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links for 2010-04-23

23 Apr
  • # Don't hit reply all. Just don't…
    # You can't recall an email you didn't mean to send. Some software makes you think you can, but you can't. Not reliably.
    # Email lives forever, is easy to spread and can easily show up in discovery for a lawsuit.
    # Please don't ask me to save a tree by not printing your email. It doesn't work, it just annoys the trees.
  • It is a book about India’s present, not India’s past but there is also a disturbing prospect of a future trajectory that is potentially reductive, exclusive and revisionist.
    Some readers, especially of the Hindu persuasion, may feel agitated, frustrated or confused while reading the book. Indeed recent books that are less than effusive about Hinduism have evoked highly polar reactions from Hindus. For instance, while discussing Doniger’s recent book, I asked a particularly upset lady if she had read the book. Without a hint of irony but with all the puissance of righteous rage, she said: “Why, no self-respecting Hindu will ever read that book!”. While not representative, the line captured for me the difficulty of having an informed discussion about religion in general and a religion such as Hinduism in particular, with its plurality and diversity.
    Others will find this book thought-provoking and may take on the opportunity to explore Hindu scholarship in detail.
  • The masses will be curious to know, for instance, how you became blinded to the very simple difference between right and wrong. The more moralistic among them will ask the question mainly to fuel their own outrage; the more tactical will ask the question because they sense that the financial system doesn’t function unless you have the incentive to think in these terms—and you clearly do not…
    Among the many likely consequences of SEC’s decision to sue Goldman Sachs for fraud is a social upheaval in the bond markets. Indeed, the social effects of SEC’s action will almost certainly be greater than the narrow legal ones…there was a time when a Wall Street bond trader could work with a short-seller to create a bond to fail, trick and bribe the ratings firms into blessing the bond, then sell the bond to a slow-witted German without having to worry if anyone would ever know, or care, what he’d just done.
    That just changed.
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