Some reads for your weekend reading pleasure:

• Form and Fortune: Steve Jobs’s pursuit of perfection—and the consequences (New Republic)
• Being wrong: The value of agnosticism (Synapses)
• Science-and-engineering workforce has stalled in U.S., report says (Computer World)
• How Luther went viral (Economist)
• The Body Counter: Meet Patrick Ball, a statistician who’s spent his life lifting the fog of war (Foreign Policy)
• Brazil: A Nation of Citizen Philosophers (Boston Review)
• Revenge of the Nerd: It’s Ray Bradbury’s future—we’re just living in it (American Conservative)
• What Does a Conductor Do? (NY Mag)
• The Missing Middle in American Politics (Foreign Affairs)
• “Cities Are Making Us More Human” (European Mag)

What are you reading?

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Source: MoJo

Category: Financial Press

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10 Responses to “Weekend Reads”

  1. RW says:

    There Was No Bowles-Simpson Commission Report: Obama could not have ignored a report that never existed.

    Will Wall Street Ever Face Justice?: Even the limited and underfunded investigations thus far have discovered clear evidence of malfeasance; this must be pursued with resources requisite to the task.

    NB1: the “Missing Middle in American Politics” story gets its thesis wrong: the country has shifted rightward and Obama Democrats are the new “Moderate Republicans.”

    NB2: WRT Ray Bradbury, not sure we’re living in the world of Ray Bradury either. I always thought of him as a fantasy writer who used science as a setting or trope rather than magic but was otherwise not interested in material causality.

  2. VennData says:

    Apple is a “Job-Creator”

    http://www.apple.com/about/job-creation/

    So Apple (and all the other GOP-Media-Machine-branded US multinationals who are also “job creators,” in spite of the data…

    http://www.salon.com/2011/09/28/job_creator_myth/

    …complain about high top-marginal corporate tax rates, when there aren’t high EFFECTIVE tax rates…

    http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_welfare/real_tax_rates_plummet.php

    …refuse to invest the money- overseas, where they stash it – even when the corporate rate is 2 ½% – so much for the Chamber of Commerce and GOP Media Machine talk about how we need incentives to invest…

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-21/google-2-4-rate-shows-how-60-billion-u-s-revenue-lost-to-tax-loopholes.html

    …so they let the money pile up when our nation needs investment. I got an idea for you Apple: Take your $100 billion in cash that you DON”T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH….

    http://www.cultofmac.com/148988/warren-buffett-steve-jobs-asked-my-advice-on-apples-cash-but-didnt-take-it/

    …and take half – that’s $50B – and invest $1B in every state in the union.

    Apple, you would be America’s economic hero for all time.

  3. Jojo says:

    In case you thought that the U.S. government was the only one who massaged and manipulated unemployment numbers. If we had a true reading of the unemployment numbers worldwide, we would probably discover that 50% of the world’s eligible workers are unemployed! Does that make 50% of the world population superfluous?
    ————–
    German Unemployment Obfuscation
    Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7:48PM

    One of the hardest things to get in this world is a truthful, or at least a somewhat realistic, or at the very least a not totally fabricated unemployment number, but every country has its own bureaucratic madness in pursuing obfuscation. And Germany is no exception. Official unemployment—3,081,706 unemployed and an unemployment rate of 7.3%—dropped to a two-decade low in January, but a recreational dive into the Federal Labor Agency’s monthly report (Monatsbericht) reveals another story.

    The numbers were touted by politicians in the governing coalition, from Chancellor Angela Merkel on down, amid media hyperventilation about Germany’s superior economic model, though dark clouds have already appeared. Read…. “German Success Recipe” or Blip?

    Even French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is struggling to hang on to his job for another five years, is obsessed with Germany’s mysterious success in bringing down its unemployment rate and can’t help but mentioning it every time he speaks about fixing the French economy. But the Federal Labor Agency’s monthly report reveals many pages into it—surprise, surprise—that the headline numbers issued with unrounded Teutonic precision have only a tenuous relationship with reality.

    Turns out, certain groups of unemployed people are systematically excluded from the official unemployment numbers, though they’re listed in the monthly report and are known—unlike the inscrutable statistical adjustments meted out in the bowels of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. On second thought, statistical adjustments must also be taking place in Germany because the numbers still don’t add up. These are the excluded groups:

    http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2012/2/27/german-unemployment-obfuscation.html

  4. VennData says:

    Trump robocalls for Romney in Michigan

    “…As somebody that does a lot of selling, whether it’s real estate or whatever, I always believe you have to believe in your product. I believe in Mitt Romney, so it was easy. …”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/02/trump-robocalls-for-romney-in-michigan-115179.html

    Come on Tea Party, right-to-lifers, gun-lovers, home-schoolers, and anti-UNers …get with the program.

    Drop all that lusty talk about “the way things used to be” and support us, just this one more time and we swear, we will listen to you next time.

  5. Joe Friday says:

    SAMSUNG GALAXY S II NAMED BEST SMARTPHONE OF 2011

    * Samsung won the top prize of Best Smartphone of 2011 for their Android-based Galaxy S II at the 2012 Mobile World Congress’ Global Mobile Awards. Last years winner was the iPhone 4.

    * Samsung also became the biggest smartphone vendor in the world during the third quarter of 2011, and their sales helped Android grab a 52.5 percent share of the market with 60.5 million smartphones sold. By contrast Apple only sold about 37 million of the iPhone 4S in the fourth quarter.

  6. VennData says:

    Kobe says he has no rivals in the NBA

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/7640850/los-angeles-lakers-kobe-bryant-says-had-no-rivals-16-year-nba-career

    So he should be paid much, much more than all of them, any of them. A thousand times what the rest of the NBA make.

    He should also get tax cut far in excess of what the other NBA players have ( a special Kobe tax rate) much, much lower rates so that he is incentivized to perform, for he wouldn’t, without deep tax cuts. And even if the data showed he paid lower rates, and people complained, he could pay someone to show that he actually pays more in tax, since he makes so much more.

    And he should get the same pension, benefits and creature comforts provided by the teams and the league.

    And if people blanch at the tickets prices, and stop going to games, the best solution would be to pay Kobe even more, and cut his special tax even more, so he could become a fan-creator.

    And remember his threats to go play in Europe. He just might. In fact we should shut down the league (or at least drop their credit rating) if anyone talks bad about Kobe, tries cutting his salary or raising his rate.

  7. rktbrkr says:

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Manufacturing slowed in February and consumer spending was flat for a third straight month in January, new economic data showed on Thursday, suggesting the economy lost more momentum than expected early this year..

    Nevertheless, the spending and factory data cut into the optimism generated by a recent decline in the unemployment rate, and suggested rising energy prices were taking a toll.

    Opinion- Israel is ratcheting up the war talk about Iran to elevate oil prices and throw the US into a recession helping elect a Republican who will be more obedient than O’bama, the groveling in front of AIPAC hits full throttle this week with all Republican contenders donning knee pads (anti war Ron Paul not invited to the grovelthon)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/02/business/economy/us-jobless-claims-remain-at-4-year-low.html?src=recg

  8. VennData says:

    In the “Science and engineering article, it claims, “…Take IBM. In the same week it announced a breakthrough in quantum computing, it laid off more than 1,400 workers. How many of those workers were in science and engineering is unknown, but IBM has steadily cut the number of employees in the U.S. as it expands in other countries…”

    While overseas employment growth is strong, much of the redundancies are due to long term cost trimming in their massive Outsourcing business where they take on all or much of the IT staff of their client and trim that staff as productivity enhancements accrue. Adding huge IT staffs from the Fortune 500 and cutting them over time needs to be backed out.