July 19, 2014 2 Comments
Lots this week. More tomorrow. Here we go…
1) This security system tested at the World Cup seems pretty great. Would love to see it in airports soon.
2) Krugman’s nice column on the failure of Obamacare to fail.
3) This NYT piece on the utter mis-handling of a rape and a college is truly a must-read.
4) Heck, not just marijuana, the case for decriminalizing all legal drugs. This Vox piece presents a very even-handed analysis.
5) As if I could somehow ignore an article entitled “We are our Bacteria.”
6) NC Republicans have argued that cutting unemployment benefits has helped get more people working. The evidence (and Dean Baker) suggest otherwise.
7) Former Obama Budget Director Peter Orzag with a nice column on political polarization.
8) I’ve actually said some nice things about Politico here. Charles Pierce takes on an article that shows all that is wrong with them. Remind me never to get on Pierce’s bad side.
9) Fascinating NYT column on just how hard it is to learn a foreign language as an older adult. And how good it may be for your brain.
10) Sweden has totally embraced vouchers and school choice. The result? Declining student performance.
11) Loved this Mark Bittman column on the true cost of a hamburger. If there’s one concept from public policy, I wish more people understood, it’s externalities. And hamburgers are all about externalities.
12) I had the same thought as the person Sam McDougle upon seeing the trailer for Lucy. As if humans only use 10% of their brain. Sadly, aparently a lot of people still belief this total malarkey.
13) Apparently nitrous oxide, yes, laughing gas, is quite an effective anesthestic for child birth. It is widely used in Europe, yet hardly in America. In part, because of a turf battle between anestheloiogists and nurses.
14) Loved this Guardian column on Manuel Neuer’s goalkeeping, especially this part:
On a football pitch you are looking to gain any advantage you can. Like the opposition, you only have access to 11 players so you must use these players as efficiently as possible. If one of them has no role other than babysitting the net, then you’re already at a disadvantage.
Football is a lot like chess. You have the same number of pieces as your opponent, you face-off on the same playing surface and you both have the same aim. The great chess players know they need to get the most out of each of their pieces to win. This gives rise to the maxim: “The King is a fighting piece – use it.” …
By using your goalkeeper not just to protect your own goals but to actually participate in defending, building attacks and keeping the ball, you are utilising your 11th man. If your opposition are not doing this, you immediately have a man advantage.