Consumer Watchdog Takes Shape
Harvard law professor and crusader against usurious banking practices, Elizabeth Warren is building a consumer watchdog agency that is making powerful banks nervous.
In her first six weeks on the job, White House adviser Elizabeth Warren has met or spoken with a long list of the nation's top financial industry executives, according to documents the Treasury Department released Wednesday, as she works to overcome skepticism about the consumer watchdog agency she is charged with setting up. The financial services industry and conservative Republicans in Congress fought hard against the creation of the bureau, arguing that it would have too much power and that its policies could make it harder for consumers to obtain credit.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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