Paul Krugman “William Cronon and the American Thought Police” - NYTimes.com 3/28/11
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING FOR NORTHERN CONNECTICUT…RHODE ISLAND…AND MOST OF MASSACHUSETTS…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING.
DRY NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 25 TO 30 MPH WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT MUCH OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TODAY. SINGLE DIGIT DEWPOINTS WILL RESULT IN MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES BETWEEN 20 AND 25 PERCENT. THESE CONDITIONS WILL RESULT IN AN ELEVATED FIRE SPREAD POTENTIAL IN SNOW FREE LOCATIONS.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.
Though I wish the NWS forecasts would not shout so—it’s about them being in ALL CAPS—I’m relieved in this case they are.
It’s a cold, dry early spring here, folks, and we thirst for warm rains.
Colds and flu like dry, too friends, so forewarned is forearmed (heh). Take precautions.
100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire via DemocracyNow!
Growing up as I did in New York, not far from “the City” as we used to call it, we learned about this in history class. How could conditions have been so bad in the ole USA, which we also were taught to think of as so grand? Eventually we learned that the country only got that way by effort and attention to what was just.
I don’t own an iPad, but I do use Ping. It’s good to know this facility now exists on this breakthrough, hybrid device.
Source: Apple Inside iTunes
You can now directly follow the activity of the artists, friends, and others you’re following in Ping on your iPad. Tap the Ping button in the middle of the iTunes button bar across the bottom, then tap Activity, People or Profile across the top to navigate the trails of likes, posts and purchases from the people whose talent and tastes interest you. Tap albums along the way, tap songs to hear the samples, move fluidly among the musical possibilities. A delight that feels as good as it sounds.
Portugal’s government has just fallen in a dispute over austerity proposals. Irish bond yields have topped 10 percent for the first time. And the British government has just marked its economic forecast down and its deficit forecast up.
What do these events have in common? They’re all evidence that slashing spending in the face of high unemployment is a mistake. Austerity advocates predicted that spending cuts would bring quick dividends in the form of rising confidence, and that there would be few, if any, adverse effects on growth and jobs; but they were wrong.
It’s too bad, then, that these days you’re not considered serious in Washington unless you profess allegiance to the same doctrine that’s failing so dismally in Europe.
Why not slash deficits immediately? Because tax increases and cuts in government spending would depress economies further, worsening unemployment. And cutting spending in a deeply depressed economy is largely self-defeating even in purely fiscal terms: any savings achieved at the front end are partly offset by lower revenue, as the economy shrinks.
A serious fiscal plan for America would address the long-run drivers of spending, above all health care costs, and it would almost certainly include some kind of tax increase. But we’re not serious: any talk of using Medicare funds effectively is met with shrieks of “death panels,” and the official G.O.P. position — barely challenged by Democrats — appears to be that nobody should ever pay higher taxes. Instead, all the talk is about short-run spending cuts.
In short, we have a political climate in which self-styled deficit hawks want to punish the unemployed even as they oppose any action that would address our long-run budget problems. And here’s what we know from experience abroad: The confidence fairy won’t save us from the consequences of our folly.” —
Paul Krugman “The Austerity Delusion” - NYTimes.com 3/24/11
I’ll read Kruggie, paywall or no.
Yesterday I was trudging across campus through snow, and today I managed to catch sight of willow branches, gone all yellow because of Spring, shining in the morning sun. It was absolutely worth trying to stay open–hearted for. Moreover, I wouldn’t have had this sight had I not been taking the backroads to avoid some annoying traffic. So this was a double delight.