Some longer form weekend reads for your Saturday morning pleasure:

• The World’s 200 Richest People (Bloomberg)
• An Intimate Portrait Of Innovation, Risk, And Failure Through Hipstamatic’s Lens (Fast Company)
• Presidential TV Ads since 1952  (Living Room Candidate)
• Investors’ 10 Most Common Behavioral Biases (Above the Market)
• America’s bank bailouts did not have to be so unfair (Economist)
• It’s Global Warming, Stupid (BusinessWeek)
• A Tangled Web: Who’s Making Money From All This Campaign Spending? (ProPublica) see also Documents Found in Meth House Bare Inner Workings of Dark Money Group (ProPublica)
• State of the Species: Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?  (Orion)
• Who knows what: For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy. Both sides are wrong-headed (Aeon)
• Kenneth Miller on Arguments against Creationism (The Browswer)

What are you burning to stay warm?


Which industry sectors created new jobs and suffered losses?

Category: Financial Press

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7 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. dbrodess says:

    That first one is a funny category: Administrative and Waste services. Makers and takers of waste? hmmmm…

  2. noahmckinnon says:

    For years we burned good ole fashioned wood. Usually a mix of hardwoods like alder, maple, oak, and cherry and softwoods like pine or doug fir. But the place we used to get our firewood from was out of full cords when we called 4 weeks ago. He said that he had lots of 1/4 cords and smaller. When I asked him whether he’d just sell me 4 quarter cords for the price of a cord, he admitted he was making more money off the 1/4 cords and probably wasn’t going to be selling and more full cords this year.

    So this year we decided to try Bear Bricks which are basically bricks of compressed wood chips. Completely unromantic (says the girlfriend) but they’re cheaper, burn like champs (cleaner and as hot or hotter) and take up a lot less space. Instead of busting our backs loading up the truck with the firewood (it would have been two trips to the wood yard), we bought a palette at our local hardware store ($229 for 600 bricks) and had them forklift it into the truck bed. The uniformity of the bricks means they take up less than half the space of the same amount of lumber. Thumbs up.

    On the other hand, thumbs down for education being all the way at the bottom of that list.

  3. Bob is still unemployed   says:

    Earlier this morning, I leafed through a nice virtual tour of Google data centers.

  4. BradErvin1 says:

    Wow, thanks for that link to
    Really an amazing site.
    This is an American political history archive that is easily accessible yet overflowing in content.

  5. CB says:

    On the chart notice that education related jobs count for 3 out of 10 decliners while health care related jobs count for 3 out of 10 increases.
    Demographics seem to be an inevitable and dependable indicator.

  6. Jojo says:

    Re: the Businessweek global warming article
    “The broadening consensus: “Climate change amps up other basic factors that contribute to big storms. For example, the oceans have warmed, providing more energy for storms. And the Earth’s atmosphere has warmed, so it retains more moisture, which is drawn into storms and is then dumped on us.” Even those of us who are science-phobic can get the gist of that.”
    About time everyone started realizing that Nature, the Universe, all of life are all part of ONE BIG SYSTEM! Change one item and everything down the line is affected to varying degrees.

    For example, if you have heartburn from stomach acid, do you really believe that the solution is Tums, Pilosec & similar? It’s not! When you change the PH in your belly, you affect the bacteria environment, your ability to digest food and potentially a lot of other areas.

    Same with the weather. When temperature goes up or down (for whatever reason and by whatever cause), it will affect weather across the globe. We need to start thinking in terms of systemic effects instead of single items in everything.

  7. James Cameron says:

    “The shrinking electoral battleground has altered the nature of American self-governance. There is evidence that the current system is depressing turnout, distorting policy, weakening accountability and effectively disenfranchising the vast majority of Americans.”

    The Vanishing Battleground