Category Archives: US

Sonja speaks! (sort of)

A couple of videos showcasing Sonja’s recent experiments with vocalization. Her happier experiments, that is. This first is Sonja and her new favorite “game”: watch the approaching noise-making devices. link to download video This one shows Sonja in an unusually … Continue reading

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Every fur tells a story

One of the best things about flying is the in-flight magazine–the schlocky voice of corporate marketing and upscale hub-city businesses trying to attract some tourist clientèle. It’s always an odd mix of high prices and low class. From a recent … Continue reading

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The States of the Union

From the New Economist blog, I learned about this interesting website, the State of the Union, at which you can read the text of every presidential State of the Union address, from G.W. in 1790 to G.W.B. in 2006. The … Continue reading

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US housing prices in historical perspective

The Economist’s View features this look at a paper by Irrational Exuberance author Robert Shiller. Shiller has constructed a series of data on US housing prices going back to 1890. The resulting graph clearly shows that something out of the … Continue reading

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Cost-of-war counter

I would have posted this over on Lumpenlogogracy, but for some reason I’m having trouble signing in there. I happened across this site this afternoon that counts the cost to US taxpayers of the war in Iraq and calculates for … Continue reading

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