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A Democracy or a Political Marketplace? Harvard Law and Policy Review

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Politics

From hlpronline.com

The United States’ current campaign finance system offers a clear, if not paradigmatic, example of how market reasoning can distort outcomes and crowd out other norms, such as democratic norms like political equality.

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Red Tape - ′Fair and square′ pricing? That′ll never work, JC Penney. We like being shafted

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Business

From redtape.msnbc.msn.com

No more coupons or confusing multiple markdowns. No more 600 sales a year. No more deceptive circulars full of sneaky fine print. Heck, the store even did away with the 99 cents on the end of most price tags.

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Michael Geismar’s $710,000 blackjack breakfast AR: Absolute Return - Alpha

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Business

From www.absolutereturn-alpha.com

The story of how one hedge fund manager scored a blockbuster payday afterhours at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas. “We’re going to need more chips over here!”

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The Great Gatsby and the American dream Books The Guardian

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Society

From www.guardian.co.uk

It is telling that even economists think that F Scott Fitzgerald′s masterpiece offers the most resonant (and economical) shorthand for the problems of social mobility, economic inequality and class antagonism that we face today.

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Pain-Killing Transplants The Scientist

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Medicine

From the-scientist.com

Neurons injected into mice help treat chronic pain at its roots, rather than simply alleviating its symptoms.

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The Optimistic Directive Talking Philosophy

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Society

From blog.talkingphilosophy.com

Noted writer Neal Stephenson has argued that contemporary science fiction is too focused on nihilism and apocalyptic scenarios. The current crop of such works, such as the Walking Dead, are compared rather unfavorably to the hopeful view of the future that was supposed to be common theme in the mid twentieth century.

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A TROPICAL BREW More Intelligent Life

Friday, June 1, 2012
Category: Religion

From moreintelligentlife.com

Deep in the Brazilian rainforest there is a town built around a church where worshippers drink hallucinogenic tea.

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