My best of longer-form journalism for your weekend reading pleasure:

• The Touch-Screen Generation  (Atlantic)
• Google Alerts ‘broken,’ ‘useless,’ and slowed to a ‘trickle’ (Venture Beat)
• Economists See No Crisis With U.S. Debt as Economy Gains (Bloomberg) but see Bond Market Sees a slack and depressed economy (Project Syndicate)
• A Tale of Two Londons (Vanity Fair)
Reich: What Are Foundations For?  (Boston Review)
• #MuckReads Criminal Injustice & The Best Reporting on Wrongful Convictions  (ProPublica) see also The Death Penalty Has a Face: A DA’s Personal Story (Texas Monthly
America’s Greatest Sniper: The Legend of Chris Kyle (D Magazine)
• Diving Deep into Danger (New York Review of Books)
• Rodgers and Hart’s Dysfunctional Partnership (Atlantic)
• Why are the French drinking less wine? (BBC) see also Dude, Where’s My Red Wine Pill? The strange saga of resveratrol, the wonder drug that never was (New Republic)

Whats up for the weekend?


Costly calamities

Source: The Economist

Category: Financial Press

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8 Responses to “10 Weekend Reads”

  1. Mike in Nola says:

    Have noticed the same thing about Google alerts. I have used it for years to keep track of pronouncements by some financial figures I respect and to get potential news about some of the family black sheep but have gotten next to nothing for a few months. I suppose it doesn’t sell enough ads and is being pushed aside as discussed by a former Google employee here:

    Seems that there could be an opportunity for something like Dogpile to create such a service periodically sending out very targeted search results.

    While I’m thinking of it, I’d like to note that I don’t like the new text boxes that create horizontal scroll bars on a large screen. They are easier to type and edit it than the old ones but you can’t proofread your whole post while typing without moving the scroll bar back and forth.

  2. rd says:

    It’s pretty easy to see why the costs of weather related disasters are rising. All you have to do is look at airphotos of coastal and floodplain areas from the 1930s, 1950s, 1970s, and today. The spreading of high end construction into these areas is stiking.

    Coastal and river floodplains are the highways that water follows when there is too much of it. If you build your house in the middle of a highway, don’t complain if trucks keep hitting it.


    BR: The article makes it pretty clear its a lot more than poorly located homes.

  3. rjbcg says:

    pretty please,
    pretty please with sugar,
    pretty please with sugar and sprinkles,
    pretty pretty please with sugar and sprinkles and fudge,

    don’t compress the “Reads” items in the new format.

    thanks for considering!!

    • Bob A says:

      good idea

      • tdotz says:

        Third. Or at least make the compressed ledes link directly.
        The current setup necessitates an additional click and opening a new page, something Steve Jobs, for one, adamantly opposed in all his products.

  4. Theravadin says:

    The article on “The Touch Screen Generation” is scary, but not for the obvious reason. All the debate seems to be between iPad games and Lego- both essentially indoors, contained systems. As we enter an age of global warming, of more and more dynamic climate, of greater and greater ecological challenges, we need more people who have deep, intuitive knowledge of the natural world, of how things grow and die, and of how the human world exists within it. I’m just back from working with rural farmers in Zambia. The 6 year old children on those farms are better able to deal with reality than our children at 16 – not because of deprivation, because not all of those children are deprived, even though the live in monetary poverty, but because they live in a rich, 3 dimensional, real environment of people and the world, and get to play in the mud and get treated like real people from an early age. The iPad game problem is not about the iPad, it’s about a culture that educationalizes play while infantilizing the player.

  5. Bob A says:

    shouldn’t the invasion of Iraq be included as a ‘man made’ catastrophe?

  6. Jojo says:

    The Market Value of a Soul
    March 30, 2013

    Typically, one’s immortal soul is considered to be of infinite value to its original owner, as possession of it is widely thought to allow access to some sort of eternal reward and/or avoidance of eternal damnation. But what if you are in a really tight spot, and don’t have any other assets to liquidate sell at that moment?

    Maybe it’s time to consider entering the eternally hot market of soul trading.

    Before signing any contract however, you should probably have a firm grasp of what exactly the commodity being traded is typically worth, so read on.