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  • Wandering Eye: 'Inside the Kremlin's Hall of Mirrors,' the Pentagon's policy on transgender personnel, and more

    Wandering Eye: 'Inside the Kremlin's Hall of Mirrors,' the Pentagon's policy on transgender personnel, and more
    As Rand Paul makes his inevitable Libertarian-ish presidential run official, it's time for some big thinking on the optimal size of the federal government. Paul will say it ought to be no bigger than a toy poodle—perhaps an unweaned kitten—so that when the time is right it can be conveniently drowned in a laundry sink. But what if he's wrong? The economist Brad DeLong┬áhas drafted a counterfactual claiming that, contrary to common belief, North Atlantic federal governments (like the U.S.'s) ought to be much larger than they have traditionally been, and carry much higher debt. The trouble is in the parameters. It has been held that governments ought to police contracts and defend the nation; everything else is overreach. But as DeLong sees it, times have changed. Modern people need better education and a social safety net—including the provision of a pension—for starters. And then he attacks the foundation of America's beliefs: "It makes no microeconomic sense at all for services like those provided by Google to be funded and incentivized by how much money can be raised not off of the value of the services but off of the fumes rising from Google's ability to sell the eyeballs of the users to advertisers as an intermediate good," DeLong writes. "Infrastructure and R&D. Enough said." Well, there is more. (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • Wandering Eye: The economic effects of climate change, inside the world of spies, and more

    Wandering Eye: The economic effects of climate change, inside the world of spies, and more
    We're excited about the opening of Amanda Burnham's "RFP" at EMP Collective this weekend and seeing how the exhibit changes over the course of the next month as visitors collaborate with the artist to modify the cityscape of her work. You can get a...

    Matmos turn "I Want Candy" into a song for Edward Snowden

    Matmos covers Bow Wow Wow Yes, you read that right. Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt of Matmos took the Bo-Diddley-Beat-jacking song about summer fun by Bow Wow Wow and reworked the lyrics into an homage to the famed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who, as of this...

    RITE INANE GLIB MOTTO

    The City That Cuts and Pastes has a charming culture of anagramartisans, who have converted BELIEVE bumper stickers to read BE EVIL, and EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS to EAT BERTRAND'S RUSSELL. In the interest of restoring integrity to the Baltanagram, we offer...

    Tanya-Tanya in an adaptation at Towson Studio Theater, Dec. 4 to 12

    Olga Mukhina, whose play Tanya Tanya runs at Towson University Dec. 4-12, isn't your average Russian playwright. That is in part because, at least until the early 1990s, there were relatively few practicing Russian playwrights to begin with in a theater...