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Paul Kedrosky
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Let the winner quit his party and become an independent, says Sergey
I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]

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Color went black today. Discuss.
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Morrissey on his lengthy absence:

You haven't had a record deal for seven years. I find that hard to believe. In my mind I think of you as a superstar.

Well, so do I. There's an amazing number of people who don't. And most of them have high-power positions at major record labels.

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From a new paper, this on stocks, gambling and lotteries:

In Germany, individual-level transaction records from a discount broker show that retail investors are significantly less likely to trade in the stock market during weeks with larger prizes in the German national lottery.

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Thoughtful, empirical and savvy piece on how tech doesn't really revert to the mean -- it implodes or grows.

http://www.asymco.com/2012/10/01/reverting-to-the-mean/

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The rise and (sometimes) fall of Apple/RIM/Nokia/Android (from Google Trends data).
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Me about one of the more absurd RIM comparisons -- to Nortel.

http://blog.kedrosky.com/rim-vs-nortel

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Almost inexpressibly wonderful: Iranian news agency plagiaries The Onion
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