Tuesday, June 7, 2011
In an experiment reported in Science, researchers have now done exactly that.
Monday, June 6, 2011
The car bailouts have sent the message that, if a politically important industry is in trouble, the government may step in, rearrange the existing creditors' normal priorities, and dictate the result it wants. Lenders will be very hesitant to extend credit under these conditions.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
But miners and steelworkers are one thing. When the public employees of, say, Wisconsin hit the streets, it looked more like a bunch of disgruntled DMV clerks and graduate teaching assistants, because, well, that's what it was.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
"...institutionalized racial preferences and ethnic quotas at nursing, dental, and medical schools is nothing new. What the bill’s language does that is new is make sure that race, sex and ethnic quotes will be institutionalized in perpetuity.
Medical schools have been making use of racial preferences for decades. And like everywhere else where racial preferences have been practiced, there’s a huge downside.
To be sure, outstanding black and Latino students are studying at many of the nation’s best medical training institutes. But racial preference policies have allowed other black and Latino students who are less-than-qualified into many of these same schools. This has led to high dropout rates and the failure to pass critical licensing exams at rates far higher than their classmates."
Thursday, June 2, 2011
It is sometimes unfair to tag presidents with blame for an underperforming economy. Not this time. This president made conscious policy choices during a deep recession to reorder vast swaths of American industry. Strong-performing economies need clarity. Barack Obama has given ours indecision stretching to the horizon.
The Skilled Veterans Corps, as they call themselves, is made up of retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60.
They say they should be facing the dangers of radiation, not the young.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 422,000, the Labor Department said. The prior weeks figure was revised up to 428,000.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims dropping to 415,000 from a previously reported count of 424,000.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Texas has a shale boom starting that could dramatically increase American oil production — an increase perhaps as high as 25%, which would help curb gas prices and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. But this field could be at risk — and other fields as well — if the US Fish and Wildlife Service lists the sand dunes lizard as endangered.
Reminiscent of the debacle in California's Central Valley, where crops rot and people stand in line for food while the EPA engineers a drought.