Noted historian Niall Ferguson claims it's a fight: "Hedge Funds vs. Central Bankers".
A fine rant on educrats' substituting "client" for "student".
Of course, prostitutes have their clients, as well. University presidents and provosts don't seem to draw out that very apt use of the metaphor.
I liked pretty much everything about my last several Southwest flights, with the significant exception of their boarding system. So this is interesting: "Southwest to Test Assigned Seating".
"Ensure Dignified Retirement." Again, sounds great. Mandatory fedoras for men; a 50 percent reduction in Viagra commercials. But no: The Democrats wish to "prevent the privatization of Social Security," because you cannot be trusted with your own money. It's an interesting definition of dignity: waiting by the mailbox for your government check.
Joel Spolsky tells a lovely little story and explains why, rather than being Evil, Microsoft was once so successful:
Bill Gates was amazingly technical. He understood Variants, and COM objects, and IDispatch and why Automation is different than vtables and why this might lead to dual interfaces. He worried about date functions. He didn't meddle in software if he trusted the people who were working on it, but you couldn't bullshit him for a minute because he was a programmer. A real, actual, programmer.
Watching non-programmers trying to run software companies is like watching someone who doesn't know how to surf trying to surf.
"It's ok! I have great advisors standing on the shore telling me what to do!" they say, and then fall off the board, again and again. The standard cry of the MBA who believes that management is a generic function. Is Ballmer going to be another John Sculley, who nearly drove Apple into extinction because the board of directors thought that selling Pepsi was good preparation for running a computer company? The cult of the MBA likes to believe that you can run organizations that do things that you don't understand.
"What happens when you dump out the dorms": which cities in the U.S. have the highest concentrations of 25 to 34-year-olds?
Greg Mankiw's Ten Principles of Economics. Nicely done. (And note that seven are micro and only three are macro.)
If you were wondering, like I was, why the Duke lacrosse players have to wait until next spring to get a trial, this thread from the Court TV bulletin board is helpful.
Buffett starts to give it all away.
Paul's "eight best negotiation tips".