Quotes & Links #58

1) nytimes.com: Probing the Heart of French Malaise

The French reassure themselves that they can be Athens to the Anglosphere’s Rome — a cultural and intellectual capital, if not a financial and political center. But even if this were true, or even possible, that was never the dream. Hence, the French melancholy.

2) marginalrevolution.com: Tyler Cowen’s three laws

There is of course a common thread to all three laws, namely you should not have too much confidence in your own judgment.

3) enlightenmenteconomics.com: A challenge to techno-euphoria

I would really challenge the implication here that macroeconomic statistics are facts and microeconomic evidence just anecdote.

4) rameznaam.com: Why Energy Storage is About to Get Big – and Cheap

GTAI and Deutsche Bank’s conclusion – based on the price trends of solar, batteries, electricity in Germany, and German feed-in-tariffs – is that ‘battery parity’, the moment when home solar + a lithium-ion battery makes economic sense, will arrive in Germany by next summer, 2016.

The other side of the coin is getting cheaper as well. First renewables and now energy storage. Great news.

5) blogs.wsj.com/economics: Sometimes, Boosting Supply Requires More Demand

6) vox.com: The greatest trick the rich ever pulled was making us believe they pay all the taxes

This isn’t just true for the poor — it’s also true for the middle class. Filers making between $40,000 and $50,000 pay almost 12 times as much in payroll taxes as in income taxes; filers making between $50,000 and $75,000 pay more than twice as much.

The framing of income taxes compared to payroll taxes is certainly interesting.

7) washingtonpost.com: Cop accused of brutally torturing black suspects costs Chicago $5.5 million

Burge’s own career began to fall apart in 1993, when the Chicago Police Board voted to fire him for his alleged torture activities. The police commander was allowed to keep his $4,000 per month pension.


8) newyorker.com: Late Bloomers

On the road to great achievement, the late bloomer will resemble a failure: while the late bloomer is revising and despairing and changing course and slashing canvases to ribbons after months or years, what he or she produces will look like the kind of thing produced by the artist who will never bloom at all. Prodigies are easy. They advertise their genius from the get-go. Late bloomers are hard. They require forbearance and blind faith.

I wonder how this differs from other fields: science, academia or music. The last paragraph might actually be the best. :)

9) kraftfuttermischwerk.de: Die PARTEI hackt Pegida-Demo: “Wir lieben deinen Pullermann” für Geert Wilders

10) blogs.worldbank.org: Presenting to policy vs. academic audiences – some thoughts

11) kotaku.com: The Best Anime and Manga for Beginners
Not sure if I agree with the list. Maybe I should write my own?

12) imgur.com: Length of Game vs. Actual Gameplay–FIXED [OC] (via reddit)
This is a good comment, although – as always – one can criticize the (over)generalization.


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