Spoonless

BOY: Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible.
Instead, only try to realize the Truth.
NEO: What truth?
BOY: There is no spoon.

— The Matrix

In this week’s Sift:

  • Welcome to the new WeeklySift.com. This week the Weekly Sift moves to weeklysift.com. Simultaneously, I’ve changed (and, I hope, improved) the design of the blog. But the content, philosophy, and purpose of the Weekly Sift is not changing.
  • The Sifted Bookshelf: The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds of Economic Policy. Warren Mosler’s short, free, and very readable book explains why all the common-sense things you know about the economy are wrong. In particular, dollars (like Neo’s spoon) are just patterns of data.
  • Meet ALEC. How did those new conservative governors all suddenly come up with the same detailed agenda after they took office? By using the model laws that the corporations who run the American Legislative Executive Council had already written behind closed doors. Now those model laws have all been leaked.
  • Short Notes. Will 3-D printers someday kill the last of the manufacturing jobs? Nobody but a reporter comes to Sarah’s premier. Krugman, Mahr: If you just noticed how crazy the Republicans are acting, where have you been? Fox forgets 9-11. A song explains fracking. Stephen Colbert explains the Rupert Murdoch scandal. And more.
  • This Week’s Challenge. The Wisconsin recall elections are mere weeks away, and the good guys are being outspent.

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