Providence Journal:Trump is shocked Carrier took him literally One of the best explanations of the Donald Trump 2016 phenomenon is this, via Salena Zito: The press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.
Real-World Economics Review Blog:The slow, painful death of the TPP The basic point that everyone should know by now is that the TPP had little to do with trade. The United States already had trade deals with six of the 11 other countries in the pact. The trade barriers with the other five countries were already very low in most cases, so there was little room left for further trade liberalization in the TPP.
1843:Bet on Trump to Ease the Stress This wager would act as insurance, or an “emotional hedge”. If Trump triumphs at the polls, then at least your bank balance will get a (temporary) boost. And if he loses, then the relief should dominate any feelings of regret.
Crooked Timber:Why surveillance capitalism is every bit as bad as Stansted Airport The only way to get there from London was with Ryanair. So already, I felt a bit let down by capitalism. Where was all the market choice and innovation to translate my myriad human desires into a
competitive range of options for me to choose from and pay for? Then it turned out that Ryanair would only leave from Stansted, which I dislike, so I had to satisfice like some too-lazy-to-compare
consumer or a half-arsed social democrat.
Boston Globe:Why do so many veterinarians commit suicide? A 2014 federal Centers for Disease Control online survey of 10,000 practicing veterinarians published last year found that more than one in six American veterinarians has considered suicide.
Veterinarians suffer from feelings of hopelessness, depression, and other psychiatric disorders two to three times more often than the general population. Two studies published in the British
Veterinarian Association’s journal, The Veterinary Record, found suicide rates are double or more those of dentists and doctors, and four to six times higher than the general population.
The Chronicle of Higher Education:On Refusing to Read My small act of countercultural scholarly agency has been to refuse to continue reading or assigning the work of David Foster Wallace. The machine of his celebrity masks, I have argued, the limited benefits of spending the time required to read his work.
The Economist:Patricians of parchment Manuscripts are words written down, but they impart far more than sentences. Precise moments in time can be found, like pressed flowers, preserved in their pages. In one ninth-century manuscript
a picture of the planets in orbit has been drawn with such precision that astronomers say this configuration happens only once in 17 trillion years. They have dated the manuscript to March 18th 816.
The Economist:Europe’s scapegoatUnder one model of the effects of migration, by 2030 GDP per capita in some eastern European countries could fall by 4%. “Europe has destroyed us,” says an official in the deserted Romanian village of Certeze.
The Globe and Mail:Why it may make sense for Ontario to go it alone on climate change You could call it Ontario’s declaration of energy independence: a radical plan to sweep carbon out of the provincial economy by turning off natural gas in homes and workplaces and switching on electric cars at a cost of $7-billion to taxpayers.
Geopolitical Futures:Not Much Is New in This Election The question is not why Americans regard this particular election as apocalyptic. The question is why Americans routinely regard presidential elections as apocalyptic, without realizing they are simply acting out an old script. One reason is a general one. Americans do not remember the past very clearly, particularly when it doesn’t directly affect their lives. America was founded without a past, but with a breathtaking future. As a culture, our focus has been there. We get caught up in the moment and we lack a sense of perspective because our memory of the past has been rendered fuzzy, with the hard edges removed.
Boston Review:Paying for Punishment But understanding decarceration only through the lens of cost cutting has a major blind spot. America’s contemporary system of policing, courts, imprisonment, and parole doesn’t just absorb money. It also makes money through asset forfeiture, lucrative public contracts from private service providers, and by directly extracting revenue and unpaid labor from populations of color and the poor.
The Economist:From Dotcom Hero to Zero At its peak in 2000, Yahoo had a market value of $128 billion.
In the dotcom version of Monopoly, Yahoo got the prime slot.
Annoyed Librarian:Information Failure The time has long gone when people would settle bar bets by calling a reference librarian, but the same
sort of fact-checking Snopes engages in is what reference librarians excel at, or at least used to until
people stopped asking them reference questions and started asking them to clear the printer jams.
Kieran Healey:Olympics Trolling A moment’s thought suggests that my views are perfectly correct. Reflecting a little further on my sports bigotry,
I think the simplest model is a two-dimensional space that, I think you will agree, is both easy to understand
and wholly objective.
ABC (Australia):Crisis on high Deep in the Himalayas sits a remote research station that is tracking an alarming trend in climate change, with implications that could disrupt the lives of more than 1 billion people and pitch the most populated region of the world into chaos.
The Awl:How to read a book and walk at the same time whereas I found Wallace Stegner’s A Shooting Star tiresome and unfinishable when I was reading it at home, I found the eleven-and-three-eighth-ounce paperback tiresome but eminently finishable while walking. How does that work? Walking renders any book on hand finishable because your only alternative is your mind, and haven’t you had enough of that?
The Chronicle of Higher Education:Texas Picked an Ominous Date to Arm Its Public Colleges In what appears to be an audacious act of public forgetting, a controversial Texas campus-carry law allowing concealed guns in university buildings is scheduled
to take effect on Monday, August 1, the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas tower shootings.
The Economist:How to make children do homework The parents of nearly 16,000 pupils at 36 secondary schools in England were sent regular text messages
to remind them of forthcoming tests, to report whether homework was submitted on time and to outline what
their children were learning. Parents could opt out if the texts became bothersome. Few did. The result
was an uptick in performance in maths and (more weakly) English, as well as lower absenteeism.
Lars P. Syll:Cherry-picking Economic Models …if one extends the alcohol neutral model to take that role into account, it is optimal for humans to be drinking all of their waking hours.
The Age:Could an aspirin a day keep depression away? ASPREE involves 16,500 Australian volunteers, all aged over 70, plus a few thousand extra in the United States. It constitutes
the largest clinical trial ever conducted in this country, and one of the largest in the world. Results will be available in 2018.
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.
Lars P. Syll:Why Economists Can't ReasonNeoclassical 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…