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May 22, 2015

"The Strange Story of Bob Dylan’s Triumphant First Letterman Performance"

Featuring a brief discussion of Dylan's affection for punk and a ringing, rocking performance of "Jokerman". (What the lyrics might mean.)

More good Letterman: "David Letterman retires: His most notable interviews". This is a fine selection including two at the peak of his form, with Cher and Madonna. (How Madonna thought she would be able to mess with Dave, especially in his building with his people, is beyond my meager power to understand.)

"Data Faked In Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds"

The study was published in Science, so this is a big deal: "A researcher apparently made up the results of the much-publicized study, as revealed Tuesday by scientists trying to replicate it."

Related: "As A Major Retraction Shows, We’re All Vulnerable To Faked Data". (As the old joke goes, "Who's we, kimo sabe?")

"DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood"

Based on my very small--so far--sample, these interviews seem to be a bit above the usual celebrity chats.

May 21, 2015

"7 of the biggest ‘facts’ about unhealthy food that actually aren’t true"

Including "Aspartame causes cancer, or, at the very least, is definitely bad for us" and six others.

"Purifying the Dirtiest Waters"

Forward osmosis is a cool-sounding technology.

"I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting."

Fortunately, she seems to have modified her behavior in time.

"The Secret To The Perfect Grilled Cheese Is Mildly Horrifying"

I'm a fan of grilled cheese and I wouldn't have guessed.

May 20, 2015

"Consumers Beware! USC Marshall School of Business Research Show how Buyers with a Trade-In get a Raw Deal"

I certainly believe it.

"One thing about life everyone should know before turning 46"

Ask not for whom the Midlife Crisis comes, it comes for you.

"How Every State Ranks for Retirement 2015"

North Carolina supposedly ranks 46th out of 51. Now they tell me.

"7 famous people who should have been cryogenically frozen when they died"

It's certainly a shame. (The author doesn't even mention polio.)

May 19, 2015

"Much More about MOOCs"

From Harvard Magazine, the current state of MOOCs.

"A CEO explains why CEOs make so much money"

The federal government--the Law of Unintended Consquences strikes again--has something to do with it.

"Dispirited: A business school professor studies the world's worst airline"

I could be wrong, but I don't think I want to fly on an airline--even if it's really cheap--that treats passengers like "meat in a seat".

"Five Keys to Understanding Election 2016"

Scott Rasmussen lays out what's important. I especially like this point:

The Big Blue Wall is a Myth—Democrats argue that all they have to do is win states that consistently voted for their party since 1992 and they just about have the Electoral College locked up. The problem with this theory is that it's the result of the Republicans winning a majority of the popular vote only once in the past six elections. If a Republican does better in the popular vote, he or she will win some of those states Democrats think they have locked up.

"Why conservatives have more empathy than liberals"

Dan Hannan at the Washington Examiner:

If you start from the conviction that you're standing up for the underdog, you will naturally assume that your political opponents are for the powerful. You will subliminally screen out evidence that challenges that view. As Danusha Goska put it in American Thinker not long ago, "Never, in all my years of leftist activism, did I ever hear anyone articulate accurately the position of anyone to our right. In fact, I did not even know those positions when I was a leftist."

May 18, 2015

"Unraveling the Regulatory State"

A new resource for estimating the significant cost of Big Government.

"Bootleggers and Baptists: A Few Resources for Your Lunch Break"

If you're not up to speed on the powerful idea of "Bootleggers and Baptists," Art Carden links to four resources, including a nice little four-minute video, that should help.

"Candidates Fight Over Abortion, but Public Has Surprising Level of Harmony"

From reading what passes for professional journalism these days, you probably wouldn't know this. (Credit to the New York Times--rarely praised here--for running it.)

"Moody's blues: A closer look at Chicago's dire fiscal future"

Chicago, you've been warned:

Chicagoans, pay close attention to a new warning from Moody's Investors Service: The city must solve the crisis devouring its public employee pension funds, but even if it does, there's extremely rough going ahead.

The recent Illinois Supreme Court decision won't help. See also the Chicago Tribune's editorial:

So as the slashing of non-retirement costs intensifies, don’t blame the chief executive officers who have to wield the knives. Blame the state and local lawmakers who, over the decades, built this miserable Illinois slaughterhouse.

And last week Moody's downgraded Chicago's debt to junk.

"Superrich Behind California's 'Grassroots' Green Movement"

Interesting op-ed from

I'd quibble with one bit. The piece notes in an annoyed tone that Gordon Moore "has veered toward anti-growth environmentalism, channeling huge amounts of money to nonprofits and trusts so that they can buy up land in Northern California and freeze future development." I'd argue that paying market prices for resources to conserve them is a far more efficient way to do it then to have the government regulate their use.

Lily's dark chocolate bars

I heartily endorse these. They're not excessively sweet, but they're sweet enough. 320 calories per 3-ounce bar and 26 grams of fiber per bar.

And there is a nice story behind the name.

May 17, 2015

"B.B. King’s Greatest Performance"

"The three-song medley at the heart of his masterpiece may be the best 12 minutes of live musical performance ever recorded."

That's a tough statement to agree with given James Brown, Springsteen, Van Morrison, and many others.

But the crowd is really into it.


"25 great closing lines in films"

Casablanca's and two dozen others.

May 16, 2015

"The 10 best edited films of all time"

I don't know anything about editing, but there are some fine films on this list.

"The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state"

Some possible vacation ideas.

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