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Yes, Undecided Voters Are Partisans and Have Opinions — The Monkey Cage

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From themonkeycage.org

One of the stupider things that people say about undecided voters is that they’re stupid. But although they may follow politics less closely than other voters, they’re not somehow devoid of values, beliefs, and attitudes that bear directly on politics.

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Leverage Above the Market

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Category: Finance

From rpseawright.wordpress.com

Leverage — like excessive speeds on the highway — kills and often kills quickly. Whether that leverage is undertaken by hedge funds (as in the example above, even though LTCM resisted being labelled a hedge fund), Wall Street banks (think Lehman Brothers) or retail consumers (think people with multiple investment properties in 2008), troubled times are very difficult to manage by firms and people laden with excessive debt, especially when the items purchased using the leverage (and acting as collateral) are declining swiftly in value.

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Brainless creature solves problems with memories of slime

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Category: Science

From blogs.discovermagazine.com

Every time we walk through a field or forest, we imprint a memory onto the land by trampling the vegetation beneath our feet. These trails can be strengthened by the erosive feet of later walkers, or diminished by re-growing plants.

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