Why lunch with the girls beats a night with a man Daily Mail (hat tip reader May S). I hate to get empirical, but the evidence is than men have to “invest” less than ever before to get laid….
N.Y.U. Report Casts Doubt on Taliban’s Ties With Al Qaeda New York Times (hat tip reader furzy mouse). So are any of the official rationales for why we have boots on the ground in the Middle East even remotely accurate? Not that anyone will take notice at this late date….
AOL-HuffPo Milestone Duly Noted Michael Wolff MediaWeek (hat tip reader Buzz Potamkin)
End of the DLC era Politico
10 Things Conservatives Don’t Want You to Know About Reagan AlterNet (hat tip reader James P)
Montanta Legislator Introduces Bill to Create Armed Paramilitary Groups AlterNet (hat tip reader furzy mouse, who points out the Billings Gazette version is less alarming.
Wall St. Joins S.E.C. in Plea for Bigger Budget Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
Money managers lose faith in AIM regulation Telegraph (hat tip reader Vlad)
Wallison and the three “des” – Deregulation, Desupervision and De Facto Decriminalization Bill Black, Real News Network
Political shift poses test for Warren Boston Globe. Lambert Strether labeled this “Watch Elizabeth Warren being put back in her box.”
Resurfacing exchanges Unreasonable Response (hat tip Steve Waldman via Richard Smith). I actually think this is very clever, and is a not-bad solution when the other options look for the most part to be truly dreadful (except the Fed is so awful at regulation that I don’t underestimate their ability to continue to be asleep at the switch)
Bankruptcy Filings Hit 2-Year Low in January Bob Lawless, Credit Slips
Conflict of Visions: Housing Market Reform and Recovery Chris Whalen, Institutional Risk Analytics. The dirty secret is the real first loss position in RMBS (not the equity, which gets the bennies of excess spread but the bottom rated layer), is that there never was much in the way of buyers ex CDOs.
Citigroup Settles Fraud Cases Tied to Texas Mortgage Assigner Bloomberg (hat tip April Charney)
Wall Street Knows Meltdown Was Just Bad Dream: Simon Johnson Bloomberg. I’m glad Simon is keeping up the drumbeat on this one.
Recognizing the Language of Tyranny Chris Hedges, TruthDig (hat tip reader furzy mouse)
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