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Entries by Harry Shearer from 04/2009

Brand Extension -- What Wall Street Borrowed From Madison Avenue

| Posted 04.06.2009 | Business

All Joe Cassano was doing was brand extension, with a twist -- he took not only the equity of the AIG name, but the credit rating that went with it.

Chinese Drywall and the Cost of Truth-Telling

| Posted 04.10.2009 | Politics

As if Formosan termites weren't bad enough (they devour everything, not just wood), now New Orleans is coming to grips with its latest visitor: defective drywall.

The Torture Debate -- It's About Time

| Posted 04.20.2009 | Politics

If waterboarding is so instantly effective, why would it need to be administered almost 200 times in a month? It's either not as effective as advertised, or the practitioners had another reason for persisting.

The First 100 Days in New Orleans

| Posted 04.28.2009 | Politics

What has Barack Obama meant to the city almost destroyed by federal malfeasance in 2005? The best, and the worst, one can say is that he's lived up to his campaign promises.