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Snow falling  

Brad DeLong has already pointed out how grumpy the Financial Times is about US economic policy. Now The New York Times weighs in with a comment that is incredibly snarky compared to its usual greyness: “Out went Paul O’Neill, the gaffe-prone Treasury secretary who lacked credibility because he made it known that he did not fully believe in the policies he was being asked to sell. In came John Snow, whose credibility is impaired by the fact that he may actually believe in those policies.”

Weblogging politicians 

I’m not sure how I missed it, but I’ve just come across Labour MP Tom Watson’s weblog. It provides an excellent insight into the life of a backbench MP and it has the personal tone of voice that the best weblogs need. The content may be of limited interest to non-Britons, but I think it’s an excellent example of how an elected politician can make his work and thoughts far more transparent to the electorate. (And he has an RSS feed!)

More on PowerPointPhluff 

A teacher of longstanding finds PowerPoint is destroying the university experience: “No matter what the inherent potential of the material to be covered, once that computer came into play, it invariably became a process of tutor with remote handset talking to the screen and flicking through the sequences of pages. Not talking to us. Not making eye contact and engaging in genuine exchanges with the electronically illuminated faces staring screenwards. Just talking to the screen, pressing the button and talking until all the slides were complete.”

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