My afternoon train reads:

• How Van Halen Explains the U.S. Government (Bloomberg)
• Optimism as a Default Setting (The Reformed Broker) see also Motivated Reasoning (Above the Market)
• Clayton Christensen Wants to Transform Capitalism (Wired)
• China’s credit-to-GDP ratio (and why it matters) (FT Alphaville)
• Labor pains continue despite soaring profits (New York Post) see also As Jobs Lag, Fed Is Viewed as Unlikely to Do More (NYT)
WTF? A new GOP bill would prevent the government from collecting economic data (Wonkblog)
• Android’s Leaky Bucket: Loyalty Gives Apple the Edge Over Time (All Things D) but see Apple’s Ive Seen Risking iOS 7 Delay on Software Overhaul (Bloomberg)
• The next generation of Instapaper (
• Six Months After Sandy (WSJ)
• Alfred Hitchcock and His Blondes (Classic Driver)

What are you reading?


China Overtakes US to become World’s Biggest PC Market
Source: Economist

Category: Financial Press

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13 Responses to “10 Mid-Week PM Reads”

  1. rd says:

    Data interfere with rational thought and the development of effective economic theories since the data often contradict the theorietical conclusions. This clearly means that the data are wrong and not worth collecting.

    • willid3 says:

      sort of like driving a car in the dark? or flying a plane without windows or instruments? wonder how that would work out. its wonder the GOP didnt claim the market would provide the data.

  2. VennData says:

    UMass Dartmouth Beginning To Regret Offering Course In Applied Domestic Terrorism,32275/

  3. VennData says:

    I think we should raise the fine on people who flaunt the census.

    Good source of revenue for folks who, frankly, may not be departing with their fair share anyway.

  4. chartist says:

    labor pains despite soaring profits? C’mon, there’s labor pains because of soaring profits! It’s a freaking zero sum game.

  5. chartist says:

    Christensen wants to transform capitalism, yawn. Wake me when Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone says he wants to transform capitalism and it make the mainstream media. And I stop reading when a middle age guy says, yeah, I went to Harvard. Like who cares. The time value of money is taught the same at all B-schools. I once golfed with Barry McNeally of Sun Micro fame. Barry starts to slam Bill Gates cuz he didn’t graduate Harvard. I said Barry, your brother shows up on CNBC with all this hair, how come you’re bald? Well, lets say things got a bit icy after that.

  6. chartist says:

    Hitchcock may have started something with his penchant for blondes: they were all blondes in the 1950s and 1960s. I scarcely know where to begin: Ellie May Clampett, Pat Priest of the Munsters, Elizabeth Montgomery, etal. Man, I remember a shake and bake commercial from the late 1960s with a classic blonde with an hour glass figure. You couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting 10 on TV. It might be Hitchcock’s enduring legacy!

    • Petey Wheatstraw says:

      Yet Ginger and Mary Ann remain the classic “which would you choose.”

  7. Joe Friday says:

    A new GOP bill would prevent the government from collecting economic data

    From the party that previously enacted legislation to prevent the CDC from collecting gun violence data.

    Chairman Mao would be so proud.

  8. call me ahab says:

    CNBC headline:

    Fed Keeps Pedal to the Metal as Economy Wobbles

    shit just makes me laugh

    a mere whiff of the Fed backing off of its easing policy would send the markets in a tailspin- Fed’s boxed in as the market expects [demands] support

    will probably be some “black swan” event that does it all in . . . don’t know what of course, as a black swan is unknown until it occurs