Pseudo Random News and Comment

Wait a minute! I think I’ve been insulted – Abnormal Returns blogger wisdom. Apparently the brilliance Scott Bell previously bestowed on my post may be in danger of revocation. Probably jealousy since his blog is always comprehensible and worthwhile.

Lance’s Last Stand If you haven’t been paying attention to the Armstrong soap opera this is a pretty good summary. The fact is if you didn’t dope during that era you not only couldn’t win, you couldn’t even make the top 20 in the Tour de France. Did he dope? Absolutely. Did he cheat? Probably not. What made Lance so grating to many was that he didn’t stick to the standard line of most pro riders and say “I never cheated anyone.” He flat-out claimed he never doped – and went out of his way to bully and sue anyone who dared suggest otherwise, when it was obvious to anyone with half a brain it was a lie.

Weight loss linked to reduced cancer incidence, mortality  Unintentional weight loss generally means something is wrong already.

Study reveals secrets of a successful tweet  Credible sources make a difference. The death of mainstream media is imminent in that case.

Hospital volume and surgeon specialty influence patient outcomes  Practice makes [something closer to] perfect.

How Long Before VPNs Become Illegal?  It it very likely only a matter of time. There are some distributed solutions to the privacy problem under development (as well as DNS and certificate authority issues) that need all the support they can get.

Finance blogger wisdom: ten year horizons  Some great, and simple, ideas. I’ve been working on the Brian Lund and Sean McLaughlin ideas for a while.

Broken heart, broken bones: Falls among elderly tied to depression  A good illustration that parts of your brain may act on your feelings in ways you may not like.

Calcium Channel Blockers, More than Diuretics, Enhance Vascular Protective Effects of Angiotensin Receptor Blockers in Salt-Loaded Hypertensive Rats I’ve never been a fan of diuretics since they make any volume of exercise extremely difficult.

Spanish Assets Wildly Overweighted with Housing  Very sobering numbers, and I’m always sober.

Mutations in JAK3 gene identified in subtype of lymphoma provide potential drug target  My lone note on JAK3 inhibitors is “high infection risk” but in this application that shouldn’t matter that much.

Wow, maybe one less thing for me to worry about. No increased risk. HbA1C and Cancer Risk in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes – A Nationwide Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study in Sweden

In an effort to further confuse the Vitamin D and calcium supplementation issue: Vitamin D with calcium shown to reduce mortality in elderly  You’re welcome.

Don’t they know this is perceived as an admission of the worst imaginable guilt? Wells Fargo Closes Business Checking Account of “Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter” Citing “Credit Risk”

The boys are bad: Older male ants single out younger rivals for death squad  And you thought your family was dysfunctional.

Peer-to-Peer Lending: Will Aggressive Operators Screw Up a Promising Idea?  Actual performance of P2P lending is not that good. Prosper.com has these numbers:

Loans Originated November, 2005 – June, 2009

Seasoned Returns as of March 31, 2012
Prosper Rating(4) Loans (#) $ Amount Loans Avg Loan Amt Yield(1,5) Loss Rate(1,5) Return(1,5) Weighted Average
Credit Score
AA-B 2,703 $14,166,970 $5,241 8.24% 4.18% 4.05% 780
C-E 4,105 $29,114,533 $7,092 11.37% 11.18% 0.19% 725
HR 6,902 $67,669,105 $9,804 13.54% 23.34% -9.79% 705
Total AA-HR 13,710 $110,950,608 $8,093 12.31% 17.78% -5.47% 720
N/A*** 15,226 $67,609,614 $4,440 15.81% 22.27% -6.47% 598
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