Jonathan Haidt on The Moral Matrix

TED is just a universe of great videos on great topics. I really like this one by Johathan Haidt on the “morality” of liberalism and conservatism. From his webiste . . . I am an Associate Professor in the Social Psychology area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. I study morality … [Read more…]

McCain Unhinged

Chris Mathews calls it “Razzle Dazzle”.   George Will has taken to calling John McCain the Queen of Hearts.  Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama. Channeling his inner Queen of Hearts, John McCain furiously, and … [Read more…]

From A Friend Riding Through The Ukraine

Posted kind of with permission . . . Dave, So my ride from Kiev to Vilnius was long, wet and cold. I had rain 80% of the time. My feet were wet after one hour, but the good socks made a difference (thanks for those). My feet stayed warm even though they were wet. I … [Read more…]

Most Urgent Request For Your Valuable Attention Please

Saw this on Barry Ritzholtz’s excellent site . . . This is circulating around trading desks today . . . SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP DEAR AMERICAN: I NEED TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE. I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF … [Read more…]

Creating A Place to Innovate

People have been thinking and writing deeply about how we interact with the places and spaces we habituate and habitate nearly forever. Even those of us who know nothing of the disciplines know what it feels like to turn down a street that feels somehow inviting and one that doesn’t; what it feels like to … [Read more…]

What Happens When You Go All In And You’re Wrong?

People are starting to ask this question in different ways. Why does anyone believe that the massive bailout now pending will actually “solve” the problem?  Or, what happens if it doesn’t? This from CNN . . . Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the committee, cited Paulson’s previous plan to save Fannie … [Read more…]

Read The Numbers Guy

I just found, and I happily concede I’m late to most parties like these, a most excellent blog on the Wall Street Journal site called The Numbers Guy. In the grand arc of things, the things he writes about aren’t earth shaking, but they’re all fun and interesting.  And if you care about truth vs. … [Read more…]