Pseudo Random News and Comment

Welcome in the New Year with an excellent evisceration of the latest dream girl of the investment world – Montier: Strategic Asset Allocation ≠ Static Asset Allocation

Tokyo Almost As Irradiated As Fukushima More holiday cheer. That mercury-fish sandwich is even more dangerous now.

How to negotiate for anything  Good tips for a satisfactory result (via Abnormal Returns).

Induction therapy with autologous mesenchymal stem cells in living-related kidney transplants: a randomized controlled trial.  And: Stem Cells Versus Donor Specific Transfusions for Tolerance Induction in Living Donor Renal Transplantation: A Single-Center Experience.  Starting to get somewhere, at least for new transplants.

How Do You Ticket a Driverless Car?  Why would you need to?  Unless you want to ticket a driver who had a stroke while driving, there’s no reason to do it for a computer crash causing a crash. The most likely cause will probably be hacking anyway.

Is Apple Pulling a Braveheart…and Why I Hate ‘Cheap  But the hate should be selective, based on the reasons behind it.

Is another California housing bubble possible? A repeat bubble this soon can only be driven by a new batch of greater fools, which favors a smaller, shorter version of the original. Though the pool of greater fools often seems limitless, it’s always finite at any point in time.

Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States “…there are just 1.67 full-time private sector workers to support each American that is on Social Security.”  The obvious solution is one that’s almost never mentioned: Opening the doors to immigration, legal and otherwise. Illegals are really better since in many cases they pay the taxes but lack the documents or nerve to collect the benefits. When your SSN says you are 73 years old but you’re actually 28, it can present a few administrative problems.

Exercise and the Ever-Smarter Human Brain  An elaboration of the born to run hypothesis. The adaptations that improve running seem to also improve brains. Obviously there are some other issues since other primates are in no way born to run, but still have decent brains anyway.

Does Photographic Memory Exist? Only in men, and only with pornography.

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