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One too many trips to the thesaurus

May 18, 2004
By tom

David Brooks in today’s Times: The emerging responsible faction has no time now for the witless applause lines the jeering jackdaws on left and right repeat to themselves to their own perpetual self-admiration and delight. I’m too lazy to look this up, but what the hell is a jackdaw? A great blog name, in...

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Ruminations on the war on terror

May 11, 2004
By tom

Gotta say something about the latest turn of events in this Iraqi adventure of ours. I wasn’t particularly surprised by the prison abuse photos; I was more surprised that people who raised no objections to invading a sovereign country and killing God knows how many innocents along with the guilty few got themselves tied...

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What the hell were they thinking?

May 6, 2004
By tom

No need to link to any of the latest horrors from Iraq. Three clicks in any direction will find you all the fresh hell you require. I was against this war from the start but I’ve kept my opinions off this blog, for the most part, to avoid getting into arguments that soak up...

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Google IPO skepticism

May 2, 2004
By tom

Whole bunch of it at this blog. Naturally, I’m skeptical about the the company and its founders, who stand to make oodles of extra free money if the IPO price is suitably high. Yet I’m also skeptical of the skeptics: If I were hoping to buy a block of Google shares in the IPO,...

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Iraq declared irony-free zone

April 30, 2004
By tom

U.S. general, quoted in the New York Times. “Clearly we will not tolerate the presence of foreign fighters,” Abizaid said.

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Google to auction shares in IPO

April 29, 2004
By tom

Appropriately enough, check out the Google News roundup of stories about Google’s plan to auction its shares rather than hire investment bankers to allocate them to their fatcat buddies. My understanding of how the auction works is that a pair of large brokerage houses, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston, will create online...

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For all you stock hounds

April 28, 2004
By tom

If you’re hoping to make a killing on the Google IPO, consider these thoughts from a trader pal of mine: My concern with this IPO is that it’s over-hyped and the little guy will be left holding the bag. No doubt those who get in at the offer price (the price set by the...

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Finding our WMD

April 28, 2004
By tom

Fred Kaplan in Slate says the Cold War never ended for U.S. nuclear weapons spending, which is as high as it’s ever been, in constant dollars. The report raises anew a question that always springs to mind after a close look at the U.S. military budget: What the hell is going on here? Specifically:...

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I love this

April 27, 2004
By tom

Why are so many American suspicious of Saudia Arabia? Because certain oil billionaires have been bankrolling the spread of fanaticism for more than a generation? Of course not. It’s because the U.S. news media are tools of Al Qaeda.

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Lunch hour reading

April 26, 2004
By tom

“How to Get Out of Iraq.”

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