Mike Lester by Mike Lester

Mike Lester

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, over 3 years ago


  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    Changing the subject is what “breaking news” is. For example…
    “Keynes’s masterwork, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, is noteworthy—and revolutionary—for saying almost nothing about what happens in economic booms. Pre-Keynesian business cycle theorists loved to dwell on the lurid excesses that take place in good times, while having relatively little to say about exactly why these give rise to bad times or what you should do when they do. Keynes reversed this priority; almost all his focus was on how economies stay depressed, and what can be done to make them less depressed.”
    Just sayin’
    With a tip o’ the cap to PK

  3. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 3 years ago

    I remember when media was journalism, now it’s just business as usual.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    It’s truly unfortunate that we cannot count on a news organization to report facts only without opinions or spin.

    However, at least we have enough media outlets that you can choose the one that tells you what you want to believe, no matter what your political persuasion.

    Again, this helps keep us at each other’s throats, rather than at the throats of our “representatives”, who are laughing all the way to the bank. In the Caymans…..

  5. trm

    trm said, over 3 years ago

    The idea of the US media being at war with Obozo exists only in your fevered imagination.
    The media presstitutes in this country have been nothing but Obozo’s bitches since they first set eyes on him.
    They might be a little miffed at him right now because he had his “Justice” Dept. attack dogs spy on them, but no worries – like every codependent relationship, the media will come crawling back to their abuser every time.

  6. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 3 years ago

    onguard said, about 13 hours ago

    “Watch Dog turned Lap Dog.”

    yup, started during the bush administration with the embedding of reporters with the troops.

    if you didn’t report what the administration wanted you report, you were thrown out and cut off from all “news” from the administration

    cheney/Rumsfeld were a master of it.

  7. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks for an interesting and thoughtful post. It’s a relief from the name-calling that dominates this site.

  8. Colonel Claus

    Colonel Claus said, over 3 years ago

    Y’all need tgive DrCanuck a break. After all, he is a Canuck. Sometimes he can’t help himself.

  9. phdtogo

    phdtogo said, over 3 years ago

    A line was crossed that media could no longer ignore. Your name calling also crosses a line and insults my intelligence. The highest degree awarded by a university is the Ph.D, not the M.D.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago


    An M.D. friend of mine told me that there is some dispute about which degree is higher — those with a Ph.D. tend to think that a Ph.D. is higher, those with an M.D. tend to think that an M.D. is higher. The test is the titling practice of those with one of each — and (so my friend told me) of those, some say Dr. X, M.D., Ph.D, while others say Dr. X. Ph.D., M.D. So there ain’t no rule.

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago


    Say, can you explain why a “consultant” a.k.a medical specialist, here in the UK is a “Mister” and not a “Doctor”? Iºm sure theyºre doctors before they specialise so why the “demotion”?
    My dentist here is also a Mr., not a Dr. unlike my Saffie dentists.
    In Portugal, anyone with a [at least pre-Bologna accord licentiate,] degree is Senhor(a)Doutor(a) or Srº/ªDrº/ª. Engineers are Srº/ª Engº/ª. Doctors donºt get more letters as far as I know, although they have to study longer to get their “canudo”.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @omQ R

    No, I can’t explain — I do have the impression the in Britain surgeons used to be “Mister” rather than “Doctor”. But all these titles seem a little silly to me. As I say, “Call me anything, just don’t call me late for dinner.”

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago


    Ha! “Mister Doctor” sounds as silly in Portuguese as it does in English. There was a student movement a few years back in Portugal (At least in Coimbra), to eliminate the Sr.Dr. nonsense but I’m not sure what came of it. At my workplace there were Portuguese cleaning staff who insisted on calling me Sr. Eng until I begged them to stop. Austrians aren’t too far behind. My wife had her title in her passport, not that she even asked nor does she know how the hell they knew of it; she’s sure she didn’t mention it in the application. It then caused the British bank where she opened up an account to also transfer it across despite that application just having her only 2 names (passport = required form of ID) and it therefore thought her 1st names were “Mag.Phil Elisabeth”, plus title “Mrs.”
    When we were recently looking for apartments in Vienna, we found it amusing to look at the intercom labels. Folks seem to be trying to out do themselves to see how many letters of titles they could fit into a very small space reserved for their name. At least we knew the building therefore had esteemed professional tenants. ;-)
    oh crap, I hope DrC isn’t reading too much into this…:-s

  14. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    @omQ R

    “Well, somebody’s gotta stand up to the experts!”

    I think your PhD would be referred as to “Professor Doutor” in Portugal. A little better than “Mister Doctor”!
    In Austria, if you hold multiple degrees, apparently there’s a protocol on how to write them after your surname which is what we observed on those entry phones in Vienna.
    I suppose there’s a protocol everywhere (peer reviewed papers etc) but I don’t think the entry-phone’s the place to put it. ;-)

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @omQ R

    Yes, there’s protocol in the US and in Canada, but I can’t say I pay attention to it. I have both an MA and and AM — the same degree but from different institutions — and I can never remember which is supposed to come first, so I usually just leave them out. I just don’t care. But when I got my Ph.D. there was a person in the graduate department whose whole job was worrying about this kind of detail — I remember because there was a question about which hat I should wear at convocation, the MA hat or the AM hat — you see we weren’t allowed to wear the Ph.D. hat until the ceremony was over, or at least until each of us individually received the degree, or something like that.

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