Poor Georgie… Nobody wants to play with him anymore.

Sanchez likens it to the kid others avoid at high school. But as Joe Gandleman (Moderate Voice) notes, it’s actually “more akin to what happens in a corporation when someone is either out favor, on probation, demoted or clearly on the verge of firing.”

h/t: Greatscat!


Rae Campaign Launch

As most everyone knows by now, Bob Rae will be launching his campaign today. The news conference is being opened up to “bloggers of every Liberal persuasion” (even Warren Kinsella). Should be interesting.

Update: Good questions and answers in the conference call. My question was one of the last and seeing as they were running out of time, I just asked if Bob was in favour of OMOV. The answer: “Yes, very much so. I’m strongly in favour of that.” Good. Now, I wonder what Ignatieff’s position is on this issue…

Oh, and here’s his new website (nothing to write home about, it has to be said).

Krugman on the Automakers “Bail Out”

“If this was 1999, and we had 4% unemployment, I’d say let it fail, let the bankruptcy do its work, but this is not a good time to be having a really major industry turn belly-up.” — Paul Krugman

Opinion here, as on many other blogs has seemed to run strongly against providing any sort of “bail-out” (perhaps more accurately referred to as a “bridge loan”) to the domestic automakers, but I’m inclined to think that Krugman is correct — and again, he makes the point that Jeffrey Sachs did the other day, that Chapter 11 simply isn’t an option due to an absence of the necessary trade credit that would allow GM to restructure while in protection.

Update: Bail-Out Fun and Games — A TPM montage.

Art & Science


I heard this anecdote a while back on some radio program and thought it provided an amusing contrast between two very different turns of mind.

Tennyson’s poem The Vision of Sin contains this couplet:

Every moment dies a man,
Every moment one is born.

When it was published in 1842, the inventor Charles Babbage sent him a note:

“I need hardly point out to you that this calculation would tend to keep the sum total of the world’s population in a state of perpetual equipoise, whereas it is a well-known fact that the said sum total is constantly on the increase. I would therefore take the liberty of suggesting that, in the next edition of your excellent poem, the erroneous calculation to which I refer should be corrected as follows:

Every moment dies a man,
And one and a sixteenth is born.

“I may add that the exact figures are 1.167,” he added, “but something must, of course, be conceded to the laws of metre.”