There's a lot of information out there. Some of it is junk, some of it is frame-worthy. For every dozen foam-spewing-from-mouth rants out there, there's a well-thought-out, factual, logical piece of work that deserves your attention.

Here are five you might enjoy: 

Interview with Larry Summers (Big Think)
Former Treasury secretary and current director of the National Economic Council gives a great talk on what went wrong, the future of the American economy, and why he thinks George Soros (who's sitting next to him) is a drama queen. He has some interesting insights, but in general, it's fair to describe Summers as a genius in the classroom, but less than helpful (if not totally destructive) in public policy.

Companies' addiction to the calendar (Wall Street Journal)*
Strong statistical evidence proves what we already know: Companies focus relentlessly on short-term quarterly earnings, and (lawfully) tweak the numbers to meet expectations. The article gives Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) as an example. My colleague Ilan Moscovitz wrote a similar article showing how the average investor holding period of companies like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Citigroup (NYSE:C), and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) is only a matter of months, creating an investor base that demands that management focus on the short run.

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Paul Volcker tells it how it is (Financial Times)
Former Federal Reserve boss and current White House advisor Paul Volcker singles out Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) for its Frankenstein structure of part bank, part hedge fund, part magician. "If you don't want to follow those [banking] rules, you want to go out and do a lot of proprietary stuff, fine, but don't do it with a banking license." Watch the video interview here.

Hank Paulson has a terrible memory (Bloomberg)
Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson says in late 2008 a worried Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric (NYSE:GE), told him that GE was having trouble selling commercial paper, which could have been a quick death sentence. Immelt now says that never happened. I'm actually with Paulson on this one; New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin describes the exact same event in his book. If Goldman and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) were to fail, many thought GE would have been next to go.

Presented without comment (Bronald Oil)
The rappers behind Cash Money Records (this guy, if you're not familiar) are now running an oil exploration company. Yes, oil. Crude oil. The company's website looks entirely legitimate ... until you click on the biography page, which reminds you that management is "STILL BLINGING IT AFTER ALL THESE YEARS." I'd like to suggest "back that rig up" as a corporate slogan.

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Fool contributor Morgan Housel doesn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article. The Fool has a disclosure policy.