Here is the latest additions to my Instapaper:

• Why So Many Rich People Don’t Feel Very Rich  (Economix)

• In WikiLeaks fight, U.S. journalists take a pass (McClatchy)

• Short the Rumor Pays 14% on Takeover Tales That Don’t Come True (Bloomberg)

• On history’s stage: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. & “Supreme Court Inc” (Fortune) Arguably the most pro-business  in history.

• Economist’s study shows how the poor in developing countries become wealthier (MIT)

• Procrastination (You Are Not So Smart)

• The Constitution and its worshippers (New Yorker)

• Government-created climate of fear (Salon)

• I Fought The DMV To Keep The World’s Greatest License Plate (Jalopnik)

• 6 Things You Should Never Reveal on Facebook (MoneyWatch)

What you talking ’bout, Willis?

Category: Financial Press

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.

19 Responses to “Tuesday Reads”

  1. Mike in Nola says:

    Short interview with Chris Whalen here. Here doesn’t pussyfoot:

  2. Jojo says:

    I’m really going to get around to reading that article on procrastination, I promise!

    As for license plates, I submit this oldie but goodie:


  3. An inside view of the Fed’s bond buying

    Why is it that when we hear about where the fate of the world is balanced, it always seems to be done from ‘some little room’ somewhere?

    I also find it amazing how these guys can swim with sharks and not get touched. The rest of us….not so much

  4. Jojo says:

    Insurrectionism Timeline

    On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court embraced the National Rifle Association’s contention that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become “tyrannical.” The following timeline catalogues incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued:

  5. Jojo says:

    On the subject of rhetoric and its possible impact in political discourse:
    Before Shooting, A Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric
    Rachel Slajda | January 11, 2011, 8:30AM

    The person who shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), a federal judge and 18 other people Saturday may or may not have had a coherent political philosophy or a rational motive. But his actions still come after a campaign season rife with gun imagery and borderline violent rhetoric.

  6. Economist’s study shows how the poor in developing countries become wealthier


    Hmmm. So all those people who rip into families for educating #1 son and leaving the daughters behind are actually wrong. It is more about simple economics than anything else.

    It seems to be that if they can afford to educate one person to a high degree and they have taught him to respect and care for his family then all will benefit as his wealth grows. Since many, if not all, economies tend to pay males more than females it also makes sense why poor families would ‘bet it all’ on the oldest male son

  7. ewmayer says:

    I’m going remain an amateur crastinator … In the pros, it’s all about the money (sigh).

    That license plate is even funnier than the now-famous “GOT MILF?” (spoof of the US Dairy Association’s “Got Milk?” Ad campaign) plate.

  8. you know, given the amount, allegedly, of P@rn our ‘Public Servants’ consume–on the Taxpayor’s dime..

    this: “…Representatives of the Virginia DMV had a different idea, and according to a letter denying his appeal they said a member of a “diverse” panel they gathered together to review the plate thought, beyond the obvious Swiftian undertones, it could also be sexual.

    “[Redacted] also noted that, as some people initially view the plate, “the vision of cannabilism of children conjures a truly horrible image. Others may view the message as being “vulgar in nature,” associated “eat the kids” with oral sex.”

    “I was dumbfounded. That never even crossed my mind and that’s why they took the plate away,” said Yeaman….”

    Yeaman mighn’t have been so surprised..

  9. investorinpa says:

    As of today, every state but Florida has some snow on the ground. Yes, that includes Hawaii. Philly just topped its all time back to back season record of over 100 inches of snow. Coldest December and Jan in a long time. How’s that global warming working out for you, Al Gore? You may need to get a massage right about now…

  10. jad714 says:

    where do you think the DOW will be on Feb. 28, 2011? Tell us by Jan. 12 midnight and win “The Little Book of Sideways Markets.”

  11. Joe Friday says:

    From ‘Why So Many Rich People Don’t Feel Very Rich (Economix)’:

    “It is perhaps no wonder, then, that so many people who are statistically rich call themselves ‘upper middle’ or even ‘middle class.’ They are much, much richer than lots of poor people, but also much, much poorer than some very visibly rich people. From their perspective, they truly are in the middle.”

    Oh bullshit.

    These people need smacked.

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  13. Investradamus says:

    Jon Stewart with the most refreshing commentary I’ve heard from pretty much anyone about the Tuscon tragedy. If you didn’t watch it, BR, you should.

  14. formerlawyer says:


    The United States is not the world. Global warming is a “global issue”. One of the consequences of global warming is “wilder weather” as traditional weather patters are disrupted/transitioning to the new.

    “Global warming leads to an intensification of the water cycle. Drought severity is increasing in some regions and extreme precipitation is increasing in other regions. These are not merely predictions – an increase in drought severity and extreme precipitation have both been observed.”

  15. maddog2020 says:

    Then are you at all surprised by this (I know it’s a bit old)?

    Jojo Says:
    January 11th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    On the subject of rhetoric and its possible impact in political discourse:
    Before Shooting, A Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric
    Rachel Slajda | January 11, 2011, 8:30AM