Random Sampler

  • http://www.songramp.com/mod/mps/viewtrack.php?trackid=75248 – Music and lyrics to the song “Hardwired” composed by some geeky political scientists to do research on the link between biology/genetics and people’s political attitudes.
  • http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-13/rich-americans-save-money-from-tax-cuts-instead-of-spending-moody-s-says.html – One argument for extending tax breaks on the most wealthy Americans is that they will use that money to create jobs and stimulate the economy. This study, in contrast, provides evidence that wealthy Americans instead will simply put the extra money into savings accounts.
  • http://www.kentucky.com/2010/09/26/1451118/games-show-we-can-aim-higher-and.html – Centre College’s President John Roush penned this editorial in last week’s Lexington Herald-Leader. He argues that the World Equestrian Games have shown the world what Kentucky can do, and that now we should put forth the same effort to improve the state’s standing on “education, economic opportunity, public health, environmental practice and a number of other areas.” He argues that Kentucky needs to “develop the habit of aiming higher.”
  • www.whitehouse.gov/whiteboard – For better or worse, the internet offers a way for our elected officials to bypass the media and communicate directly with their constituents. In this case, the Obama administration has unveiled a new “White Board” website where “one of our key players on the White House team will … break down an issue affecting American families into simple, understandable terms.” The first post presents the White House’s position on renewing the Bush tax cuts which are set to expire at the end of this year.

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