Pseudo Random News and Comment

The central question posed by the great crash. It’s about time someone pointed out the obvious: Losses cannot be made to disappear, they can only be shifted from one party to another. About the only positive about who got the losses shifted last time around is that they’re so short-sighted they may very well come back to haunt them. [Calling 2008/2009 the great crash is a bit of an overstatement since it’s not even the greatest of the last 100 years, and for the Nasdaq not even the greatest in a decade.]

NSA Whistleblower Speaks Live: “The Government Is Lying To You” Forgot this one on yesterday’s post. I’m always amazed that any of the boomers can believe anything a government spokesman says after Vietnam, Laos/Cambodia, Watergate, Iran-Contra, etc. etc. etc. The first casualty of war is truth and we are in a perpetual state of war. [I think against Oceania. Or is it Eurasia?]

The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal. Growers aren’t mentioned for some reason but they were a huge force in defeating the California initiative.

Simple function tests for autonomic neuropathy have a higher predictive value on all-cause mortality in diabetes compared to 24-h heart rate variability. Interesting. Based on this my all cause mortality risk may have dropped after conversion to MMF.

Vibram shoes named in lawsuit: The danger of barefoot running. The lawsuit is stupid, but this discussion of the skill of barefoot running is excellent.

Neuroscientists discover key protein responsible for controlling nerve cell protection

‘Housekeeping’ mechanism for brain stem cells discovered

Iran ‘building copy of US drone’. They aren’t very net friendly so don’t expect plans online any time soon.

I’m always amazed how long these things take to unfold but it looks like Australia is finally rolling over and dying. Point of No Return: “Australia is Screwed”

Australia’s speaker stands down over sexual harassment claims His name is “Peter Slipper.” Is this really a surprise?

Me and my data: how much do the internet giants really know? A lot if aggregated and analyzed.

Things That Make You Go Hmmm – Such As A Power Struggle (To The Death) Within China’s Power Elite. Today’s Xilai piece.

If We Feel Too Busy, It’s Probably Due To Too Much Free Time. Reminded me of this piece from 2007.The Speed of Life: Why Time Seems to Speed Up and How to Slow it Down Not a bad prescription for more happiness either.

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