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Sunday, September 16

16th Sep - Weekender: Views, Off-Topics, Finnish

First my views, followed by interesting off-topic articles and then some in Finnish... (click the charts for larger versions)

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EURUSD is on its way to top of the range

Very strong hourly chart
Plan would be to buy a dip - might be that the price hits the Friday's high on Monday and sells off - be prepared to buy if that happens.

Spanish 10 year bond yield slightly higher, but given "Europe is saved" and "US is saved", the uptick is a negative that is worth remembering.

SPX continues bull trend, shows no signs of weakness.

One possible long-term scenario is to target the 1500-level.

The individual & social risks of cousin marriageDiscover Magazine
Not surprisingly, marriage to close cousins is more common in Northern Africa and Middle East

The Disappeared Salman Rushdie / The New Yorker
How the fatwa changed a writer’s life

It's the food prices, stupidSober Look
Of course the danger going forward is that agricultural commodity prices will stay elevated. What the Great North American Drought had started, the Fed will continue (via monetary expansion), as food inflation is exported globally. And someone will be blamed - if not the local dictators, it will be the US.

60 Minutes: Killing bin LadenThe Big Picture
A former member of SEAL Team 6, known by the pseudonym Mark Owen, recounts the raid that killed the world’s most wanted man: Osama bin Laden. Scott Pelley reports.

Obama’s WayMichael Lewis / Vanity Fair
To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force One, and on the basketball court, Michael Lewis learns the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who sent Stark into combat.

(video 5 min) How Obama Is Like a Wall Street TraderThe Trader

(video 27 min) The Michael Lewis interviewImpact Players / youtube
Obama, breaking up banks & Goldman's role in EU crisis

All Michael Lewis-articlesLongform

Google Fiber: A lesson on free market failureExtreme Tech

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of EverythingThe Atlantic
An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.

Hype and Hope: Test Driving Google's New GlassesWSJ
Device Puts Data Into Field of Vision but Software Is Balky

The Brute Force Computing RevolutionBits / NYT
The cost of computing has fallen so far that it makes more sense to be wasteful with server power, and harvest the results, than it is to plan everything carefully. It is a triumph of brute force and messes over carefully planned design.

The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping ContainerGizmodo
They wanted to ship products to Kenya, but the options available were wasteful, costly, and not nearly as efficient as simply manufacturing near to the customers. To do it, in a place with little industry or infrastructure, Re-Char designed something new—a fully functioning, off-the-grid factory inside a shipping container.

Automatons Get CreativeWSJ
Powerful new computer programs are doing tasks once reserved for composers, writers and policy-makers

(audio 25 min) In the Balance: Are we all smartphone users now?BBC (mp3)
In the week Apple's new iPhone was launched, we discuss whether there's too much hype about smartphones and connectivity. Do we need to be connected to the internet twenty four hours a day? Do business people really need a smartphone to succeed?

Star Trek Tech that Exists TodayHP Input Output

3D printing - Difference Engine: The PC all over again? The Economist

Richard Feynman On The One Sentence To Be Passed On To The Next Generationbrainpickings

Milky Way's black hole to eat planet-forming cloudBBC
A young star and its planet-forming cloud are being pulled towards the huge black hole at the centre of our galaxy, astronomers say.

Mow Yard. Drop Off Kids. Take a Drive on Mars.NYT
Mr. Heverly leads a team of 16 drivers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here. Together, they are responsible for steering a six-wheeled, plutonium-powered rover called Curiosity across the Red Planet’s Gale Crater.

Physicist Derives Laws of Thermodynamics For Life Itselftechnology review
The laws of thermodynamics must apply to self-replicating systems. Now one physicist has worked out how

Proof claimed for deep connection between primesnature
If it is true, a solution to the abc conjecture about whole numbers would be an ‘astounding’ achievement.

10 ways science explains why James Bond is so irresistible to womenbakadesuyo

5 Ways to Avoid Natural Reactions that Prevent You from Making Good Decisionsbuffer

Why do we play?bakadesuyo
We play in order to learn…when something is fun, it commands our full attention and provides an emotional reward, two things that are key to strengthening memory

Schüll, Addiction by Designreading the markets
Schüll, an associate professor at MIT, argues that addiction to machine gambling stems from the interplay between the gambler and the machine.

Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocksNew Statesman
The “neuroscience” shelves in bookshops are groaning. But are the works of authors such as Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer just self-help books dressed up in a lab coat?

375 Free eBooksopen culture

500 Free Online Courses from Top Universitiesopen culture

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500 Free Movies Onlineopen culture

Learn 40 Languages for Freeopen culture

Chuck Norris Trading

St. Peter's BasilicaWikipedia

The Basic Laws of Human StupidityCantrip
Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

It’s not what you know, but who: The role of connections in
To reduce favouritism in university promotions, Spain recently introduced a centralised system with random assignment of evaluators. This column presents evidence from a unique data set showing that favouritism still matters. Prior connections between candidates and evaluators have a dramatic impact on promotion. The net result is that outcomes are more random and candidates with many connections and from large universities benefit the most.

Pieni piiri räpsähti valokeilaanHS
Kolumni: Finnairin toimitusjohtajan asuntokauppa nosti esiin liikemaailman eliitin keskinäiset suhteet.

Eurokriisi tulehduttaa vanhoja haavojaHS

Finnairin asuntopuliveivaus: Juridiikka piti, etiikka pettiSK

Rehn Ylelle: Nordea joutuu pankkivalvonnan piiriinYLE
Ruotsi ei anna EU:n valvoa NordeaaYLE


FED hoitaa taloutta ja EKP harrastaa valtapolitiikkaa – kumpi malli kuuluu demokratiaan?tyhmyri

Velkakriisissä käy kehnosti tai vielä kehnomminJan Hurri / TalSa
Eurooppa uppoaa yhä syvemmälle velkasuohon ja rämpii siinä vielä vuosia – varsinkin, kun väärät kriisitoimet pahentavat kriisiä. Näin arvioivat maailman eturivin taloustietäjät, joiden mukaan Euroopan käy kehnosti tai vielä kehnommin. Siitä asiantuntijat ovat jyrkästi erimielisiä, olisiko euron hajoaminen helpotus vai alkaisiko siitä kaaos.

Oppikirjat, oppikirjojen tulkinta ja todellisuus – EKP on toiminut oppikirjojen mukaan ja aiheuttanut katastrofintyhmyri

Miljardiaukko ammottaa valtiontaloudessaHS
Alijäämän hillitseminen vaatii työllisyyden parantumista tai lisää vyönkiristystä.

Rahapolitiikka voi olla hulvatonta viihdettä – tapaus Riksbanktyhmyri

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