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Open Thread!

Income inequality is a hot topic among intellectuals. You've got Thomas Piketty's new book this month. You've got a new think tank this year, The Washington Center for Equitable Growthfounded to accelerate cutting-edge analysis into whether and how structural changes in the U.S. economy, particularly related to economic inequality, affect economic growth.


Open Thread (with a bit of trade deficit)

February's trade deficit widened to 42.3 billion, with about half due to trade with China.


Dean Baker, economic prognosticator extraordinaire at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, identifies the US trade deficit as the biggest obstacle to full employment. 


Philomena Review, including spoilers

Philomena is a complex and emotionally gripping story, excellently acted especially by Judi Dench. 


I was unfamiliar with the film’s central topic – that the Catholic Church in 50s Ireland essentially conscripted many young women who had children out of wedlock, forcing them to work without pay and with no means of paying for their release. Then the nuns in the reform school would sell the young women’s children to rich foreigners, probably on the pretense that the children were abandoned.


Digital Sunrise Open Thread

 The way to see the sun in Tiananmen Square is now on an LED Screen:


... I'm in sunny San Diego and giving thanks for the EPA. Open Thread!

Open Thread, with comedy!

The best comedy albums and specials of 2013, according to the AV club:


1. Louis C.K., Oh My God

2. Kumail Nanjiani, Beta Male

3. Maria Bamford, Ask Me About My New God!

4. Amy Schumer, Mostly Sex Stuff

5. Aziz Ansari, Buried Alive

5. (tie) Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land?

6. Pete Holmes, Nice Try, The Devil

Open Thread, Open Existence

Have fun dropping whatever in comments below.


A recent piece in the Guardian from a guy I work with on how terrible the elderly fare in Asian countries.


I sense quite a bit of cognitive dissonance in South Korea, which supposedly culturally values its elders, but which leaves many to suffer in poverty and is obsessed over youth. 


From the article:


1980s Mall Pics Open Thread

More thread and more open

A couple nuggets:


* My thesis: no one has ever been justified in believing in miracles.


I Met A Convicted Serial Killer, And He Made Me Feel More Loved Than Anyone Else In My Life


Please feel free to leave anything below that you'd like to bring to the attention of our esteemed commentariat.

An Open Thread Full of My Ideas

I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you all that I've had recently on the nature of motion:


  • Every body continues in its state of rest, or of uniform motion in a right line, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it.


  • The alternation of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impressed; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impressed.


RIP Lou Reed Open Thread

What a guy.


Feel free to leave thoughts on anything that seems worth talking about below.

To default or not, that is the open thread question - UPDATE x2!

What are people's guesses on whether the US raises the debt ceiling in 3 days? My guess is Boehner digs in and doesn't pass whatever the Senate comes up with. I'd be curious to read anyone else's predictions. This is also an open thread.


UPDATE II: The NAYs have it -- M Aurelius, heet, and Bird Dog are theforvm's preeminent prognosticators! 

Jordan, catchy, nilsey and brendanm98 can't read the country's political dynamics to save their lives! Don't listen to them!


A Happy Place: Modern Afrobeat and Afro-cuban Music

Sometimes it may seem like the world is going to hell in a handbasket. One of the things that makes me happy is the revival of Afro-beat - the funk from West Africa in the 70s originally pioneered by Fela Kuti. 


Minneapolis-St. Paul Open Thread

Matthew Yglesias points out that you should move to Minneapolis-St. Paul:


Gambler's Fallacy Open Thread

The people running the United States are idiots:


"If you're living in that area of Moore in Oklahoma, the likelihood of being hit by another tornado is about zero in terms of odds," Sen. Coburn said.



MSNBC's Brian Shactman attempted to correct Coburn, but the senator dug in.


Dennis "Do me a solid" Rodman Open Thread

I would love to see the look on some career diplomats' faces if Dennis Rodman's foray into international diplomacy ends up working.


Rodman to North Korea: 'Do me a solid' and release American prisoner

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