Counterparties

By Nick Rizzo
August 30, 2011

Steve Jobs is a believer in the liberal arts. He’s also the biological son of an eighty-year-old workaholic vice president of a casino in Reno.

The CEO of Sino-Forest has resigned, presumably because his company is a fraud. Vindication for Muddy Waters, which always sounded like an old-time Bluesman to me. One such Bluesman, David Honeyboy Waters, has just died at 96. Don’t feel bad about all people, though: here’s a scientist who gave back $240,000 in stock, presumably out of a feeling of moral responsibility.

Peter Kaplan, inspirer of three imitation Twitter accounts, is out of the gate with the first of what is sure to be too many meditations on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. It very well could be the best-written one we’re going to read. At the other end of our decade of disasters, Nate Silver argues that Hurricane Irene was not over-hyped.

Cheney biographer Bart Gellman has discovered an untruth in Dick Cheney’s upcoming biography. Meanwhile, Glenn Hurowitz argues that drilling in Canada’s tar sands is bad for American national security, a belief probably not shared by our former Veep.

The two most popular free e-books are the Kama Sutra and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Somehow that makes perfect sense.

And here’s a map of the price of marijuana across the country. I am completely baffled by what’s going on in the Colorado/Kansas/Nebraska borderlands.

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