Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I'm reading these days - 16-26 November

Random articles I've found interesting over the last days or so, posted in each section from the oldest to the newest. Mostly for my own reminder, but if you feel like commenting, I'm always up for an interesting discussion in the comments! Stars indicate articles I found more interesting than the average.

Top Spot:
☆☆☆☆ The Hazards of Growing Up Painlessly (Fascinating and yet somewhat sad story)
☆☆☆☆ Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore (Now I know what do to over the weekend)
☆☆☆☆ Is Siri really Apple’s future? (And considering the article above, I panic at the idea Siri -or any other system- can do what it can)
☆☆☆☆ Tell Me a State’s Fertility Rate, and I’ll Tell You How It Voted (If that is, then an even better reason to be conservative)
☆☆☆☆ Japan's ninjas heading for extinction (NOOOOOoooooo......)

On the Euro Crisis:
☆☆ Eurozone fact of the day (This is actually how it should work and why the European Union was made: workers mobility within EU countries. Too bad German is such a hellish language and, in general, we do not have a common language to go with at the local level)
☆ What not to worry about in the euro crisis (I would actually worry about France, and probably about extremist political parties too)
Europe in recession (Oh, surprise!)
More and more and not enough (And with constantly shrinking GDP, all the good will be lost and more)
☆☆☆ EU budget: the trillion-euro split (and of course, they couldn't find a solution in the end)
☆☆ EU budget summit (part III): No deal, but no drama (Is there anything they can agree upon anymore?)

☆☆☆ Moody’s cuts France’s Aaa rating (And there it goes)

Eurozone finance ministers fail to agree Greece bailout (There's no money and lots of political fatigue, methinks)
Greece is a model of economic mismanagement (Internal and external, I'd say)
Those ‘technical’ issues that broke up last night’s Eurogroup meeting (No Money and political fatugue, as said)
Price of milk makes Greeks' blood boil ("Skordas said cattle breeders feared - unnecessarily, in his opinion - that this would open the door to increased competition from imported milk."... and that says it all)

Ireland lifts eurozone debt crisis gloom (Tiny step)

☆☆☆ Is Catalonia backing away from independence? (I wouldn't say... the openly separatist parties have more than 50% of seats, they just moved more to the left and fragmented and...)
☆☆ Catalans maybe like this independence idea (... in fact)

On the US Economy:
Changing the Conventional Wisdom on Wall Street (I'm for the second view espoused)
☆ Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims increased sharply to 439,000 (Nah, really, unemployment statistics going up -and the back ones being revised up- after the elections? Shocking!)
☆☆ Why it matters that one of Goldman’s new partners is said to have paid £500k to attract his wife (Seriously, if you have to buy a wife, you can get much better for much less and quite reasonably not a former prostitute)
America’s Mid-20th-Century Infrastructure (The open-air utilities cables are particularly incredible)
Washington must stop the creeping rust  (Indeed)
American manufacturing is coming back. Manufacturing jobs aren’t. (and in any case, the human work that needs to be done can be done for a cup of rice in China)
How technology opens the door for personalised pricing (Bad bad bad)

World Economy and Economics in general:
Free-riding economists, revisited (Study economics and become more selfish and troublesome for teh economy as a whole? Interesting concept)
Occupy Art (Bah, for centuries art was exactly that, ego and money... the Italian Reinessance was all about that, in fact)
☆☆☆ How raising wage would benefit workers, the industry and the overall economy (Specifically Retail, but would apply across the board. Old story, Ford used to say he paid his workers well or who would had bought his autos? Pity the lesson got lost)
Soros Buying Gold as Record Prices Seen on Stimulus (ohhh, Shiny!)
☆ Which Bond Villain Plan Would Have Worked (and Which Not)? (I disagree, number 2 could had worked, heroin addicts wont' go for other drugs)
☆☆ Inequality is Killing Capitalism (credible)

☆☆ Friends…don’t let friends leave the Republic of Argentina to litigate the sovereign debt trial of the century (Just PAY THEM ALREADY!!!)
Argentina unmoved on debt ‘holdouts’ (ditto)
☆☆ Why we might soon see another Argentine default (Maybe too late...)
☆☆ Poker with Judge Griesa, part one
☆☆ Poker with Judge Griesa, part two
☆☆☆ The consequences of Elliott vs Argentina

BP gets record US criminal fine over Deepwater disaster (Ouch, but deserved)

Social Media Companies Have Absolutely No Idea How to Handle the Gaza Conflict (and they should learn quickly, this is just the beginning)

☆☆☆ The new Chinese leadership: A guide to China’s Men in Black (Ah, the princelings. Funny how Communist countries tend to fall in an aristocratic pattern over time)

☆☆☆ Egypt's President Mursi assumes sweeping powers (Surprise! The Muslim Brotherhood's president giving himself more powers that Mubarak had... who could had figured? Ah, the wonders of Arab spring...)
☆☆ Egypt: President Mursi's political gamble (protecting the revolution? Temporary? Ah ah ah)

Scotland’s debate lacks seriousness (Yet it would be romantically cool to have an independent Scotland again)

☆☆☆ The Iranian Nuclear Program: Timelines, Data, and Estimates (Bad, bad, bad... and with Israel having been forced to use his political point in Gaza and Obama re-elected, i do not see anything stopping Iran)

Google vs. Samsung (Well, my next personal phone is probably going to be a Samsung as well)
The Law and Order Database: All 20 Seasons (People can have way too much time in their hands... but quite an analysis anyway)
Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years (Had no idea and quite a story)
You Can’t Say That on the Internet (and that makes you wonder what the search engines won't show you...)
What I Really Think About Facebook (Pretty close to my feelings too)

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