Sesame Street Explains the Madoff Scandal

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In this video, Ernie and Cookie Monster explain the Bernie Madoff scandal .. so even kids can understand it [1:18]

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Very cute. And so easy to replace the words with muppets since there's no "mouths" to read. Good idea, I'm surprised I hadn't seen this technique before.

I'm getting a bit disturbed by this stuff. Do we really want to endorse Numbers 25 8 for property crimes? I've also got an issue with your March 27th book review "Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend," I suppose with both you and the author. Some folk seem to be using the DSM IV to demonize and dehumanize their enemies. Woody Allen has an anti-Madoff satire in The New Yorker (I've got a link to that in a recent blog post) and that seems funnier than this.

With any luck there will be a post up on our site in a few days wrestling with this and some deeper Madoff issues.

John -- i have no idea what your point is. should information about psychiatric illnesses be suppressed because you are offended by reading about them?

... well, one might reconsider possible mis-information about psychiatric illnesses, especially when it might be a psychological disability we're speaking to, or even what someone like Michelle Dawson might term "neurodiversity." On your broader preconceptions, I'll have to admit being a bit in sympathy with the anti-science side of the "Snow-Leavis Controversy." Sometimes we need to listen to our hearts as well as our heads.

On a less confrontational issue, Debi (the founding blogger at our blog) is a Master's level research plant biologist based (now) in Austin TX. She does population studies in the SW US sky islands. She just placed a comment sympathetic to your employment difficulties into the comment thread under today's "Crack of Doom" post, and should you care to address that you can comment there (if you can get past our rather un-user-friendly interface) or find her e-mail under "contacts" (for "twist").