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Sorkin Supercut of the Day: It appears The Newsroom will be a mere rearrangement of the same tired perfectly crafted lines that Aaron Sorkin has used for every project since the early ’90s.

Ingenious editor Kevin Porter borrowed scenes from:

  • Malice
  • A Few Good Men
  • Bulworth
  • Sports Night
  • The West Wing
  • Studio 60
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • The Social Network
  • and for some reason, Tom Hanks’ 1993 Oscar speech.

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Chomsky: And here comes Bilbo Baggins. Now, this is, to my mind, where the story begins to reveal its deeper truths. In the books we learn that Saruman was spying on Gandalf for years. And he wondered why Gandalf was traveling so incessantly to the Shire. As Tolkien later establishes, the Shire’s surfeit of pipe-weed is one of the major reasons for Gandalf’s continued visits.

Zinn: You view the conflict as being primarily about pipe-weed, do you not?

Chomsky: Well, what we see here, in Hobbiton, farmers tilling crops. The thing to remember is that the crop they are tilling is, in fact, pipe-weed, an addictive drug transported and sold throughout Middle Earth for great profit.

Zinn: This is absolutely established in the books. Pipe-weed is something all the Hobbits abuse. Gandalf is smoking it constantly. You are correct when you point out that Middle Earth depends on pipe-weed in some crucial sense, but I think you may be overstating its importance. Clearly the war is not based only on the Shire’s pipe-weed. Rohan and Gondor’s unceasing hunger for war is a larger culprit, I would say.

Chomsky: But without the pipe-weed, Middle Earth would fall apart. Saruman is trying to break up Gandalf’s pipe-weed ring. He’s trying to divert it.

Zinn: Well, you know, it would be manifestly difficult to believe in magic rings unless everyone was high on pipe-weed. So it is in Gandalf’s interest to keep Middle Earth hooked.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Unused Audio Commentary By Howard Zinn And Noam Chomsky, Recorded Summer 2002 For The Fellowship Of The Ring (Platinum Series Extended Edition) Dvd. Part One. (via ayjay)

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Research is a Wall Street product. Back in the days of the dot-com bust, the charge was that this product was worthless – designed to sell shares, not provide a true picture of the health of companies or the likely prospects of making money by investing. The charge in the Facebook case is that the research is valuable – and therefore should have been made generally available, not only to select clients. The logical end-point of this kind of reasoning is that the Wall Street houses shouldn’t provide research – they should just offer product and let the clients decide what they want to buy, without “selling” it on the merits. Except this is exactly what the major Wall Street houses did with the mortgage-backed CDOs and other structured products that destroyed the world economy. And they have been criticized for that as well.

All of this rumination is not intended to serve as a defense of Wall Street’s practices. It’s intended to argue that trying to insure that information disseminated by Wall Street is both accurate and generally available is a fool’s errand. Accurate information is valuable, and therefore expensive. You can police the margins – and those margins may well have been crossed in this case – but the problem in intrinsic to the fact that information asymmetries arise naturally all the time, and information asymmetries are the main way people make money.

Ultimately, the way to make Wall Street work better for everybody is probably just to tax it more heavily.

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Rails to trails:
Construction of the new Prospect Park West pedestrian islands reveals ancient trolley tracks.
Photo: Paul Steely White.

Rails to trails:

Construction of the new Prospect Park West pedestrian islands reveals ancient trolley tracks.

Photo: Paul Steely White.

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Based God Lecture of the Day: To the surprise of EVERYONE, controversial and totally batsh*t insane rapper Lil B stopped by NYU earlier this week to give a lecture about… well… I’m just gonna leave these gems here:
“Every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby.”
“I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. I adopted it straight from the ASPCA, you feel me?”
“Let’s stop fracking. Who knows about hydraulic fracking? I’m like whodie, get that oil out the ocean!”
[thanks, matthew! stereogum]

thedailywhat:

Based God Lecture of the Day: To the surprise of EVERYONE, controversial and totally batsh*t insane rapper Lil B stopped by NYU earlier this week to give a lecture about… well… I’m just gonna leave these gems here:

  • “Every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby.”
  • “I’m the first rapper to adopt a tabby cat. I adopted it straight from the ASPCA, you feel me?”
  • “Let’s stop fracking. Who knows about hydraulic fracking? I’m like whodie, get that oil out the ocean!”

[thanks, matthew! stereogum]

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