Ritholtz's 10 Friday Reads: Lehman, NCAA and 'Government Motors'

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist writing about finance, the economy and the business world. He started the Big Picture blog in 2003 and is the founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management, an asset management and financial planning firm.
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The end of the week is in sight, and my bubonic plague refuses to go away:

• Value is a highly useful fiction (Crossing Wall Street)
• Niedermeyer: Still 'Government Motors,' Recall and All (Bloomberg View)
• The Next Problem: Too Much Profit (WSJ)
• 26.9 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR: Lehman to Dole Out Additional $17.9 Billion to Creditors (WSJ)
• Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity (ZDNet) but see Why Office for iPad Took 4 Years to Get Here (Mashable)
• React to the Reality, Not the Image of It (NY Times)
• A Union That Doesn't Want Wages? (Priceonomics) see also The NCAA released a statement on the NLRB ruling, and it is hilariously, excessively wrong (Sippin On Purple)
• Do Corporations Have Religious Beliefs? (Al Jazeera America)
• Missing: Up To 4 Million Workers (FiveThirtyEight)
• California's Historic Drought (The Atlantic)

What's up for the weekend?

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Source: WSJ

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