Fractals of Change: September 2008

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18 posts from September 2008

September 29, 2008

Now What?

The House defeat of the bailout bill was good for both our democracy and our economy. Even the prospect of Wall Street holding a gun to its own collective head and threatening to pull the trigger - even the prospect of not getting the next round of campaign contributions – was not enough to make More...

September 28, 2008

Toxic Debt Recipe with Free Spreadsheet

Now that it looks like the Wall Street bailout will pass - unfortunately, there's no point in crying over spilled milk; better that we all learn to make toxic debt since the government will be creating a market for it. We can't afford to waste time making software, growing crops, or building stuf More...

September 26, 2008

Buffett’s Bailout Blackmail


From the Wall Street Journal:

"If Congress fails to approve the bailout, Mr. Buffett says, all bets are off. His investment in Goldman will "get killed, an More...

September 24, 2008

Just Say No

I've been wrong to advocate hedging the bailout bill with conditions; we should just say "NO".

We can take a fraction of the $700 billion dollars we save and use it for specific anti-recession measures. Let's start rebuilding our power grid; fix some bridges; maybe even help some homeowner More...

September 22, 2008

Capping Executive Salaries in the Bailout

Update: I was wrong to try to hedge the bailout with conditions. We should just say "no". see

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson believes that his ex-colleagu More...

September 21, 2008

Bailout equals Bankruptcy

Update: I was wrong to try to hedge the bailout with conditions. We should just say "no". see

Let's assume there really are toxic weapons of mass economic d More...

September 18, 2008

Now For the Good News…

It's tempting not to put any content into a post with this title today. Even a perpetual optimist like me finds his irrational exuberance dampened by what's happening in the world's financial markets. But there is good news and it's more fun to write about than doom and gloom.

Infl More...

September 16, 2008

Invent, Baby, Invent

Tom Friedman says we ought to be chanting "Invent, Baby, Invent" rather than "Drill, Baby, Drill". Forget that this is a false dichotomy (or More...

September 14, 2008

Tom Friedman Being Stupid

"America Being Stupid" is the headline on Thomas Friedman's latest column in the New York Times. It's a rant against the possibility of offshore drilling.

"Why would Repu More...

September 12, 2008

Spam Filter: Debt More Important Than Sex


Mary was actually the first to spot this trend. Used to be that my spam filter was full of offers to enlarge my body parts, even those I'd rather not enlarge. Second hottest category was offers of medicine More...

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