As is usual for such lists, the order is wrong. But what a very fine group of movies Sorkin has given us: A Few Good Men, The Social Network, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson's War, Molly's Game, and Malice.
You don't say: ". . . an arguably benevolent example of consumerism run amok."
Van the Man.
Interesting and with spoilers galore.
Tal Bachman, son of Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, presents a very fond memory of Eddie Van Halen and observes just what a nice guy he was.
From the Salk Institute. As is usual with such stories, it is too early to decide, but maybe, just maybe, we'll all be taking metformin soon.
Sure. It's the 21st century after all.
UPDATE: link added now.
I hope that this is information you never need.
Even if you're not interesting in becoming a data scientists there are pointers to a whole lot interesting looking resources here.
Yet another hot new idea that might well be not so hot.
"Meta-analysis of faculty's teaching effectiveness: Student evaluation of teaching ratings and student learning are not related"
Student evaluation of teaching (SET) ratings are used to evaluate faculty's teaching effectiveness based on a widespread belief that students learn more from highly rated professors. The key evidence cited in support of this belief are meta-analyses of multisection studies showing small-to-moderate correlations between SET ratings and student achievement (e.g., Cohen, 1980, Cohen, 1981; Feldman, 1989). We re-analyzed previously published meta-analyses of the multisection studies and found that their findings were an artifact of small sample sized studies and publication bias. Whereas the small sample sized studies showed large and moderate correlation, the large sample sized studies showed no or only minimal correlation between SET ratings and learning. Our up-to-date meta-analysis of all multisection studies revealed no significant correlations between the SET ratings and learning. These findings suggest that institutions focused on student learning and career success may want to abandon SET ratings as a measure of faculty's teaching effectiveness.
"The frustrated money manager is almost always a smart, accomplished professional in his own field who believes VERY much in the existence of The Smart Money ™. . . .
"Here’s the knowledge that helps me keep it under control in myself. You ready?
As noted previously here, chronic inflammation and bad gut bacteria are being considered more and more as the sources of a big variety of health problems.
Arrived at decades ago this forecast sure seems to hit the bullseye:
Once a group of formerly oppressed people finally win concessions from the larger society, it can be experienced as a shock, trauma, or shame that throws its members back on their own inadequacies. The energies spent in pursuit of freedom are useless once it is obtained. There arises instead a powerful impulse to use identity as a means to power. If a newly liberated group convinces itself that it is still oppressed, the demands of freedom can be evaded with a clear conscience. This is why revolutionary sentiment is not necessarily correlated with the degree of oppression a group of people experience but with the diminishing legitimacy and power of the larger society. Ironically, “anger in the oppressed is a response to perceived opportunity, not to injustice. And expressions of anger escalate not with more injustice but with less injustice.”9 Why else would the black power movement have expanded only after the victories of the civil rights movement? And why else would Black Lives Matter arise only after the election of the first black president? Progress is often met with an expanded notion of what real progress would mean.
From last year, but I don't imagine there's been a big change this year. Why I take all telephone polls with several tons of salt.
In 2017 and 2018, typical telephone survey response rates fell to 7% and 6%, respectively, according to the Center’s latest data.
Ten-year-old Chronicle of Higher Education article that touts three of my favorite books on writing: Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, Economical Writing, and On Writing.
Brief forecast that "Retail will come back after the pandemic" but that it operate differently.
$400/course with 3 credits transferable from the University of Pittsburgh.
(Link via Marginal Revolution.)
Andrew McCarthy does an outstanding job making the case for Trump. I don't think that Trump's loose talk is as harmful as Mr. McCarthy assesses it, but that's a nitpick. This is a piece that zeroes in on the fundamental, essential point:
The most compelling case for Trump has never been Trump. It has always been, and remains, Trump . . . as opposed to what?
Also, I recommend spending a minute with this young woman: "If you’re liberal, can’t stand Trump and fathom why people will vote for him - this is why".
Interview with Eugene Fama. I think my macro courses needed him as a guest lecturer:
The business of central banks is like pornography: In essence, it’s just entertainment and it doesn’t have any real effects.
(Link via Marginal Revolution.)
"What the Harvard endowment’s below-average grade can teach you about index funds and your investments"
Message: it's really, really tough to beat the market over the long run. The very smart folks at Harvard haven't done it.
Some of the entries made me laugh. From the introduction:
We chose Sociologists rather than Political Scientists because the latter tend to be unpleasant, emaciated people with glazed eyes, while Sociologists are often entertaining and cute. Unlike Anthropologists, they can be invited to parties without much worry for the safety of the silverware, and their rhetoric, when treated like background music, has a pleasant, lyrical rhythm.
(Link via Marginal Revolution.)
Mark J. Perry notes the amazing fact. (Link via Instapundit who titles it, "What has capitalism ever done for poor people?")
16 minute video interview with a man who starred in some of my favorite movies: Grosse Point Blank, High Fidelity, Say Anything, Pushing Tin, Con Air, and The Ice Harvest.
Thumbs up: smoked salmon, French dip, Cuban, lobster roll, Monte Cristo, hoagie, cheesesteak, hot chicken, bahn mi, and, of course, grilled cheese.
Don't underestimate reason #3: "Scientists need to publish to keep their jobs".
Related: "Is diet soda bad for you?"
Research suggests that diet soda is unlikely to be detrimental to metabolic health or body composition. Further controlled trial evidence is needed to explore other possible detriments.