Lunchtime Links 9-8

September 8, 2009

Cornell Undergrad Tuition + Room/Board = $50,114 (Cornell) Happened upon this table after I wrote my column on the rising cost of college last week. I’m not saying this is representative of most colleges. It isn’t. Still, the size and consistency of the price increase is remarkable. If the government stopped providing so much credit, schools wouldn’t be able to raise prices like this.

Copter aids rescue of bride-to-be (WaPo) A proposal that didn’t exactly go as planned…

Closely watched Buffett recalculating his bets (NYT) The article notes that Buffett has deftly played the bailouts. It also notes that he’s concerned about his legacy. It’s a shame the former has tarnished the latter.

Senate must raise debt ceiling above $12.1 trillion (The Hill) A choice comment from Senator Barack Obama in 2006: “Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren,” Obama said in a 2006 floor speech that preceded a Senate vote to extend the debt limit. “America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” A failure of leadership indeed. This is the subject of my next column.

We believe we’re the thriftiest people we know (Cognitive Daily, ht NG)

Goldman banker offered £500k for lover to leave husband (Telegraph)

Fuld says being “dumped on” for Lehman failure (Reuters) He deserves every bit of ridicule he gets, and it’s unfortunate that the current/former execs of other large banks that should have failed have escaped the same degree of criticism.

UN wants new global currency to replace dollar (Telegraph) “‘Replacing the dollar with an artificial currency would solve some of the problems related to the potential of countries running large deficits and would help stability,’ said Detlef Kotte, one of the report’s authors.” You know, many would say the dollar is already an “artificial” currency, a piece of paper that has no intrinsic value. They might also say that’s a big reason we’re in this financial mess in the first place…

China alarmed by U.S. money printing (Evans-Pritchard) Another interesting column from Ambrose. Nothing new here, really, but he did get a high-ranking Chinese official to say some provocative stuff.

They used to say whale oil was indispensable too (NYT)

VIDEO: Kitten pawing at cursor while watching himself paw at cursor (flickr) The payoff comes about half way into the video.

VIDEO: Kid’s first ride on rollercoaster (YouTube) Lots of emotions in two minutes. Pretty cool, all the visual effects of the sun coming in and out of the video.

How does a license plate like THIS get approved? (imgur)

Water bottle dude. WOW … This has got to be fake, right?


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wait wait wait…

So a guy, who appears to be part troll, marries a “FORMER” escort, how apparently is still, ah, enjoying self employment despite claims of retirement, who is 40 years younger than him… and he’s surprised she’s a mercenary?

AFTER he gave permission for her to keep… ah, “seeing” this other guy?

Not that offering something in the area of $800,000 for her to leave her beloved hubby isn’t seedy, but come on. It wouldn’t be that outrageous for him to have a grand daughter her age.

I’ve got a lot of price tags under the $800,000 price range.

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive

What does the UN have to do with reserve currencies, I thought that was the domain of others ?

Posted by Casper | Report as abusive

The license plate is a phony, you can get them made up anywhere. The guy is obviously attempting to make it look real with the envelope the “plates” came in.

Posted by MikeS | Report as abusive

Cornell is expensive. An American could do a humanities degree at Oxford for about 40 thousand dollars per year, and it takes 3 years instead of 4. He’d probably be better taught too, and in the company of brighter people. On the other hand, he might find it very hard to get in, his High School might have left him rather underprepared for the work, and he wouldn’t be joining American “networks”. I take it that the latter point would be the clincher?

Posted by dearieme | Report as abusive

The article on whale oil states that they “loaded them with stones and sunk them in Charleston Harbor.” Sink me, something fishy there. The Old Gray Lady adopting the lingo of the proles. Now you know what sank her.

Posted by John Meyer | Report as abusive