My midweek morning reading:

• Here are 7 policies Obama just said he’d pursue without Congress (Washington Post) see also Who Has a Higher Minimum Wage Than the Federal Rate? (Real Time Economics)
• Stats of the Union (Economist)
• Apple TV graduates from hobby/accessory to product line ahead of major changes (9 to 5 Mac) see also The age of the iPod is over (The Verge)
• The Housing Slowdown Has Already Begun (Advisor Perspectives)

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Category: Financial Press

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11 Responses to “10 MidWeek AM Reads”

  1. willid3 says:

    think you only have to worry about the government and your privacy?

    https://www.yahoo.com/tech/weak-data-breach-laws-leave-us-all-in-a-compromised-74764361230.html

    must not have noticed that Target breach. and the the others that followed. so far if all of the disclosed data was for separate individuals, it would mean that just about 1/2 of all Americans have had their data get away from them. while you might not go to jail (then again you might. it has happened before because some one who was arrested for a crime supplied your info as their own. so the police ended up looking for you after they were released). of course if you have ever had identify theft, you know how hard it is to get things straightened out. i know from experience it took about 5 years almost full time, and only stopped after having to do the ultimate in security (where available) a freeze. and that was after about 250,000 to 500,00 in fraud. and to top it off, some one used my info to file for a tax refund. and to get a job. try explaining to the IRS why some of the income they see reported by an employers isnt yours.

  2. RW says:

    A bit off the wall perhaps but, since there are significant social and economic costs associated with policies that rely more on moralizing narratives or tribal prejudice than evidence and logic, it doesn’t seem entirely inappropriate here.

    The Link Between Overcrowded Prisons and a Certain Drug

    Over the few months, I have given some talks about public policies that could reduce the extraordinary number of Americans who are in state or federal prison. …

    At each talk an audience member expressed the view that over-incarceration would drastically diminish soon because states were now legalizing marijuana. I responded …that even under the most liberal possible definition of a marijuana-linked incarceration …not even 1% of the U.S. prison population would be so classified.

    Not wanting to discourage people, I said that there was a different drug that was responsible for many times as many imprisonments as marijuana and for which we could implement much better public policies. I then asked people to guess which drug it was. Give it a try yourself (answer after the jump).

  3. hue says:

    Hunting Licenses to Shoot at Drones: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (The Atlantic)

    I Nuked My Twitter Feed And You Should Too (BuzzFeed) Still got tweets from Henry Blodget after unfollow, maybe this is why BI rules the world.

    Here’s how city life is actually affecting your health (io9) How 2 Inches of Snow Created a Traffic Nightmare in Atlanta (The Atlantic) and back in 2011, we had 6 inches of snow, and it shut down the whole state for a week.

  4. willid3 says:

    3d printers capable of using carbon fiber to create products?

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/29/5357186/new-3d-printer-can-print-in-carbon-fiber

    having worked for a manufacturer before. and if you have looked the history of manufacturing you notice some thing. it takes a very long time for manufacturers to use new materials. it took decades for aluminum to become widely used. mainly cause the manufacturing methods were all built around how to use steel. of course today’s manufacturing is really really different. most of its more related to programming in that most of manufacturing is now programming a machine to do the work as opposed to people doing that.

  5. willid3 says:

    the western drought will really cause headaches.

    http://qz.com/171698/it-takes-53-gallons-of-water-to-produce-a-single-egg/

    cause it takes a lot of water to create the food we eat!

  6. willid3 says:

    big tech. with a large cash stash over seas. which they can’t bring back with out tax consequences. now is borrowing because investors want dividends. or managements wants to buy back stock. both increasingly driven by borrowing.

    http://qz.com/171693/big-techs-offshore-cash-stash-could-threaten-credit-ratings/

  7. willid3 says:

    new retirement savings without wall street fees??

    http://qz.com/171823/obama-invented-a-new-retirement-plan-for-the-state-of-the-union/

    just say no!

  8. Irwin Fletcher says:

    Obama don’t need congress. Remember this precedent being set when you have another guy in there pushing through things you don’t like. Picking and choosing which laws to enforce and which ones not to is dangerous friends. Remember this, and remember your silence and consent.

    • RW says:

      “Precedent,” really? Bush II’s “signing statements” altering or even voiding the sense of bills passed by congress was …oh, never mind.

      Doofuses in the Mist

      I think someone needs to crack a history book and maybe find some better examples since Lincoln probably relied on executive powers (like ending slavery by executive order in most of the United States) more than any president in the country’s history (it’s still pretty controversial) and FDR is a close runner-up. Eeesh.

      • RW says:

        NB: Thanks for the truth but the falsehood has already circled the globe and is clearly showing signs of becoming another zombie idea: it will be devouring soft heads for years along with birth certificates, gun confiscation plots, socialist hells and all the rest of that interminable, tendentious twaddle. Bah!

        Jon Meacham Says He Was ‘Just Plain Wrong’ With His Comment On Executive Orders

        “I was at best imprecise and at worst just plain wrong today,” Meacham said in a statement provided to TPM. “I did not say what I meant to say: that great presidential leadership requires not only executive action but public persuasion and legislative action.”

        The Pulitzer Prize-winning author said that he’s written about plenty of presidents who used executive orders “often boldly and to the great consternation of their critics” because that was the only way to implement their policies.