Quotes & Links #11

1) wiesaussieht.de: Chor der männlichen Klageweiber

Wie werden in Zukunft in Europa Entscheidungen getroffen? Im Hinterzimmer von Strippenziehern oder in einem demokratischen Verfahren, wo die Verantwortlichkeiten dort liegen, wo sie hingehören: Bei den Abgeordneten im Europäischen Parlament.

2) vox.com: A good reminder that energy forecasts are often wildly wrong
Very good charts about how wrong our forecasts usually are. This does not only affect GDP, unemployment and other economic data, but basically everything we try to predict (earnings, Germany’s population and more on the topic from Wonkblog).

3) blogs.piie.com: Europe’s Populist Resurgence: Not as Ugly as it Looks

4) vox.com Measles is making a comeback — because people aren’t getting vaccinated

This isn’t an isolated incident. Whooping cough and a few other long-lost diseases are also making a comeback in the United States as more and more people refuse to get vaccinated. (In recent years, celebrities like Jenny McCarthy have been arguing against some current vaccines — and this misinformation campaign is taking a toll.)

I wonder what the data for Germany and other European countries looks like.

5) bloombergview.com: Who’s Ready to Be a Cyborg?

Why is cyborg tech so earth-shattering? Because it represents a qualitatively different kind of technology. Most of the things that humans make — houses, airplanes, nuclear weapons — are ways to “hack” the physical world around us. Virtual reality, and things such as video games and movies, are ways to hack into alternate worlds. But cyborg technology is about hacking ourselves.

6) exploratorium: The Amazing, Adaptable Frog (via reddit)

Frogs’ eyes have a surprising auxiliary function: they help in swallowing. As a frog swallows its prey, the eyes sink through openings in the skull and help force the food down the throat. This is why frogs seem to blink as they eat.

7) faz.net: Technischer Fortschritt – Wer braucht noch Bargeld?

Sein Vorschlag leitet sich aus einer in Deutschland wenig verbreiteten, in der angelsächsischen Welt aber nahezu überall gelehrten Wirtschaftstheorie ab. Sie besagt stark vereinfacht, dass eine Wirtschaftskrise erfolgreich durch eine expansive Geldpolitik bekämpft werden kann und dass es bei einer schweren Krise notwendig sein kann, negative Zinsen herbeizuführen.

Oh, it’s not being taught? Kind of surprised. I don’t think MK’s idea is feasible in the near future, but we should definitely abandon coins. This is a story of trust and credibility. (Miles Kimball on Twitter.)

8) marginalrevolution.com: How is income inequality correlated with wealth inequality?

The point is that everyone is talking about wealth inequality lately, yet it is not always recognized that the relationship between wealth and income inequality is complex, as illustrated for instance by the case of Sweden.

9) fivethirtyeight.com: Happy Birthday Nadal! You’re Probably Too Old to Pass Federer

Federer, now 32, may or may not have another major in him. Tennis is a young man’s game — much more so than many other sports.

Ugh. What a horrible sentence. Aren’t most sports “a young man’s game”? Football, basketball, most olympic sports. Hell, maybe even chess is.

10) r/futurology: Science Summary of the Week


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