Wednesday assorted links

1. A survey of the evidence on alphabetic discrimination.  It is real.

2. What went wrong with the Concorde?

3. Where does the New Jersey Italian-American accent come from?

4. Data on retirement insecurity: “The percentage of workers very confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement, at record lows between 2009 and 2013, increased from 13 percent in 2013 to 22 percent in 2015, and, in 2016 has leveled off at 21 percent. The percentage of workers somewhat confident increased from 36 percent in 2015 to 42 percent in 2016, while the percentage not at all confident decreased from 24 percent in 2015 to 19 percent in 2016.”  And here is a complex discussion of SSA estimates.

5. The new science of cute the culture that is Japan — “Nobody is cute in Shakespeare.”

6. “It seems to me that news events over the past twelve months or so have put a strain on those who are inclined to view human nature as good.


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