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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so now they’re “drilling” in the oil sands? I would have thought they were digging

Posted by johnhhaskell | Report as abusive

The CO/KS/NE intersection would seem to me like prime growing territory and thus a function of ample supply.

Posted by MitchW | Report as abusive

David Honeyboy EDWARDS. Also, I’m not sure I understand this phrase “Muddy Waters, which always sounded like an old time bluesman to me.”

Muddy Waters is of course arguably the most famous bluesman of all time, so….

Posted by Blicero | Report as abusive

American producers have very little footprint in the oil sands – it’s about half CDN companies and the rest European.

The Keystone XL pipeline isn’t so much a new pipeline from northern Alberta to American refineries as it is an expansion.

The author of the article is a real jack-ass assuming that all Canada’s oil belongs somehow to America; China is pushing really hard to get a pipeline built to the Westcoast so that they can buy at a premium our oil. Money talks and bullshit walks

Posted by CDN_Rebel | Report as abusive

CDN, Exxon has significant investments in the oil sands. Not sure how it compares proportionally…

Posted by TFF | Report as abusive

Should we assume that–as he should be–Felix is too embarrassed by his shilling for liars in TNR to discuss it here?

Posted by klhoughton | Report as abusive

Easy answer for the CO/KS/NE border prices. In those areas most people have only seen or purchased what is referred to as mexican ditch weed aka schwag. So when they report buying an oz. for $80 and grading it as high-quality, what they really mean is that it is high-quality schwag. Even the best schwag is still solidly in the low-quality category overall.

Posted by fromks | Report as abusive

Ditch weed answer is wrong, wrong, wrong. CO growing is basically legal, that area has Humboldt like weather as far as growing is concerned, that area is a hub for exporters as well. Hippy types congregate there and grow tons of pot (because of the weather conditions, mostly, camping doesnt hurt) with relatively low effort and great results. Because of the quantity produced around here massive amounts are exported from the area, export prices are about 200 bucks /ounce of high grade, given you know these people, or people in humboldt, or really any green part of this map is where virtually all high grade pot that isn’t grown indoors comes from. Which makes me make a point, notice how no good weed comes from mexico based on the price texans pay for high grade?

Posted by sunnohh | Report as abusive

I highly doubt eastern CO and western KS are similar to Humboldt-like weather. I would assume the growing areas in CO are far from the barren border region. And the product would be destined for Boulder, Lawrence, etc. not Garden City.

Posted by fromks | Report as abusive