Sunday assorted links

1. Mountains May Depart is an excellent Jia Zhangke movie, hat tip Scott Sumner.  I also very much like The Innocents, still in some theaters around you.

2. Model this: Indian baby-tossing (NYT).  And here is Luke Aikins-tossing, I note that a number of action movies with plunging heroes just became more plausible.

3. What people collect (NYT).

4. “There is no comprehensive data on U.S. Olympic athlete pay, but information collected by a nonprofit last year from 150 track and field athletes ranked in the top 10 in the country in their events found an average income of $16,553.” Link here.  The coaches and bureaucrats typically make much more.

5. Is the “better camera” the main reason why we are all so worried?  Not my view, but always happy to put contrasting opinions before you.

6. What a “left wing” British debate looks like.  Don’t even click on or read that highly intelligent yet train wreck of a link, just return to my earlier claim “…the important European thinkers of the next generation will be religious, not left-wing and secular.”

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"Rio, 2016: A brand New World. The Future starts here-- today"
"Rio Olympic Games: the Glory awaits"

Off to a glorious start already, with the Australian Olympic team having been robbed as soon as they moved into their quarters (after the mayor of Rio offered a kangaroo to make them more comfortable with the defective conditions), while a Chinese hurdler was robbed through the creativity of someone puking on him to create a distraction.

Truly, Rio is putting its best foot forward into the 21st century.

Those are pathetic complaints. If the Chinese had been robbed in Atlanta (oh, I forgot, Atanta deal was bombs and destroying innocents' lives --https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Jewell ), they would have kept quiet in order to not embarass the government that ships American jobs to them. If they had been robbed in Beijing, they would have kept quiet or else... Brazil is being punished for not been a fascist regime that enslaves its own people and controls the press.It is sad to see America siding with a totalitarian regime aganst its friends.

"Off to a glorious start already, with the Australian Olympic team having been robbed as soon as they moved into their quarters (after the mayor of Rio offered a kangaroo to make them more comfortable with the defective conditions"

The fire in the Australian quarters was readily contained by Brazilian authorities. We didn't start the fire. Probably it was the Australians themselves who carelessly started it. Small robberies can happen anywhere. A friend of mine had his New York apartment looted by robbers in the late 1980's.

oh, I forgot, Atanta [sic] deal was bombs and destroying innocents’ lives

Considering Rio doesn't even officially begin the games for a few days to come, there is ample time to match that score. Although it seems enough innocent lives have been ruined trying to slap together passable venues as it is.

No life was ruined. As I said, the fire was readily contained and probably such an accident won't hppen again. And Brazilian authorities skillfully captured the terrorists who planned to attack the Games. Meanwhile America can't even protect mere local, unimportant marathons.

Americans will never forgiving us for defeating Chicago.

I wonder who is more corrupt, FIFA or the IOC?

Both are pretty corrupt, but Brazilian sports leaders do their best to prevent the worst.

Americans cleaned up FIFA, and we don't even like the sport.

No, they didn't. There is still too much corruption.

#5: "Society of the spectacle" - nice to see a Guy Debord idea in the article. Ironic that radical islamists have become masters of the spectacle, where previously this was the domain of capital :-)

Don’t even click on or read that highly intelligent yet train wreck of a link,

I clicked on it and it's totally amazing. Not just the content, but the long-windedness and the constant "I like ..", "to me .." etc.

just return to my earlier claim “…the important European thinkers of the next generation will be religious, not left-wing and secular.”

You may be right. Maybe that's due to the fact that we religious reactionaries believe that things can be measured against some objective (if not always known or understood) standard.

Yes, it can totally measured against the unknown (and ever changing) standard...

Hahaha. It is not me the one worried about women, those Muslims and videogames. Don't worry, boy, Super Mario will never leave you for a Muslim.

We can't criticize honor killings and institutionalized sex slavery in Islamic countries because morality is subjective.

Killings by some Islamists are inherent to Islam no matter how the majority of Muslims in the West behaves. Genocides and bloodbaths in general ordered by Moses, Joshua or several popes just prove that Islam is the ONLY violent religion there ever was. Meanwhile, the designer of Ron Paul's homeschool curriculum calls for making being gay a capital offense. Praise the Lord or else!

Sure, 40% of muslims polled believe you can't rape your wife or killing civilians is morally correct, but have you heard about this one Christian?

I mean, who cares what the guy is teaching children? He is not swarthy and I am too busy promoting imaginary polls among Muslim Americans. Tell me when this guy call gor banning Super Mario, this would be serious!

Why don't you poll Christians on the same questions, framed in a way likely to get lots of "yes" answers?

We know what 'left-wing' debate looks like. You offer another mash note to Corey Robin, we all take the bait and go over to his group blog, and we see the real train-wreck. The latest from Corey includes the usual humbug about Richard Nixon's Southern Strategy and Ronald Reagan attending a county fair in Mississippi 36 years ago. This follows upon a long meditation on a Yale cafeteria employee who was fired for breaking a stained-glass window, then re-hired, but is now suffering under the intolerable affront to his dignity of an instruction not to talk to the media (an instruction given by the people who re-hired him after declining to press charges against him for criminal mischief).

5. Awfulizing: an irrational and dramatic thought pattern, characterized by the tendency to overestimate the potential seriousness or negative consequences of events, situations, or perceived threats. I've expressed this before, that awfulizing is the natural, or default, human response, that a positive attitude and outlook takes effort. Every year people pay millions to attend seminars at which the motivational speakers advise the attendees to be positive. Every week mega church preachers sermonize to their flock to be positive, and the flock donates millions to the church for the inspiration. Yet, most everyone continues to awfulize. Are people too lazy to make the effort to be positive? Or does the constant onslaught of tragedies reinforce the natural condition so that it takes an increasing amount of effort to be positive. Reagan's sunny disposition got him to the White House. Reagan's model was FDR. Trump's dark disposition may get him to the White House. Trump's model is Richard Nixon. Cowen gives the impression, in his lectures and discussions, of having a sunny disposition, like FDR or Reagan. Indeed, even in disagreeing with the view that the onslaught of tragedies is making people awfulize, he writes that he is "happy" to put contrasting opinions before his readers. I'm happy that Cowen is happy. What makes Cowen awfulize? Bad food?

5. Seriously, why? It's not as if the hypocritical attitudes of some Polish street-sweepers to migration are any less of a train-wreck. (Take my brother into your land, but I will not take yours.)

Oops, 6. I was confused by the wall of text therein. But the point stands: bold assertive predictions that get disproven and forgotten in a year are a Cowen hallmark. (Who killed the ZMP Worker / Common-Sense Morality / Mood Affiliator?)

Poles are immigrating to Afghanistan? This is the first time I'm hearing about it.

Are you pretending to be dumb?

Poles move to other locations where they get higher paying jobs, but the second they are on the other end of that they're all up in arms about it. I'm pretty sure that falls into the category of hypocrisy, but you could probably attribute some religious/cultural stuff to the difference. I wonder how they'd feel if it were Russian refugees ...

"Poles move to other locations where they get higher paying jobs, but the second they are on the other end of that they’re all up in arms about it. I’m pretty sure that falls into the category of hypocrisy, but you could probably attribute some religious/cultural stuff to the difference. I wonder how they’d feel if it were Russian refugees …"

If Poland were to demand that other nations opened their borders, that would be hypocrisy. But that I was invited into your home imposes no obligation on me to take in the town drunk.

5. We just imagine things are worse in the world? Every time I'm in a line at the airport to be scanned and maybe called into a room to be given the full search treatment I kind of doubt that.

Except that once you get through the line and get on the plane, your odds of dying in a crash are the lowest they have ever been.

But that isn't the problem being solved. The problem is that up till recently no sane human being would submit to being routinely felt up by a bureaucrat.

How often does this feeling up stuff actually happen? I fly a few times a year, and I've only just gone through the machines. My family same thing.

Some people prefer it to having the naked pictures taken

hyperbole. Few people are actually felt up. Most just waste 1-2 hours in line

"How often does this feeling up stuff actually happen?"

It happens quite often for people that have any significant metal implants. Usually the elderly. And you would think that TSA would be good at handling it after 15 years, but they're not.

#4 Perhaps Trump is winning because we feel safe enough to elect him? We are actually safer than ever in history.

Maybe this idea came to me because of Tyler's thoughts that rates are negative because we have a lot more wealth or that there is anti-immigration sentiment because there's not enough immigration.

#5. "Yet these people think now is the most chaotic and dangerous time in recent memory."

Most chaotic and dangerous in recent memory? Perhaps not. But getting scarier? Absolutely. Tunisia aside, the Arab Spring has been a disaster -- Egypt, Syria, and Libya are all much worse. Turkey had been going to hell slowly and now, post coup, the process has accelerated greatly. Russia has gotten aggressive (Crimea, Ukraine) and is much more interested in seeming badass than a respected, cooperative member of the international community. China, likewise, is aggressively pursuing territorial claims in the South China Sea in defiance of international law. At the same, Venezuela is in a state of collapse that is unprecedented even for South America (and others -- including Brazil -- aren't looking too hot either).

In the U.S., crime remains well below the rates of a couple of decades ago, but has started ticking up, and most Americans think race relations are bad and getting worse.

So, no, a general sense of decay and danger is not just a figment of overactive imaginations (or a product of social media freak-outs).

At the same, Venezuela is in a state of collapse that is unprecedented even for South America (and others — including Brazil — aren’t looking too hot either).

I suspect people who lived through the Argentine catastrophe (19% decline in PCI over the period running from 1999 to 2004) or through the terminal phases of the Allende regime (1971-73) or through the quintuple digit inflation in Bolivia in 1985 might wish to qualify that remark. Contemporaries of my great-great grandparents who lived through the War of the Triple Alliance might as well.

"Russia has gotten aggressive (Crimea, Ukraine) and is much more interested in seeming badass than a respected, cooperative member of the international community. "

For heaven's sake, are you a State Department lickspittle?

#5: oddly enough the left-wing had seemed to me to be the side with the dark vision of disaster, the view that we are not at all safe, and that things are getting worse. Start with climate change/global warming, then move on to income inequality (the horror!), and of course the specter of GMOs, vaccines, and not recycling. See Matt Ridley, Conservative, for the counterargument, in books like The Rational Optimist. However, the really scary, nuclear-war-in-our-time is that $20 trillion. Once someone figures out that the US will never, ever, pay that off, watch out below.

"and of course the specter of GMOs, vaccines."
Funny, I still remember the Republican circus about how vaccines are dangerous and vaccining (poor) children is other of the horros the state commits with our money. And nine out ten far-right Repunlican venues love to rant about how vaccines are dangerous (but raw milk is great).

That wasn't the Republicans. It's all the west coast uber liberals buying into this.

LewRockwell, Newsmax, Joseph Mercola, lots of Republican hopefuls. Trump is a hero for these folks. http://www.vaccines.news/2016-05-25-cnn-tried-to-destroy-donald-trump-with-vaccine-autism-question-but-he-gave-this-amazing-response-2.html

It seems to be a bi partisan consensus. I suspect the Bernie supporters and Trump supporters have similar views.

+1

Any yet they hate each other over their differences.

Well if the US wants to give up its role as a major reserve currency for many banks and nations, I guess it could do that.

$20 trillion in fed gov debt is not so scary at 1% interest while GDP grows at 4% and most likely many people will always want to hold fed gov debt so it will never need to be all paid off. Not that SS+Medicare will not problems, in the future they may be, but not huge problems even though you can only tax so much.

People are afraid of the rise of Islam in the West . Europe is filling up with Muslims through demographics and immigration. This is changing the natives’ way of life and not for the better. 1 million came last year. They’re still coming in large numbers, Italy is picking them up the coast of Libya , but not returning them to Libya but bringing them to Italy. More will come through the Turkish visa program

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3662601/10-000-migrants-cross-North-Africa-Italy-just-FOUR-DAYS-revealed-6-ordered-return-home-year-actually-went-back.html

40,000 Erdogan supporters ( lot of them shouting Allahu Akbar”) are demonstrating in Germany their support for Erdogan

https://www.rt.com/news/354087-cologne-germany-erdogan-rally/.

"The important European thinkers of the next generation will be religious, not left-wing and secular.”

Yes most likely Islamists because the opponents will have been silenced. These "pseudo thinkers" will try to pass themselves as the real thing as they pass their idiotic fatwas against cat videos on the internet ,ban chess as un-Islamic and have "welfare of women" conferences where only men speak

https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2015/09/13/france-muslim-keeps-kicking-topless-feminist-protesting-at-islamist-conference/

There's little audience left in the U.S. for track & field outside the state of Oregon.

In recent years, one big set of paydays for runners has been a series of Sunday track and field meets following the Olympics in Europe. But that's pretty slim pickings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0DjrXDBJnU

a song or two while you other educational professionals argue about imaginary equilibrium; out here in the big space, where melodies keep going, lots a room for induction, possibles, and space; fo, dbag, s f's. blip. thanks dr, for the temporary stage. a life amongst my betters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYh9OdAAaCE

Rio 2016. It'll probably be ok.

It'll be great! Unforgettable even! People will talk about it for centuries.

#1 A mountain may depart (from Norway to Finland)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/28/norway-finland-move-mountain-halti-halditsohkka-highest-peak

#6. Good news. TC has set aside the crack pipe (for the moment, anyway) and again realized that the all-men-are-mortal-Socrates-is-a-man-therefore-Socrates-is-mortal analytical types can't be banished merely by wishful, even hallucinogenic, thinking. Who knows, maybe The Economist will be next. I hope not; that subscription was expensive.

#5 -- It seems these days that there is this omnipresent feeling that the world is going fucking crazy. Yet, by every objective measurement, it’s arguably the sanest and safest it’s been in recorded history

Genuinely puzzled by this statement. I'll grant that there's a broad secular trend toward things getting better, but that doesn't mean that every year is monotonically better than before. Is Manson really claiming that 2016 is safer and saner than 1996, to pick a year at random? I remember that as the era of irrational exuberance. 1984 was Morning in America. The late '50s and early '60s were The Affluent Society, the '20s were the Roaring 20s, the 1890s the Belle Epoque... There have been lots of years where things were safe, happy, and sane, and this isn't one of them.

The secular changes that have tended to make things better over long periods tend to get subtracted away when discussing any particular year, which is probably a better way of looking at things. My iphone is a more powerful computer than Univac, but that doesn't make me smarter than John von Neumann.

Second observation -- you have to be principled about things like "objective measurements," and realize their limitations. What category objectively measures the Turkish coup / countercoup? What category is the migrant crisis listed in?

Someday people might be able to measure a feeling that leadership is worn out (Obama), corrupt (Hillary), or incompetent and blustering (Trump). You could do a textual analysis of newspaper articles, say. But until then, why not just read the articles like a normal human being? Not all insights are quantitative.

Why do you believe the important will be religious rather than merely right-wing/Trump-esque?

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