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Thought for the weekend

6 days ago

This Twitter user was named as a Russian troll by ByLine who cited his "horrific use of English" and "pro-Russian posture". In reality he’s just a Glaswegian security guard. https://t.co/eZ9psNisx9— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) November 15, 2017

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13 days ago

I wrote the 2 editions of Bed of Procrustes (Incerto, Vol. 3, a book of aphorisms) as tweets under the 140 character limit.No aphorism should exceed ~140 ch.https://t.co/ZPFxUP0Okh— NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) November 9, 2017

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20 days ago

Venezuela’s president, already mocked for gaining weight amid a hunger crisis, pulls out an empanada from his desk during a live TV address. pic.twitter.com/sPw63dbt83— Hannah Dreier (@hannahdreier) November 3, 2017

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27 days ago

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October 20, 2017

Fast Company profiles-March 2000: Big feature on Regus as office of the future -March 2016: Big feature on WeWork as office of the future pic.twitter.com/r4Ezt90ogG— Eliot Brown (@eliotwb) October 20, 2017

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October 13, 2017

This was not a joke … pic.twitter.com/y2bACiY31a— Richard Fletcher (@fletcherr) October 11, 2017

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Thought for the weekend

October 6, 2017

CNN just now: “We have confirmed that the Secretary of State did refer to the president as a moron this summer."— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) October 4, 2017

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Thought for the weekend

September 30, 2017

[email protected] is considering #280characters! Or as we say in Germany: 4 words. #Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) September 27, 2017

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Rabblefest – final call

September 27, 2017

Regular readers of Markets Live should already have today in the diary: 6pm, Wednesday Sept 27th, Bleeding Heart Tavern, Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ.We didn’t bring you Camp Alphaville this year and we failed to keep a promise to replace it with Vaudeville.But the FTAV team are up for an informal drink or two this evening. So come along.There’s no agenda. It’s a private affair. Just the usual mix of market gossip and financial wonk.Email [email protected] so we can judge numbers.

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Further reading

September 27, 2017

Elsewhere on Wednesday, — How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down (NYT)— Showtime’s Websites May Have Used Your CPU to Mine Cryptocoin While You Binged on Twin Peaks (Gizmodo)— What is the UK single market? (Michael Keating)— Anatomy of a Moral Panic (Idle Words)— How a Journalist Uncovered the True Identity of Jihadi John (Longreads)— How the ECB should respond to a German fiscal boost (CER)— The Roodman Replication (Marginal Revolution)— Brexit & Austerity (Stumbling and Mumbling)

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Rabblefest

September 26, 2017

Regular readers of Markets Live should already have this date and venue in the diary: 6pm, Wednesday Sept 27th, Bleeding Heart Tavern, Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ.We didn’t bring you Camp Alphaville this year and we failed to keep a promise to replace it with Vaudeville.But the FTAV team are up for an informal drink or two tomorrow evening. So come along.There’s no agenda. It’s a private affair. Just the usual mix of market gossip and financial wonk.Email [email protected] so we can judge numbers.

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Snap Rabblefest

September 25, 2017

Regular readers of Markets Live should already have this date and venue in the diary: 6pm, Wednesday Sept 27th, Bleeding Heart Tavern, Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ.We didn’t bring you Camp Alphaville this year and we failed to keep a promise to replace it with Vaudeville.But the FTAV team are up for an informal drink or two next Wednesday evening. So come along.There’s no agenda. It’s a private affair. Just the usual mix of market gossip and financial wonk.Email [email protected] so we can judge numbers.

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Thought for the weekend

September 23, 2017

First of all, I can say, who? Who is this guy? Short sellers, OK you know, they’re always out there. They operate under a little different regulatory environment than we do as CEOs — we’re required by the SEC to tell the truth and be totally transparent. That’s exactly what we do. Those numbers are all out there.— Harold Hamm

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Snap Rabblefest

September 22, 2017

Regular readers of Markets Live should already have this date and venue in the diary: 6pm, Wednesday Sept 27th, Bleeding Heart Tavern, Greville Street, EC1N 8SJ.We didn’t bring you Camp Alphaville this year and we failed to keep a promise to replace it with Vaudeville.But the FTAV team are up for an informal drink or two next Wednesday evening. So come along.There’s no agenda. It’s a private affair. Just the usual mix of market gossip and financial wonk.Email [email protected] so we can judge numbers.

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Further Reading

September 22, 2017

Elsewhere on Friday, — Does the Fed believe in secular stagnation?— A food assistance program in Mexico yields insights about a universal basic income.— The macroeconomic implications of concentrated wealth.— The guessing continues for who will be the next Fed chair.— “The history of the postwar libertarian movement is rich with moments of flirtation or outright entanglement with the defenders of white supremacy.”— UK banks will soon be checking 70m bank accounts for illegal immigrants.— The science in Sherlock Holmes.

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Thought for the weekend

September 15, 2017

But according to one staffer at the newspaper, Osborne has told more than one person that he will not rest until she “is chopped up in bags in my freezer”.— Esquire

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Money creator is getting really annoyed by wannabe competitor

September 12, 2017

At first, Jamie Dimon was just weirded out by Bitcoin’s attempts to create some big “rivalry.”He and the rest of the real-life money creators at banks had enough to worry about after the financial crisis. Like global regulators deciding to constrain their money creation, and the general public hating them all the time. Make-believe internet-math-money wasn’t on their radar — and the thing is, without the banks and their recent disasters, crypto wouldn’t even really be a thing, you know?Then this wannabe competitor started getting more attention, its price started going up, and the next thing you know, guys like Tom Lee are starting to say nice things about it. (Et tu, Tom?!) It doesn’t help that the attention-seeking crypto-pushers have thus far dodged regulation, despite the fact they’re

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Thought for the weekend

September 1, 2017

In a meeting with a group of Senate Democrats this year, according to people who were present, [Gary] Cohn jokingly dismissed concerns about the wisdom and cost of repealing the estate tax, remarking, “Only morons pay the estate tax.”A source close to Mr. Cohn denied that he had used the word, saying he had been referring to “rich people with really bad tax planning.”— New York Times

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Podcast: does Amazon present an anti-trust problem?

September 1, 2017

[embedded content]Alphachat is available on Acast, iTunes and Stitcher.On this week’s show, Alex Scaggs talks to Lina Khan about her report in the Yale Law Journal, “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox”.From the abstract:Amazon is the titan of twenty-first century commerce. In addition to being a retailer, it is now a marketing platform, a delivery and logistics network, a payment service, a credit lender, an auction house, a major book publisher, a producer of television and films, a fashion designer, a hardware manufacturer, and a leading host of cloud server space. Although Amazon has clocked staggering growth, it generates meager profits, choosing to price below-cost and expand widely instead. Through this strategy, the company has positioned itself at the center of e-commerce and now serves as

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Shkreli self-owns like a boss

August 23, 2017

From Business Insider:Over the past several months, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has trolled journalists who have written or tweeted about him by purchasing the internet domains associated with their names.… which is the kind of dick move we have come to expect from “the most hated man in America”.And you’d assume a man who basks in public hatred would be a bit careful about not having his address, email and telephone number easily searchable on the public internet. So when filling out the website form he’d tick the box to…oh. Oh no.Related links:Fact-checking the Martin Shkreli musical — Financial TimesShowtunes, securities fraud and a haunted hoverboard — FT AlphavilleLunch with the FT: Can Martin Shkreli defend corporate greed? — Financial Times

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Thought for the weekend

August 18, 2017

Yo! I’m back at 80%, super pumped … we’ve got to start calling Elon on his S**t. I’m not on social media but let’s start “faketesla” and start giving physics lessons about stupid s**t Elon says like this: “we do not anticipate using lidar. Just to make it clear, lidar essentially is active photon generation in the visible spectrum — radar is active photon generation in essentially the radio spectrum. But lidar doesn’t penetrate intrusions so it does not penetrate rain, fog, dust and snow, whereas a radar does. Radar also bounces and lidar doesn’t bounce very well. You can’t do the “look in front of the car in front of you” thing. So I think the obvious thing is to use radar and not use lidar.”“The photons stop acting like photons at 77Ghz we at least need the geeks on our side and start

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Yes, the Markets Live hiatus is over

August 14, 2017

It’s still the dog days of August, but Bryce and Murphy could slack off no longer.The Top Brass may have noticed.Join the pair at 11am today.

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Gone fishing

August 4, 2017

FT Alphaville is taking a break to do a bit of summer housekeeping. We’ll return to regularly scheduled posting on Monday, August 14th.Many, many thanks as always for reading us. We hope you’re having a relaxing and delightful summer,Alex, Bryce, Cardiff, David, Izzy, Kadhim, Matt, Paul

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Thought for the weekend

August 4, 2017

Whoever comes to us with #sanctions, from sanctions will perish. We dedicate this video to those who try to hurt us with new sanctions! pic.twitter.com/VdoYI3mK2u— РоссиЯ 🇷🇺 (@Russia) August 2, 2017

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Seasonal Markets Live hiatus

July 31, 2017

Bryce and Murphy are slacking off for a couple of weeks. But they are around if something big breaks.What passes for normal service will be resumed on August 14.If you are really missing them, content yourself with past session transcripts.No idea what Markets Live is? Click here.

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Thought for the weekend

July 28, 2017

Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like its heaven on earth. MarkTwain— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) June 15, 2012

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Introducing Alphachain, the Alphaville initial coin offering

July 24, 2017

[embedded content]“The way to profit from a bubble is by selling into it,” a wise man once wrote. In other news, Alphaville is launching the crooked mainstream media’s first ever initial coin offering (ICO).We’re really excited to present our vision of a future where Alphaville journalists retire young(ish) and live out their days sipping Mojitos on a tax-efficient beach. Please read our Technical White Paper, which sets out in detail the Alphachain opportunity (and important disclaimers).The initial coin offering opens on August 1st, and will be uncapped, meaning you can waste as much money as your heart desires.We are offering a handful of Alphachain tokens per BTC and three thimbles of Alphachain tokens per ETH. Here is our BTC address and our ETH address.Thank you. Together, we can,

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Thought for the weekend

July 21, 2017

Looks like the First Lady of Japan pretended not to speak English for nearly 2 hrs to avoid talking to Trump https://t.co/ee9LGHVlDo— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) July 20, 2017Akie Abe is my new hero. pic.twitter.com/WEnjBsrRQ3— Sam Thielman (@samthielman) July 20, 2017[embedded content]

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Thought for the weekend

July 14, 2017

Holy shit the transcript is real he really said the wall needs to be transparent so you don’t get hit in the head by 60 pound bags of drugs pic.twitter.com/Cf6o9NXocP— modest proposal (@modestproposal1) July 13, 2017

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Thought for the weekend, world leaders edition

July 7, 2017

– Macron photo via Twitter. Illustration by Alphaville.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends tax speech with Darth Vader’s Imperial Marchpic.twitter.com/yUo8kMYeUB— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) July 4, 2017Just made Angela Merkel’s eye roll into a GIF. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/8nMBoReoQ8— Hosseh Enad (@ehosseh) July 7, 2017אין כמו ללכת לים עם חברים!There’s nothing like going to the beach with [email protected] pic.twitter.com/bmVNbQNdgt— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 6, 2017

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