Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday's Daily Brief

Friday, December 16, 2011
SEC Charges Former Fannie, Freddie Executives With Fraud Over Risky Mortgages
GOP Candidates Avoid Fireworks In Final Debate Before Iowa Caucuses
Harald Haas On Lightbulb Data
Occupy Wall Street Prepares For Occupation 2.0
Russia Seizes Iran-Bound Radioactive Metal
David Frum: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
A friend of theirs once took Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue to dinner at Palm Beach's Everglades Club, notorious for its exclusion of Jews. "You will behave, won't you?" Carol anxiously asked Christopher on the way into the club. No dice. When the headwaiter approached, Christopher demanded: "Do you have a kosher menu?" Christopher was never a man to back away from a confrontation on behalf of what he considered basic decency. Yet it would be wrong to remember only the confrontational side. Christopher was also a man of exquisite sensitivity and courtesy, dispensed without regard to age or station.
Marlo Thomas: My Funniest Christmas Memory
Everyone has great Christmas memories. My favorite involves a camel.
Matthew Chapman: Christopher Hitchens: A Memory
I had dinner with Christopher in Houston a few weeks ago. I suppose he must have known he was dying and this was probably the last time we'd see each other, but there was no sentimentality or whining.
Cara Santa Maria: Anxiety vs. Stress: What's The Difference?
Acute and chronic stress aren't diagnosable mental illnesses, but anxiety disorders are. So what's the difference? To me, this line is a bit fuzzy. It all comes down to what's happening in the brain, and how that affects an individual's ability to cope.
Rabbi Michael Lerner: Occupy Hanukkah and Christmas
One of the reflections of the way both religions have lost their ethical core is that the vast majority of people in both religious worlds have allowed their winter holidays into orgies of consumerism.

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