Links, 2/14/10

- Paul Willen and Kris Gerardi have critical comments on the foreclosure paper I linked to early today.

- Concurring Opinions has a forum on Tim Wu’s The Master Switch (which I haven’t read, but is on my must-read short pile of books). The first contribution is a great piece from Frank Pasquale who compare and contrasts Wu with original law-and-economics thinker and progressive hero Robert Lee Hale.

Dara Lind wrote a piece about the problems with discussing immigration through heartbreaking stories.  Relevant for any progressive narrative, it sets oneself up for problems when you don’t want to just defend tragic cases.  She also wrote another piece about the disturbing implication that ICE can’t count.

- Dave Dayen points out we’ve reached the end of the argument on jobs and fiscal policy. Should I bother to continue to tell you how messed up the labor markets are? Does it matter anymore? #despair Also Dayen finds the best part of the new Geithner profile. Funny that the financial innovation all the boomers are going to need – solid savings for retirement – is the exact opposite of what they got – clever ways to use their house, their biggest investment, as a marker at a roulette table.

- Bob Kuttner’s review of Eric Alterman’s new book was a good piece and a good meta-commentary on where different strands of Obama coverage are.

- It appears that the defense budget Won The Future. This New York Times budget proposal map is really cool.

I still think Scott Lucas is great.  This youtube account is a(n official?) video collection of recent performances by Local H. Here’s a kinda terrible but completely awesome song off Local H’s first album called “Mayonnaise and Malaise.”  It’s about working at a Subway sandwich shop in Zion, IL after graduating high school:

This blog is like three bad decisions away from working at a Subway in Zion, IL.

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