Pseudo Random News and Comment

Journalism in the Obama age shows the real media bias  Power is the real bias.

Faulkner Estate Sues Sony Pictures Because Owen Wilson Quoted Nine Words (Incorrectly) Investment performance must be very bad to make this look like a good idea.

33 Times, You Poor Dumb Bastards  You’ve been warned. We could end up like Japan, with decades of zero rates, but when everyone is trying to export their problems it’s not as likely to end up that way.

Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to four years in jail for tax fraud It’s safe to let your daughters outside for a while.

Streetcar tracks blamed in one-third of Toronto bike accidents Just add water for an even more exciting ride.

Temperament Traits and Chronic Pain: The Association of Harm Avoidance and Pain-Related Anxiety  I long ago learned the best way to minimize pain is to relax. Doing the opposite makes it worse.

In Search of ‘Dexter’: Why You Can’t Buy Pirated DVDs in China Anymore Blank media are now ridiculously expensive there too.

Safety of Cell Therapy with Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (SafeCell): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials May be meta but still a small sample, and short time frame, when expected complication rates are low.

Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader  …and with that the NYT vanishes from the Chinese internet. It would be great if China got revenge by publishing similar stories on US politicians and their shell companies and foreign accounts.

A brief social media eruption in China could hurt a leader’s reputation forever Most worrisome for the Party is it will destroy not just a leader, but an entire government and power structure. None would ever dare say it, but all know tyrants only rule with the consent of the masses. The biggest advantage China has is most people don’t pay any taxes at all so the costs of the corruption aren’t viewed as directly coming out of their pockets.

Paintballs may deflect an incoming asteroid  The Stones should have gone with Paint It White.

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