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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

College Kids Are Barbarians

Posted By: Ash Bennington
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College students are barely civilized barbarians who are fundamentally lacking in the basic skills required to succeed as human beings.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:39 AM ET

What You Missed at Davos: A Fashion Fix

While black might be the fashion color of choice in New York, the well-heeld group at the World Economic Forum stuck to a more neutral palette of greys, camel and navy.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

The Worst Word in American Journalism: 'Fluid'

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Newspapers
Valerie Everett
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Joe Weisenthal, of Business Insider , sent out the following offhand tweet yesterday: "Pro tip: If you're on the ground in a riot zone, be sure to always sign off by describing the situation as 'fluid'"

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 10:30 AM ET

Jim Rogers Loves Him Some Food (Inflation)

Posted By: Nicole Lapin
Nicole Lapin with Jim Rogers
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Nicole Lapin with Jim Rogers

It's no big surprise that Mr. Rogers likes him some food. In fact, he doesn't come on my show unless I bring out a royal breakfast spread.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 9:58 AM ET

Chaos, Chaos Theory, Egypt

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Protestors stand with a soldier as he waves an Egyptian flag on an army tank in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
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Protestors stand with a soldier as he waves an Egyptian flag on an army tank in Tahrir Square on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.

Today's theme is chaos.

I wrote earlier about the difficulty in predicting the future structure and alliances of the Egyptian military. And of the fundamental unknowability of weather.

To begin—quite literally—at the beginning: Chaos was the dark void from which universe arose in classical Greek cosmogony—as Ovid reminds us: "unfashion'd and unfram'd"—containing numberless seeds for the future.

So too of Egypt.

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 9:33 AM ET

Deutsche Bank Tops Goldman Sachs as The Biggest Spender on Wall Street

Posted By: Ash Bennington

Violence in Egypt increasing: Gunfire breaks out in Tahrir Square. [Wall Street Journal]

Simon Johnson:"The Ruinous Fiscal Impact of Big Banks". [Economix]

ECB keeps rates at 1 percent—despite rising inflation fears. [CNBC via Reuters]

Deutsche Bank tops Goldman Sachs as the biggest spender on Wall Street: DB Bankers got an average 500K last year. [CNBC via Reuters]

Steve Cohen tells investors to relax: SAC capital will not suffer a financial impact as a result of the latest insider trading probe. [FT]

Is El Baradei a credible future leader of Egypt? [Wall Street Journal]

Gallup polls Egyptians & Tunisians about 'wellbeing'. [Gallup—Hat Tip Felx Salmon]

Representing yourself in foreclosure —many have little choice. [NY Times]

IPOs are rebounding. [Bespokeinvest—Hat Tip Abnormal Returns]

The Arab world watches Cairo. [NY Times]

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  Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | 7:40 AM ET

Obamacare: Why Calling The Individual Mandate A Tax Won't Save It

Posted By: John Carney
American healthcare reform
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American healthcare reform

Now that the constitutionality of the individual mandate under the Commerce Clause has come under fire, proponents of Obamacare are attempting to shift the debate onto what they view as friendlier ground—the broader power of Congress to impose taxes.

Ezra Klein sums up this line of argument pretty well :

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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 5:19 PM ET

The SEC and S-E-X — Like, of The Online Variety

Posted By: Ash Bennington
  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 4:06 PM ET

How to Beat the Government—At Lotto

Posted By: Ash Bennington
Source:Mysid

Admit it: It's fun to game the system.

Not to mention—in this economy especially—everyone needs a backup plan. \(If you require further proof on that point, see our colleague Jeff Cox's terrific article about Bill Gross —for some truly disturbing insights into how screwed up things really are.\)

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  Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | 3:45 PM ET

In Search of Volatility

Posted By: Lori Spechler
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Governments toppling across the Middle East, riots, floods in Australia, continued banking issues across the globe… none of those “events” have been able to get a sustained rise out of the VIX this year. Should investors care?

Richard Repetto, Principal at Sandler O’Neill Partners was on Squawk Box and said that the VIX, commonly referred to as the “fear gauge” tends to go down as markets go up and over the past year... the S&P 500 has gained about 18-percent while the VIX has declined about 19 percent. In other words, investors tend to be more complacent when they are making money.

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