Pseudo Random News and Comment

Is Tampa Pension Fund Manager the Real Deal? Probably not, while everything I’ve ever achieved was completely the result of skill because that’s what it felt like to me.

JPMorgan Chase: Out of Control Yeah, I can’t believe it either. Who’d have ever guessed?

Cheney Admits that He Lied about 9/11  Another stunner.

FDIC Hides “Scores” of Bank Settlements Since 2007 But don’t worry, everything was and is great!

Jim the Realtor: Here is what it looks like at an open house Truly astounding herding behavior. A great demonstration of why value investing works over the long haul.

Angry Judge Tears Prenda Copyright Trolls Apart Couldn’t happen to a more deserving group (of scumbags).

How Your Moral Decisions are Shaped by a Bad Mood Perhaps Prenda should have read this before pissing off the judge. In a convoluted way it also implies contrarian investors are frequently in bad moods.

Havoc in biology’s most-used human cell line: Genome of HeLa cells sequenced for the first time Ooops! GIGO strikes again.

Psychiatrists, Instead of Being Embarrassed by Placebo Effect, Should Embrace It, Author Says That sort of honest self appraisal isn’t likely.

Yes, Facebook probably knows you’re gay—but it doesn’t have to Except they seem to intentionally and perpetually reconfigure privacy settings to make it difficult to stay private.

Top 10 Ways You Can Waste Money Without Realizing It Decent list.

Rapamycin Reverses Status Epilepticus-Induced Memory Deficits and Dendritic Damage I’ve been reading a lot about the downsides of mTOR inhibition so this is a small antidote to that downer.

The Cancer from Fukushima (and Hiroshima)  Dig into that seafood! It’s not as dangerous as you thought.

Less sleep leads to more eating, more weight gain, research says

Difficult But Not Impossible Ends up seeming more the latter than the former.

Even if China reverses its one-child policy it’s too late to make a difference But maybe some fertilizer can speed things up. Do dead pigs enhance fertility?

Relationships among Musical Aptitude, Digit Ratio and Testosterone in Men and Women I’m just a fan of digit ratios since they figured prominently in my mate selection process.

Harvard Kids ♥ Dalio I was going to write a separate post about this but I’m too tired. Creating an intellectual monoculture is the path to ruin no matter how good your principles or your intellect. Encouraging questioning makes no difference if everyone comes from the same background, has the same approach and assumptions, and consequently asks the same, expected, questions. A slow drift is often the most deadly disease in investing. It’s rather like aging; Every day you look in the mirror and think nothing has changed, then one morning you get up and are shocked to see that old fart in the mirror. Inbred recruiting is a symptom of creating an increasingly insular world which easily detaches from reality. It would be better to hire a few idiots, whose completely off the wall, unfounded questions would be more likely to lead to a eureka moment.

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