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Achenblog: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Ode to Late Autumn

Late autumn, as a season, gets no love. It is the least glorious time of year, widely decried as gloomy, drab, even pointless. The period right after Thanksgiving is known primarily for the retail shopping associated with the holidays,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 4, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (466)
 
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The Car of the Future

If I could change one thing about myself it's the way I'm the embodiment of all that is wrong with America and the human species more broadly. Don't get me wrong - my self-esteem is in the normal range,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 2, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
 
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Aliens From Space!!!!

John Podesta was always a big X-Files fan, but I really doubt he thinks the government is hiding alien spacecraft, as this story seems to suggest. My favorite passage: "Mr Bassett also believes that military and intelligence officials have...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 1, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
 
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Whale of a Tale

[My story on right whales in today's paper.] Last Monday, researchers aboard a Cessna aircraft spotted a right whale and her calf loitering in the Atlantic about six miles east of Hilton Head Island, S.C. They fired off a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 1, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Future of Journalism

A dead certainty, like the speed of light, or the second law of thermodynamics, is that journalists convening over a fine dinner and excellent vintages of wine will gradually and inevitably spiral toward a discussion of their professional obsolescence....

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 1, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

This morning George Will warns that New New Deal policies might work no better than the Old New Deal policies. And David Broder points out something we brought up here the other day: States and localities (is that the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 30, 2008; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
 
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