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Amazon: Still A Charity For Consumers Funded By Investors?

Roughly a year ago, after Amazon came out with its 2012 earnings report, Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias called...
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Sarajevo, The Media, And ‘Breaking News’ Coverage, 100 Years Later

Source: Outside the Beltway

Among the more amusing things about the reminiscing we’re seeing today on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, which sent Europe on a path to a war that continues to reverberate today has been the look that some have taken at how the media reacted to the events in that remote part of a dying Austro-Hungarian Empire. Matthew Yglesias, for example, points out how spectacularly wrong The New York Times got things ...
Full article at: Outside the Beltway Jun 28 2014, 11:24am CDT

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The Death of Urbanization in the United States

Source: Miller-McCune

Many urban cores around the United States are experiencing a renaissance, after many decades of demographic decline. Cities may be growing. But urbanization is waning: More people moved into nonmetro counties from metro areas than in the other direction over the past two decades, according to analysis of annual county population estimates. Urbanization today is fueled by differential natural increase and higher immigration rates. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has become increasingl ...
Full article at: Miller-McCune Jun 25 2014, 4:00am CDT

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Isn’t Medieval—and Why That Matters

Source: Miller-McCune

If there’s one thing everyone can seem to agree on about George R.R. Martin’s bloody behemoth of a book and television series, it’s that the setting is “medieval fantasy.” Martin’ publisher bills his work as “set in an age of knights and chivalry.” Articles about the HBO adaptation explore the “real events from medieval history” that inspired the plot. When the series is criticized for its violence, treatment of women, or willingness to ice beloved characters, rejoi ...
Full article at: Miller-McCune Jun 12 2014, 4:00am CDT

The Hubristic Elites Who Want to Eliminate Cash

Source: The Atlantic

While investigating Bitcoin, Antonis Polemitis once poked fun at coverage of the currency by imagining how the media would react to the introduction of cash. He titled his parody, "Bizarre Shadowy Paper-Based Payment System Being Rolled Out Worldwide." Cash has been dubbed "bills" among "the shadowy community of anti-banking libertarians who have been the primary users of cash to date," the article explains, and "though hard to imagine, cash operates ...
Full article at: The Atlantic Jun 6 2014, 5:22am CDT

Far Right’s Rise In Europe Lays Largely In The Failures Of Mainstream Parties

Source: Outside the Beltway

Last week, Dave Schuler noted that the results of the elections for the European Parliament showed a decided tilt toward the right throughout the continent, and in several nations a tilt toward parties that have previously lived on the fringes of politics. This is of concern for several reasons, not the least of them being the possibility that this success at the continental level will translate into success in national elections and that the political climate in much of Europe could ...
Full article at: Outside the Beltway Jun 1 2014, 8:08am CDT

It's Cheaper to House the Homeless Than Not House Them (In Case Economics Is More Important to You Than Empathy)

Source: The Stranger

Slog Tipper John alerts us to a great piece by Matthew Yglesias over at Vox on a fascinating new report out of Florida analyzing the costs of housing—and not housing—the homeless: A new study is out providing support to one of my favorite ideas in public policy—that the best way to deal with the challenge of homelessness is to give homeless people homes to live in. To some it sounds utopian and it's natural to worry about the cost, but a great deal of evi ...
Full article at: The Stranger May 30 2014, 1:30pm CDT

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