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Scott Jagow Sep 23, 2009

Question: What movie premiere after-party was held at an extremely swanky Soho apartment with two suites, two balconies, a hot tub and a steak bar? A steak bar.

Answer: The new anti-capitalism film from Michael Moore.

A review of Capitalism: A Love Story (Forbes) By the way, the after-party was held at the Esquire Apartment in Soho.

Another review. (NPR)

“Capitalism is anti-Jesus” (Fortune) An interview with the aforementioned anti-capitalist steak bar host:

I started out wanting to explore the premise of capitalism being anti-American, and anti-Jesus, meaning it’s not a Democratic economy. And it’s not run with a moral or ethical code. But when the crash happened, it added a third plot line: not only is capitalism anti-American and anti-Jesus, it doesn’t work.

Our $2 trillion bridge to nowhere (Wall Street Journal)

If you want to know why Americans are so fearful of a government takeover of the health-care system, take a look at the results of a new Gallup poll on government waste released Sept. 15. One question posed was: “Of every tax dollar that goes to Washington, D.C., how many cents of each dollar would you say is wasted?” Gallup found that the mean response was 50 cents. With Uncle Sam spending just shy of $4 trillion this year, that means the public believes that $2 trillion is wasted.

Tracking stimulus $ — dot.com vs dot.gov (NPR)

When Congress approved the stimulus bill, it made a point of setting up a Web site called Recovery.gov to allow citizens to track all those billions in spending. But if you’ve gone looking for it, you might have stumbled across another, very similarly named site, Recovery.com.

The dot-com version is not run by the government, but it also tracks the stimulus — and much of its information is more up to date. In fact, it has spending information that the government won’t have until October, and its data provide a sneak peak into how the stimulus spending is going.

The president should stay home. Send Oprah. (Bloomberg)

Cars are getting too quiet (Washington Post)

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