Sorted Weekly Tweets


Rest of the World


  • US Drone Strike Hits Wedding Convoy in Yemen, Killing 13 More bad PR 4 drone strikes, wonder how this will end… $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • 2.5-mile plunge into the world’s deepest gold mine in South Africa &check out this graphic $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • A Journey Into the World’s Deepest Gold Mine The technology & the survivors @ the deepest gold mine in the world $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • How I Unintentionally Forced Pirate Bay From Its Latest Haven Ascension Island boots Pirate Bay which runs to Peru $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Irish Charm W/Germans Leads Nation Out of Bailout Wilderness Fascinating piece on how Ireland survived austerity $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • SNB Gauges Bubble Risks as Euro Crisis Danger Recedes Favoring exporters leads Sweden monetary policy to overheat $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Merkel Embraces Coal as Rookie Lawmaker Makes Mark on Policy Fascinating how environmental policy isn’t considered $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • The Unstoppable Postal-Service Retreat Starts in Canada Is the future 4 USPS the elimination of local mailboxes? $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Rat-Infested South Africa Schools Foil Mandela Education Dream Graft & corruption eat up school $$ #culture $SPY $TLT Dec 12, 2013
  • Are we seeing the emergence of ‘dictator’ Xi? His #2 is sidelined, & there is no obvious close helper. $$ Dec 12, 2013




  • World War II Veterans’ Families Recall Lobotomy’s Scars LONG article on how families coped after lobotomies $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Neurologist Walter Freeman’s Lobotomy Legacy Ice-pick lobotomies r a horrifying legacy damaging minds of veterans $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Lobotomy For WWII Veterans: Psychiatric Care by US Government LONG sad tale of lobotomies to cure mental illness $$ Dec 12, 2013


Volcker Rule



US Politics & Policy


  • Health Insurers Told to Ease Coverage Rules Exchanges r getting many more old than young $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Will Copper Pots Destroy Lake Superior? Perhaps the tailings can be used 4 roadbed, or other types of construction $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact Will b interest 2c if House Dems pass the deal w/a subset of GOP $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Obama Needs to Fire Some People Similarity of Obama & Reagan; they tend to stand behind their people, til it hurts $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Republican-Tea Party Tiff Means 41% Don’t Like Candidates Divisions in the GOP weaken their political prospects $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Republicans Get the Better End of the Budget Deal @asymmetricinfo gives us a different take, but will GOP do it? $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • The Potholes Stay Where They Are VERY long article on the recovery of the US auto industry-what has changed $$ $GM $F Dec 12, 2013
  • Soothing Words on ‘Too Big to Fail,’ but With Little Meaning! Short of breaking up big banks, no way to end TBTF $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Ryan Lizza: Why Won’t Obama Rein in the N.S.A.? Long article on Obama’s hypocrisy on surveillance of US citizens $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • House, Senate Negotiators Announce Budget Deal The sequester would be better, at least that makes real cuts $$ $TLT Dec 12, 2013


Central Banking


  • The Fed Doesn’t Really Trust the Banks Either Structural rigidities in $$ mkts make Fed policy less effective $$ $TLT Dec 13, 2013
  • Hoenig Says Volcker May Spur Efforts to Split Biggest Banks Ending interstate branching would b more effective $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • A Fed Dissident on Policy and Transparency Plosser makes a courageous stand to protect the Fed from its excesses $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Nicolas Copernicus Was Far More Than A Scientific Icon Wrote “On the Minting of Money.” A hard money guy 4 his era $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Stanford Economist Piazzesi Influences Fed Forecasts Now her theories affect policy w/every forward rate wiggle $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Why do ivory tower academics get into policy positions, in this case assuming that forward rates forecast future economic activity? $$ Dec 12, 2013


Financial Sector


  • Six Investment Errors You Are Making Right Now @ritholtz shows us errors that he has made that we r all prone 2 $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Philadelphia Meets Manhattan at 10 Rittenhouse Square Worked w/Carl Dranoff once; bright guy, very creative $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Five Accounting Red Flags the SEC is Watching Revenue recognition & cost deferral r bigger issues; wasting time $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Lawrence McCarthy, Who Saw Swaps Danger at Lehman, Dies at 49 Bright guy; he will b missed $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Wells Fargo Plans Ethics Review Amid Bank Scrutiny Give $WFC its due, they r trying to get ahead of their problems $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Why Is Everybody Sitting on Huge Piles of Cash? Waiting 4 new IPOs absorb excess cash $$ HT: @ritholtz $SPY $TLT Dec 12, 2013
  • As stocks hit record highs, so do profit warnings Market rally is multiple expansion, pay more $$ 4 same stocks $SPY Dec 12, 2013




  • What Yahoo Didn’t Want Investors to Know $YHOO relies on $MSFT 4 25% of its revenue in 2012 & 31% in 3Q2013 $$ $SPY Dec 12, 2013
  • BNSF CEO Rose shifts role, renewing Buffett succession talk Would b a good candidate2run industrial side of $BRK-B $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Inside the Breakup of the Pritzker Empire How Tom Pritzker detangled the family business, giving freedom to heirs $$ Dec 12, 2013




  • How to Hike the Entire Appalachian Trail, and What You’ll Get Out of It Retired photojournalist makes way on trail $$ Dec 13, 2013
  • Secular stagnation and the bastardisation of Keynes Rising debt levels led GDP to overshoot & now revert down $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • How Isaac Newton Went Broke Chasing A Stock Bubble HT: @tomkeene | Ride a painted pony, let the spinnin wheel spin $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Why Do Forecasters Keep Forecasting? Predictors exist so that we have someone to blame other than ourselves. $$ $TLT Dec 12, 2013


Wrong, etc.


  • Overstated: The Texasization of America Texas may b the fastest growing state, but not all states go4 lower taxes $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Wrong:White House Works2Attract Younger Health-Plan Users Most people signing up r either poor or sick; won’t work $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • I.e., w/interest rates on investment grade debt so low, most of these defined benefit pension plans r still dramatically underfunded. $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Wrong: Pension Funds Make the Most of Stocks’ Surge Unless u can defease your liability, u don’t have enuf assets $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Wrong: Federal Reserve Eyes New Tool for Setting Interest Rates This is wishful thinking; math is same as IOER/FF $$ Dec 12, 2013
  • Ridiculous: Was Mandela Right to Sell Out Black South Africans? South Africa has done better than rest of Africa $$ Dec 10, 2013