A very interesting, disturbing, but perhaps unsurprising article in today’s FT, about how Russia may have tried to get China to simultaneously dump GSE securities on the market to exacerbate the US financial crisis. Sounds like a cross between international espionage and hostile takeovers, but scarier: Paulson claims Russia tried to foment Fannie-Freddie crisis
Bill Withers is amongst my three favorite Soul singers, and he gets extra points for being a songwriter (he wrote and sang “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone”. Jonathan Schaefer at NPR’s Soundcheck interviewed Bill Withers yesterday, it’s worth a listen. There’s a documentary on him that came out recently called Still Bill.
- Charles Pellegrino’s “Last Train from Hiroshima” – NY Times book review
- Internet access is new Clinton doctrine – WSJ
- Justice John Paul Stevens voices frustrations with recent decisions – NY Times
- The Populist Addiction – NY Times
The WSJ writes an article titled Google gets on the right side of history, about Google’s decision to stop censoring Internet searches by people in China. Amazing to see that a technology not 15 years old (internet search engines) is now the biggest headaches for a major power. Maybe the Internet is finally fulfilling its potential.
A Call to Action from the Mosel wine merchant blog.
Another David Brooks Op-Ed worth reading.