A Brief History Of Car Colors — And Why Are We So Boring Now? Consumerist. This is a pet interest, since I am old enough to remember the days when cars came in lots of fun colors. When did you last see a car in robin’s egg blue, for instance?
Robot learns how snakes climb dunes BBC (David L)
What Scientists Really Do New York Review of Books
There’s a Methane ‘Hot Spot’ the Size of Delaware in the American Southwest Motherboard (Chuck L)
Before Discharge, Dallas Victim Had Fever of 103 Degrees New York Times
The fight to save the last Ebola-free district in Sierra Leone Washington Post (furzy mouse)
China just overtook US as the world’s largest economy, IMF says Christian Science Monitor (1 SK)
Germany needs to fix its economic model Financial Times. A little late to be saying that now.
Dam breaks in Europe as deflation fears wash over ECB rhetoric Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph
An ‘atomic bomb’ is hovering over France’s economy Anatole Kaletsky, Financial Times
Files Unsealed from the Cold War failed evolution
‘Russia leaned on Cypriot MPs to nix across-the-board haircut’ Cyprus Mail (AP)
What Young Ukrainians Are Fighting For Political Violence @ a Glance
Russia under Pressure: “Russia Moves Ruble Band in Biggest Intervention Since March” Menzie Chinn, Econbrowser
ISIS Intensifies Siege of Kurdish City in Syria Despite Strikes New York Times. Translation: “Air strikes are not dislodging ISIS.”
IS/Coalition War Game – Move 1b – Forecast of events until 5 November 2014 Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
U.S.-Qatar Alliance Strains Coalition Wall Street Journal
SOF is Oversold. – Mass Counts Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Holder And FBI Looking To Stop Civilian Use Of Strong Crypto DSWright, Firedoglake (furzy mouse)
Brands Are Scanning Your Selfies And Party Photos To Look For Their Logos Consumerist. I must confess to not understanding why anyone would want to take a selfie. This makes me glad to not understand.
Mine Your Digital Business Project Syndicate (David L). But if you must take selfies….
Yes, Your E-Book is Spying on You LinkedIn (David L)
Thinking Like Corporations Is Harming American Universities Noam Chomsky (furzy mouse)
Bank of America’s No-Bid Prison Contract Facing Criticism in Congress DSWright, Firedoglake.
Dow Erases Gains for the Year New York Times
Look at the Economy, Fight the Illusion of Normality, Feel the Weirdness. Fabius Maximus, Wolf Street
Private jets expensed using hedge fund fees Financial Times (Li). This is really really bad, although common. Basically, just about no one who flies on private jets in the US pays for them themselves. It’s either a corporate expense, or fund managers find a way to charge them to investors. Private equity guys do this routinely, but in most cases, they’ve actually written their limited partnership agreements to allow for that (so that means shame on the investors for not putting in some curbs). By contrast, hedgies sit at Bloomberg terminals. There’s no justification (unless you are talking perhaps a distressed investing fund or short fund where they might want to go do serious due diligence in some oddball locations, but even then it is an awfully big stretch) for the use of private jets.
Bank Clients Might Be Unfairly Denied Accounts New York Times Quelle surprise!
Is There Capitalism After Cronyism? American Conservative
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