Thatcher on the fall of communism

Tiny Kitten – BIG Meow!

Claudia Goldin on the “grand gender convergence”… basically about the U.S. but it is happening (slowly) in Africa too

Michael Kevane

The last chapter for full gender convergence, according to Goldin, is about reorganizing (private sector) flexibility and life-cycle job experience away from 24/7 type “all-in” jobs…. and she notes optimistically this is happening in many sectors.  But one sector where it is not happening (by anecdotal accounts) is the “coding” sector here in Silicon Valley, which is producing most of the wealth in my corner of the world… it still seems 100% all-in.

Lifetime job experience rose along with labor force participation. Years of education for women increased more than it did for men and it changed in content for secondary and college education toward more investment-oriented and fewer consumption-oriented courses and concentrations. Professional and graduate pro-gram enrollment increased for women so that about half of all law and medical enrollments today are women, and women lead men in fields such as the biological sciences, pharmacy, optometry, and veterinary medicine.Women…

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The Great Enrichment – wages growth in the post-war period version

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich: Deirdre McCloskey on economists as forecasters

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Modern topology software does make for rather frightening gerrymanders

500 years of generations, and their Moniker

Reagan at Brandenburg gate

When Boris Yeltsin went on a 20 minute unscheduled grocery shopping visit in Clear Lake, Texas 1989

09/16/1989 - Boris Yeltsin and a handful of Soviet companions made an unscheduled 20-minute visit to a Randall's Supermarket after touring the Johnson Space Center. Between trying free samples of cheese and produce and staring at the meat selections, Yeltsin roamed the aisles of Randall's nodding his head in amazement.

…a Yeltsin biographer later wrote that on the plane ride to Yeltsin’s next destination, Miami, he was despondent. He couldn’t stop thinking about the plentiful food at the grocery store and what his countrymen had to subsist on in Russia.

In Yeltsin’s own autobiography, he wrote about the experience at Randall’s, which shattered his view of communism, according to pundits.

Two years later, he left the Communist Party and began making reforms to turn the economic tide in Russia. You can blame those frozen Jell-O Pudding pops.

“When I saw those shelves crammed with hundreds, thousands of cans, cartons and goods of every possible sort, for the first time I felt quite frankly sick with despair for the Soviet people,” Yeltsin wrote. “That such a potentially super-rich country as ours has been brought to a state of such poverty! It is terrible to think of it.”

via When Boris Yeltsin went grocery shopping in Clear Lake – The Texican.

U.S. House of Representatives, 2008 and 2014

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