Wednesday, September 29, 2010

As I Was Just Saying...About Ignorance...Remember?

From Mankiw via Newmark's Door:

Bill Clinton channels Friedrich Hayek
(with an addition by yours truly)

Friedrich Hayek, The Fatal Conceit: "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

Bill Clinton, 9/21: "Do you know how many political and economic decisions are made in this world by people who don't know what in the living daylights they are talking about?"

 Homer J. Simpson: "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers."

Avoid Controversy? How About Avoid Effort?

Seriously? People are even considering voting for this person? The Lost Ogle has more:

Mary Fallin will work hard…but not TOO hard

The money section? "if Mary is such a hard worker for the state of Oklahoma, it makes me curious why she goes relentlessly dodges tough questions. Remember, she refused to debate Randy Brogdon leading up to the primary. What will she do as governor? Delay the “State of the State” address until Joe Dorman and Andrew Rice leave the room (under the current political climate, they may be the only Democrats in congress by the time she is called on to make such a speech)? Pause the TiVo until everyone who doesn’t think her American Idol candidate should win leaves her house? .... I don’t know, but whatever she does, I doubt it will be difficult for her."

Could be sloth...or just plain old-fashioned fear about being expected to take a position. However, Momma Grizz has just the thing for times like that.

"I Don't Know What I'm Talking About, But I Know I'm Right..."

This is a phenomenon that's moving through our culture, and not just in religion. Try to engage the "average" individual in a discussion about politics, and my point will be demonstrated. Since when did we forsake the obligation to actually have informed opinions and beliefs? 
Atheists Know More About Religion
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

RIM introduces PlayBook -- the BlackBerry tablet

It's official. I covet.

RIM introduces PlayBook -- the BlackBerry tablet

Why Companies Should Insist that Employees Take Naps

I have LOOOONG supported this idea, and it makes even more sense as I return from lunch:

Why Companies Should Insist that Employees Take Naps

Reagan Tax Cuts & Increases

Reagan Tax Cuts & Increases

Check out the above post via Ritholtz:

Bruce Bartlett takes issue with the all-tax-cuts-all-the-time wing of the GOP.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Free EP download from The Social Network

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have designed the score for the new David Fincher film about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network. Click through below for instructions on how to get a free 5 track EP download for an email sign-up (don't worry; Trent definitely does NOT bombard your inbox with crap). [the official nine inch nails website]

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Economic Stimulus? Try These 7 Ideas

Barry Ritholtz at The Big Picture supplies us with food for thought by speculating on what he'd do to goose our economy. My personal fave? Number 6:

"Electrical Grid Refurbishment: This is both an economic and national security issue: The electrical grid is an unreliable mishmash of public and private ownership, vulnerable to both blackouts and cyber-attacks. It needs to be upgraded yesterday.

How to pay for it: A one cent per kilowatt hour grid tax."

Catch the entire piece at: Economic Stimulus? Try These 7 Ideas

There Are Two Venture Capital Industries

From Fred Wilson at A VC, this is why a lot of traditional private capital practices no longer make sense:

There Are Two Venture Capital Industries