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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Arthur Silber - So, What Exactly Are We Talking About? Some Preliminary Observations
Arthur Silber - Railroaded Into Unnecessary War
Arthur Silber - AN ASSAULT ON A HUMAN BEING IS AN ASSAULT ON A HUMAN BEING. CHILDREN ARE HUMAN BEINGS. CHILDREN ARE NOT PROPERTY.
Arthur Silber - Sorrowful Silence
Violet Socks - Reclusive Leftist
Am I the only person in the world who thinks 200 bucks is serious money? Okay, not exactly serious, but significant. It’s a chunk of change, you know?. . .a hundred-dollar piece of electronic gear is not a stocking stuffer. A stocking stuffer is a plastic pez dispenser with red and green M&Ms. . .
Gary Farber - Amygdala
russell (Obsidian Wings) - the 28th
Susie Madrak - Dorli Rainey
A must-read post by Digby:
Digby - The war at home
Digby - For thee but not for me
Paul Krugman - The Very Brave BOE
The BOE sensibly realizes that moderate inflation is far preferable to the alternative of a liquidity trap combined with a crushing debt burden. No one liked the Post-WWII double-digit inflation rates, but surely they were preferable to depression. Central bankers with a clue: Who let them into the building?
Talking about people who know what they're doing, I've always liked this Roger Mudd interview:
Roger Mudd - interviewed by Brian Lamb (1999)
Lamb: . . .if people were to go back and say, `Was there a Roger Mudd moment?' it would be the question to Ted Kennedy, `Why do you want to be president?'. . .
Amid all news of cell phone patents/IP, I realized with a sense of shock that patents/IP are much more valuable for a company which doesn't make cellphones, who makes nothing, than a company which actually makes the damn phones. If you actually manufacture a phone, then you can sue other manufacturers for violating your patents, but they can sue you too for violating their patents, and it's mutually assured destruction. If you can sue for infringement of your "ambulatory communication device" patent, you can also be sued for your infringement of someone else's "device which ambulates while communicating" patent. But if you posses only the cell phone patents, without selling any actual phones, you can happily sue all the real manufacturers for violating your precious, oh-so-valuable IP, without a care in the world. (I take it for granted that 99.99% of patents are not actually valuable in the process of manufacturing a product)
Obviously, this is perverse and absurd. There are solutions, but the current crop of politicians have zero interest in finding them.
I don't think Steve Jobs bitter denunciation to Obama of unions/the left should be seen as Jobs just being a jerk. I think they should be seen as someone who wanted pretty badly to manufacture macs in the US, and was frustrated at his inability to do so. I think Jobs was well aware that if he had managed to make macs in the US, the love people had for him, already immense, would have reached stratospheric levels.
Cricinfo - Full coverage of Peter Roebuck's death
Rob Steen on Peter Roebuck - A sharp mind, a tormented soul
Sambit Bal - Remembering Roebuck
One thing I haven't seen mentioned is that Roebuck, when he first came up, was a pupil and friend of Tom Cartwright, one of my favorite cricketers.
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