Assorted links

1. A lot of anomalies exist only in hard to trade stocks.

2. Why is a neuroscientist working for Uber?.

3. What is the most popular funeral song? (British)

4. Izabella Kaminska criticizes free banking.

5. At The New Statesman, authors choose favorite books for 2014.

6. Why is the Swedish language so incomplete?  And why are they voting on it?  This raises the question anew of which semantic issues should be turned into matters of explicit political debate, the culture that is Sweden.


#3 Sinatra's "I did it my way" seems a bit in your face, even pretentious for most people.

I would have thought the most popular funeral song was "Amazing Grace".

Given the choice, I think I would pick (1) Brubeck's "Take Five" (which makes me happy); (2) "When the night feels my song" by Bedouin Soundclash (which is about death); or (3) "The Tide is High" by Blondie. My wife might veto some of those choices.

This is my favorite version of My Way:

re #6.
Why would there be a specific word for female masturbation? English doesn't have one either.
This is just a stunt poll held by an NGO (their name translates as "national organisation for sexual enlightenment").
Please don't help it spread into another fake story about Sweden supposedly legislating PC culture, as with the silly "hen" business ( a few leftwing Swedish journalists started using a new pronoun), or the gender-neutral childraising (ONE independent freeschool in a trendy part of Södermalm).

English does have a word for it: schlick.

Poor Moritz.

Schlick, Moritz |ʃlɪk|
(1882–1936), German philosopher and physicist, founder of the Vienna Circle. Notable works: General Theory of Knowledge (1918).

I believe the proper term is "mistressbation"...

I was once at a funeral where they played Jim Croce ' s "I'll have to say I love you in a song."

Well, I know it's kinda late.
I hope I didn't wake you.
But what I gotta say can't wait,
I know you'd understand.

Every time I tried to tell you,
The words just came out wrong,
So I'll have to say I love you in a song........

#6: "Klittra", "pulla" and "selfa" are among the suggestions." Great names. They would also work well for IKEA products.

[two years later in MR]==>
*Markets in Everything or the Culture that is Sweden*
"IKEA launches the "Selfa" line of couches and chairs, designed for ..."

ha ha ha

#6: Just illustrates very well that you don't need a word to think it or do it.

In re 3: From the aria in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, I'll take

Es gibt ein Reich,
Wo alles rein ist.
Es hat auch einen Namen:

@#1 - let me explain why there are anomalies in hard-to-trade stocks: the data is bad. I read once where somebody tried to trade on these anomalies, and as soon as they placed an order, the prices changed. The anomalies are more apparent than real.

@# 5 - Favorite book list of 2014: most of this junk was fiction, so I'm not going to lern anything reading it. The one book I liked: "The History Manifesto" is a polemic but useful, though I would not pay much to read it.

Another work of fiction that might be worth a read, but only if you are an expat living or having lived in west Africa: Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters. Otherwise, what's the point? Unless you can relate to the environment it's a waste of time. I read books written in places I've visited for this very reason, you can see how close the author got basic details right. NB.- I might read an old book, Caro's biography of Moses, the NYC traffic central planner, it's over 1000 pages (typical of this author) but won an award back in the 1980s.

"Otherwise, what’s the point?"

Is that a real question of just a rhetorical one? I could give a longer answer, but the simplest way to express this is to simply say, "curiosity."

@ j r - But you don't know if the author is accurate unless you've been to the country in question. Kind of like those authors in China...

I'm not looking for that sort of accuracy when I read fiction, which is why I read critically.

What I am looking for is an accurate portrayal into the interior lives of other human beings.

Somewhere in the eulogy and depending on my mood at the time of request:

" I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid."


"My god. It's full of stars."

#4: I don't know enough economics to judge free banking itself; but taken on its own, Kaminska's post is pretty poor, though I suppose it makes sense if free banking means no regulation at all.

First she invokes cyclicality, but doesn't explain what the point is -- perhaps her more educated readers can fill in the gaps.

Then she points out, rightly enough, that private banks will misbehave and collude. Ok, but that happens now. It is also just the kind of thing that should be regulated even within "free" banking. Later she lauds "the private sector acting in opposition to the public sector, both keeping each other honest". Yep! I wish people understood that more often. But does central banking really fit that model?

The stuff about standardisation is a non-sequitur, free banking requires some standard just as much as the central kind. If anything, she contradicts her previous sentence: we already have multiple bank monies and yet a working standard unit of measure. Viscerally, I find it strange to invite comparison between the methods of the committees which maintain the SI system and any central bank.

Her strongest point is that we would rather have prevention and ex-post facto justice, not just the latter. I assume that free bankers would respond that the prevention provided by central banking is an ineffective sham. Again, I can't judge those arguments, and Kaminska's post doesn't help me decide.


On its own Kaminska's post doesn't make much sense at all. Maybe if I were to go back and read her posts for the last 3 years.....but maybe not.

"I suppose it makes sense if free banking means no regulation at all."

Likely she suffers the common affliction of not realizing that "no regulation at all" in any system is difficult even to imagine let alone achieve. The free banking school in particular has done an amazing job of showing how competition has in certain times and places done an impressive (by today's standards even) job of regulating banking and money, and how problematic stripping those regulations by central banking and other legislated efforts has been.

That is, I think she makes herself aware only of legislated regulations imposed by the vote-selling political class, rather than regulation in general.

Tyler, do you actually see some merit in Kaminska's post?

Men ar from Mars; women are from Venus?

Kaminska is proof that you don't need any active brain cells at all in order to function. She never ceases to impress me with her pompous stupidity.

+1 That might have been the weakest most devoid of facts link Tyler has ever posted.

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