The Dismal Science and How You Can Fix That
Feb11

The Dismal Science and How You Can Fix That

Economics, the “dismal science” — and not just because the unemployment rate is still high. Guest poster DesertBeacon wants to know what your favorite sources for economic news are, and how you counter the “scientific” bias that treats the field like numbers, and not humans, make things happen.

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MOMocrats Top Political Stories of 2011
Dec29

MOMocrats Top Political Stories of 2011

The gifts have been opened, the menorah has been put away, and the tree is starting to look a little parched. These are all clues that it’s time to engage in the media’s favorite New Year’s Tradition: The Top Ten List.This year, we’ve got one, too. MOMocrats Cynematic and Karoli joined me on yesterday’s MOMochat podcast to talk about our picks for Top Political Stories of 2011. And since we only get one...

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Digital Bootstraps for Analog Problems — A Reply to Gene Marks’ “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”
Dec22

Digital Bootstraps for Analog Problems — A Reply to Gene Marks’ “If I Were A Poor Black Kid”

Gene Marks seems to suggest that kids from impoverished backgrounds – all too many of whom are African American – can simply access computers and lift themselves up by their digital bootstraps to use free websites and enter elite prep schools or colleges. Maybe a handful of motivated kids will manage a heroic feat like that despite all the odds, but is this going to work for the majority of poor kids?

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