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Topical thread….Irene and people

Since Sunday noon till about Tuesday 6 pm had no power. The live high voltage wire downed along with two trees prevented cars coming or going for the duration of days, so helped spur reflection on neighbors, basic water needs and food stuffs, and in some cases emergencies (not our area). Still, fire and ambulance vehicle access was blocked because going around was not possible.

You would be amazed that people’s catchphrases for home wifi are forgotten, including where the printed version was hidden. Even the local starbucks and wifi was down. Ken could fill us in the the lack of running water I believe.

How about you?

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Thoughts on my participation

I didn’t know what to call this post since it is about myself, a topic I tend to try to obscure in public for reasons of personality quirks. But I need to open this up for Angry Bear contributors and readers, whom I actually admire and for whom I feel a great respect. I do not say that enough I think. More under the fold for those who want to follow.

I am having medical treatments over the last several months for conditions not life threatening but that leave me dulled both cognitively and in the inner fire necessary to keep a national blog going with quality content. (Also severe headaches sometimes) I know this has carried over to AB in the public arena, but I was minimizing my role and actual joy that I get from AB.

I have not shared this with the Bears for some reason, for which I apologize…my thanks to Ken especially for stepping up to provide content but without the needed background to know what he was stepping up to accomplish. And to Mike for help sorting out some of the ambivalence over the time and energy demands invisible to readers but neccessary to running a blog not simply personal in nature. As an avocation, it is easier to use the blog as part of a business plan or to further professional goals as an economist than to remain an amateur (financial or status incentives removed).

As I get better I can be more focused and wrestle with the balance of contributions between solid economic presentations technical in nature and the more political and social values expressed in the media debates that are at the core of ‘economic thought’ in public discussions. The demands of either tend to have different requirements.

Anyway, it will still take some time to get back up to speed.

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Open thread August 8, 2011

I think given the seriousness of the political situation currently being played out, which in my thinking includes the current S and P opinion, has been discussed in comments in a remarkable fashion. Plenty of links and thoughtful commentary. And of course passions run high and are expressed. Well done and my thanks to the readers.

The economic questions are longer term in nature, and of course include much more than the federal government…believe it or not it also includes the predominate trade policies multi national companies implement in their business plans, and those other policies they express through their lobbyists to Congress and the President as solely in the national interest, and how the federal government will play a part. But that discussion is muted at the moment.

How the format here promotes several conversations at the same time is a priority, and keeping a lid on the propensity to offer political answers and retorts as economic answers is a difficult task when debating the political commentary. After all I think information as accurate and real as possible is the baseline, including enough baseline knowledge to sort some of it out on one’s own and not repeat slogans as much as possible, is important. Suggestions welcome on format if you have ideas. Historic times demand attention.

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