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  • With non-profits shutting their doors, while 'hooverville' tent cities are appearing across this nation it only takes a Fredrick Gates-like figure to convince the new Rockefellers to be the new, new philanthrocapitalists.

    Cameron Sinclair: Dear Obama, Enact a 'Greed to Need' Tax This April.

  • With non-profits shutting their doors, while 'hooverville' tent cities are appearing across this nation it only takes a

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • 25 October 2010 9:12PM the housing benefit system is undoubtedly a basket case in the minority but talk of london councils block booking b&b's in hastings for central london residents is a chilling reminder of 'hooverville'.

    The Guardian World News

  • Tent State University, an event in which a group of students build a hooverville-like university by setting up a field of tents on Vorhees Mall, started on April 24 and lasted throughout the week.

    Budget Cuts And The Recession At Rutgers

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  • Earworm alert!

    November 13, 2007

  • It was all your talk of Kaliningrad that threw off the giant computer brain. I hope you're pleased with yourself!

    Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can't say. People just liked it better that way.

    November 13, 2007

  • Google's giant computer brain has decided that someone looking at 'hooverville' might also enjoy:

    Russian river cruises.

    Cool, we've tricked Google into thinking Hooverville is in Russia!

    November 13, 2007

  • It may be Turkey to you, but it will always be Byzantium to me.

    And what if you made a date to meet someone in upper volta (hint, bring some consonants, if you're planning on visiting the capital), or in the aftershave hub of Asia, burma? Much room for hilarious misunderstanding.

    I'll be in the corner, nursing my Mumbai Sapphire gin.

    November 13, 2007

  • That's nobody's business but the Turks.

    November 13, 2007

  • Like Istanbul, which was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople. So if you have a date in Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul.

    November 13, 2007

  • c_b: I had thought as well that Leningrad was called Stalingrad at one point. But when I looked it up, it seems it was actually Volgograd that made the change to Stalingrad and back.

    The one that remains mysterious is Königsberg, famous in its day for Euler's celebrated "7 bridges" problem. This eventually became Kaliningrad; given its East Prussian location, one might have expected it to be one of the first to regain its original name. In fact, if Wikipedia is to be believed, it was briefly Russified as Kyonigsberg (Кёниг�?берг), before being renamed to Kaliningrad (Калинингра�?д).

    I had assumed until recently that it belonged to one of the Baltic republics, but in fact it remains a Russian exclave, the so-called Kaliningrad oblast. A reminder of its strategic importance during the Cold War as one of the westernmost territories of the Soviet Union came as recently as July of this year, when Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov declared that if US-controlled missile defense systems were deployed in Poland that nuclear weapons may be deployed in Kaliningrad.

    November 13, 2007

  • I thought it was Leningrad that changed to Stalingrad? Also Peking to Beijing... but that didn't change back so... not like Peking to Beijing.

    November 13, 2007

  • Kind of like Volgo-Stalin-Volgograd

    November 13, 2007

  • For a while the Hoover Dam changed its name as well, because of Hoover's--shall we say--tarnished legacy, but now it's called Hoover Dam again.

    November 12, 2007

  • Not be confused with "getting a Clinton", which ahem, is an adult concept.

    August 2, 2007

  • After the eponymous President Hoover--a collection of shacks and huts at the edge of the city where unemployed people lived in the 1930s

    August 1, 2007