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April 02, 2015

"America’s Hottest New Meme Subject Is 16th-Century Theology"

Learn how to throw down like original OG Martin Luther.

We despise your whorish impudence. . . . I must stop. I can no longer rummage in your blasphemous, hellish devil's filth and stench.

March 30, 2015

"Why most American Jews vote for Democrats, explained"

With this information I hadn't known:

But these explanations don’t help us explain political differences among Jews across countries or over time. American Jews share a religious tradition, historical inheritance, and minority status with most Jewish communities around the globe — and yet only Jews in the United States are concentrated on the left. Jews outside the U.S. are sometimes centrist, sometimes rightist, and occasionally indistinct from the general population, but never as tightly clustered on the left as American Jews.

(The paper referred to the article is here.)

March 26, 2015

"What would have been the greatest event in history, but barely failed?"

Interesting answer: the voyages of Zheng He.

March 25, 2015

Good news for rats: they're probably off the hook

Rats probably weren't the transmission vector of bubonic plague. Gerbils probably were.

It’s always the cute ones you have to watch out for, isn’t it?

March 16, 2015

"Explaining the 1990s economic boom — before Hillary does"

Lord, don't let the Clintons take credit for that.

March 11, 2015

"The Smartest Person Who Ever Lived"

Argument for Isaac Newton. (I didn't know that in later life he "dabbled in economics".)

March 09, 2015

"Plush Life: Why did people lose their minds over Beanie Babies?"

Belonging to a household one of whose members participated, albeit less so than the extremes mentioned here, I found this interesting.

March 08, 2015

"The Few, The Loud, The Marines"

"Some Marines tell tales. Others become characters in them."

March 04, 2015

"Two Cheers for Corruption"

By Deirdre McCloskey and it's a tour de force in a small space.

I don't agree--small corruption might be "O,K." but large-scale corruption is not. And cutting the federal government would go a long way to solving the problem. 

But it's an impressive piece: Jay Cost is wrong, Samuel Bryan is wrong, Madison is wrong, and Adam Smith is only half right. You don't read that sort of thing every day.

February 24, 2015

"Alzheimer's breakthrough as scientists discover how to stop disease in its tracks, paving the way for 'statin-like' drug"

Let's hope it proves out.

See also another possibility: "A Bold New Experimental Treatment for Alzheimer's Dementia". (This link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.)

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