Thse are my longer form journalism for your weekend reading pleasure:

• Modern Portfolio Theory is for Nitiots (Mercenary Trader)
• Defying Gravity, Wealth Moved Upwards (Nieman Reports) see also McDonald’s $8.25 Man and $8.75 Million CEO Shows Pay Gap (Bloomberg)
The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NYT)
• Cartoon Blues: The Life of The New Yorker’s Favorite Depressive Is Drawn Out in New Bio (New York Observer)
• Amazing tale of a desperate WWII pilot’s encounter with a German flying ace (New York Post)
• The Woes of an American Drone Operator (Spiegel)
• The great swindle: fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty (aeon)
• Let’s Eliminate Sports Welfare   (Sports on Earth)
• This Is Not a Profile of Nassim Taleb (The Chronicle Review)
• Postmodern Cézanne (The Weekly Standard)

What shopping do you have left?

 

Faiths and the faithless: The world’s religious make-up

Source: The Economist

Category: Financial Press

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22 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. PeterR says:

    Great Spiegel article on the Woes of An American Drone Operator!
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    “Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

    “Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

    “Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

    Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

    They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?”
    ___________________________________________

    Shopping left to do:

    http://www.kiva.org/

    http://www.heifer.org/

    Peace on Earth . . .

  2. mathman says:

    http://tinyurl.com/d9roflm

    The one chart about oil’s future everyone should see
    With high oil prices and new drilling techniques unable to move the needle on worldwide crude oil production, we should ask ourselves whether it is wise to base energy policy on the fantasies of industry and government forecasters, Cobb writes.

  3. mathman says:

    This is an eye-opener too:

    http://www.alternet.org/trading-sex-f-cking-happy-meal-mom-cant-get-food-stamps-after-drug-offense-resorts-prostitution-feed

    “Carla walked into my office with despair in her eyes. I was surprised. Carla has been doing well in her four months out of prison; she got off drugs, regained custody of her kids, and even enrolled in a local community college.

    Without much prodding she admitted to me that she had retuned to prostitution: “I am putting myself at risk for HIV to get my kids a f—ing happy meal.”

    Despite looking high and low for a job, Carla explained, she was still unemployed. Most entry-level jobs felt out of reach with her drug record, but what’s worse, even the state wasn’t willing to throw her a temporary life preserver.

    You see, Carla is from one of the 32 states in the country that ban anyone convicted of a drug felony from collecting food stamps. With the release of the Global Burden of Disease Study last week, it bears looking at how we are perpetuating burdens among the most vulnerable Americans with our outdated laws.

    If she’d committed rape or murder, Carla could have gotten assistance to feed herself and her children, but because the crime she committed was a drug felony, Carla joined the hundreds of thousands of drug felons who are not eligible. ”

    “No other criminal conviction results in such a ban—not arson, not rape, not even murder. “

  4. ilsm says:

    Got to shop for my “significant other”…………….

  5. Mike in Nola says:

    Looks like Bernstein had to go to the UK to get decent coverage of his scoop on Murdock’s attempt to put Patraeus in the White House:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/20/bernstein-murdoch-ailes-petreaus-presidency

    I don’t see why he’s so surprised; he has given every appearance of being another once-good reporter who has been co-opted by the elites.

  6. DeDude says:

    The geniuses at NRA have come up with a “solution”

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/21/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    I have an even better idea. A single armed guard would obviously be taken out easily in a surprise attack. Lets train all the kindergardeners and give each of them a machine gun. What could possibly go wrong with that plan?? Obviously the more guns that are out there the fewer innocent kids will by moved down in the cross-fire??

    Thank God they are so stupid and caught in their own little circle of bad ideas that they have no clue how out on the fringe they look to normal people. Just like the tea-baggers they are dragging the GOP out on the fringe so it slowly becomes the party of 45%, 40%, 35%…..I would love the NRA for this “good-doing”, if it wasn’t for the fact that the collateral damage is dead children.

  7. Lariat1 says:

    http://www.heifer.org also, and lots of cookies to bake. I leave the stocking stuffers to my spouse who, no doubt, will be out shopping for them tomorrow.

  8. Lariat1 says:

    Oh yes, also a hearty thank you to Barry for all the gift ideas. From racing school, vape , music, flashlights and more, it will be a BARRY CHRISTMAS in my abode on December 25.

  9. slowkarma says:

    I have spent most of my life reading art history — it’s my main interest outside of my work — and I have to say that Maureen Mullarky’s review of “Cezanne: A Life” (which I’ve read one-and-a-half times now) suffers greatly from the very accusation that she levels at the author of the book, Alex Danchev. She has an essentially ideological view of Cezanne, and her politics (and fashion) gets in the way of her review. Danchev’s book isn’t perfect (nothing like this is) but it’s one of the best references I’ve encountered on Cezanne, and holds up well compared to previous efforts. Mullarky, on the other hand, simply doesn’t understand Cezanne, and that’s evident from the review; it’s as though the review was written by a blind person, who hadn’t actually seen the art, or the art that followed on from Cezanne, but knew it only through commentary.

  10. swag says:

    Joe Strummer has been gone for 10 years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rUp1xKWJ_c

  11. Tim says:

    The whole AEON website is amazing….

  12. wally says:

    DeDude, I fully agree.

  13. wally says:

    DeDude, I fully agree.

  14. Jojo says:

    Way cool idea!
    ————
    GravityLight: lighting for developing countries.

    We have developed a realistic alternative to Kerosene lamps by harnessing the power of gravity. We need your help to make it happen.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006?c=home

  15. RW says:

    Nate Silver confuses cause and effect, ends up defending corruption

    It would be reasonable for Silver to tell us about his baseball models, which he does. It would be reasonable for him to tell us about political polling and how he uses weights on different polls to combine them to get a better overall poll. He does this as well. He also interviews a bunch of people who model in other fields, like meteorology and earthquake prediction, which is fine …

    What is not reasonable, however, is for Silver to claim to understand how the financial crisis was a result of a few inaccurate models, and how medical research need only switch from being frequentist to being Bayesian to become more accurate. Let me give you some concrete examples from his book.

    Johnny O’Neal: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
    A classic performed by a classic.

  16. DiggidyDan says:

    That drone article was amazingly good and amazingly sad. Thanks for the link.

    I can’t imagine what those pilots go through every day. Hope the kid can get over his past and lead a somewhat normal life in the future.

  17. guess I should have ‘been Clear’..

    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006?c=home (was the one referenced, above)

  18. blackvegetable says:

    Tim Says:
    December 22nd, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The whole AEON website is amazing….

    Scruton was a fun read…….but the sesquipedalian cat fight which follows is priceless……

    “limply gesture at the beige sponge cake of history”

    Yeah, Baby!