Shameless Populism from David Cameron

Last Monday BalkanInsight quoted David Cameron saying: As we contemplate countries like Serbia or Albania one day joining the EU, we must find a way to slow down access to each other’s labour markets until we can be sure that…

Sunday Funday

In no particular order, and for no particular reason: 1. Because don’t we all wish it was 2006 sometimes? 2. One of life’s great questions, finally answered. I think both of us wish Alexander fared a little better in this…

Would the CIA Ever Help Bashar al-Assad?

The plan for destroying Syria’s chemical weapons involves transporting them from their various production and storage sites in Syria overland to the port of Latakia, where they will be loaded onto Norwegian and Danish ships and moved to the MV…

The NSA Helps Some Legislators Sleep At Night

Foreign Policy added a good bit on Friday from Elias Groll assessing the current potential for changes to the NSA’s data hoovering programs. Contained within is a particularly glorious piece of obfuscatory rhetoric from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Saxby Chambliss…

Sunday Funday

In no particular order, and for no particular reason: 1. An absolutely delightful poem in celebration of the English FA’s 150th anniversary 2. I wish advertising these days were this blithely awkward* 3. If you’ve ever wondered why NORAD tracks…

Boxes With Walls Made of Fear

Pharrell Williams, from a June New York Magazine article, with what has to be one of the better quotations you’ll read in any given year: Every once in a while, when you really back me into a corner, I can do…

A Return To The Blogosphere

Not that anyone reads this with regularity, however I thought I’d mark my return as a regulator contributor to the blog this week, now that my finals are over. The last three weeks were filled with constant reading and writing…

Regulation and The Volcker Rule

If you’ve been running both a prop desk and a bank out of your garage these past few years, you’ve probably already read all about the new Volcker Rule. Matt Levine at Bloomberg has what seems to me to be…

We’d Rather Do Stuff

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic posted a chart from Piper Jaffray (chortle) almost two weeks ago (oof, that’s what writing papers does to one’s response time) in order to illustrate the claim, “millenials are cheap”.* His basic point is that…

Democracy, Protests, and Parameters

One suspects Thailand and Ukraine are generally not two countries thought of in tandem. But thanks to the fortuitous (from a commentator’s perspective) overlap of their respective protest movements, there is finally a good reason to do exactly that.* Ukrainians…