Hamas summer camp poisons young Palestinians’ minds with hatred & violence

The World Trade Historical Database (1800 onwards)

Mostly Economics

Profs. Giovanni Federico and Antonio Tena-Junguito have built a new database of world trade from 1800 onwards:

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Angus Deaton, 2015 Nobel Winner: A Prize for Structural Analysis?

A Fine Theorem

Angus Deaton, the Scottish-born, Cambridge-trained Princeton economist, best known for his careful work on measuring the changes in wellbeing of the world’s poor, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics. His data collection is fairly easy to understand, so I will leave larger discussion of exactly what he has found to the general news media; Deaton’s book “The Great Escape” provides a very nice summary of what he has found as well, and I think a fair reading of his development preferences are that he much prefers the currently en vogue idea of just giving cash to the poor and letting them spend it as they wish.

Essentially, when one carefully measures consumption, health, or generic characteristics of wellbeing, there has been tremendous improvement indeed in the state of the world’s poor. National statistics do not measure these ideas well, because developing countries do not tend to track data…

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Review of “Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972 (Vol 2)” by Stephen Ambrose

My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies

Published in 1989, “Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972” is the second book in Stephen Ambrose’s biographical trilogy covering the life of Richard Nixon. Ambrose was a historian and author who remains one of the best-known biographers of Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Unfortunately, allegations of plagiarism and exaggeration have tarnished his reputation. Ambrose died in 2002 at the age of sixty-six.

This 662-page biography covers Nixon from just after his 1962 defeat in the race to become California’s governor to his re-election as President of the United States ten years later. This volume exhibits many of the attributes of the inaugural book in this series: remarkable balance toward its subject, careful organization and an uncommonly unpretentious and readable style.

With its lively and comprehensible narrative this book moves faster than its length might suggest. Readers familiar with Ambrose’s other biographies will recognize his careful balance…

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Union uses social media to protest ICT displacing checkout operators but not posties and handbills

Puzzle box (Thorndike)

The myth of studying to build mental muscles – Bryan Caplan

Entrepreneurship versus the fatal conceit

Why is there still a gender pay gap?

Why can’t we see the Apollo lunar landers on the Moon from Earth ?

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