“The Cubs have exactly one young star in [Starlin] Castro, a decent farm system that’s been whittled down, a front office that will need an influx of new talent beyond the GM chair, a possible managerial change, and some big contracts to cycle through. Build the foundation for the next winning Cubs team, then hit the open market in 2013, 2014, or whenever the time’s right to find the next Pujols. When that time comes the ivy will still be green, the bleachers will still be full, and the drought will still be there, waiting to finally be broken.” —Wait ‘til next next year: Jonah Keri, writing smartly about what the Cubs need to do next, and why it shouldn’t involve signing a power-hitting NL Central first baseman.
“And here Democrats like Obama and his defenders, who bemoan the stranglehold of the Tea Party on American politics, have only themselves to blame. For decades, Democrats have collaborated in stripping back the American state in the vain hope that the market would work its magic. For a time it did, though mostly through debt; workers could compensate for stagnating wages with easy credit and low-interest mortgages. Now the debt’s due to be repaid, and wages – if people are lucky enough to be working – aren’t enough to cover the bills. The only thing that’s left for them is cutting taxes. And the imperialism of the peasants.” —
In The War on Tax, Corey Robin very intelligently references Marx’s Eighteenth Brumaire, Charles I, and the 1975 NYC financial crisis to explain how we got to where we are right now.
H/T Dave L
“Consumers are rapidly adopting new behaviors powered by Web 2.0 technologies including social networks, blogs, tags, ratings, user-generated content, news feeds, shared bookmarks, online photos, and videos. These Web 2.0 technologies are raising the consumer’s “technology expectations” of [CLIENT REDACTED]’s Direct to Consumer initiatives.” —If it’s 2011 and this is what you come up with when you brainstorm about new technology innovations - language that appears to have been lifted from the marketing materials of a three year old TechWeb seminar - then it’s a really good idea that you came to my company and asked for help.