Monthly Archives: December 2008

Links from FT editors in the last 24 hours

Obama’s speech is like a pop song

“The lyrics yield no great mystery. But, set to the right music, a meaning is disclosed that hardly seemed to be hidden in the prose.”

The Markets Data section of has re-emerged in the new design. It contains a wide range of information of equities, commodities and bond, plus a currency converter, tools to track your personal investment portfolio, the companies research centre, interactive charts and much else.

Tell us what you think.

Introduction: Asian and western governments (barring Germany) reflate their economies to stave off a global depression; sterling slumps against the euro and yen; China reported a stomach-churning 2.2 per cent year-on-year fall in exports in November; the Big Three car-makers in Detroit slide toward bankruptcy; President Nicolas Sarkozy bullies his fellow Europeans into a compromise over carbon emissions; and Bernard Madoff, a pillar of the New York financial establishment, confesses to running a $50bn Ponzi scheme.

While we like to see new readers discovering our blogs and joining the discussion, a good “flaming” like the one Gideon Rachman’s blog received this week raises again the vexed issue of comment moderation. Some of the less offensive comments on his musings about the possibility of a world government include:

You’re an IDIOT!

are you on drugs?…

and my personal favourite,


So what is the FT’s approach to comments on articles from readers?

Links from FT editors in the last 24 hours

The most popular story in the world

“The wisdom of crowds may tend towards the obvious…but deliberately aiming to appeal there would bend the Guardian’s profile completely out of shape”

Frank Rich: Why I link

Neiman Jounalism Lab on reasons to link out

by Paul Murphy, FT Alphaville editor

FT Alphaville has been refreshed! Our hyper-active financial blog has taken on the new livery and we’ve also introduced some important new improvements to functionality.

Introduction: Terrorists stage a two-day massacre in Mumbai; Alistair Darling slashes VAT and urges British consumers to spend, spend, spend; Woolworths goes bankrupt; Angela Merkel refuses to reflate the German economy; BHP drops its bid for Rio; and Huang Guangyu, China’s richest man, is detained on suspicion of share price manipulation.

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