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America’s Least-Hated Banker
Roger Lowenstein | NYT Magazine | 1 December 2010
Profile of Jamie Dimon, boss of J.P. Morgan Chase. Nicely done, if somewhat
flattering. Allows Dimon to argue, even now, with little pushback, that big
banks are good, bigger banks are better, Chase best of all
Gawker Moves Beyond The Blog
Nick Denton | Lifehacker | 30 November 2010
Top blog publisher explains change in content model. Remixing other people's
content only gets you so far. It's scoops that get big traffic, especially
via Facebook referrals. New model: more scoops, more video
Ireland’s Reparations Burden
Barry Eichengreen | Irish Economy | 1 December 2010
Latest rescue package a disaster. Does nothing to reduce public debt.
Implies years of reparations to bondholders. Not politically sustainable.
Bank creditors have to take the hit. Why can't Germany see this?
Real Hunters Don’t Shoot Pets
Ted Williams | Audubon | 30 November 2010
"Canned hunts" gain in popularity. Animals kept in enclosures. You go in and
shoot them. If that's a problem, they can be drugged as well. "Great for
folks on tight schedules, or who lack outdoor skills"
National Security State Cops A Feel
Tom Engelhardt | Mother Jones | 30 November 2010
Another tirade against airport security, but a well-argued one. If Americans
want to be safer, they should get out of Afghanistan. Adding more layers of
domestic security isn't protection, it's oppression
Is Batman A State Actor?
Anonymous | Law And The Multiverse | 30 November 2010
A (fairly) serious legal question. If he's acting independently, evidence he
obtains by breaking into villains' headquarters is admissible in court. If
he's an associate of Commissioner Gordon, it's not
Six Startup Ideas Every Nerd Has
Elad Gil | Elad Blog | 30 November 2010
"Lets start by adding a better search interface on top of Craig's List, then
make it more social, then drain all their inventory on to our own site."
Post is great. Comments are, cumulatively, even better
Where Good Ideas Come From
Cosma Shalizi | Bactra Review | 21 December 2010
Physicist reviews Steven Johnson's book on innovation. Intricate,
thought-provoking piece. Starts with a question that's obvious once it's
been asked: how do we decide whether an idea is "good" or not?
Books After Amazon
Onnesha Roychoudhuri | Boston Review | 1 December 2010
Big, bad Amazon uses dominance of book-selling industry to bully publishers,
get deeper and deeper discounts. Publishers are getting hollowed out. But if
they don't play along, their books don't get listed
Topic: Ireland's Debt Crisis
Painful death of a Celtic Tiger. Barry Eichengreen, Martin Wolf and others
on what went wrong, and...... Continue reading...
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