Peter Campbell argues that Game of Thrones represents a major break in literature because the characters have agency. Um, seriously?
- Links 4/18/14 - 04/18/2014 - Yves Smith
- More From Ex-SEC Lawyer James Kidney on the Agency’s Failing - 04/18/2014 - Yves Smith
- Did Derivatives Worsen the Eurozone Sovereign Debt Crisis? - 04/18/2014 - Yves Smith
- General Mills Retreats an Inch on Its Mandatory Arbitration Overreach - 04/18/2014 - Yves Smith
- Ukraine: Is Obama Channeling Cheney? - 04/18/2014 - Yves Smith
Friday, April 18, 2014
Gaius Publius: Climate Scientist Michael Mann – If We Don’t Stop Now, We’ll Surpass 2°C Global Warming
When will the global warming process, and all the damage it does, get out of control?
We have a meetup set for April 25 but we need reader help with a venue.
Posted by Yves Smith at 12:10 am |
Why the brouhaha about HFT distracts attention from much bigger Wall Street abuses.
Posted by Yves Smith at 6:55 am |
Wolf Richter and Gillian Tett worry about evidence of credit mania in the US.
Welcome to the world of surrealpolitik, where anything you assert to be true is true, notwithstanding the factual evidence.
We are not setting the price. The market is setting the price. We have algorithms to determine what that market is.<
Snowden’s big messages were familiar: the lack of effective supervision of the US surveillance state, the scope and methods of surveillance, and the ability of citizens to protect themselves if they use strong enough encryption of their data and their communications. But it was striking to see, even in such a formal setting, how seriously European officials took his remarks.
Posted by Yves Smith at 5:55 am |
The enormous number of people who work only part-time for economic reasons is one the tragedies of the unemployment crisis in this country. And that started before the financial crisis.
If kleptocracy is a disease, Tunisia is in Stage 4. Its ruling family that controlled an impressive swathe of the economy. But what is sobering about the Tunisian case study is that an overthrow of the government has done little to reverse the concentration of wealth and power. Is that because Tunisia was so far gone, or is this native to kleptocracy, that once it becomes established, it is difficult to extirpate?
It’s easy to be cynical about the state of bank regulations, since the regulators themselves have for the most part been badly captured by the industry. So it’s important to give them credit when they take a meaningful step in the right direction.
I remember the days when people were worried about using the Internet for purchases because they weren’t convinced their credit card information would be transmitted securely. It now turns out that a version of Open SSL that has been in production for two years, and on which https and other services like instant messaging, e-mail, and other web applications use has a gaping security hole called the Heartbleed bug.
Topics: Guest Post
Posted by Lambert Strether at 6:55 am |