Ritholtz's Reads: Meltdowns, Drug Problems and Russian Hackers

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Costa Rican coffee, settle into your comfiest hanging chair and get ready for our longer form weekend reads:

• How Intel Makes a Chip (Bloomberg)

• The Valeant Meltdown and Wall Street’s Major Drug Problem (Vanity Fair)

• How to Run a Russian Hacking Ring (The Atlantic)

• How “Silicon Valley” Nails Silicon Valley (New Yorkersee also My Dinner with Peter Thiel: A window into the secret reality of Silicon Valley (Vanity Fair)

• What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological? A new study supports what a small group of military researchers has suspected for decades: that modern warfare destroys the brain. (NYT)

• Holding Hope: On Being a 911 Operator (The Toast)

• Meet The Maserati-Driving Deadhead Lawyer Who Stands Between Hackers And Prison (Buzzfeed)

• When the River Rises: In Texas’s Flash Flood Alley, it takes only a few hours to cause lifelong devastation. (Texas Monthly)

• The Flint of California: A report from Matheny Tract, an arsenic-poisoned community that’s about to become the test case for a new legal idea: the ‘human right to water.’ (Politicosee also The Crisis in Flint Isn’t Over. It’s Everywhere. (Wired)

• The History of Pho (Lucky Peach)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Dr. Ed Yardeni, formerly chief Chief Strategist at Deutsche Bank, now at Yardeni Research.

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Source: WSJ

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