Federal Reserve: Through its network of consultants, visiting scholars, alumni and staff economists, the Federal Reserve thoroughly dominates the field of economics. Any real criticism of the central bank has become a career liability for members of the profession, an investigation by the Huffington Post has found. see

Wind Mills? NIMBY: Battles over the height and noise level of residential windmills, and even over the shadows cast by their blades, are springing up from Maine to California. Towns across the U.S. are grappling with how to regulate windmills on residential property. In wind-rich regions, the installation of small wind turbines can affect neighbors and property values. see

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The Real Economy: In the U.S., the most highly paid employees received more than $2.1 trillion of the $6.4 trillion paid in total wages in 2007. Between 1979 and 2006, the inflation-adjusted after-tax income of the richest 1 percent of households increased by 256 percent. see