Pseudo Random News and Comment

How many times does a CEO have to make the same mistake before his sainthood is revoked? Every time there is a sharp drop in a major market someone blows up. They can pat themselves on the back and talk about what great traders they are all they want but they’re nothing but a bunch of bull market geniuses. The “World’s Largest Prop Trading Desk” Just Went Bust  Wait, just mark to a new model – problem solved.

Whooping cough epidemic declared in Wash. state  Gee, I think there’s a vaccine for that.   Preventable infectious diseases caused almost two-thirds of global child under-5 deaths in 2010

Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth Predicts That Countries Who Limit Patents Will Have More Innovation  Make it a tax haven too and the growth rate would be astounding.

India probes charges of violations by drugs regulator Isn’t regulation supposed to fix this sort of problem?

Researchers use dual strategy to fight Type 1 diabetes  Bone marrow transplant still involves some big risks so this doesn’t seem that promising to me.

Statins may help prevent irregular heartbeat in elderly  Squeeze the data hard enough and something profitable is bound to ooze out.

Chimpanzee uses innovative foresighted methods to fool humans  Next stop, politics. It’s getting hard to be confidently anthropocentric.

America’s First Patents Get rid of them and be done with it. Tinkering at the edges isn’t going to solve anything.

The drug expiry date: A necessary safety measure, or yet another Big Pharma conspiracy?  Interesting post on the science behind expiration dates.

Regressing To The Trend Line  Below the trend line is far more likely.

The woman who lives in a shed: how London landlords are cashing in Now that’s a good rental market. Too bad the price/rent ratios are still so bubbly.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Illinois’ Eavesdropping Law As Likely Violating The First Amendment  Wonder how long this will last? Since the government pays the judges they generally give the government what it wants and this isn’t it.

Fear we are returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one’s life?  For the paranoid, a useful guide. For the rest an interesting read and chance to understand what that weird neighbor is doing.

The Fraud Recipe for CEO’s, Why Banks Hate Free Markets and Love Crony Capitalism, and the Dysmal Legacy of Mainstream Economists  A nice summary and useful how-to for the ethically challenged.

Disparities in treatment of children in the emergency department based on their insurance status  Really? You mean you tend not to get what you don’t pay for? Everyone wants something for nothing.

Evolution may explain ‘Runner’s high,’ study says  You body needs to motivate you to chase that meal until it drops from exhaustion.

Twitter Gambles on a Patent Plan  Interesting plan. Hopefully it will have legs in the industry.

Speedier treatment and better outcomes for high volume stroke centers It was a good thing I scheduled mine to occur near a large center.

Scientists identify neurotranmitters that lead to forgetting  Someday quite conveniently nobody will remember being tortured.

Why do people choke when the stakes are high?  Fascinating – it’s due to fear of losing something you haven’t won yet.

Key Ruling In The Fight Over Artists Getting Their Copyrights Back Suggests The Labels May Be In Big Trouble  Whoopee!!

Today’s bad China news – Chinese trade hits the brakes

Some interesting demographic charts. People eventually catch on and modify their behavior. Sorry Tennessee. You Hate Taxes, but You’re Not Moving to Nashville


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