Paul Krugman: “President Bush profited personally from aggressive accounting identical to the recent scams that have shocked the nation.” NY Times op-ed
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Net Effect — Simson Garfinkel: “More than 630,000 AT&T customers were forced to make this change. They could have used the occasion to simply and inexpensively assert their electronic individuality and independence. Instead, the majority behaved like good sheep and did what they were told: moved from one mega-corporate address that they didn’t own to another. Baa-a-a-a! Baa-a-a-a!” MIT Technology Review Access to the rest of the article at Tech Review requires a subscription, but you can subscribe to Simson Garfinkel’s mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org for unrestricted access to his writing on digital freedom and cyberculture.
Rental car tracking spurs suit… again. Budget Rent-a-Car is apparently tracking its customers in Arizona with GPS, using the data they collect on routes driven and speeds over those routes to impose extra charges without their customers’ foreknowledge. A Connecticut rental agency which created a furor by doing the same thing was ordered by a state consumer protection agency to refund fines it had levied on renters who had been speeding. Arizona Daily Star [via Slashdot]
What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?:
“At the very moment that the government started telling Americans to eat less fat, we got fatter. The truths about why we gain weight and why it is so hard to lose it just might turn out to be much different from what we have been led to think.
The crucial example of how the low-fat recommendations were oversimplified is shown by the impact — potentially lethal, in fact — of low-fat diets on triglycerides, which are the component molecules of fat. By the late 60’s, researchers had shown that high triglyceride levels were at least as common in heart-disease patients as high L.D.L. cholesterol, and that eating a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet would, for many people, raise their triglyceride levels, lower their H.D.L. levels and accentuate what Gerry Reaven, an endocrinologist at Stanford University, called Syndrome X. This is a cluster of conditions that can lead to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
It took Reaven a decade to convince his peers that Syndrome X was a legitimate health concern, in part because to accept its reality is to accept that low-fat diets will increase the risk of heart disease in a third of the population…” NY Times Magazine
Maureen Dowd: Have You Seen This Fish?:
‘Over this hot holiday weekend, people here have been more absorbed with the search for the noxious and elusive Snakehead than the search for the noxious and elusive Evildoer.
Forty miles east of Washington, in a scummy pond in Crofton, Md., hidden behind a shopping center, biologists have discovered an ichthyological Andromeda strain.
Lurking beneath the algae is a walking fish that can breathe air and waddle on land for days, dubbed Frankenfish by the locals and “the baddest bunny in the bush” by a Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist, Bob Lunsford.’ NY Times
Portfolios Depressed, Traders Seek Therapy: “Instead of simply seeking psychological help from their therapists, traders and hedge fund managers now expect investment advice too.: NY Times