Lunchtime Links 10-17

October 17, 2009

Quote of the day. Terry Teachout, the WSJ’s theater critic, commenting on John Stamos’ performance in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie: “Mr. Stamos couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket with the lid welded on.”

Harrods moves into flourishing gold market (Reuters) At 14% over spot, you’re probably better off working with a reputable dealer.

Credit Suisse still ♥ gold (Alphaville) Paul Murphy with a really helpful summary laying out the bull case for gold. Be sure to read the caveat at the end.

Housing market getting worse Warren says (Tech Ticker) Part 2 of Aaron’s 3-part interview with Warren. BTW, Robert Shiller — creator of the Case-Shiller index — was on a panel with Warren at the Buttonwood conference. He repeated his forecast that recent stability seen in house prices isn’t going to last. He sees the trajectory turning back down.

Six charged in vast insider trading ring (WSJ) The first time a wiretap was used in an insider-trading investigation. Prosectors say they’ll use wiretaps more often to fight financial crimes on Wall St.

FHA (and Quicken) dutifully following subprime playbook (Adam Sharp) No income verification, no appraisal, low down payments, and a teaser rate!

Ezra Klein on the balloon boy hoax (WaPo) “Whether or not the drama was staged, it certainly served as a perfect metaphor for cable news: America spent hours riveted by a powerful and gripping story that turned out to be totally meaningless, and will have no significant impact on anybody’s lives going forward.” I linked to the story too…not proud of that…

The Collider, The Particle, and a theory about fate (NYT) “A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.”

VIDEO: Baby in stroller run over by train survives unhurt (Youtube)

For hippies (and A & C fans)….


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Re: the story about the LHC and time. As usual, the physicists are totally off their rocker. The flaw at the heart of modern physics is that it has time backwards. We perceive time as a series of events, proceeding from past to future and physics has built an increasingly complex model trying to explain it, from Newton’s absolute flow to Einstein’s fourth dimension, but the reality is that time is a consequence of motion, not the basis for it. The earth does not travel the fourth dimension from yesterday to tomorrow. Tomorrow becomes yesterday because the earth rotates. Motion changes the configuration of the existing energy, thus creating a series of events, which go from future potential to past circumstance. The whole quantum predicament of multi-worlds, Schrodinger’s Cat, etc. goes away, if we are not trying to push material reality from a deterministically defined past into a range of future probabilities, but understand it is the wave of these probabilities crashing in the present and fading away as a rapidly dissolving past. It also renders such popular concepts as time travel meaningless, as there is dimension to be warped. Of course this puts me on the lunatic fringe, but all diamonds start rough.

Posted by John Merryman | Report as abusive

Professor W. Pauli, (Nobel laureate) had many years of conversations with Dr. Carl Jung, and
their conclusions relate to the idea that “acausal connections” exist in the space-time continuum.
Jung called these connections a “synchronicity principle.”
The letters between them were published under title, “atom and archetype” 1932-1958….
My blog shown offers an example, with appropriate comments from senior researchers at
Princeton University, School of Applied Science….

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