Quotes & Links #17

1) marginalrevolution.com: “The Superiority of Economists”

Political scientists, interestingly, saw themselves primarily as “intellectuals,” but perhaps reflecting their much closer proximity to the political game, they were also somewhat more likely to distance themselves from the label “scientists” than either sociologists or economists.

More like intellectual ARTISTS SCIENTISTS! ;)

2) spotify.com: Krugman Friday Night Music
A Playlist of Paul Krugman’s Friday Night Music. There’s also a semi-interesting article on his taste. I found this party rather interesting: “I like to be able to hear voices, and, on average, I prefer women’s voices to men. […]” It’s quite similar to how I’d describe my taste.

3) vimeo.com: Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist
Very cool, although I didn’t actually like the voice over too much. I really hope that I wasn’t born too early to not experience humanity’s quest for the stars. The stills are pretty cool as well.

4) theguardian.com: Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Nowhere else in newly liberated Europe were Nazi sympathisers enabled to penetrate the state structure – the army, security forces, judiciary – so effectively. The resurgence of neo-fascism in the form of present-day far-right party Golden Dawn has direct links to the failure to purge the state of right-wing extremists; many of Golden Dawn’s supporters are descendants of Battalionists, as were the “The Colonels” who seized power in 1967.

A lengthy piece that ties the recent success of Golden Dawn to the later stages of World War II, when Churchill prevented any form of de-nazification in Greece. Puts more emphasis on the historical part though.

5) imgur.com: ‘Tis the season…
PRAISE GABEN! PRAISE GABEN!

6) vox.com: How racial discrimination in law enforcement actually works

Controls give the feeling of specificity, of precision. But sometimes, you can control for too much. Sometimes you end up controlling for the thing you’re trying to measure.

7) newscientist.com: The smart mouse with the half-human brain

What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the animals are smarter than their siblings.

I, for one, welcome our new MOUSE overlords.

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