Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Bits and Pieces - November 1, 2011

A bunch of stuff relevant to OWS, not all explicitly so.

Richard Cohen joins the 99%.

Jim Sleeper is all over the map with this one, but he makes some good points if you have the patience to find them.

One year at Princeton University: $37,000. One year at a New Jersey state prison: $44,000. There are a lot of reasons for this, including that so many states have privatized their prison system. Was it really smart to develop a constituency that makes money from having people incarcerated?

You've probably seen those charts where you scroll and scroll and scroll to see how the Republican flat tax plans will benefit the 1%. More about that and links here. Did the candidates not think that someone would figure this out? What about the people who will vote for them?

The prime minister has suggested that the Greek people vote on whether they want more austerity shoved down their throats. The rest of the world is not pleased.

On to other things.

A good summary of what is known about the situation at Fukushima.

Making the Grade: Why the Cheapest Maple Syrup Tastes Best

Added Later: George Washington on Constitutional originalism. (Hint: He probably wouldn't agree with Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas.)

Anatol Lieven: Maybe we should look at Pakistan as an enemy. In Afghanistan, anyway.

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