Pseudo Random News and Comment

Bad sex awards 2012 shortlist leaves out JK Rowling and EL James It’s a little hard to believe some of them  weren’t trying to win this award. Truly awful, almost to the point of hilarity, but coming up painfully short.

Riding on the Backs of Dinosaurs Risk free assets don’t exist. Finding a way to securitize sex might come close, but counter-party risks would eventually take their toll.

China China China…Seriously…Pay Attention The Baidu chart is such a classic bubble it makes me think of tulips.

The Last Laughing Death  (via Mindhacks) Kuru and how it led to the discovery to prions and a better understanding of proteins.

Epstein-Barr Virus, Human Papillomavirus and Mouse Mammary Tumour Virus as Multiple Viruses in Breast Cancer Damn viruses need to use their powers for niceness rather than evil. What’s the total of cancers that have been linked with viruses? I ran out of fingers and toes.

Beware Card- and Cash-Trapping at the ATM I think the only solution is to avoid using ATMs.

Shadow Banking System Larger than at the Start of the Financial Crisis In the movie biz the sequels are often big letdowns, never as exciting as the first time, but this almost guarantees Financial Crisis 2.0 is going to be a blockbuster.

Manolo Blahnik: ‘There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes’  Huh? That’s pure fashion heresy. If it doesn’t leave you crippled later in life it can’t be stylish footwear.

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