President of Estonia takes on Paul Krugman

So, what exactly has aroused the ire of the Estonian president? This:

Since Estonia has suddenly become the poster child for austerity defenders — they’re on the euro and they’re booming! — I thought it might be useful to have a picture of what we’re talking about. Here’s real GDP, from Eurostat:

So, a terrible — Depression-level — slump, followed by a significant but still incomplete recovery. Better than no recovery at all, obviously — but this is what passes for economic triumph?

The broken-window enthusiast and global economics expert (a Nobel Prize confers lifelong credibility, remember) has clearly struck a nerve with President Ilves, who let loose on Twitter:

Let's write about something we know nothing about & be smug, overbearing & patronizing: after all, they're just wogs:

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". Must be a Princeton vs Columbia thing

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

But yes, what do we know? We're just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. Someday we too will understand. Nostra culpa.

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

Let's sh*t on East Europeans: their English is bad, won't respond & actually do what they've agreed to & reelect govts that are responsible.

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

Sorry, not conserv. or leftist. Just can't fathom why following agreed upon EU fiscal rules justifies smug & snide gloating re: my country.

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

The verbal body-checking drew plenty of admiration from the Twitterverse:

Apparently the president of Estonia, @IlvesToomas, likes owning Paul Krugman on twitter. #awesome #FollowHim

— Eric Hughes (@EricHughesSD) June 6, 2012

To apologize to Estonia, Paul Krugman is going to hire kids to run around Estonia breaking windows to stimulate the economy.

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) June 6, 2012

Hey @NYTimesKrugman, The President of Estonia, @IlvesToomas, just pantsed you on Twitter. How did it feel? #tcot #p2

— RB (@RBPundit) June 6, 2012

@IlvesToomas – Estonia is a model of post-socialist transition both in choosing institutions and financial innovation! Much to be proud of.

— Daniel Altman (@altmandaniel) June 6, 2012

President of Estonia = hero

— Mike G (@miketotheg) June 6, 2012

I loved Estonia for so many reasons. Now, I've also discovered that they have the coolest President EVER (if his Twitter acc isn't a fake).

— Luca Lucchetta (@LucaLucc) June 6, 2012

And that’s the thing: as of right now, we’re not 100 percent positive it’s actually the president of Estonia tweeting from that account. The account isn’t currently verified, after all. And, well, expressions like “chill” and “y’all” aren’t exactly common in Eastern Europe …

Chill. Just because my country's policy runs against the Received Wisdom & I object doesn't mean y'all gotta follow me.

— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) June 6, 2012

But then, Ilves attended college and graduate school in the U.S., so maybe he just has a soft spot for our lingo.

What we do know is that Toomas Ilves most definitely is the president of Estonia. And Paul Krugman definitely is due for a verbal slap … Please oh please oh please, President Ilves. Your follower count has jumped by nearly 1,000 since your first tweet at Krugman. Please be for real! Don’t let us down!

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Experience A Complete Panorama Of The Sky, All From Inside A Plane.

If flying makes you nervous, you might want to avoid booking a ticket on this brand-new plane concept. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in the U.K., has developed a concept to replace the traditional, porthole-like windows on plane fuselages with flexible HD panels that can display panoramas of the sky as the plane flies. 


The views would be fed via externally mounted cameras on the plane, allowing passengers to experience in real time the open sky around them. It images will be projected in 150dpi color on OLED screens, which would feature a protective layer for durability. Besides being beautiful and breathtaking (or terrifying, if you have a thing about heights), CPI also notes that the differences in light may help travelers adjust better to time zone changes and reduce the feeling of jet lag.

The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes. CPI The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes.

In addition, the walls of the windowless planes could be thinner and lighter than current plane walls, while also being stronger. A weight decrease would mean less fuel would be needed, cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions, and thinner walls would mean a little more room in the cabin. This is all still in its conceptual phase, but should it become reality, it could mean a new era in air travel. 

The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. CPI The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew. CPI Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew.

Not only will the OLED panels be integrated into the walls, but into the backs of seats we well, so passengers can take in the view if they choose, or they can select their own entertainment. In addition, touch screens could provide passengers with information and in-flight services.

Panorama and cloud enthusiasts, as well as those without fear of heights or flying might leap at the chance to get a little closer to actual flying. Those who are a little more apprehensive around planes? Maybe not so much. While it might be a good way to get people excited about flying, they might have to factor in a separate, enclosed area for those who would rather not see the planet from 30,000 feet. 

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Iranian military commander holds they must destroy the US

Even as the UN debates banning Dante Alighieri for saying mean things c. 1300 AD about Mohammed, an Iranian commander is announcing that the Great Satan must be destroyed. See how that works? The Daily Caller:

The head of Iran’s Basij paramilitary force says his country has no choice but to destroy America in order to build an ideal society.

In a video broadcast to Basij members on Feb. 26, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the Islamic regime’s “independence and unhindered advance toward perfection is subject to removing the despotic powers and the Zionists,” referring to America and Israel.

“In every field in which the Islamic Republic of Iran tries to advance,” Naqdi said, “America is there to create obstacles for us. … When we want progress in science, they enforce sanctions and kill our scientists.”

Makes you just want to push the “reset button,” sometimes.

Bearded taterdick Reza Naqdi

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Open seat: Mich. Sen. Carl Levin will not seek re-election

This leaves another Senate seat open in 2014. Earlier this year, fellow Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Tom Harkin of Iowa announced their retirement.

Levin’s official statement:

Carl announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.Read his statement:…

— Senator Carl Levin (@SenCarlLevin) March 7, 2013

Worth noting:

Sen. Carl Levin, R-Mich,is retiring, per AP. His seat is open next year. Republicans hold every statewide constitutional office.

— Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) March 7, 2013

(Editor’s note: Levin is a Democrat)

Does the GOP have a shot at a Senate seat pickup?

Politically, Carl Levin’s retirement is almost as devastating for Senate Dems as Rockefeller’s in WV. Puts a safe seat firmly in play. #mi

— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) March 7, 2013

Levin out creates a HUGE opportunity for Michigan Republicans!A “new” potential GOP pick-up for 2014. #migop #tcot #cpac2013

— Saul Anuzis (@sanuzis) March 7, 2013

There’s already some speculation about potential seat contenders from both parties:

Justin Amash is someone I could see being tempted to run for #MISEN.

— Jim Antle (@jimantle) March 7, 2013

How about@justinamash for U.S. Senate? Just sayin’.. Need a Michigan #teaparty uprising..

— Brendan Steinhauser (@bstein80) March 7, 2013

RUN @thadmccotter RUN! MT @robmacomber HUGE opportunity for #MIGOP RT @freep Sen. Carl Levin (D) won’t run for re-election

— Ben Rothenberg (@RisingRedStorm) March 7, 2013

Top names for Levin seat: Rep. Gary Peters (D), state AG Bill Schuette (R), Rep. Mike Rogers (R).

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) March 7, 2013

Other names for Levin’s seat: ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) and Debbie Dingell (D).

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP) March 7, 2013

Some names being tossed out there to run for open #Levin seat: Miller, Peters, Hackel, Schuette, Amash #MISEN

— David Eggert (@DavidEggert00) March 7, 2013

We’ll see …



Here’s what former GOP Rep. Thaddeus McCotter had to say regarding speculation about him running for Senate:

Like an boa hoping for a mouse? ;) RT @bobcusack: Political reporters hoping McCotter launches Senate bid.

— Thaddeus McCotter (@ThadMcCotter) March 7, 2013


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Ellen Barkin apologizes to One Million Moms, promises ‘open mind’

We’ll admit we’re not sure exactly what brought about the change in tone (could the inclusion of @NBCTheNewNormal in the tweets be a clue?), but Ellen Barkin has pledged to approach media watchdog group One Million Moms with “an open mind and open heart.” Barkin had previously called the group, which was organizing a boycott of Barkin’s upcoming NBC show “The New Normal,” “crazy bitches” and “wasted women.”

Whatever the catalyst, the new approach doesn’t seem to be trickling down to Barkin’s fans.

@EllenBarkin @nbcthenewnormal Don't feel like I have to apologize for insulting them. They insult US with their vile and hateful rhetoric!

— Brian Hampton (@briansh75) July 28, 2012

@EllenBarkin @NBCTheNewNormal Why the hell would apologize to those bunch of loons!?! They've lost every nutbag fight they've ever started.

— Angrygeek (@Angriestgeek) July 28, 2012

@klausfuture Holding my judgement until I get the opportunity,I hope,2 talk directly,w/o the hysteria & misquoting,on both sides,of twitter.

— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) July 28, 2012

One Million Moms had asked its members to email NBC and ask the network to reconsider the show, which follows a gay couple who hire a surrogate to have a baby for them. “It is the opposite of how families are designed and created,” said the group on its website. “You cannot recreate the biological wheel.”

Barkin certainly sounds sincere in her desire to reach out to the group.

The best thing a person can do when u r wrong is apologize & work ur hardest 2 do better.I am doing that.U have my word @NBCTheNewNormal

— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) July 28, 2012

Again, fans are not pleased.

@EllenBarkin @NBCTheNewNormal So you are letting them win? Who are you and what have you done with Ellen Barkin?

— Bill Alford (@MyOwnPrvtIdaho) July 28, 2012

@EllenBarkin Please don't apologize to One Million Moms.

— Aaron (@JackBurtonsTEC9) July 28, 2012

@EllenBarkin The One Million Moms are awful, terrible people who protest against gays. You should WANT to offend them.

— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) July 28, 2012

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PJ Media: New video of Michelle Obama’s college days

J. Christian Adam’s Post on PJMedia:

A treasure trove of information is coming out regarding Barack Obama’s time in college.  Over at the Breitbart sites, we are learning how Obama inserted himself into a fight to implement hiring on the basis of race at Harvard Law School.  The Obama tapes also seem to show the other Obama – Michelle – occupying the Harvard Law School dean’s office.  The occupiers were agitating for the race-based hiring of Harvard law professors.

Link to video here.


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