elusive Ideal

    Professor Antony Davies of George Mason eloquently dissects why the concept of a balanced budget is fiscally impossible. Disclaimer: By making this post I am not advocating the need for a balanced budget tomorrow. The video is meant to show why it's simply not a reality any time soon.
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    Holder 1995: We Must 'Brainwash' People Against Guns

    I'm not an ardent subscriber of this forum or the guns rights issue in general. I currently live in a state that makes it nearly impossible for me to buy a gun and have relegated the issue (perhaps naively) to the back of my mind. However, I do strongly believe in the 2nd amendment and think...
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    EXCLUSIVE-U.S., Britain to agree emergency oil stocks release

    EXCLUSIVE-U.S., Britain to agree emergency oil stocks release | Energy & Oil | Reuters An official statement is expected to be released shortly.
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    Man and Machine

    Ray Dalio: Man and machine | The Economist
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    Buffett’s NetJets Is Countersued by U.S. for $366 Million in Unpaid Taxes

    Buffett Refusing the pay taxes on private corporate jets? Man, what a 1% thing to do. Stay classy, Buffet.
  17. Rhapsody1447

    The Geography of Government Benefits

    And this is BEFORE Obama even took office. Who knows where it's at today. The Geography of Government Benefits - Interactive Map - NYTimes.com
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    U.S. Mortgage Servicers in $25B Settlement

    U.S. Mortgage Servicers in $25B Settlement - Bloomberg This was a pretty big story today. I have mixed feelings about it. First, there was significant pressure on the state attorney generals by the Obama administration to go through with the settlement. Second, the settlement relieves...
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    Who’s Financing the ‘Super PACs’

    I don't have much commentary, just thought DP would be interested. Financial disclosures for Super-PAC donors came out yesterday. Here is the list from NYTimes: Who?s Financing the ?Super PACs? - Graphic - NYTimes.com Those in the financial industry might recognize some of the following guys...
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    Obama-backed electric car battery-maker files for bankruptcy

    Obama-backed electric car battery-maker files for bankruptcy Obama-backed electric car battery-maker files for bankruptcy - The Hill's E2-Wire More evidence that the DOE should not be blowing taxpayer money just because the investment has the potential to be "green". When will the government...
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