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Jim Cramer is a sort of New York financial media fixture. He’s fast talking, extremely political, a bit full of himself, and often slightly hysterical. Generally he seems to know what he’s talking about, but I’ve seen some serious players in the market label his pearls of wisdom as senseless blather. And I don’t know many people would call him a “detached observer.” Still, Cramer has a solid audience and plenty of people find him informative and entertaining.
On August 2 he was on the air at his most hysterical, concerned about a meltdown in the fringe mortgage market. He aggressively advocated a Fed bailout for the financial institutions exposed in the collapsing market.
Here’s an iTulip.com YouTube that takes Cramer’s rant and patiently dissects it, giving a different view. I have no particular dog in the hunt here—for instance, on the issue of whether the Fed should “open the window” on the discount rate–but this does strike me as a very effective use of the YouTube medium. In the last two years, YouTube has made a difference in the Internet–decidedly for the better.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Average speed of Heinz ketchup, from the mouth of an upended bottle, in miles per year:
After studying the fall of 64,000 individual raindrops, scientists found that some small raindrops fall faster than they ought to.
The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighbors’ loud lovemaking.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”