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Liveblogging World War II: February 23, 1943

Noted for February 23, 2013

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  • Tyler Cowen: Napoleon Chagnon and his Noble Savages: "I started reading Napoleon Chagnon’s Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes — the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists.  The first fifty pages are excellent fun and well-constructed, though I cannot speak to the details of his claims…. At some point, however, I realized I don’t want to read an entire book on either tribe, at least not at this moment.  I am not suggesting that the book gets worse, but my interest did ebb. I do not have a view about the controversies surrounding Chagnon, and ultimately that is what should decide the merits of this work.  Here is Dreger’s systematic defense of Chagnon."

  • Taegan Goddard: The sequester showdown isn't really about spending cuts: "Obama has already proposed more spending cuts that the sequester would guarantee… if the Republicans would just agree to close certain 'tax loopholes'…. [T]he sequester fight is about protecting current low tax rates on capital gains and dividends and keeping open the carried interest loophole that hedge fund and private equity managers use to reduce their own tax burden…. A compromise that included both spending cuts and new revenues would obviously reduce the federal deficit by significantly more than the sequester alone. But Republicans have dug in, saying new tax revenues are off the table. Bottom line: Republicans don't really care any more about the deficit and spending cuts than they say Democrats do."

  • William Murray, Baron Mansfield, Lord Chief Justice: (June 22, 1772): Abolition wasn’t an Anachronism: "The state of slavery is of such a nature that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political, but only by positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons, occasions, and time itself from whence it was created, is erased from memory. It is so odious, that nothing can be suffered to support it, but positive law."

  • Josh Marshall: 12 Dimensional Chess: "DC press so bored by sequester stand-off, now reduced to writing articles about how overwhelming public support may backfire on the President."

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