Pre-Marketing 3.16.11

March 16, 2011, 3:48 PM UTC

* Ed West: Why is there no looting in Japan?

* Michael Arrington: San Francisco doing everything it can to drive Twitter and Zynga away

* Goldman Sachs (GS) takes optimism to new heights: Earthquake will have no impact on Japan’s GDP

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point lower, London opens weak on Portugal downgradeEuropean shares slip on banks and the Nikkei rebounds.

* Joe Leahy: Brazil’s new (oil) platform for growth

* Peter Kafka: “House Of Cards” could cost Netflix big (and still save it money in the end)

* Steven Davidoff: New front in war between companies and hedge funds

* Revolving door: Former FCC chair Michael Powell is named top lobbyist for the cable industry.

* John Kerry gets Kay Bailey Hutchison to sign onto his plan for a National Infrastructure Bank, giving it a bit of bipartisan cover.

* Gallup: Those working for someone else have higher “wellbeing” than those working for themselves. Those not working, of course, are worst off of all.

Ezra Klein: “The great trick of the last few years has been convincing private and public-sector workers that their interests somehow diverge from one another.”

* Apollo Global Management plans to sell IPO shares at between $18 and $20, which basically means it’s sticking to its original $500 million target. Bigger question: Once public, will Apollo finally have to explain its use of “placement agent” Alfred Vilallobos?