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Long Famous But Not Quite Fabulous: The New Yorker Hotel

From the 39th-floor breakfast room of the New Yorker Hotel, one can see the whole of downtown and clear across the river to Brooklyn. It’s a master-of-the-universe view—East River glinting in the sun, Empire State rising above a jumble of lesser skyscrapers, clouds and sky and construction cranes—situated amidst the cheap carpet and generic furnishings of a budget motel: a titan’s perch occupied by tourists and business travelers munching boxed cereal. 2,397 more words

nonfiction nuggets...a memoir of Depression-era gratitude

Born and Bred in the Great Depression, by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Kimberly Bulcken Root
published in 2011 by Schwartz & Wade Books

East Texas, 1930s.  289 more words

Picture Books

Being Poor in America

“Hey, come to the store with me,” my 20-something visitor said brightly.

“You go ahead, I’m working on a project,” I answered.

“No, I need you to come with me,” she said. 351 more words

Human Nature

The Man and the Land - Part 1

“The man who is more than his chemistry, walking on the earth, turning his plow point for a stone, dropping his handles to slide over an outcropping, kneeling in the earth to eat his lunch: that man who is more than his elements knows the land that is more than its analysis…” 914 more words

Farming

Operations Research and The Revolution in Aggregate Economics – Edward Prescott 2012

The extension of recursive methods to dynamic equilibrium modelling spawned a revolution in aggregate economics.

This revolution has resulted in aggregate economics becoming, like physics, a hard science and not exercises in storytelling. 43 more words

Applied Welfare Economics

What's a Reasonable Minimum Wage?

November, 17 2014

Talk about a loaded question.  Reasonable for whom?  Employers, employees?

Some people (like me) don’t think it’s a good idea to have one, at least on the federal level, as minimum wages cause market distortion and often make it hard for new people to enter the workforce. 1,687 more words