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Recap: Mark Zandi says the stimulus and the financial rescue added 8.5 million jobs and increased GDP by 6.5 percent; how to keep filibuster reform from becoming a power grab; and the limits of techo-optimism on global warming.


1) Cities to cut 500,000 jobs without further aid.

2) "I know I’m not supposed to say this, but Tibetan Buddhism really freaked me out."

3) The deficit commission's spending target doesn't make sense.

4) Should I be suspicious that super-econbloggers Felix Salmon and Mark Thoma are both mysteriously leaving town?

Recipe of the day: Sesame noodles with Thai basil.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 28, 2010; 6:38 PM ET
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"Brent Bozell's Open Letter to WaPo Editor Regarding JournoList Scandal"

Bozell addressed the thing to Klein, too, so maybe the Girl will try real hard and pretend to cough up some honesty on it.

Posted by: msoja | July 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't necessarily agree with Brendan O'Neill's sense of aesthetics about monasteries: he's clearly freaked out that religions are not stripped-bare environments and instead seek to overwhelm the senses with their colors and iconographies. I like that religious aesthetic, sometimes.

However, from my experience visiting (Christian) monasteries, I will agree with him in noticing that the reality of living in a monastery is not all just sitting around in peaceful prayer and spirituality. It's actually a lot of hard physical work. Heck just _getting_ to a monastery can be tiring. Now just think about the work involved in the upkeep and feeding everyone.

Posted by: constans | July 28, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

That O'Neill article is horrible. There's a point to be made that there's a somewhat pervasive misunderstanding of the realities of the hardest of the hardcore Buddhists. But he digresses into the fact that their temples don't fit his interior temple design preferences as if that's supposed to be proof that it's in some what "freaky". Having been to a number of cathedrals in Europe, I'm not sure there's anything "freaky" about garishly decorated temples. Or that they have sects which have heated disagreements over dogma. Freaky! I'm sure there's a fair amount of the world that views Christianity as a violent and terrible religion based on their exposure to the more zealous members of the faith.

Finally, his article is really about monks, but there are, as far as I'm aware, non-monk Tibetans who are also Buddhists. My guess is that though they are practicing the faith, those people aren't doing any of the things he finds so freaky in their day-to-day lives.

Posted by: MosBen | July 29, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

"Should I be suspicious that super-econbloggers Felix Salmon and Mark Thoma are both mysteriously leaving town?"

No. I'm sure that whatever they, and the rest of the League, are up to at the Fortress of Solitude will be for the good of humanity.

Posted by: KenInIL | July 29, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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