Links: 2009-09-29

I have been away from the blog since early Friday, but I plan on picking things up a  bit going forward.

On Friday, I spent the day at the Annual Clinton Global Initiative event in New York.  I expect to have a post or two up on the event as there were some good speakers and good commentary. 

I also did an afternoon TV interview that day about Obama’s relationship with Wall Street on BNN, a Canadian financial news broadcaster. I will have more to say about the topic and may provide a clip from the interview.

Later today, I will be on Canadian TV again, this time at TVO for a 45-minute session highlighting the days leading up to Lehman and why it happened called “The 4 Weeks that Shook the World”.  The show will air at 8:15.

In the meantime, here are a few links.


  • Economist’s View: When You Believe in Things That You Don’t Understand…

    "As you tick down the list of ways trust might be restored, you find one failure after another in terms of providing reliable information on the risks of particular financial products or strategies, and no matter what regulators or anyone else tries to do to rebuild the trust in financial institutions and products that has been lost, recent track records make it likely that this will be a long, drawn out process."

  • Benjamin Wittes – Obama Retreats on Creating a Better System for Detaining Suspected Terrorists –

    "President Obama’s decision not to go to Congress for help in establishing reasonable standards for the continued detention of Guantanamo detainees is a failure of leadership in the project of putting American law on a sound basis for a long-term confrontation with terrorism. It is bad for the country, for national security and for civil liberties. It represents a virtually wholesale adoption of the failed policies of his predecessor"

  • Scandinavians Are Descended From Stone Age Immigrants, Ancient DNA Reveals

    "Today’s Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture."

  • The Problem with Apple Software Updates

    I see the tying together of unrelated products as sinister

  • My Living Nightmare Of Encouraging Kids To Read Is Over | The Onion

    This is funny.

    1. kynikos says

      Glad to know that the Tim LaHaye fantasy didn’t come true, and you didn’t get raptured.

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