Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Economics of Native America

As I work on a paper on Native American Economic systems during the post-Thanksgiving melee that happens every year, it’s easy to forget that when it comes to issues of socioeconomic status, and race, Native Americans (known as First Nations … Continue reading

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JOLT-ing 4 to 1 Odds

The Job Opening and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) report came out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and basically shows that for every job opening, there’s 3 job seekers – except for the extra 5 million people that they didn’t … Continue reading

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Depression Economics and Society: 2013 Edition

There’s been a lot of hubbub about a speech that Larry Summers gave to the IMF claiming secular stagnation had set in. It gave every economist around the world a moment of pause. Summers’ premise is that this depression-level economy … Continue reading

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Toronto and the Antithesis of Regionalism

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had faculty from the Economics, Sociology, and Political Science departments at my University ask me what the hell was going on in Toronto. They know I’m a defacto Canadian. It sure has been … Continue reading

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Cultural Constructs and Nothingness

Richard Cohen had this to say in today’s Washington Post: “Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of … Continue reading

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The Social Trauma of War – Rememberance/Veteran’s Day

“War is a continuation of politics by other means, and an act of violence pushed to its utmost bounds.” – Carl von Clausewitz Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian General, but he was also a Hegalian; the same philosophical teachings … Continue reading

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Pushing Statistical Derp

It turns out that the entire October jobs report is derp, and needs to be thrown in the trash. Yesterday, I wrote about how the job numbers were very skewed in statistical analysis. According to this story on the AP … Continue reading

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