Here are the longer form reads for you to start your weekend with:

• The golden age: The 15-hour working week predicted by Keynes may soon be within our grasp – but are we ready for freedom from toil? (aeon)
Fascinating sports story:  Chandler Finds New Way to Grab Rebounds: He Doesn’t (NYT)
• The Real Cuban Missile Crisis (The Atlantic)
• Lawmakers Gone Wild (Chicago Magazine)
• Everything We Know (So Far) About Obama’s Big Data Tactics (ProPublica)
• Good Will Hunting: An Oral History (Boston Magazine) see also Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie (NYT)
• How to Read 31 Books in Four Minutes (NY Magazine)
• Quoting Rush Limbaugh Verbatim Is the Easiest Way to Discredit Him (The Atlantic)
• DEADHEAD (The New Yorker)

What’s for brunch ?


What the Cliff Deal Means for Investors

Source: Barron’s

Category: Financial Press

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13 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. mathman says:

    Golden Age, i’ll show you golden age:

  2. Mr.Tuxedo says:

    Nice self help compilation. I should add one and give it my compilated purview:
    The Dude and the Zen Master

    Conduct an exchange with your best friend Zenist and keep your humour.
    Simple is better, let go of the unchangeable and see the river visited as always changing.
    Drink in the journey no matter the taste and savour its nourishment.
    Reside and abide. in the here and now with a slight smile.

  3. theexpertisin says:

    The Chicago Magazine piece on politician’s living large in ChiTown has no shock value. In Chicago and the close western suburbs linked by Ogden Ave. (think old Route 66/34), this has been the norm for many decades. Democratic machine politicians in Cook and DuPage Counties long ago recognized the value of class warfare and race baiting (at least from the early 1960s – before then the area was more racist than many areas of the South). David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and the like have learned this method of perpetuating and expanding political power very well.

    The majority of voters, living, dead or illegal have no problem with this method of democracy if the trains run on time, the streets are plowed after a snowstorm, the garbage is collected, and they receive a return on their expectation from those elected …Were’s Mine?

  4. Molesworth says:

    If you want to know how Reps will be speaking in the coming months, the words they will all being parroting, here’s the bible. By Frank Luntz:

  5. JimRino says:

    I find this site informative and entertaining in a strange way:
    Australia getting Pounded by Climate Change.

  6. JimRino says:

    The cost of listening to Rush Limbaugh and always wrong right wing radio:

  7. Jojo says:

    Great article “Germs Are US” in the New Yorker!

    One day researchers/doctors/etc. will learn that everything is part of an integrated system. All parts are/were put into the system for a reason. If we go around treating symptoms by neutralizing/eradicating individual system components, then we are bound to screw up the mix in some unanticipated ways.

    Which is exactly what we are seeing in the world today.

  8. Jojo says:

    January 11, 2013
    125 Years of National Geographic

    I’ve been a fan of the photography and the stories featured in National Geographic Magazine since I was a child. I explored the world by simply turning the pages. It featured some of the most amazing and groundbreaking photography then and it’s never stopped finding new ways to surprise. On January 13, 2013, the National Geographic Society will celebrate its 125th anniversary and its evolution from a small scientific body to one of the world’s largest educational and scientific organizations committed to inspiring people to care about the planet. The Society has shared some images that represent those moments of discovery and will continue in its 126th year, to provide a front-row seat to what’s happening at the extremes of exploration – bringing everyone along for the ride through its storytelling and photography. You can even “hangout” with some of it’s more prominent explorers Jane Goodall, James Cameron and Robert Ballard, on the anniversary date, 1 p.m. EST — Paula Nelson ( 23 photos total)

  9. cario says:

    That golden age article is hilarious, though I don’t think it was meant to be. He highlights the things that have emerged under the decades of “neoliberalism” including far fewer people being hungry or living in poverty, and technology progess like the internet that can help humanity have more leasure time but then discusses how liberal markets are a failure. This article should be a use case in learning about cognitive dissonance.

  10. dbrodess says:

    Read the Quiggin piece and it got me thinking. Then i dug into BLS statistics a little, did a little arithmetic and viola! The funny thing is that right now in the USA people work an “average” of 16.7 hours per week per person. That is… if you take all the hours worked in the economy in a year (about 280billion) and divide it by the approx 320m of us and divide it again by 52 you get 16.7. So, if you think about it, we are pretty close to the Keynesian ideal. The work is obviously concentrated on about 1/2 of the population with the other half “selecting” leisure (either actively by not working or passively by being too young or old).

  11. James Cameron says:

    > You can even “hangout” with some of it’s more prominent explorers Jane Goodall, James Cameron and Robert Ballard, on the anniversary date, 1 p.m. EST — Paula Nelson ( 23 photos total)

    Hey, that’s me! :) Thanks for posting this.

  12. Jojo says:

    @James Cameron – Best be there or be square! :)