- Providence Journal: R.I. rethinking pedestrian bridge plan on 195 land after bids come in high
- WPRI: Study: Low infrastructure spending makes RI an ‘outlier state’
- The Economist: America’s growing temporary workforce
America's temporary help industry first emerged after the second world war, when companies like Manpower and Kelly Girl Service began “renting out” office workers on a short-term basis. In those early years, temps numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Today, the industry employs some 2.9m people, over 2% of America’s total workforce.
- The Economist: What if Germany had not Reunified
Joining East and West together within NATO and the European Union was the worst option, except for all the others
- Lars P. Syll: Why Economists Can't Reason Neoclassical economics has since long given up on the real world and contents itself with proving things about thought up worlds. Empirical evidence only plays a minor role in economic theory, where models largely function as a substitute for empirical evidence. The one-sided, almost religious, insistence on axiomatic-deductivist modeling as the only scientific activity worthy of pursuing in economics, is a scientific cul-de-sac.
- Chasing Truth. Catching Hell.: Dear Norm: How Do You Defend Those People? (Part 3,223)
No, I don’t mean “how can you live with yourself ensuring due process for people who have done really really bad things” or anything like that. I mean, how do you actually do it? When you have a client accused of something awful, and he/she has next to nothing by way of a defense, how do you defend them anyway?
- USA Today: Hardwired for happy hour: Primates choose booze
Scientists discovered that the aye-aye and the slow loris species both have a taste for booze, a finding that indirectly bolsters one theory for how humans came to appreciate a stiff drink. The aye-ayes in particular were such enthusiastic tipplers that after draining their cups, they searched for more…
- #fridayreads: Thinking in systems: a primer by Donella H. Meadows