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Theory Of The New Leisure Class
Power Line, by Scott Johnson

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Posted By:toledo, 2/5/2014 9:26:26 AM

Thorstein Veblen made a name for himself with the publication of Theory of the Leisure Class in 1899. In a democracy, how can the rich distinguish themselves? Veblen came up with the notion of “conspicuous consumption” geared to the display of social status. The notion has long survived Veblen and the evidence for it seems to be all around us. (Digression: Charlotte Hays works the other side of the street, so to speak, in her recent book When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? Hays gave a précis of her thesis in a New York Post column.) Veblen’s notion

      


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Theory Of The New Leisure Class
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 2/5/2014 9:26:26 AM     Post Reply
Thorstein Veblen made a name for himself with the publication of Theory of the Leisure Class in 1899. In a democracy, how can the rich distinguish themselves? Veblen came up with the notion of “conspicuous consumption” geared to the display of social status. The notion has long survived Veblen and the evidence for it seems to be all around us. (Digression: Charlotte Hays works the other side of the street, so to speak, in her recent book When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? Hays gave a précis of her thesis in a New York Post column.) Veblen’s notion

   

 

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The dark side of Vladimir Putin´s
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Telegraph (UK), by Neil Tweedie    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/3/2014 7:03:32 AM     Post Reply
Snow is not usually in short supply in Russia at this time of year but there is one place where it is the most precious of commodities – Sochi. Fly south from Moscow to this Black Sea resort and you spend two and a half hours staring down at nothing but white, a vast and empty landscape plunged into deep freeze. But arrive in Sochi and the thermometer shoots up. No white here, just a rather dispiriting shade of brown. This is not what one expects of a venue for the Winter Olympics, which begin here on Friday in front

What has happened
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Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 2/3/2014 6:40:11 AM     Post Reply
The Gray Lady, America’s Paper of Record, where readers turn to find “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” has gone off the deep end.Last Friday, the paper published a huge story. “Christie Knew About Bridge Lane Closings, Port Authority Official Says,” the headline screamed.Huge. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, during a two-hour press conference weeks ago, had repeatedly insisted that he knew nothing about lane closures on a bridge leading into New York City, after allegations emerged that the lanes were shut down to punish a mayor who failed to endorse the governor’s re-election bid. Now, The Times said,

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Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 5:02:56 PM     Post Reply
Woody Allen responded Sunday to the accusations of his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow, who claimed that Allen sexually assaulted her when she was seven years old. “Mr. Allen has read the article and found it untrue and disgraceful. He will be responding very soon,” a rep for Allen told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Farrow published a letter yesterday detailing her suffering from alleged sexual assault by Woody Allen as a child. The director was never convicted of any crime relating to the allegations. Allen’s attorneys responded Sunday in a statement:“It is tragic that after 20 years a story

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Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 7:18:23 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Toledo- 2/2/2014 6:56:48 AM     Post Reply
When will President Nicolas Maduro finally free Venezuelans from the tyrannical shackles of supply and demand ruining their lives? Despite his best efforts at establishing price caps, government rationing, currency controls, and stationing troops at places of business in order to prevent the collusion of greedy profit-seekers and American imperialists in their “economic war” against him, the mass shortages of basic goods plaguing Venezuelans persist. Indeed, since parliament granted Maduro his requested “emergency decree powers” in the weeks before the country’s municipal elections and he promised to impose a “new economic order” of fairness and equality, the shortages, the rampant

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: toledo- 1/29/2014 8:09:47 AM     Post Reply
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If the credit charge was
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USA Today, by John Bacon and Byron Acohido    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:09:50 PM     Post Reply
If you see a $9.84 charge on your credit card statement, you should give it a hard look. The Better Business Bureau says scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money, and many recent victims were charged $9.84. The scammers believe few cardholders will review purchases involving such small amounts -- and that credit card companies won´t aggressively investigate them, either, the bureau says. Gerri Detweiler, director of consumer education forCredit.com, tells USA TODAY that cardholders too often overlook small charges. "It can be a lot easier for a crook to steal small amounts from thousands of customers

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow recommits
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Washington Post, by Eric Wemple    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:07:26 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow came in for some media criticism this month. PunditFact, NewsBusters and ourselves questioned some of her allegations about the activities of Charles and David Koch, the famous industrialists-cum-political activists. In her Jan. 2 program, Maddow connected the Koch brothers to a Florida law that required drug testing for welfare applicants. A federal court had just declared the law unconstitutional, and Maddow suggested that the brothers helped bring this misguided legislation into existence — along with a group called the Naples, Fla.-based Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA): “That’s the Koch-brothers group that has been promoting this idea, right,

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Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 7:04:52 PM     Post Reply
It happens that as Pete Seeger lay dying in Presbyterian Hospital at New York we were thinking of him. We did not know he was ill, but we ourselves were down with a cold and had retreated to our study, where we pulled up a few of his songs from the internet and spent an hour or so in reverie. We’ve done this from time to time, even when we didn’t have the flu. It’s an odd fact that although we have given much of our life over to the struggle against communism, we’ve never lost our love of Pete

   

 

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Fox’s Erickson Responds to Greta
with Graphic Abortion Description
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Posted By: toledo- 1/28/2014 11:58:12 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday evening, Fox contributor Erick Erickson responded to Greta Van Susteren‘s blog post calling him a “jerk” with a blog post of his own. In a RedState post, Erickson gave thanks to Van Susteren for turning the country’s attention to “abortion lover” and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, by way of attacking him. Van Susteren was incensed by several of Erickson’s tweets referring to Davis as “Abortion Barbie” and using condescending language towards the female lawmaker. “I don’t care how much you disagree or agree with Texas’ Wendy Davis, you have to agree that this guy, Erick Erickson, is a real



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