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October 23, 2014

"Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History"

Interview. 66 and still rockin'.

Link courtesy of Michael Greenspan.

"The cable networks that draw the most partisan ads aren’t the ones you expect"

What surprised me: conservatives don't advertise much on ABC Family and Comedy Central and Liberals don't advertise much on the Golf Channel.

"Why Are Publishers Giving Away Bestselling Books for Free?"

I'm giving BookBub a try. So far, it seems worth some clicks.

October 22, 2014

"Behind a NYT call to bust up Amazon"

Ira Stoll, in the New York Post, speculates on the reason for Krugman's call for antitrust action against Amazon:

It’s enough to make a cynic suspect that the Times’ panic over Amazon isn’t about online retailer’s market power or disparate treatment at all, but the fact that Amazon’s CEO owns The Washington Post, a newspaper that competes with The New York Times.

Or about the fact that the Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, reportedly has libertarian-oriented politics rather than Krugman’s statist views.

UPDATE: not to be missed is Marc Andreessen's annotation of Krugman's column.

"Obama Donor Blocks Access to Hagan Stimulus Records"

"Cronyism all the way down."

"The next time someone says, “You didn’t build that,” remind them of Fatu Kekula"

22-year-old West African woman combats Ebola by "invent[ing] her own equipment".

"Why Are We Grossed Out by Women With Armpit Hair?"

I'm not sure the answer is right, but your mileage may vary.

The answer, it seems, is embedded deep in the evolutionary nature of disgust. And in the central role sex plays in the evolutionary story. 

 

October 21, 2014

"How the feds block Ebola cures"

Tell me again about how great the FDA is.

Two years after 9/11, Congress created Project Bioshield to speed up the commercialization of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. A key part of the plan: Get the FDA to evaluate innovations quickly by using the same scientific advances that were used to discover them.

The agency balked.

Pandemic vaccines and drugs don’t move through the FDA approval process faster. Instead, drug- and device-development times actually increased more than 70 percent over the past decade because the FDA keeps demanding more studies and more data using outdated techniques.

And, no, the FDA is not using the best science to ensure safety. Time and again, it has waived regulations when politically expedient.

Or as Glenn Reynolds cracks, "Government is just another word for the things we do together."

"This Is What It Looks Like When 'No Brainer' Trades Go Spectacularly Wrong"

A useful illustration of why there is never a "no brainer" trade.

Another modern problem rears its ugly head

Forget ISIS and Ebola, this is really, really bad: modern technology has made it much more difficult to be a music snob.

My record collection is no longer a lifestyle, a biography, a status. The identities that I and a generation of fellow aesthetes spent our lives fashioning are suddenly obsolete. They turned out to be mere patterns of consumption, no more resilient than the patterns of production that provoked them. Not content to ruin music for the first three decades of my life, the major labels have collapsed and ruined dating too. I will probably never forgive them, if I ever get around to forgiving myself.

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