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Druce Vertes, CFA

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A Google teachable moment, or the end of Western civilization?

This anti-diversity manifesto has been making the rounds, with calls to avoid “socially engineering” diversity in response to “veiled left ideology”, to “de-moralize diversity”, to “de-emphasize empathy”, to “prioritize intention”, and to “be open about the science of human nature” which is claimed to confirm a lot of right-wing priors and stereotypes. I have questions for the author… Really? You […]

UBI, health care, welfare economics and asshole economics

People sometimes ask me what I think about Universal Basic Income (UBI). TL;DR it’s just a name…I’m skeptical of any radical implications…what matters is the marginal rate. There are societies that let people starve in the streets. We are not one of those. Voluntary giving is laudable, but it’s even more laudable for a society […]

Straight talk on Trump and Russia

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men. – George Orwell The report that taught me the most this week is this interview with Natalia Veselnitskaya. The Russians have decided Trump is worth more dead than alive. If that’s not the case this […]

The Top 100 People To Follow To Discover Financial News On Twitter, May 2017

It’s been a year since we posted our last list of people to follow on Twitter for financial news. Time for an update! I posted earlier about some of the trends in the financial Twittersphere. More churn Less growth Politics (i.e. Trump) drowning everything else out See below the table for a little technical discussion, […]

Rethinking the marketplace of ideas

I was recently listening to Fred Wilson and Howard Lindzon talk about, among others, news sources and curation, which is a topic dear to my heart. (Which I wrote about before here and here). Curation is hard, people tend to fall into confirmation bias circle jerks, and we are in a crisis of media legitimacy. […]

Come back Kelly Evans! We’ll be good this time! I promise!

A digressive rant on the rot in the financial Twittersphere in the Trump era If we’d been born where they were born and taught what they were taught, we would believe what they believe. – attributed to Abraham Lincoln (who also said, “The love you take is equal to the love you make”, but that’s […]

Some fun data-mining of StreetEYE headlines

Well, congrats to the Patriots and all my Boston homies. That was a catch and a comeback for the ages. Huger than Joe Montana back in the 80s, maybe GOAT. Y’all still should still learn to talk and to drive like normal human beings, but enjoy a legendary victory. So, last year I did a […]

Is Silicon Valley Truly Libertarian? Is Politics Society’s OS, Ripe For Disruption?

I heard it was you Talkin’ ’bout a world Where all is free It just couldn’t be And only a fool would say that – Steely Dan A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan Here’s a ramble that’s been hanging in my drafts for a while: […]

Buyer’s markets, seller’s markets and the hedge fund hype cycle

First come the innovators…Then come the imitators…And then come the idiots — Warren Buffett I was playing poker with hedge fund CTO types over the holidays and they were debating whether they were underpaid. Given some of the skills, years of training, responsibilities, trust, hours involved, some argued, it’s lamentable that senior IT folks get […]

Christmas Story, by H. L. Mencken

THIS STORY was first printed in the New Yorker, to whose editors I am indebted for permission to republish it. In writing it I had valuable suggestions from my brother, August Mencken. H.L.M CHRISTMAS STORY Despite all the snorting against them in works of divinity, it has always been my experience that infidels— or free-thinkers, […]


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