Coney Island Diner (photo: George Eastman House, flckr)

The coffee’s freshly ground, there’s a wide selection of teas and the sticky buns are homemade.

  • “Rice is responsible for feeding half the world, or more than 3.5 billion people. In other words, rice is important. A tweak to how the grain is grown, sold or eaten can send ripples through the world economy.” GlobalPost takes an in-depth look at rice today with 5 articles.
  • Enthusiastic Egyptians waited patiently in hours-long lines at polling stations for the opportunity to vote in the first free-and-fair, multi-party election in more than three decades.” I don’t think there’s any doubt that Egyptians are fed up with military rule after 30+ years. I would be too, although they’d have probably killed me a long time ago.
  • I made up my mind when I decided to do this gig that I was not going to become entangled in the goat rodeo or electoral politics. Our dysfunctional, money-driven political system? That’s another story. Tom Ferguson from UMass and the Roosevelt Institute (about which I have some questions) speaks to Paul Jay of The Real News Network about Democratic Governance is Becoming Discredited. Nothing new here but it’s nice to hear it put so simply.
  • Bill Black is very popular among a lot of us here on the Professional Left. He wrote a piece in October, Not with a Bang, but a Whimper: Bank of America’s Death Rattle , that I missed. The site is New Economic Perspectives. Take a look around. If you’re interested in learning about Modern Monetary Theory, there’s a section of the site entitled Modern Money Primer. I thought I could get through life without knowing a lot about economics. Silly me.

Something I should have done yesterday is thank Elliott profusely for putting up with me all weekend while I learned how to get this up on the screen for y’all to see.