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January 2013

January 31, 2013

"Dubai does NOT mess around"

Cool video pan from the top of the Burj

"18 Reasons Why Wall Street Loves Bridge"

"[T}he best bridge players in the country are almost all investors."

"Need a first-world problem solved?"

This needs to get a lot bigger, but it's a good start.

(Link via my older daughter.)

"How To Make The Ultimate 47-Layer Dip"

I'm not making this bad boy. I just link to it as a service for my readers. 

January 30, 2013

Something I didn't know about the harm of high blood pressure

The effect is, apparently, nonlinear over the 115 or 120 systolic we're supposed to aim for, with the almost all of the harm coming from a systolic above 180. See Spyros Makridakis, "High Blood Pressure and Iatrogenics". See also, "There is a non-linear relationship between mortality and blood pressure". 

Both links are via Seth Roberts who wrote this very interesting post, "Undisclosed Risks of Common Medical Treatments". 

"What Harvard Business School Actually Does For You"

O.K., but whether it's worth the time and money is left as an exercise for the reader

Subs at Citi Field

Phil Mushnick, New York Post:

Subway $5 Foot-Longs are only 11 inches? Big deal. At Citi Field, near the “Subway $5 Foot-Long” outfield sign, they sold for $14.

Link via Bernie M.

Surf's up

Picture purportedly showing Garrett McNamara surfing a 100-foot wave.

January 29, 2013

"The GOP and the City"

Edward Glaeser, economics professor at Harvard--neither he, individually, nor Harvard, collectively, are known to me to be members of the vast right-wing conspiracy--argues that Repubican Party ideas have been demonstrably better in decreasing crime, supporting needed reform in K-12 education, and providing urban services, including sensible land-use policy. 

This is what is probably coming

Call me alarmist if you like, but I think this is where the U.S. is headed.

"Germany accused of 'deporting' its elderly: Rising numbers moved to Asia and Eastern Europe because of sky-high care costs."

"Japanese Finance Minister: Government Should Let Old People 'Hurry Up And Die'."

And after we let the elderly go, we can write off the overweight and smokers


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