Reader Roundup #5

24Sep08
Apologies for the delay in getting this one out. An uptick at work and toe surgery have left me a bit distracted until now.
 
But without further ado…
 

via Pajamas Media on 9/20/08

David:

 
“Here’s an interesting idea. I don’t like his specific proposal (or even the tone of it) but a training period for the president? Sounds like an interesting idea.”
 
     
Let’s think outside the box when it comes to choosing a leader, shall we?
 

via Overcoming Bias on 9/19/08

David:

 
“This is an interesting point and a subject of a post I have in the works, particularly with regard to the last statement.

Yes, freedom of speech is good, but the media screaming “danger” and “Great Depression” to a people who know next to nothing about finance is pretty analogous to shouting fire in a crowded theater.

Don’t you think?”

 
     

The SEC … said in a statement early Friday morning it is halting short selling on 799 financial stocks. The ban, which is effective immediately, is set to last for 10 days, but could be extended for up to 30 days.

That is, they have banned speculators from giving bad news about 800 finance companies.  Which seems to me to be very bad news about those companies – sell!  If not for the first amendment, would they also ban TV, newspapers, etc. from saying anything bad about these companies?

 

via Dual Income No Kids on 9/18/08

David:

 
“Zing.”
 

via The Moderate Voice on 9/17/08

David:

 
“Ok, the bad first, Obama has GOT to figure out how to read from a teleprompter and not look like it on a professionally produced tv ad.

That aside, goodness gracious I hope this ad works. Exapanding people’s attention, links to further information, no attacks, just proposals and facts (regardless of how one sided)… I hope hope HOPE this ad turns out to have more impact than the other 30 second hit jobs for the sake of public discourse. THIS was the kind of change I wanted to see in the campaign season.

I just hope the meme sticks.”

 
     

In today’s political climate, it’s a bit of a risk to invest money in a two-minute ad about policy issues. But Obama’s latest about his economic policy may be just what he needs, precisely because of the serious tone. Viewers may or may not pay attention to the details, but the sober and substantive tone contrasts sharply with the negative, and sometimes silly, ads run by McCain (i.e., “Paris Hilton” and “Lipstick on a Pig”). On the surface, voters may come to view McCain’s tactics as unpresidential, particularly if Obama can make the argument that serious times call for serious discussions…

 

That’s all for last week. As always, you can check all the comments on my Google Reader page, on Facebook, or Friendfeed.

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