10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads:

• An Investor’s Field Guide to Bottom Fishing (WSJ)
• Dax death cross (FT Alphaville)
• The Long Road of Proving Yourself as an Investor (Motley Fool)
• How to Catch a Spoofer (Bloomberg)
• Stephen Colbert, the Late Night Hope (NYT)
• Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran, gay marriage (Yahoo) see also Donald Trump doesn’t need Latino voters to win (Washington Post)
• How The FDA Could Change The Way It Approves Drugs (FiveThirtyEight)
• Samsung’s Gear S2 is its best-looking smartwatch yet (The Verge)
• The End of the Republican Party? (NYT) see also U.S. tax cuts don’t pay for themselves -Republican-appointed official says (Yahoo)
• Death to Bullshit (deathtobullshit)

What are you reading?

 

 

The World Struggles to Adjust to China’s ‘New Normal’

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Source: WSJ

 

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  1. RW commented on Sep 6

    Got a big kick out of the Death to Bullshit site: Humor and serious subjects sometimes make a great mix (as Stewart, Colbert et al taught us well) and I laughed out loud at some of the site’s interactive features.

    At the risk of appearing tendentious (or humorless) though I’d have to say the problem of bullshit is even worse than the Brad seems to think it is because bullshit not only drives out quality it may condition people to the point they make no distinction.

    Harry Frankfurt phrases it more elegantly:

    …telling lies does not tend to unfit a person for telling the truth in the same way that bullshitting tends to. Through excessive indulgence in the latter activity, which involves making assertions without paying attention to anything except what it suits one to say, a person’s normal habit of attending to the ways things are may become attenuated or lost. Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each responds to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of the other defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

  2. willid3 commented on Sep 6

    on that FDA story, let me see if i got this right. if a disease it self is statistically fatal, we are thinking that we need to reduce the strictness of the testing of the drugs and treatments, even if they turn out to be fatal or ineffective? if they help to kill the patient what was the point of the drug to begin with? seems like instead of tying to improve the testing and improving the quality of the testing, we are just trying do save the patient by doing any thing at all. or are we? i know that testing drugs is a very hard thing to do, cause we humans arent all that alike (though we do tend to share the same baseline of characteristics). after all the disease is fatal, and doing some thing might be better than doing nothing. or is it ?

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