The Morning Grumpy – 6/20/12

20 Jun

All the news, views, and filtered excellence fit to consume during your morning grumpy.

Just links today…a shorter grumpy is better than no grumpy.

1. Business lessons from a Mexican drug cartel. A fantastic long read.

2. Peter Orszag the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget and former director of the Congressional Budget Office makes the liberal case for economic optimism.

3. JPMorgan receives a government subsidy worth about $14 billion a year, according to research published by the International Monetary Fund and Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s analysis of bank balance sheets. The money helps the bank pay big salaries and bonuses. More important, it distorts markets, fueling crises such as the recent subprime-lending disaster and the sovereign-debt debacle that is now threatening to destroy the euro and sink the global economy.

4. E.J. Dionne writes that if the Tea Party is to be believed, radical individualism has defined American history. But their story is wrong, and progressives must say so.

5. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that belief in the existence of God has dropped 15 points in the last five years among Americans 30 and under.

Thank god for that!

Fact Of The Day: Did you know that Walgreens sells sex toys? Now you do.

Quote Of The Day: “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions” -Richard Dawkins

Video Of The Day: Gilbert Gottfried Records The Audiobook Version of “Fifty Shades Of Gray

Song Of The Day: “Help Me” – Sonny Boy Williamson

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4 Responses to “The Morning Grumpy – 6/20/12”

  1. YoisthisChristian June 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Agreed.  A short grumpy beats no grumpy.

    Also, since when is “I never doubt” a valid measure of belief?    I have no doubt that belief is down, but a whole lot of us are believers that doubt sometimes.  To me, this metric should be split between “stubborn/dishonest belief” “honest about doubting sometimes belief” and “I don’t believe, at least most of the time.”

    • Christopher Smith June 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

      I see your point and think it’s valid. However, measuring absolute belief is also valid. Born again christian evangelicals hold their faith as a certainty, it’s what separates them from the rest of us. Once again, your liberal and progressive stance as a pastor in a moderate faith doesn’t jibe with the majority of very conservative christians in America today.

  2. Mike_Chmiel June 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Let me second that Times article about the Mexican Sinoloa drug cartel.  Absolutely fascinating.

    Also fascinating – that 90% of the comments call for the legalization of drugs.  I am beginning to wonder just how long this is going to remain the minority position.

  3. Gabe Armstrong June 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Those self-appointed “masters of the universe” over at the JP Morgue ought to start studying their late-18th century French history. Mmm…cake, nom nom nom.

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