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Hal Davis

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
4 years 21 weeks

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Housing Wire, which retailed the Forbes speculation, published a followup by Executive Editor Jacob Gaffney that says, in part:

In July 2011, HousingWire magazine ran a profile of Krugman on our cover. It won awards then, but even more amazing is that Krugman made several economic predictions that proved to be accurate, unlike CNBC’s Santelli.

Here are those three predictions:

1. No writedowns at Fannie and Freddie

In 2011, people were pushing for writedowns. Hard...

Posted on 05/12/14 at 12:27 pm in response to Obama should just fix everything already

The word "somehow," in the Maureen Dowd quote, is the black box, "the part where they explain the fix that they think would work, and why it would work."

Posted on 04/21/14 at 01:05 pm in response to General Mills abandons controversial arbitration scheme

One Beatle.

Posted on 02/06/14 at 02:13 pm in response to Xcel sues GE over Sherco 3 defect

The excerpt quoted suggests the wrong sentence order. As Brian's intro hints, the last should be first:

Be on the lookout for drowsy drivers behind the wheel of rolling propane bombs … Don Davis of the Forum News Service says: “The Obama administration Wednesday extended an order giving truckers more time on the road to deliver propane to areas like the Upper Midwest where it is in short supply. Minnesota also is asking farmers with extra propane to share it with those who heat homes...

Posted on 02/05/14 at 12:59 pm in response to Minnesota's Legacy Amendment: Whose legacy is it?

This is an excellent report on whether the Legacy Amendment's permanent spigot is working as it should. Politics usually decides who gets what, but a permanent funding mechanism may distort priorities.

In that vein, one passage in the report deserves more exploration:

"In 2001, Dennis Anderson wrote a series for the Star Tribune, where he has been the outdoors columnist since 1993, hailing the virtues of a dedicated funding scheme that set aside millions of sales tax dollars...

Posted on 01/31/14 at 01:15 pm in response to Fixing Nicollet Mall: Tear down the skyways

...I thought the skyways robbed the city of street life. A few winters here educated me.

Posted on 01/15/14 at 01:28 pm in response to Taft's hilariously diffident statement he'd run for president

I prefer Morris Udall's version:

"If nominated, I shall run ... to Mexico. If elected, I shall fight extradition."

Posted on 09/27/13 at 05:07 pm in response to Yiddish: It’s not just for old people

"Enormous Changes at the Last Minute" is the title of a collection of stories by Grace Paley, a Jewish writer of Russian descent.

This is from a description of the event:

What Lansky could not have anticipated, however, were what Grace Paley called the "enormous changes at the last minute," the tectonic shifts of technology and culture that would one day make Yiddish hot and mobilize a new generation of Yiddish readers and activists.


Posted on 08/08/13 at 12:24 pm in response to Ex-Bachmann aide: Ongoing scandal hurts Iowa caucuses

That's usually how these calculations are made, esp when management is calculating per-worker costs.

Based on recent conversations, this may work as a slogan:

"Marry a Minnesotan. Come for the love, stay for the joy."