Playing Music without a Laptop - 9/27/2012


Here's what we're following this morning:

(via Twitter)

The Swiss National Bank is in a pickle - Bruce Krasting | The single largest economic threat the globe faces today is the funding market in the European Union...and the SNB is only adding to that problem.

Angry homeowners cannot be expected to act rationally when confronted by burglars - The Telegraph | Boy, when a judge in the UK comes out and says this, you know we're turning a corner.  "If you burgle a house in the country where the householder owns a legally-held shotgun, that is the chance you take."  Splendid, no?

Fiscal cliff dims business mood - Financial Times | WHAT?  New tax rates and the lack of a national budget make it difficult for businesses to plan and make investment decisions?  Who could have EVER guessed?

Replace this greed - Truthdig | "You've never paid for an NFL ticket to watch somebody officiate a game."  Thanks, Mr. NFL executive VP of football operations!  Let's put this in perspective: some players earn almost $30 million a season.  16 games in a season = $1,875,000 per game.  65 average total plays per side, per game = $28,845 per play.  Here's a nice little article about the comparison of average fan salaries versus player salaries.  Let's think twice before we knock anyone for officiating.

More time or more money: the recession changes the answer - Washington Post | Most American parents are deeply worried about their financial precariousness.  Politicians take note: parents feel abandoned by BOTH SIDES of government.

Why hair turns gray - New York Times | Melanin, shmelanin.  Whatever happened to stress as the determining factor?

The value of the revolving door: political appointees and the stock market - VoxEU | On the very same day that Obama tightened anti-lobbyist rules, he nominated Raytheon executive William J. Lynn III as Deputy SecDef.  Super awesome job!

The bottom one percent - Hoover Institution | That, and potentially ending the War on Drugs would be a start.  Turn the "War" into a taxed entity.  Nothing quells a desire for growth quite like governmental taxes.

Puncturing bankers' myths - Ian Fraser | Global regulators would have less to argue about if there were fewer rules to coordinate and fewer regulations to enforce.

In Europe, it's Debt versus Jobs - MacroBusiness | We are reaching the limits of the social and political systems within the European nations to deal with these stresses.

UC Davis realizes that "dangerous" may have different definitions than first assumed - Boing Boing | What is it about "...repeatedly doused seated, non-violent student demonstrators with military-grade pepper spray at close range" that people do NOT find disagreeable?