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Progress! (The verb. An admonition)

How About Some (brilliant) actual Progressives for Obama's Economic Advisers?

Oh, now that it's out that Lawrence Summers blitzed Harvard for a billion bucks with derivatives (not to mention a huge whack to its gender equality image),

... doesn't our Prez now have the perfect excuse to put some, you know, real Democrats into the financial cat bird seats?

I recommend Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman,


Texas University's James Galbraith (Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government.)

If you haven't seen these guys on TV, on the Net, in print or somewhere, you are just not paying attention. They are SMART (and I happen to think, right on economic issues).

At the very minimum they look more alert than Summers.

Wonderful, Wonderful Coping With Deniers

The Flat Ten Years of Climate Temperature

Never mind the stolen climatologists' e-mails (aka Climate-gate), the biggie among climate change deniers is the fact that worldwide temperatures have been more or less flat for the last ten years or so. "SEE!?" they say, "NO WARMING!"

Well, three things: (1.) The flat temperature where the thermometer is stuck is still warm enough to be melting the North Polar Cap and glaciers all over the world, i.e. "stuck on warm." (2.) A likely reason for the pause in warming is that the sun is in "the deepest solar minimum in almost 100 years" cutting its radiation to the Earth - a situation not likely to last very long. (3.) In the context of even a brief period of time - one century - this flat spot is just a normal wiggle in the temperature graph.

See the flattening there? (top chart, right side) When the sun "wakes up," you can bet the line will start up again.

Trends aren't smooth lines. T…