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Sunday, December 29, 2013

xkcd: The Pace of Modern Life

xkcd: The Pace of Modern Life

Apocalypse, New Jersey: Matt Taibbi's Dispatch From Camden, America's Most Desperate Town | Culture | Rolling Stone

Apocalypse, New Jersey: Matt Taibbi's Dispatch From Camden, America's Most Desperate Town | Culture | Rolling Stone

Ex-Googler Explains Google Maps Destination Times - Business Insider

Ex-Googler Explains Google Maps Destination Times - Business Insider

What would Shackleton have thought of this ?

TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): What would Shackleton have thought of this ?

Saving the Lost Art of Conversation - Megan Garber - The Atlantic

Saving the Lost Art of Conversation - Megan Garber - The Atlantic

Salman Khan - Harvard Business Review

Salman Khan - Harvard Business Review

The Merchant of Just Be Happy - NYTimes.com

Where studying East Asian Studies can get you.


The Merchant of Just Be Happy - NYTimes.com

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - The New York Times

A Deadly Mix in Benghazi - The New York Times

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid - BBN News

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid - BBN News

Can Vermont's Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare? - Sean McElwee - The Atlantic

Can Vermont's Single-Payer System Fix What Ails American Healthcare? - Sean McElwee - The Atlantic

'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education' - Timothy Pratt - The Atlantic

'We Are Creating Walmarts of Higher Education' - Timothy Pratt - The Atlantic

Crowdsourcing the Yasukuni Question: From Tokyo to Philadelphia - James Fallows - The Atlantic

Crowdsourcing the Yasukuni Question: From Tokyo to Philadelphia - James Fallows - The Atlantic

The robots are coming and will terminate your jobs - FT.com

The robots are coming and will terminate your jobs - FT.com

The Big Screwup - NYTimes.com

The Big Screwup - NYTimes.com

Robert W. Wilson, Frugal Philanthropist, Dies at 87 - NYTimes.com

Robert W. Wilson, Frugal Philanthropist, Dies at 87 - NYTimes.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rolls-Royce looks to plot a course to the future with drone ships - FT.com

Rolls-Royce looks to plot a course to the future with drone ships - FT.com

Good Grief and Great Tits by Dan Savage - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

Good Grief and Great Tits by Dan Savage - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:

 All this for me—and I wasn't even that good. Translate that into Latin and it could be on the Palin family's coat of arms.

Gender-neutral bathrooms: All bathrooms should be open to all users.

Gender-neutral bathrooms: All bathrooms should be open to all users.

2013: The Year in Pictures - The New York Times

2013: The Year in Pictures - The New York Times

Crossing Swords with CrossFit | Strength and Power Training | OutsideOnline.com

Crossing Swords with CrossFit | Strength and Power Training | OutsideOnline.com

The economics of Christmas, a holiday satire

The economics of Christmas, a holiday satire

Japanese Premier Visits Contentious War Shrine - NYTimes.com

Japan risks alienating allies to placate domestic right wing.

Japanese Premier Visits Contentious War Shrine - NYTimes.com

Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests - NYTimes.com

Common Knee Surgery Does Very Little for Some, Study Suggests - NYTimes.com

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots - NYTimes.com

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots - NYTimes.com

Persistence is a Killer | The Reformed Broker

Persistence is a Killer | The Reformed Broker

Chinese Train Doesn't Stop At Stations - Business Insider

Chinese Train Doesn't Stop At Stations - Business Insider

In No One We Trust - NYTimes.com

In No One We Trust - NYTimes.com

Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids - NYTimes.com

Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids - NYTimes.com

Why markets do not always work: fraud.

But a federal law enacted in 1994, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, prevents the Food and Drug Administration from approving or evaluating most supplements before they are sold. Usually the agency must wait until consumers are harmed before officials can remove products from stores. Because the supplement industry operates on the honor system, studies show, the market has been flooded with products that are adulterated, mislabeled or packaged in dosages that have not been studied for safety.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Bill Russell Investment Strategy - A Wealth of Common Sense

The Bill Russell Investment Strategy - A Wealth of Common Sense

Alan Greenspan's 'The Map and the Territory' Reviewed by Robert Solow | New Republic

Alan Greenspan's 'The Map and the Territory' Reviewed by Robert Solow | New Republic

Top Economic Stories of 2013 | Brookings Institution

Top Economic Stories of 2013 | Brookings Institution

Don't Sleep on Your Trades With ConvergEx - Bloomberg

Don't Sleep on Your Trades With ConvergEx - Bloomberg

10 Lessons To Learn From Poker | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM

10 Lessons To Learn From Poker | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM

Hedge Fund Secrets Lie in Short Term Over Luck: Cutting Research - Bloomberg

For the top investors, it is not about luck.


Hedge Fund Secrets Lie in Short Term Over Luck: Cutting Research - Bloomberg

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Gives Drew Magary a Tour

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Gives Drew Magary a Tour

As we speed along, a speck of mud gets on my shirt—OMG MUD EWW SO GROSS!—and I flick it away. Meanwhile, Phil sits next to me, and his whole life is caked in mud. He’s been out here plunging his hands into the earth and ripping the heads off ducks while I’ve been in suburbia with my thumb up my ass. I feel both inadequate and ungrateful. There’s only one way to absolve myself, I figure, and that is to shoot the fuck out of this crossbow.

What is Duck Dynasty?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/12/20/9-questions-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask-about-duck-dynasty/

There Are Two Americas, And One Is Better Than The Other - Business Insider

There Are Two Americas, And One Is Better Than The Other - Business Insider

This Is Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...: Noise Trading, Bubbles, and Excess Volatility in the Aggregate Stock Market: Noah Smith and Robert Shiller and Andrei Shleifer and Jeremy Greenwood vs. John Cochrane and Gene Fama and Company: Progressive vs. Degenerative Research Programs in Finance: The

This Is Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...: Noise Trading, Bubbles, and Excess Volatility in the Aggregate Stock Market: Noah Smith and Robert Shiller and Andrei Shleifer and Jeremy Greenwood vs. John Cochrane and Gene Fama and Company: Progressive vs. Degenerative Research Programs in Finance: The

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Why stagnation might prove to be the new normal - FT.com

Why stagnation might prove to be the new normal - FT.com

The Decay of American Political Institutions - The American Interest

The Decay of American Political Institutions - The American Interest

A Formula for Happiness - NYTimes.com

A Formula for Happiness - NYTimes.com

Skip the Supplements - NYTimes.com

Skip the Supplements - NYTimes.com

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder - NYTimes.com

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder - NYTimes.com

Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of World) - NYTimes.com

Bloomberg Focuses on Rest (as in Rest of World) - NYTimes.com:

 In a twist on the traditional business model of consulting, clients will not be charged.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fixing the Shiller CAPE: Accounting, Dividends, and the Permanently High Plateau | Philosophical Economics

Long explanation of the issues with Shiller CAPE. If you do not know what Shiller CAPE is, do not bother reading.

Fixing the Shiller CAPE: Accounting, Dividends, and the Permanently High Plateau | Philosophical Economics

How America Gets to Work—in 1 Very Long Graph - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

How America Gets to Work—in 1 Very Long Graph - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

If Susan Can Learn Physics, So Can You | Fledgling Physicist

If Susan Can Learn Physics, So Can You | Fledgling Physicist

Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of Surveillance Tactics of NSA - WSJ.com

Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of Surveillance Tactics of NSA - WSJ.com

Will the Pope Overthrow Neoliberal Economics? | The Fiscal Times

Will the Pope Overthrow Neoliberal Economics? | The Fiscal Times

The Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space

The Chilling Geometry of Every US Military Base Seen From Space

Guns, Suicides and Natural Experiments

Guns, Suicides and Natural Experiments

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Blackstone Captured More Than All of Hilton's Increased Value - Bloomberg

Blackstone Captured More Than All of Hilton's Increased Value - Bloomberg

Lament of the Plutocrats - Ben White and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO Magazine

Great title and photo.

Lament of the Plutocrats - Ben White and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO Magazine

Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central | Ed Central

Pay No Attention to Supposedly Low MOOC Completion Rates - Ed Central | Ed Central

UPDATE 1-Pope attacks mega-salaries and wealth gap in peace message | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Pope attacks mega-salaries and wealth gap in peace message | Reuters

Muting the Mozart effect | Harvard Gazette

Muting the Mozart effect | Harvard Gazette

Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute - YouTube

Woolies and Soweto Gospel Choir: Madiba Tribute - YouTube

Political Fight on Farm Aid and Food Stamps Hits Home in the Delta - NYTimes.com

Political Fight on Farm Aid and Food Stamps Hits Home in the Delta - NYTimes.com

This Is Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...: There Is Neither Coast Nor Interior, Nor Border, Nor Breed, Nor Birth: Live from the Roasterie LIII: December 12, 2013

This Is Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...: There Is Neither Coast Nor Interior, Nor Border, Nor Breed, Nor Birth: Live from the Roasterie LIII: December 12, 2013

The Death of Expertise | The War Room

The Death of Expertise | The War Room

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Google’s Road Map to Global Domination - NYTimes.com

The guy with the most data wins.

Google’s Road Map to Global Domination - NYTimes.com

5 Reasons Why 2013 Was The Best Year In Human History | ThinkProgress

5 Reasons Why 2013 Was The Best Year In Human History | ThinkProgress

2013: The Year in Photos, May - August - In Focus - The Atlantic

2013: The Year in Photos, May - August - In Focus - The Atlantic

▶ Nobody's Invincible - YouTube

Great ad.

▶ Nobody's Invincible - YouTube

Ryan Lizza: Why Won’t Obama Rein in the N.S.A.? : The New Yorker

Long but important piece on our national security state.


Ryan Lizza: Why Won’t Obama Rein in the N.S.A.? : The New Yorker

Guns and Votes: The Victory of an Intense Minority Against an Apathetic Majority | naked capitalism

Guns and Votes: The Victory of an Intense Minority Against an Apathetic Majority | naked capitalism

In which MIT decided to teach micro first so as to make economics more relevant | The Institute for New Economic Thinking

In which MIT decided to teach micro first so as to make economics more relevant | The Institute for New Economic Thinking

Income Inequality’s Ripple Effect - John Podesta - POLITICO Magazine

Income Inequality’s Ripple Effect - John Podesta - POLITICO Magazine

Art Collectors Show Their Chinese Prizes - NYTimes.com

Art Collectors Show Their Chinese Prizes - NYTimes.com

State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

Incredible response to mass killings.
State Gun Laws Enacted in the Year Since Newtown - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought - NYTimes.com

Four percent completion rate. Mine is zero.

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Map Overlays Comparing Size - Business Insider

Map Overlays Comparing Size - Business Insider

The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 40 Graphs - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic

The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 40 Graphs - Matthew O'Brien - The Atlantic

Is it better to play it safe or to place bets that risk bankruptcy? - FT.com

Is it better to play it safe or to place bets that risk bankruptcy? - FT.com

Read President Obama’s powerful eulogy for Nelson Mandela

Read President Obama’s powerful eulogy for Nelson Mandela

Americans Suddenly Discovering How Insurance Works

Americans Suddenly Discovering How Insurance Works

Washington Center for Equitable Growth | Hoisted from Other People’s Archives from Last January: Jared Bernstein and Kathy Ruffing on Disability Insurance Roll Growth: Makers, Takers, and Fakers Weblogging

More than 90% of DI dollars go to elderly, disabled or working. Growth has been due to aging, and growth of workforce.

Washington Center for Equitable Growth | Hoisted from Other People’s Archives from Last January: Jared Bernstein and Kathy Ruffing on Disability Insurance Roll Growth: Makers, Takers, and Fakers Weblogging

NSA chief Keith Alexander blames diplomats for surveillance requests | World news | theguardian.com

General Alexander spoke yesterday at the Fourth Kenneth Moskow Memorial Lecture on Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC.

NSA chief Keith Alexander blames diplomats for surveillance requests | World news | theguardian.com

Charles Lane Is Confused About the Republican Agenda | Beat the Press

Charles Lane Is Confused About the Republican Agenda | Beat the Press

The west is losing faith in its own future - FT.com

I am much more optimistic.

The west is losing faith in its own future - FT.com

Monday, December 09, 2013

The hierarchy of innovation | ROUGH TYPE

The hierarchy of innovation | ROUGH TYPE

Washington Center for Equitable Growth | Does America’s Future Contain Elite Public Universities?

Washington Center for Equitable Growth | Does America’s Future Contain Elite Public Universities?:

The fever of the MOOC has broken. As we got to have suspected all along, the students who will benefit enormously from MOOCs and Kahn Academy and so forth are the students with a cognitive skills, energy, and persistence to have been able to learn from the open University on TV, or programmed instruction, or simply picking up a book. For those who do not have the requisite skill, energy and persistence, the coming of the MOOC and of education over the Internet will do little: If they are to learn effectively, they need to be embedded in the social matrix of a university–classes and deadlines and attendance and tests and papers and peers around them all doing the same. And those who do not need this sociological matrix are a small minority, even at Berkeley.

Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls - NYTimes.com

Spies’ Dragnet Reaches a Playing Field of Elves and Trolls - NYTimes.com

Noahpinion: America is separating into peasants and scholar-gentry

Noahpinion: America is separating into peasants and scholar-gentry

Sunday, December 08, 2013

The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party

The South Has Indeed Risen Again and It’s Called the Tea Party

Special Report: How Fed policy enriches private equity, if not workers | Reuters

Special Report: How Fed policy enriches private equity, if not workers | Reuters

Noahpinion: The Great Labor Dump

Noahpinion: The Great Labor Dump

Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims : Nature News & Comment

Good, or better for economic claims.

Policy: Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims : Nature News & Comment

What Would You Have Done? Nelson Mandela and American Conservatives | Gingrich Productions

What Would You Have Done? Nelson Mandela and American Conservatives | Gingrich Productions

Worst passwords - Boing Boing

What not to use as a password.

Worst passwords - Boing Boing

Gridley Slideshow On Tech Bubble - Business Insider

Gridley Slideshow On Tech Bubble - Business Insider

Beating the Market, as a Reachable Goal - NYTimes.com

Russell 3000 Index beats this guy on 3, 5 and 10 year record. Why Can't We have a better PressCorps?
Beating the Market, as a Reachable Goal - NYTimes.com

Photos of the Year 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Photos of the Year 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Friday, December 06, 2013

Mandela went in a man, he came out a Giant


Map: Property Taxes in Your County | Brookings Institution

We're number one!

Map: Property Taxes in Your County | Brookings Institution

Quote For The Day � The Dish

Quote For The Day � The Dish:

“While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control.

A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule,” – Pope Francis.

U6 is dropping

Total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons (U6RATE) - FRED - St. Louis Fed

Corporation not person in carpool lanes - SFGate

Corporation not person in carpool lanes - SFGate

Wonkbook: Washington has given up on growth

Wonkbook: Washington has given up on growth:


 “When a man has done what he considers his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity." -- Nelson Mandela.

Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon, December 01, 2013 on GoComics.com

Tom Toles Editorial Cartoon, December 01, 2013 on GoComics.com

How Do You Measure ‘Inequality’? - Real Time Economics - WSJ

How Do You Measure ‘Inequality’? - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Value of Connections of the United�States - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Value of Connections of the United�States - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Joseph E. Stiglitz’s address to panel on Defending Human Rights

Joseph E. Stiglitz’s address to panel on Defending Human Rights

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95 - NYTimes.com

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, Dies at 95 - NYTimes.com

‘Double Irish’ limits Facebook’s tax bill to €1.9m in Ireland - FT.com

‘Double Irish’ limits Facebook’s tax bill to €1.9m in Ireland - FT.com

President Obama Misrepresents Role of Government: It Has Promoted Inequality | Beat the Press

President Obama Misrepresents Role of Government: It Has Promoted Inequality | Beat the Press

Professors in Deal to Design Online Lessons for A.P. Classes - NYTimes.com

Professors in Deal to Design Online Lessons for A.P. Classes - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

The best speech Obama has given on the economy

The best speech Obama has given on the economy

This Is What It Looks Like When a Google Manager Gets Feedback - David A. Garvin - Harvard Business Review

This Is What It Looks Like When a Google Manager Gets Feedback - David A. Garvin - Harvard Business Review

Watch

VIDEO: Watch Advertisements Time - Business Insider

More on “conventional wisdom” about Medicaid | The Incidental Economist

More on “conventional wisdom” about Medicaid | The Incidental Economist

Chart: Health care spending growth factors | The Incidental Economist

It's the prices.

Chart: Health care spending growth factors | The Incidental Economist

12 Years a Slave and the Obama Era -- Daily Intelligencer

12 Years a Slave and the Obama Era -- Daily Intelligencer

Steve Sailer: iSteve: Graph of 2012 PISA scores for 65 countries/economies

With US broken down by race and some geography

Steve Sailer: iSteve: Graph of 2012 PISA scores for 65 countries/economies

James Surowiecki: Is Health Care Spending Finally Falling? : The New Yorker

James Surowiecki: Is Health Care Spending Finally Falling? : The New Yorker

In Fracking, Sand Is the New Gold - WSJ.com

Buy sand, short gold.

In Fracking, Sand Is the New Gold - WSJ.com

Foreign Stocks For The Long Run

Foreign Stocks For The Long Run

$2,229.11 for Three Stitches? Behold the Wonder of the Free Market.

$2,229.11 for Three Stitches? Behold the Wonder of the Free Market.

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Watch the entire film. It is worth it to show what goes behind global manufacturing.

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Economic Principals � Blog Archive � Five Years Later

Economic Principals � Blog Archive � Five Years Later

Checking in on the “Yale Model” | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM

Checking in on the “Yale Model” | PRAGMATIC CAPITALISM