By Felix Salmon
October 20, 2009

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Hank Paulson’s call logs. This is the kind of insanity that results when you refuse to use email. — Sorkin

Market Indicators I’d Like to Fluctuate — Colbert

Gasparino’s new book quotes Cayne as saying he gets the best pot in NYC — Dealbreaker

I don’t agree with judging the severity of news errors by whether they “could have moved financial markets” — WRG

Harvard paid $500 million to exit backfired swaps, plus another $425 million over 30-40 years. All Larry’s fault. — Bloomberg

The New York Times Says It Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs — NYT

Donald Judd, or Cheap Furniture? — Reverent

Bercovici: Marcus Brauchli “should resign.” — Daily Finance, TNR

Conde Nast would never tell Ruth Reichl Gourmet’s renewal rate?! Wtf? — NYT

“Bikes are the American Indians to the car’s Christopher Columbus” — Slate

David Cay Johnston wonks out on reinventing the estate tax — Tax Analysts

More confusion from Parker on ’05 Bordeaux — Dr Vino

Holt on Nossiter on wine. Makes me want to buy the book! — NYT

Even more things Levitt & Dubner are wrong about — Real Climate

Charles Kenny: “Television, it turns out, is the kudzu of consumer durables.” — FP

YouTube comment or e.e. cummings? — McSweeney’s

Kudos to The Atlantic’s James Bennet, A-List Editor of the Year — AdAge

Wise Quiggin! How Superfreakeconomics killed contrarianism — CT

The story of the 20 year old with the $183,000 FHA Loan. Just 3.5% down and immediately underwater — TBI

Ezra Klein calls Superfreakonomics a “shoddy statistical work that could literally kill somebody” — WaPo

When the dictionary is wrong, and Bill Walsh is right — The Slot

Eye-opening article about the puzzle of lower healthcare costs in Hawaii — NYT

Scott Raab’s article on John Demjanjuk’s Kafka nightmare — Esquire

The NYT’s caption on a photo of Nova Scotia mentions “lusty pirates.” — NYT

Matt Goldstein writes about Galleon’s edge and touches on the outright shameful Moody’s leak — Reuters

More complications to the “fair use” case over the Obama “HOPE” poster. Not smart, Shepard. — NYT

Nomura’s dress code bans “gay colour nail polish,” “suits of lustrous material.” — Times

The Perfect Brief – Mick Jagger’s 1969 letter to Andy Warhol, assigning the cover design of a hits album — Swiss Miss

Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk — Computerworld


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Thanks for the mention, Felix, but isn’t showing how to simplify taxes anti-wonk?

Never mind unpredictable and ornery–you forgot skanky.

Posted by nomis | Report as abusive

“Bikes are the American Indians to the car’s Christopher Columbus” — Slate.

That’s off.

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Why don’t you post a link to Levitt’s and Dubner’s responses to their critics? You’ve posted links to 3 different critiques and reposted your own lengthy criticism of their previous book but can’t bother to post their rebuttals, which include a fairly damning email thread from the guy at Climate Progress.

And I’ll just say that it’s amusing to me that it took some PC heresy to get leftists like Klein to notice that, Hey!, this popular science book isn’t real rigorous!

Funny how that never came up when they were asserting that abortion cut crime…better late than never, I suppose.

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