Grab some coffee and a comfy chair.  You know what time it is.

• Is this the beginning of a crash? (Reformed Broker) see also Market selloff will stop when the ‘smart money’ quits selling (Yahoo Finance)
• The Astounding Conspiracy Theories of Wall Street Genius Mark Gorton (Gawker)
Eichengreen: Losing Interest (Project Syndicate)
• ‘Brutalized’ Breakaway Brokers Speak Out: 7 Stories From the Road to Independence (ThinkAdvisor)
• The press and the tech bubble (Columbia Journalism Review) but see Of things and thingamies, connected (FT Alphaville)
• Can Adam Carolla Defeat a Patent Troll and Save Podcasting? (DailyFinance)
• Downtown L.A. goes from gritty to glitzy (WSJ)
• GOP hard core want Boehner’s scalp – but their plan is doomed to fail (Salon)
• Colbert Was CBS’ ‘Late Show’ Guy Since 2012 — And Yes, He’ll Keep the Name (Mashable) see also Who is the Real Stephen Colbert? Let’s Show You (Esquire)
• Fish, fiends, and fantasy: the gothic art of Ian Miller (The Verge)

What’s for brunch?


Greece Gets Strong Demand For Bonds

Source: WSJ



Category: Financial Press

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18 Responses to “10 Sunday AM Reads”

  1. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    The Comcast Merger Isn’t About Lines On A Map; It’s About Controlling The Delivery Of Information (

    “Comcast and proposed merger partner Time Warner Cable claim they don’t compete because their service areas don’t overlap, and that a combined company would happily divest itself of a few million customers to keeps its pay-TV market share below 30%, allowing other companies that don’t currently compete with Comcast to keep not competing with Comcast. This narrow, shortsighted view fails to take into account the full breadth of what’s involved in this merger — broadcast TV, cable TV, network technology, in-home technology, access to the Internet, and much more. In addition to asking whether or not regulators should permit Comcast to add 10-12 million customers, there is a more important question at the core of this deal: Should Comcast be allowed to control both what content you consume and how you get to consume it?…”

    Imagine if someone like Rupert Murdoch had the controlling power over such an infrastructure…

    • cjb says:

      regardless of the merger, Comcast et al need to be redefined legally as common carriers and regulated heavily. This is about who controls interstate commerce.

  2. VennData says:

    Paul Ryan isn’t committing to 2016

    ​”…Close friends of his in D.C. quip that he would loathe the kitchen-table ring kissing and glad-handing that are the hallmark of the early-state campaign…”​

    ​”…he’s often encouraged to consider to jump aggressively into the 2016 fray. He prefers to talk about his agenda to cure poverty…”​

    ​You mean butt kissing Sheldon Adelson and curing poverty cutting Medicare.

    Do any of the old folks out there realized the House PASSED Ryan’s Medicare cuts?

    They’re intending to cut Medicare! Are you listening over-65 Fox demographic?

  3. Stock Soup says:

    The behavior or tactics of a patent owner (so called “troll”) are irrelevant.

    Patents (and copyrights) exist to give individuals an incentive to invent. That’s why they are in the Constitution. Without them, I could just take Barry’s posts, and re-post them under my name earn ad revenue from them. Then he would quit and go to the beach instead. And no more TBP. Apple would never have bothered making an iPad.

    If they patents are valid, Carolla should pay up.

  4. > Is this the beginning of a crash? (Reformed Broker) see also Market selloff will stop when the ‘smart money’ quits selling (Yahoo Finance)

    Good stuff.

  5. RW says:

    The Stale Catnip of Contemptsmanship

    I have resisted writing about the Brendan Eich Mozilla affair. Literally. The ‘resisted’ bit is literal, I mean. Every day, for more than a week, I have expended non-trivial willpower to post nothing. It’s the moral equivalent of a giant bag of snacks in the kitchen of my mind. Unopened. …

    It ought to be a category. Teapots, Post-Tempest. Meme as Memento Mori of Memedom. Urgent hyperbole as deflated whoopee cushion, waiting to happen. The stale catnip of contemptsmanship. If I really want such things, I may have them.

  6. Jojo says:

    Do Cow Farts Really Significantly Contribute to Global Warming?
    Matt Blitz April 11, 2014

    There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 1,300 pound (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See Why Beans Make You Fart) Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere.

  7. Jojo says:

    Sen. Coburn: Replace National Technology Information Service with Google and Save Millions
    Zenon Evans | Apr. 11, 2014

    The National Technology Information Service (NTIS) will sell you a paper copy of the federal government’s budget for a hefty $215 fee. Or you can just find a digital copy online for free. This is ridiculous, notes a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to eliminate the service. And they’re doing it with some snark.

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), known for his annual Wastebook on government spending (available for only $48 by NTIS! Or free at Coburn’s own site.), issued a press release last week saying that he and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are sponsoring “a bill to eliminate an outdated agency that has lost more than $1 million trying to sell government reports that are available for free online.” And it’s been bleeding all this money for about a decade.

    • rd says:

      Somebody has to support logging of forests on Federal Lands to keep the paper companies alive. Printing of government reports and production of toilet paper appear to be appropriate uses of those lands.

  8. Jojo says:

    9 April 2014, 5.41pm BST
    Quirky quark combination creates exotic new particle

    Since the spectacular discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the gigantic particle accelerator outside Geneva, have suffered a bit of a drought when it comes to finding new particles. In a welcome relief, the LHCb collaboration, who run one of four large experiments at the LHC, have announced one of the most genuinely exciting observations to come out of the 27km super-collider so far – an exotic particle that cannot be explained by current theories.

  9. VennData says:

    Can any of you right wing Reagan lovers explain what the difference is between Reagan wanting to hold onto the Panama Canal and Putin wanting to hang on to Crimea?

    • rd says:

      The US has the Monroe Doctrine. Russia didn’t have a leader called Monroe.

      • fearlesspectator says:

        What a card! You right RD, the US said dibs on the western hemisphere way back when, and might makes right. That’s all there is to it, foreign policy wise.

    • Stock Soup says:

      Putin is not fighting a cold war against a global totalitarian regime. He runs a regional regional totalitarian regime and should be stopped.

      (I am no right winger, just sayin’)

  10. Jojo says:

    Why we should all be working less
    France has introduced a new law to prevent employees being asked to read work emails outside office hours. Would it help solve the UK’s productivity problem if we followed suit?

    by Sophie McBain Published 10 April, 2014 – 13:18

    In the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that modern technology would give workers more leisure time. In fact, it seems it has just given bosses new ways to interrupt their employees’ holidays or evening trips to the pub.

    On 8 April, French employees tried to claw some of their leisure hours back, after unions and employers’ federations representing nearly one million workers signed a legally binding deal stipulating that workers should not have to check their work emails after they leave the office, and that they should turn off their work mobiles. Already under French law workers are limited to a 35-hour week, unless they sign a contract agreeing to opt out.

    In Sweden too, there are experiments to reduce the working week. The city of Gothenburg has proposed a year-long trial in which half of its municipal workers will work traditional eight-hour days while the remainder will work six. The government of Gothenburg has a hunch that this could increase productivity: in the 1930s the breakfast cereal maker Kellogg’s replaced its factory workers standard eight-hour-shifts with six hour ones and saw productivity increase.

    • rd says:

      I propose that everybody in the 99% get more time off. The 1%, since they work harder than other people for their steadily increasing pay, can just work harder to fill in for the 99% to justify their ever-increasing share of income.

  11. hue says:

    Tom Frank interviews Barbara Ehrenreich: ‘You’re the anti-Ayn Rand’ (Salon)

    Want Guns With That? Chefs Find Politics Hotter Than Kitchen (NYTimes)

    Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity (The Onion)

  12. ch says:

    how many conspiracy theories have to become conspiracy facts before more people open their minds and begin to question obviously flawed narratives?