700,000,000,000 Bailout: Why Does It Require That Much?


In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy.
“It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”

If anybody still needs a reason to be against one of the largest transfers of wealth from the middle class to the rich ever seen that should do it. Seriously, if that is the best justification for the price tag one has to wonder if George Bush is really Chicken Little…

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Swartkrans in 3-D

I stumbled across a cool web site devoted to using GIS to model Swartkrans in 3-D. The 3-D site can be found here and a paper explaining the work can be found here. Cool stuff!

Returning Parthenon Marbles and News about Mt. Lykaion

As I mentioned in my previous post, there are a couple of interesting stories concerning ancient Greece in the news.

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Interesting News About Ancient Greece

There are a couple of interesting pieces of news about ancient Greece, but before I get to that a thought occurred to me. In my blogroll you will find links to a wide variety of resources and freely available pdfs. I have very little relating to ancient Greece or Mediterranean archaeology in general. So I thought I would throw it out to my readers. Anybody out there know of any good websites and/or blogs on the subject? A lot of faculty in other academic areas have freely available pdfs on their faculty pages, anybody know of any in Classical Studies, etc.?

Human Terrain Teams Back In The News

I’m channeling my inner Coturnix and Greg Laden for this and the following posts.
Wired Magazine has an article on Montgomery McFate and the Human Terrain Teams and is promising more stories on the subject later in the week. I’ve already given my opinion on the subject, but it would be interesting to see if the article changes any minds…

Four Stone Hearth Is Up

The Four Stone Hearth is up at Yann Klimentidis’ Weblog. Check out all the anthropological goodness on display.

Neanderthals and Marine Resources

As both Kambiz and Hawks have mentioned, a new paper is out in PNAS on the subject of Neanderthal exploitation of marine resources (something I touch on here).

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