Quotes & Links: #1

1) marginalrevolution.com: China estimate of the day (speculative)
“Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country, but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.”

2) vox.com: Two degrees – how the world failed on climate change
“Four degrees (or 7.2° Fahrenheit) may not sound like much. But the world was only about 4°C to 7°C cooler, on average, during the last ice age, when large parts of Europe and the United States were covered by glaciers.”

3) vox.com: Big food – Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat
“There’s a “key fact” you need to know to understand the food industry, Pollan says: Wall Street wants these companies to grow by at least 5 percent each year. But America’s population only grows by about 1 percent each year. That is  —  or at least was  —  a problem.”

4) guardian.com: Jackfruit heralded as ‘miracle’ food crop
“Sri Lanka and Vietnam have established jackfruit industries, where the fruit is processed into products as diverse as flour, noodles, papad and ice cream. Jackfruit is also canned and sold as a vegetable for export.”

5) vox.com: The case against otters: necrophiliac, serial-killing fur monsters of the sea
“For the record, I’m not actually against attempts to save sea otters as a species. Those efforts are admirable and valuable to the ecosystems of which otters are a part. I just think otters are jerks.”

6) kotaku.com: So, I Married a Battleship Girl
“The marriage (virtual) item is obtainable only once through standard gameplay, but multiple items can be purchased through the game store. It’s a massive strategic advantage and there are no repercussions for infidelity, so if you’re willing to pay, it is possible to simultaneously marry (virtual) multiple fleet girls.”

7) youtube.com: Hardcore-Festival Rentner (via @chrizbbg)

8) qz.com: South Koreans love megachurches even more than Americans do
“Even in evangelism, America’s flair for mass production is irrepressible. The US has more than 1,600 megachurches—meaning those with more than 2,000 weekly attendees—the most in the world.”

9) youtube.com: Bug workout

Very similar to what my gym workouts currently look like.

10) Spiegel.de: Erotikgeschichte “Lust und Freiheit”: Das unzüchtige Königreich
“Die eigene Sexualität auszuleben, war lange nur weißen, heterosexuellen und gut situierten Männern vorbehalten, schreibt Dabhoiwala.” – Emily Bartels.

11) Wikipedia.com: List of American heiresses
“This is a list of some American socialites, from the Gilded Age to the end of the 20th century, who married into the European nobility, peerage and royalty.”
Wow. That many.

12) standard.at: Kommt ein Chlorhuhn geflogen
“Während dies in Europa mit einem Luftgemisch geschieht (billiger), wird in den USA Wasser eingesetzt. Damit sich Bakterien wie Salmonellen im Wasser nicht ausbreiten können, wird das Chlorgemisch eingesetzt.”

13) vox.com: Thomas Piketty doesn’t hate capitalism
“Of course, but my point is not at all to destroy wealth. My point is to increase wealth mobility and to increase access to wealth. The fact that we have a very high wealth‑to‑income ratio is good news.”

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