a miscellany notebook

Michael Hartford

Michael Hartford
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
July 22
Author of "Dad's Eye View: 52 Family Adventures in the Twin Cities," available May 15 from Minnesota Historical Society Press. Writer, photographer, programmer, dad.


FEBRUARY 15, 2012 1:42PM

Gleanings: February 15, 2012

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Portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln Is Deemed a Hoax

When he died less than a year after the painting’s public unveiling, an obituary in a Reading, Pa., newspaper noted that he “dabbled in oil paintings.” Apparently he dabbled more than anyone at the time realized.

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Mind-Blowing Charts From the Senate’s Income Inequality Hearing

A major source of inequality in the tax code comes from how it treats investment income. Just ask Mitt Romney, who paid 13.9 percent of his income in taxes in 2010. Most of his earnings came from capital gains, which only get taxed at 15 percent. Proponents of the loophole argue that it helps spur investment, but it also disproportionately helps the rich.

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A Peaceful, But Very Interesting Pursuit

Not only was Eliot at the bank, but as the letter above demonstrates, he was happy to be there. A certain pride creeps in to his accounting of his accounting: the salary, the hours, the filing cabinet which is “my province.” To read Eliot’s letters is to get a full picture of the routine demands of this job, which he clung to despite rigorous efforts from his friends and supporters to free him from the shackles of international finance.

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Time for the Tumbrils! by Alexander Cockburn

Also, “conversation” — used as a way of taming all debate and doctrinal struggle into demure prattle. And let us note and deplore the meteoric rise of “existential,” which appears to be “going viral.”

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