Quotes & Links #52

1) faz.net: Feminismus – Die Angst in den Augen der Frauen
Ganz interessanter Text. Ich bin mir aber nicht sicher, ob die “neoliberale Weltordnung” die Wurzel des Übels ist. Für eine genaue Begründung müsste ich wohl das Buch lesen.

2) sbnation.com: The Worst Internet Things bracket

Twitter is for loving people you’ve never met, and Facebook is for hating people you’ve always known.

Hah.

3) ideas.ted.com: Your Body’s Amazing Reaction To Water

This also explained, to some degree, why Bucher could survive up to three times longer in water than they could in open air: water had some powerful, unknown capacity to slow animals’ hearts.

4) qz.com: The highest-paid woman in America is working on robot clones and pigs with human DNA
Kind of disappointed the article was so short. Would’ve loved to read more about her.

5) nytimes.com: Decoding the Rules of Conversation

Life at Versailles was apparently a protracted battle of wits. You gained status if you showed “esprit” — clever, erudite and often caustic wit, aimed at making rivals look ridiculous.

The internet used to be like that. Or at least my part. I really enjoyed the challenge and competition. Sometimes you served and sometimes you got served. It’s the game. Nowadays, most of it would be probably classified as “microagression” or “harassment” (some of it is and some of it isn’t).

6) medium.com/bull-market: Inflation, Macroeconomics & #TheDress

At the moment the current ‘deflation scare’ in the West looks to be just that — a scare. To see if it’s really something to worry about, we need to look away from headline CPI and focus on core inflation and wage growth.

7) themoneyillusion.com: Krugman on European growth and the euro

So I’ll file this under “unresolved problems.”

8) washingtonpost.com/monkeycage: Politicians and citizens talking without shouting? It can happen.

We discovered that when members of Congress substantively engage constituents about controversial subjects, they can persuade them on policy, increase trust in their leadership and even garner more votes.

Some hope for democracy!

9) washingtonpost.com:/wonkblog: At this rate, American women won’t see equal pay until 2058

Women also remain underrepresented in the highest-paying fields: engineering, technology and medicine.

Probably the most important aspect. I’m not sure if fifty years is considered long for “social norms” to change, but it’s certainly “dismal” for this generation. They are obviously not using controlled numbers again.

10) bruegel.org: German wage negotiations
Looks like three years of (stable) wage growth for many.

11) in-mind.org: A Perfect Storm – The Record of a Revolution (via @ajungherr)
Great to see more people trying to replicate studies instead of blindly believing in p-values!

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