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Sunday assorted links

1. What is it like being a Freemason?

2. Why so few annuities?

3. Jennifer Doleac’s list of advice threads for economists and academics.

4. Steve Pearlstein on Elizabeth Warren and private equity.

5. “When thinking about whether new generations can or cannot afford housing keep in mind that the currently existing stock of houses will all be sold to a new generation.” — That’s Alex T. on Twitter!

Friday assorted links

1. Watch the Pioneer presentations!  Wednesday, 2 p.m. (EST), register by Tuesday evening.  All sorts of stars and budding stars will participate.  Here is basic information on Pioneer.

2. The evils of motion-smoothing.

3. “The finals of the Fortnite World Cup are taking place in a stadium in New York, with the winner set to earn more prize money than Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic won as Wimbledon champions.

4. MbS plans for Neom, the new Saudi city.  Here is the full WSJ piece, recommended, and this: “Building Neom will require money Saudi Arabia doesn’t have. The country has recently run budget deficits, and MBS has committed to bets like a $45 billion investment in a Softbank Group Corp. fund. The kingdom has used money borrowed from abroad to fund Neom’s first stages, according to people familiar with the matter.”

5. Who supports animal rights?

6. “In Hong Kong protests, faces become weapons” (NYT).  “The police officers wrestled with Colin Cheung in an unmarked car. They needed his face.

They grabbed his jaw to force his head in front of his iPhone. They slapped his face. They shouted, “Wake up!” They pried open his eyes. It all failed: Mr. Cheung had disabled his phone’s facial-recognition login with a quick button mash as soon as they grabbed him.”

7. When animals interrupt sports (photo gallery).

Thursday assorted links

1. The politics of CEOs.

2. My BBS comment with Michelle Dawson on social motivation and autism, full set of comments here.

3. Spain’s economic success.

4. Lama’s questions to ask people (“Skip the small talk”).

5. “Privatization of public goods can cause population decline“: but it’s about microbials.

6. More Magnus.

7. Many academics give advice to their younger selves — many sad, pathetic and whiny, self-pitying answers, really an indictment of sorts.  Why did so few of the respondents say: “I had one of the most remarkable guaranteed jobs in history, and I used it somewhat to help the world, but I wish I had used it so much more”?

Tuesday assorted links

1. Health care and Medicaid effectiveness: “We find a 0.13 percentage point decline in annual mortality,
a 9.3 percent reduction over the sample mean, associated with Medicaid expansion for this population. The effect is driven by a reduction in disease-related deaths and grows over time…”

2. Some new Greg Clark results on heritability.

3. David Brooks on top artworks (NYT).  And Ross Douthat on stagnation (NYT).

4. RIP Marylou Whitney, passing of an age.  The NYT obit is better yet.

5. Six-figure deal for Claudia Goldin at Princeton University Press.

6. China’s payments of intellectual property fees over time.

Saturday assorted links

1. The culture that is West Palm Beach: “The loop of “Baby Shark” and “Raining Tacos” is a temporary fix to keep homeless people off the patio.”

2. Federal Reserve comic books now on-line.

3. Why are women’s voices deeper today?

4. Alien beauty subverts world of fashion.

5. Could the Apollo moon landing be duplicated today?

6. “We are granting early access to our India local data series: 500k villages, 8000 towns, 4000 constituencies. 25 years of admin data on firms, public goods, consumption, labor, elections, demographics, forest cover, etc.. All hyperlocal.”  Link here.

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