Didactic SynCast #82: Trading Through The Puke

This episode has a gross title, but it’s a real quote from Dark Pools, the book I’m reading right now about high-frequency trading. Also this episode: stabbing people with letter openers, psychotic robots that follow you into the bathroom, killer super weeds, and cinder blocks to the face! Enjoy.

 DS #82: Trading Through The Puke

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Snoop Lion on Tavis Smiley (Sorry, the PBS embed isn’t working.)

HSBC: Too Big to Jail

From The Guardian:

US authorities defended their decision not to prosecute HSBC for accepting the tainted money of rogue states and drug lords on Tuesday, insisting that a $1.9bn fine for a litany of offences was preferable to the “collateral consequences” of taking the bank to court. [...]

Had the US authorities decided to press criminal charges, HSBC would almost certainly have lost its banking licence in the US, the future of the institution would have been under threat and the entire banking system would have been destabilised.

HSBC, Britain’s biggest bank, said it was “profoundly sorry” for what it called “past mistakes” that allowed terrorists and narcotics traffickers to move billions around the financial system and circumvent US banking laws. Breuer said Mexican drug traffickers deposited hundreds of thousands of dollars each day in HSBC accounts.

At least they apologized. Soon they won’t even bother.

Meanwhile, the dealer on the corner gets ten years for having a vial of crack.

Today a student asked: “Why are you always sighing all the time?” This is why, kid.

Didactic SynCast #76: How Much to Use the Sun?

After a three-week hiatus, I’m back with a bushel of news and ranting. Buckle up for a dose of truth with a side order of awesome.

DS #76: How Much to Use the Sun?

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Bambu w/ Rocky Rivera

Didactic SynCast #73: Hooters and the Pendulum

This blog is not going to become just a dumping ground for the podcast, I promise! I just haven’t had much time to post stuff here. Start of school be crazy, yo. (In case you’re not subscribed, I update the SynaStream daily, usually more than once a day. So check that.)

Anyway, this week’s show is all about Hooters (the restaurant), a pendulum named Elizabeth Warren, union thugs in Chicago, morons making movies as well as morons murdering because of movies, and robots making noodles. Enjoy!

DS #73: Hooters and the Pendulum

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Didactic SynCast #69: Algorithmic Terrorism

Back from the road trip and filled with invective! We got some good stuff this week; have a listen.

DS #69: Algorithmic Terrorism

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Jean Grae & 9th Wonder: “Don’t Rush Me”

Jean also did a song called “Taco Day” and it is deep. I don’t think this is an official video, but it’s very well done and obviously accompanies the lyrics perfectly. (Odd Future fans should note how she doesn’t simply begin and end with “I’m crazy and therefore I kill people” but rather works in some coherent sociology along the way.)