The [Fed’s announcement](http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2010/11/fed-slow-growth-disappointing-will-engage-in-second-round-of-quantitiative-easing.html) of another round of so-called “quantitative easing” (QE2) is much in the news. Basically, it’s an announced commitment to create $600 billion dollars or more of new “Federal reserves” – i.e., U.S. dollars – and [pump them … Continue reading
Awkwardness is the essence of “The Silent Echo Chamber,” a multi-screen video installation on display at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center. The work is part of an ongoing project called “Nontalking Heads” by “Harry Shearer.
Economics isn’t exactly a side-splitting discipline, but at a recent economics convention in Atlanta, self-proclaimed “stand-up economist” Yoram Bauman showed it’s possible to infuse the sober science with monetary mirth. Continue reading
On a cold December night in 1959, The Second City opened in the Old Town section of Chicago in a small space that had been previously been a hat shop and Chinese laundry. Fifty years later, Second City stakes claim to having been the training ground for scores of now-household names.