Quotes & Links #36

1) washingtonpost.com/monkey-cage: Reporting on polls is improving, but could still be better

Alas, the response rate for the entire poll, with all this herculean effort, was about 12% (using the American Association for Public Opinion Research standard formula).

Heh.

2) washingtonpost.com: The conspiracy theorists are right. Research shows nations really do go to war over oil.

We found that the decision to interfere was dominated by the interveners’ need for oil – over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.

Interestingly a friend of mine did similar research and came to the same conclusion. His model was much less refined from what I remember though.

3) zeit.de: Greece – “I’m the finance minister of a bankrupt country”

Varoufakis: … have been devising the so-called reforms. These people haven’t dismissed highly paid consultants, for example, but rather cleaning ladies who cleaned the rooms and toilets at night. Women over 50 who went home with €500 a month. This decision is morally reprehensible. And before you ask about it: We will save money in other places – by not extending the consultants’ contracts.

4) longandvariable.com: Syriza’s communications strategy

5) medium.com/bull-market: What’s Going On with the ECB and Greece?

But don’t believe for a minute that this is a technocratic thing to do with “the ECB having to follow its rules.” And it has almost nothing to do with Greek government bonds being junk-rated. All of the issues discussed above come down to discretionary decisions by the ECB Governing Council […] and there is plenty of wiggle room for them to allow Greek banks to continue receiving various sources of funding next month in the absence of an EU-IMF program agreement.

6) fusion.net: Young people will hit the polls in 2016, and they want Hillary

The finding provides fodder for the suggestion that millennials are relatively uninformed political citizens. But Fusion’s survey also revealed that more than nine in 10 of the 18- to 34-year-olds plan to vote in the 2016 presidential election, so there’s some inclination they want to learn more.

Let’s hope.

7) fusion.net: Why testosterone is the drug of the future

“Now, my face is wider. My hands are bigger. I gained a shoe size. Even in this past year, I’ve gone through significant changes,” he told me. “My hair pattern has changed. Where I grow hair has changed. I look at pre-T pictures and I’m like, whoa! Even my forehead has changed.” Watching his body go through these changes fascinated him week by week, year by year.

If these kind of drugs would be easily accessible (legal and not expensive), I’d use them all.

8) zeit.de: Die Schutzlückenkampagne

Wille und Fähigkeit dazu sind nicht von der gesellschaftlichen Position oder dem Beruf abhängig. Journalisten, die über Diskussionen zum Sexualstrafrecht oder über Einzelfälle berichten, haben oft nicht nur wenig Ahnung von der Sache, sondern auch empörend geringes Interesse, Kenntnis zu erwerben.

Leider gilt das für fast alle Bereiche. Ein Jammer indeed.

Eine Sachverständigen-Anhörung in einem Ausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags hat mit kritischem Sachverstand bloß am Rande und mit objektiver Wissenschaft fast nichts zu tun.

Ja, ein Problem der repräsentativen Demokratie. Das “fast” hätte man aber streichen können. Selbst Wissenschaft hat nichts mit objektiver Wissenschaft zu tun.

9) wiesaussieht.de: Der deutsche Hegemon in seiner Gartenzwerg-Idylle

Allerdings wird man dann in deutschen Leitartikeln immer noch das gleiche Unverständnis über diesen Sachverhalt finden wie heute. Im Kern betrifft es immer ein Argument. Die anderen Europäer könnten ihre Probleme lösen, wenn sie wie Deutschland werden.

Ich weiß nicht, ob man die Hegemonrolle der USA so einfach mit der Deutsche in Europa vergleich kann, aber man sollte sich zumindest in diese Richtung Gedanken machen. Dass die bisherige Politik in großen Teilen gescheitert ist (bzw. unnötig schmerzhaft war), stimmt wohl, aber gleichzeitig ist die deutsche Innenpolitik für Europa auch nicht ganz unwichtig. Bleibt dann am Ende nur die Wahl zwischen AfD oder Le Pen? Ich hoffe nicht. Siehe auch: Germany reluctant hegemon. Ein Paper stammt sogar aus dem Jahre 1996.

10) bloomberg.com: Welcome to SubTropolis

The underground industrial park known as SubTroplis opened for business in 1964 in an excavated mine below Kansas City, Mo., attracting tenants with the lure of lower energy costs and cheap rents.

Stunning photographs. Reminds me of this.

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