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Friday assorted links

1. The Danish film Another Round is perhaps the best film ever made about alcohol.  It is also a movie about Denmark.  Reviews are quite positive, but it is poorly understood by the critics.

2. “Quebec needs its own emoji ‘as soon as possible,’ say legislators in unanimous vote.

3. Goethe in China.  Supposedly Xi as a teenager read Faust multiple times and knows it by heart.

4. Fabio Ghironi thread on research killers.  And Ross D. has some further picks for influential intellectuals.

5. China proposed markets in everything; as I like to say, the best argument for “Woke” is to read the MR comments section.  And since it constitutes a strong argument for a proposition (whether you agree with the view or not), that makes it a very very good comments section.

6. Weird stuff that might be possible, even if I don’t quite trust this piece.

7. Biden climate policy and the median voter (NYT).

Thursday assorted links

1. Ross Palmer YouTube review of Average is Over.

2. Why do scientists lie?

3. “We find that differences in taxation alone explain 44.7% of US-EU differences in health expenditure-GDP ratio and more than 70% of their differences in time allocation.

4. Jason Furman speaks truth on “overheating labor markets,” though in my view it goes much further than that.  The evidence on this one really is not there, and that has been well-known for decades.  Wages are at best moderately pro-cyclical (and that’s not even getting into causality), and for decades Keynesians were trying to argue they are not pro-cyclical at all.  Except now.

5. Do the “Big Five” personality traits predict SES?  And how much should that matter?

Tuesday assorted links

1. “There are about 465,000 open positions in cybersecurity nationwide as of May 2021, according to Cyber Seek — a tech job-tracking database from the U.S. Commerce Department — and the trade group CompTIA”  Link here, though if you bring up skills mismatch you still get shouted down these days.

2. One-minute Covid breath test approved in Singapore (Bloomberg).  And my early April Covid predictions.

3. Predicting high-impact science.  And Ashlee Vance on Celine Halioua and her anti-aging start-up and work (Bloomberg).

4. The importance of immunocompromised individuals for Covid issues.

5. Ross Douthat on Foucault is completely correct (NYT).

6. Brain synchronization remains an underdiscussed topic (NYT).

Further Monday assorted links

6. Cicadas on the menu.

7. Yuan Longping, RIP (NYT).

8. Famous musicians pick their favorite Bob Dylan songs.  Would mine be “Highway 61”?  “Mr. Tambourine Man”?  “Tangled Up in Blue”?  “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”?  Too many choices.  Bob is today 80 years old.  The most overrated is perhaps “Desolation Row”, with its pretentious lyrics?

9. Why the new Elon Musk rocket really will matter?

10. Why a new business surge in black communities during the pandemic? (NYT)

Saturday assorted links

1. Have American movies lost their sense of place?

2. Noah on the future of war.

3. Ten positions chess computers have had trouble with.

4. Fear the fungi.  Their computational powers may be stronger than you think.

5. “Icelandic designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir has created a range of translucent, gelatinous garments that are cast into moulds rather than cut from a pattern in a bid to eliminate waste.”  Link here.

6. “Before its liquidation, Kongō Gumi was the oldest continuously operating company in the world. Founded in Japan a mere century after the fall of the Roman Empire…

7. Mattel unveils Helen Keller doll.

Friday assorted links

1. Do employers discriminate against obese women?

2. Is bitcoin a good inflation hedge?

3. Five counties seek to leave Oregon for Idaho.

4. Will the Mormon moderation persist?  Good piece.

5. New issue of Works in Progress, recommended.

6. How well is the lead hypothesis really doing?  And the research is here.

7. “In Canada, it’s possible to find a man lounging on a chesterfield in his rented bachelor wearing only his gotchies while fortifying his Molson muscle with a jambuster washed down with slugs from a stubby.” (Obituary, NYT)

8. Bunch of stuff, including on pseudonymity.

Thursday assorted links

1.”Thomas Bagger, German diplomat and advisor to the federal president, once noted, “The end of history was an American idea, but it was a German reality.”  Link here.

2. For all the mockery, we are almost at Dow 36,000.

3. William Shatner at 90.

4. “Using event study analysis of recent minimum wage increases, we find that these changes do not affect the likelihood of searching, but do lead to large yet very transitory spikes in search effort by individuals already looking for work.”  Link here.

5. All the more reason to call it “The Norwegian Century.”

Monday assorted links

1. “We suggest that economic growth explains the survival of constitutional monarchy rather than vice versa.

2. Why the EU fails repeatedly (NYT).

3. “Although the most inexperienced quartile of borrowers underestimate their likelihood of future borrowing, the more experienced three quartiles predict correctly on average. This finding contrasts sharply with priors we elicited from 103 payday lending and behavioral economics experts, who believed that the average borrower would be highly overoptimistic about getting out of debt.”  Link here.

4. “…controlling for city fixed effects, population, and personal income, large [U.S.] city governments shrunk by 15% between 2009 and 2018.

5. Some kind of new app that does something or other related to themes on this blog.

6. Production bottlenecks and supply chain distortions have reached extreme levels.

Sunday assorted links

1. Economics, as taught at U Mass Amherst, does not make U Mass Amherst undergraduates more selfish.  Good paper, but incorrectly framed.  And which topics do then make them more selfish?  Any?

2. “Every registered thoroughbred in the world is descended from one of three stallions: the Byerly Turk, the Darley Arabian, and the Godolphin Arabian.” (New Yorker)

3. The 25 most popular foods in Algeria.  And finishing Finnegans Wake.

4. Maybe these should be questions on the GREs? (NYT)

5. Kahneman, Sibony, and Sunstein Op-Ed on Noise (NYT).  And here is a Guardian interview with Kahneman.

6. “Drilling companies rarely recommend dowsers to their clients, but the practice is common nonetheless.”  Starts slow, but interesting.