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A change at the top of The Huffington Post’s business desk: More of Peter Goodman on the ‘middle class’ | Capital New York

When Arianna Huffington hired Peter Goodman away from The New York Times to serve as editor of her website’s business and technology verticals back in September of 2010, the move was surprising for several reasons. For one thing, the notion that someone from such an esteemed paper might jump to Huffington’s splashy aggregator still seemed novel at the time.


Derek Thompson Might be America’s Most Underrated Blogger | Crasstalk

Why doesn’t The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson get more attention? I rarely see his stuff linked from other big economics-oriented liberal bloggers and he seems to always be overshadowed by the other writers at his own publication – folks like James Fallows, Ta-Nahesi Coates and (barf) Megan McCardle.


The Invincible Military-Industrial Complex

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Americans Love Canada, Poll Shows

In the eyes of Americans it’s hard to be more popular than Canada. In Gallup’s annual favorability ratings, no country scored better than America’s neighbor to the north. “A whopping 96% of Americans have a generally favorable view of Canada, while 3% view it unfavorably,” Gallup reported on its website.


A Blueprint for a 21st Century Workforce

In his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke directly to the need to create more high-wage jobs. “I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last,” he declared. “This blueprint begins with American manufacturing.”


Charles Murray on the new upper class « Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

The other day I posted some comments on the voting patterns of rich and poor in the context of Charles Murray’s recent book, “Coming Apart.” My graphs on income and voting are just fine, but I mischaracterized Murray’s statements. So I want to fix that right away.


Brian Stelter: What I Read

How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can’t they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers.


Unbroken homes: Five creative reuses for foreclosed houses

Last week, big banks agreed to fork over $26 billion to make up for some of the bungling and malfeasance that led to the massive national mortgage meltdown and economic implosion. Their misdeeds included everything from sloppy paperwork to cases where banks actually foreclosed on homes that they did not own.


Magazine readers prefer tablet versions to print

This doesn’t bode well for the future of print magazines: according to media measurement and insights firm GfK MRI, 67% of tablet users say they would rather read an electronic version of a magazine than a paper version.


Your Start-up Life: Advice on Work, Life, and Play for the Creative Class

This week I spoke with food entrepreneur Mario Batali: "Prove you can do something for someone else first and do not be afraid to work well below your pay potential to get essential experience at the ground level. All great workplace leadership positions merit five years of practice."


Book Reviews Aren’t Dead (Just Ask The Wall Street Journal)

Peter Osnos – Peter Osnos is a journalist turned book editor/publisher. He spent 18 years working at various bureaus for The Washington Post before founding Public Affairs Books. More Peter Osnos is founder and editor at large of PublicAffairs books and a media fellow at The Century Foundation which distributes this weekly “Platform” column.


The Top 1% Must Stop Insisting They’re Not Rich Right This Instant

Take a deep breath. Relax. Center yourself. Think about your bank account. Now. Are you ready for an article explaining why $196,000 per year is not that much money? Good.


Tech Blog: Tech Scene, Trends, People & Culture

There are 57 Wall Street analysts in Bloomberg’s database who follow Apple Inc., and only one of them has a “sell” rating: Edward Zabitsky. His reasoning? Zabitsky, an analyst at… More women are stepping into top roles in tech, filling a striking one in five CIO spots at top companies.


Quantifying Alien Encounters: the Rio Scale

I remember running SETI@home on my computer back in college. While some of the enthusiasm for this project has waned since then, people in the field of SETI, or the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, are still hoping and searching for evidence of aliens. And once that happens, we’ll be ready.


Leaked Docs from Heartland Institute Cause a Stir—But Is One a Fake?

Over the course of a few days, details have emerged. According to Heartland, someone contacted them pretending to be a board member, and requested that the organization “resend” their annual meeting board package to an alternative email address. And apparently some gullible staffer actually complied. The result is here.


The ‘Wow!’ Signal: One Man’s Search for SETI’s Most Tantalizing Trace of Alien Life

Late one night in the summer of 1977, a large radio telescope outside Delaware, Ohio intercepted a radio signal that seemed for a brief time like it might change the course of human history.


A Wikileaks-type website for Appalachia

COMMENTARY | February 12, 2012 Activists, their eye on coal companies and government, encourage whistle-blowers to post documents online. They promise confidentiality and plan to act as a conduit to reporters. By Jim A group of computer programmers, freelance journalists and transparency activists in West Virginia has begun a Wikileaks type whistle-blowing website aimed at coal companies, government bureaucracies and establishment groups in Appalachia.


The Value of Friends and Sponsors at Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Feb 16 2012, 10:56 AM ET Marty Mann, executive director of the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism, proved a valuable mentor for many early women of AA. Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series from Amanda Smith about the drinking life of Countess Felicia Gizycka, daughter of famed newspaper editor Cissy Patterson, and the other women involved in the early Alcoholics Anonymous movement.

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