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Noted for Your Afternoon Procrastination for October 22, 2013


  1. "The shale-gas boom in the United States won't do much to reduce U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions or tackle global warming. That's because, in addition to killing off coal-fired plants, cheap gas will also edge out cleaner energy sources like wind, solar, and nuclear": Brad Plumer: The shale-gas boom won’t do much for climate change. But it will make us a bit richer
  2. "To quote Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride: 'You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.'… It's true that the warming of average global surface temperatures has slowed over the past 15 years, but what does that mean? One key piece of information that's usually omitted when discussing this subject is that the overall warming of the entire climate system has continued rapidly over the past 15 years, even faster than the 15 years before that…. The speed bump only applies to surface temperatures, which only represent about 2 percent of the overall warming…. While the warming of surface temperatures was relatively slow from 1998 to 2012, it was relatively fast from 1990 through 2006. Over longer time frames, for example from 1990 to 2012, average global surface temperatures have warmed as fast as climate scientists and their models expected":Dana Nuccitelli: Does the global warming 'pause' mean what you think it means?
  3. "A persistent theme of conservative intellectuals and commentators--in print and on Fox News--is the cultural decay of the country. But compared with almost any period in U.S. history, we live in… a culture that values family, religion, work and, above all, private business…. Extreme rhetoric is just a way to keep the troops fired up. But rhetoric gives meaning and shape to a political movement. Over the past six decades, conservatives’ language of decay, despair and decline have created a group of Americans who fervently believe in this dark narrative…. They are misty-eyed in their devotion to a distant republic of myth and memory and yet they are passionate in their dislike of the messy, multiracial, capitalist-and-welfare-state democracy that America actually has been for half a century--a fifth of this country's history. At some point, will they come to realize that you cannot love America in theory and hate it in fact?": Fareed Zakaria: Zakaria: Can conservatives love 'real' America?
  4. "The part of me that Apple's beautiful, terrible walled garden has not yet stamped out of existence still yearns for a more open notification system that would allow third-party applications to enjoy the same interface integration as Apple's "blessed" applications for each service": John Siracusa: OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review

Plus: Long:

Mike Konczal: Interview: Gary Gensler explains how financial reform is going | Jason Stahl: The Heritage Foundation has always been full of hacks | Saeed Jones: The Summer I Tried To Save Memphis | NetVibes: Brad DeLong |

Plus: Short:

Dean Baker: Alan Greenspan's Bad Memory | Simon Wren-Lewis: How not to run fiscal policy: more lessons from the Eurozone | Bo Cutter: What Did the Government Shutdown Battle Really Accomplish? | Frank Wilkinson: Texas Gun Extremists Think Their Behavior Is Nuts | Bruce Bartlett: How Congress Became an Incompetent Bureaucracy |