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Tony Blair says of the Labour leadership: “These guys aren't providing answers, not on the economy, not on foreign policy.” I don’t want to discuss foreign policy – others might have opinions on Mr Blair’s ability to judge that – but in economic policy, this seems questionable.
Among our economic problems are: persistently weak capital spending; a fiscal policy which, at the ZLB, cannot cushion the economy from adverse shocks; stagnant productivity and real wages; and unaffordable housing.
And Labour does have some good answers to these. A National Investment Bank can step up investment in new technology and infrastructure; Labour’s fiscal rule increases the flexibility of policy; the pledge to increase housebuilding is self-evidently a good idea; and McDonnell’s claim that “there is a clear boost to the economy from worker ownership and management” is correct; worker democracy can raise productivity.
Granted, Labour’s ideas aren’t fully worked out yet, but this is only to be expected four years from an election. The fact that McDonnell is seeking advice from top quality economists augurs well. As Liam Young says, Labour is building a good economic case.
This is not to say that Labour can solve all our economic problems. There’s not much it can do about the long-term slowdown in world trade growth – which is an especial problem as the current account deficit might become a constraint on growth. It doesn’t seem yet to have a policy about banks and financial stability (hint: nationalization). And it might be under-estimating the power of the forces depressing investment such as low profits; the fear of future competition and the possibility that companies have wised up to the fact that innovation doesn’t pay much.
However, I suspect that this is not what Blair has in mind; scepticism about the health of capitalism would be out of character for him. So what is he thinking?
One possibility is that he’s just out-of-touch. A globetrotting multimillionaire friend of dictators is not well attuned to the struggles of the low-paid, or to McDonnell’s attempts to solve them. Another is that he’s living in the world of post-truth politics, in which the test of policy is not whether it is a coherent answer to real problems, but simply whether it sells to a biased media and inattentive electorate. A third possibility is that he’s thinking of the economy in BBC mediamacro terms – as a synonym for “government borrowing.” None of these possibilities do him any credit.
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Another entry into "occult police procedural", London-based rather than various US states. Cornell has been writing for a long while, and according to the author's afterwords, this started as a TV series pitch for the BBC, never got accepted and eventually mutated into this, which mainly shares characters (and, one guesses, some concepts) with the original TV pitch.
We follow four of the Met's finest. Two of them are undercover operatives, one of them is an intelligence analyst. They start out with no interest in (or indeed specific knowledge of) the occult. This... changes.
All in all, a pretty good read. There are further books in the series. Not sure if I'll go for "sequel to this" or "sequel to previous book" first, though.
It is now time to move clothes from the washer to the dryer, and then, I think, to soak my feet and then turn in. Might skip the foot soak, for that matter.
(I might be a bit fried.)
Speaking of fried things, however, I am reminded of the calamari I ordered at FIGO while in Atlanta. It was served with fried lemons, which were delicious with the peach bellini.
Parent-type friends, what do/did your young kids' mealtime schedules look like? How did you manage this transition?
I read an HP story a while ago, a post-DH story in which a bunch of the characters, including Malfoy & other Slytherins, were treated for PTSD by a Muggle therapist. IIRC, Hermione sets up the treatment and one of the women at the clinic is a former friend or lover of Susan Bones (?).
I cannot find this in any of my bookmarks; anyone know what story this is? I thought it was by Vera Rozalsky, but I can't find it on her FFN page.
It's finally ready for the world. I've been working on this for nearly two months. Went right on past my previous word count record and kept going. This one clocks in at 10,405 words. Which, as you know, Bob, is a long way past my drabbling days.
It's an Ex Machina AU. Canon-divergence. Robot feels. Companion piece to my Lonely Robot Boy vid.
Rating: Mature for not-particularly-graphic sex and violence.
Warning: Not 3 Laws safe.
Summary: “Did you download my brain into a robot?” “No. Well, not exactly.”
[AO3 link] or you can just read it under the cut. Remember when we used to post fic here?
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This story would not have been possible without the wonderful supportive efforts of Cormallen and sunshein74. Rex Luscus deserves innumerable awards for beta duty above and beyond the call. Thank you, all. <3
Illustration by Pidgy-draws.
Title from "Still Alive" by Jonathon Coulton, on the Portal soundtrack. Part of my "robot boy" playlist.
- Clean the damn apartment.
- Go to the grocery store.
- Make it to the cat café in the District in time for tomorrow's date.
- Put in at least 10 hours of work for Part-Time Job (and preferably more).
- Try to write at 10,000 words of fic (not necessarily all part of the same fic - just in total).
- Watch at least five more episodes of Critical Role.
Luckily, the last one can be done concurrently with either of the ones directly before it. That's the only way I even remotely have a chance of getting everything done.
eaten up by ravenous self-interest.
You think you've made progress;
become a success. You present me
as part of the wonderful life
that you've created, but the efforts
you once made to understand all that I am,
have all been crossed out and
overwritten by the rest of your progressive plan.
Answer: yes, but we couldn't get it to make a 90-degree turn or go back down again so we abandoned the horse to respawn later.
Also Toby is still getting used to the controls for this game, so Geralt is reminiscent of Murderface in the way he bangs into walls, and he just ran a lady off the road with his horse.
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Oh that's a head on a pike. I was Awesome! He's not moving! But, crap.
No no stay there stop moving. Damn.
Yes! That was a head shot! That was a helluva head shot!
Are these guys still pissed off at me? Of course they are. Yeah, nobody here but us chickens, Steve.
Oh fine, leg, leg, arm, arm, you're not going to survive that long.
(aiming) Oh...just your gun arm.
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