Pour yourself a cup of Joe, and settle in for some of our longer form weekend reading:

• Michael Steinhardt, Wall Street’s Greatest Trader, Is Back — And He’s Reinventing Investing Again (Forbes)
• Peyton Manning Gets Better With Age (Grantland)
• The Day We Lost Atlanta (Politico)
• How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet (Wired)
• History of American Bandstand (Salient)
• This Is Danny Pearl’s Final Story (Washingtonian)
• Dogs Are Not People (Boston Review)
• Rough Patch for Uber Service’s Challenge to Taxis (NY Times)
• The Long Con: Mail-order conservatism (The Baffler)
• How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username (Medium)

What’s up for the weekend?


US Economy Shows Signs of Gearing Up

Source: WSJ

Category: Financial Press

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14 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. ancientone says:

    I just read “The Long Con”…….I’m looking for another country to live in.

  2. DeDude says:

    I have always considered these password protected identification systems remarkably primitive. If someone take control of your email account then neither the company nor you can prevent them from taking over your accounts.

    What we need is a backup of image based “real time” identification. You summit a photo of yourself when the account is established. Later if you claim that you are the real owner but someone took over your account and email, then a video (Skype) connection is established such that the company representative can talk with you over the phone and see you answer in real time. Provided the photo is securely stored with the company, only the real owner could pass that test?

    • worthbanner says:

      Doesn’t Twitter actually own this guy’s handle?

      • DeDude says:

        Yes, but the problem is how does the company actually verify who is the true “original” owner of the handle if all they have is an email account.

  3. VennData says:

    Snacks Laced With Marijuana Raise Concerns

    ​”…But the popularity of edible marijuana has alarmed parents’ groups, schools and some doctors, who say the highly concentrated snacks are increasingly landing in the hands of teenagers looking for a sweet, discreet high, or of children too young to know the difference between pot brownies and regular ones…”​


    ​But alcohol in cute little bottles called STRAW-ber-ITA are AOK.​


    I think it’ll take just a few more months before the government-regulation loving moralists who oppose legalization of weed can no longer throw out one-liners that can be turned back in their face when you replace “weed” with “alcohol.”

    Then what will their argument be?

  4. mle detroit says:

    Thanks for the link to The Long Con. Reading it was a booster shot against Ted Cruz.

  5. kcarver says:

    I was initially enthused to read Steinhardt was out to help the small investor, but by the end was disappointed that he is now interested in giving investors just what they want. There is a great need for someone to help small investors realize what they need and to help them want that. Right now, Bogle is the only one that comes close.

  6. hue says:

    A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life (Quanta)

    It’s the so-called serious who devastate the planet and cause the wars (Tomgram)

    Goodbye to All That (Joan Didion) Why Do We Celebrate Joan Didion’s Personal Essays More Than Her Other Writing? (Flavorwire)

  7. rd says:

    Apparently federal aid was a major player in causing the Snowpocalypse in Atlanta. The schools get federal aid for each day that students are in school but don’t if they cancel a day, so they don’t cancel unless they think it is absolutely necessary.


    In our area, our school districts budget for a certain number of snow days and cold days each year, so they take cancellations seriously but are well positioned to do so.

  8. streeteye says:

    Walmart issues profit warning on food stamp cuts – hits spending by poor customers http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/31/news/companies/walmart-food-stamps/

    not sure there’s a case that food stamp cuts reduce labor supply/increase reservation wages but if there is I’m sure you’ll find it LOL.

  9. VennData says:

    God Made a Realtor


    - Lawrence Yun

  10. intlacct says:

    re: US Economy Shows Signs of Gearing Up

    Let’s hope inflation picks up. If only to justify my leveraged real estate addiction…