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Sunday morning reading

September 29, 2013

I wanted to share with you guys a few things I’ve been interested in this weekend.

First, this TED talk which for whatever reason never made it onto the TED main website. It’s by Nick Hanauer, and in it he dispels some common economic myths, much like Chapter 7 of Occupy Finance. A juicy quote: “So when businesspeople take credit for creating jobs, it’s a little like squirrels taking credit for creating evolution. In fact, it’s the other way around.”

Next, it turns out women are way better than men at orgasms, at least those where you do it all in your head – a “think off”. A full 2% of women can fantasize their way to climax (compared to, I guess, way fewer men) and there’s even training for this skill. Two questions from the mathbabe. First, do wet dreams count? Because if they do I think we’ll have to recount. Second, say I invest my time in this, and get really good at it, since it’s all hands-free and such and will make my life that much more efficient. Is this something that takes a lot of time? Can I do it whilst carrying groceries home, or whilst cooking dinner? On the subway? Between stops? Details please.onetrain

Next, here’s an important discussion of why junior people get criminally prosecuted – in this case, for the debacle that was the JP Morgan London Whale case – while the big bosses just get vaguely complained about in a civil case, and the shareholders end up paying huge fines for their misbehavior. Last two lines: “Yet it remains disquieting when the same actions result in criminal charges for some but only a civil case for others, and no individuals are held responsible for misconduct at a company. In the end, we are left to trust that prosecutors have made good decisions.” There’s no recourse for bad prosecuting either. How do we even protest bad prosecuting?

Next, I’ve been listening to some seriously catchy and funny tunes my boys turned me on to. What makes me old is how long it takes me to catch on to stuff, since I heard this one years ago, but it seems that everything that these guys touch is hilarious. Especially this one (also see “I Just Had Sex” and “Jack Sparrow“):

Finally, I’m really into knitting recently, and I recently figured out how to knit this pattern even though you’d have to pay big bucks to get the official pattern. Email me if you’re interested in the bootleg version.

Not mine - I stole this picture. I am still working on mine.

Not mine – I stole this picture. I am still working on mine.

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  1. pjm
    September 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I saw the Nick H. talk and really like it though it doesn’t really fit within the TED ethos (other than that it came from an entrepreneur) but that it really a criticism of TED’s superficiality. Nick is spouting old-time (but still valid) Keynesianism. That’s not new, shiny and panglossian enough for TED.
    Best, P


  2. Mark
    September 29, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Have seen and liked some other talks from Nick Hanauer. This one is dead on. Having owned my own businesses I can concur that I would never hire a soul on news of a tax cut. Demand that out paces current productive output is the only reason to hire. That, by the way, is not a Kewnesian view. It’s pretty freaking neo-classical. So much of what reaches us as ‘free marketeering’ is actually out of step with actual business management.

    And thanks for the funny videos. Had seen some of these, but agree, rockin’ funny.


  3. Allen K.
    October 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

    “I Threw it on the Ground” is excellent, but the really catchy one is “I’m on a Boat”. Check out Ylvis, Norway’s answer to the Lonely Island, especially their “Stonehenge”.


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