A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: U.S. politics

Read : 2020-02-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The ‘dating market’ is getting worse” by Ashley Fetters & Kaitlyn Tiffany (The Atlantic, 2020-02-25).
  2. As Emmanuel Macron’s impact grows, so does French disdain” by Adam Nossiter (The NY Times, 2020-02-25).
  3. America’s nightmare : Bernie Sanders, nominee” (The Economist, 2020-02-27).
  4. The Bible in chronological order” (MythBank).

Read : 2020-02-24

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why ‘truth’ beats facts” by Brett Milano (The Harvard Gazette, 2020-02-21). A discussion titled “Does truth have a future?” at the Harvard Kennedy School with Gwyneth Williams and Michael Sandel.
  2. Bernie Sanders is making a big mistake” by David Leonhardt (NY Times, 2020-02-23). A (fearful?) homage to “[t]he art of peeling off voters”.
  3. We’re teaching history wrong” by Rebecca Onion (Slate, 2018-09-18). An interview with Sam Wineburg. “A good history teacher takes away your innocence about information.”

Read : 2020-02-07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. China sacrifices a province to save the world from coronavirus” (Bloomberg News, 2020-02-05). Widespread shortages and resignation in Hubei province.
  2. The Democratic primaries will be a contest between radicals and repairers” (The Economist, 2020-02-06).

Read : 2020-01-27

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. A survivor’s diary emerges from Auschwitz” by Bojan Pancevski (Wall Street Journal, 2020-01-24).
  2. Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on” by Vanessa Gera (Associated Press News, 2020-01-27).
  3. What if competition isn’t as ‘natural’ as we think?” by John Favini (Slate, 2020-01-23).
  4. Kobe Bryant’s brilliant and complicated legacy” by Marc Stein (NY Times, 2020-01-26).
  5. Switch from your internet provider’s email to something better” by Whitson Gordon (NY Times, 2020-01-24). A how-to guide with recommendations.
  6. These people really care about fonts” by Fabrice Robinet (NY Times, 2020-01-24). And so can you!
  7. What if it were Obama on trial?” by Nicholas Kristof (NY Times, 2020-01-25).
  8. Your inability to do pullups is all in your head” by Christie Aschwanden (Medium, 2020-01-22). OK, actually, it isn’t, until it is. This article includes links to Marine Lt. Col. Misty Posey’s pull-up manifesto and pull-up training guide.

    Technique is important, Posey says. Grip the bar tightly with your pinkie knuckle over the top of the bar. Tuck in your pelvis, and keep your abs tight. Pull your arms down into your shoulder sockets, and keep your shoulders down (the opposite of shrugging). Hang your legs straight, and keep your head neutral. As you begin the exercise, keep your abs and glutes tight, and concentrate on pulling your elbows to your ribs and your chin over the bar (don’t lift your chin up).

Two references related to investing (always do your own research!):

  1. Blue Origin: Time for liftoff?” by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2020-01-24). Light on content.
  2. Renewables to lead world energy usage by 2050: 3 stocks to buy” by Aparajita Dutta (Yahoo!Finance, 2020-01-14). Bloom Energy Corp (BE), JinkoSolar Holding (JKS), and Sunrun (RUN).

Read : 2020-01-06

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why do people mistake narcissism for high self-esteem?” by Scott Barry Kaufman (Scientific American, 2018-12-03).
  2. Can hidden networks of suburban women swing the Midwest blue?” by Mark Oprea (OZY, 2020-01-06).
  3. Why printers add secret tracking dots” by Chris Baraniuk (BBC Future, 2017-06-07).
  4. Ben Franklin effect” (Wikipedia).

PSA : Consensus holds that most vitamins that are past their expiration date aren’t dangerous, just less potent [1,2,3]. But if you see mold, throw them away (mixed with an unappealing substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter (to make them less appealing to animals), in a sealed bag or container [4,5])!

Read : 2019-12-17

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The threat of tribalism” by Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld (The Atlantic, 2018-10). The article, as I understand it, argues that Americans no longer support political principles but rather political parties — really, political teams — which have become deeply entwined with identity politics. I suspect this has been the case for most of America’s history (perhaps this is explored in the embedded video, which I did not watch).
    American democracy, as established by its founders in the late 1700s, entrenched race-based slavery and categorically disenfranchised women. It guaranteed religious freedom, separation of church and state, and (with the 14th Amendment 100 years later) jus soli (a.k.a. birthright citizenship). The authors quote John Adams and George Washington warning about political parties, especially powerful ones opposed to each other. (Ironic, when the system of law in the country was set up in this model. If politics attracts legal types, and legal types are reared in this framework, it seems natural that politics will revert to the existing legal model.)

    Americans on both the left and the right now view their political opponents not as fellow Americans with differing views, but as enemies to be vanquished. And they have come to view the Constitution not as an aspirational statement of shared principles and a bulwark against tribalism, but as a cudgel with which to attack those enemies.

  2. In impeachment, tribalization of politics becomes almost complete” by Gerald F. Seib (The Wall Street Journal, 2019-12-16).
  3. Merry and bright?” by Colleen Walsh (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-12-16). Expectation, mindset, and gratitude.
  4. Scaring people into supporting backdoors” by Bruce Schneier (2019-12-12).

Read : 2019-10-22

Top articles:

  1. Snowden in the labyrinth“, by Jonathan Lethem (The New York Review of Books, 2019-10-24). A thoughtful analysis of and reflection on Edward Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent record”.

Other articles:

  1. History is made as Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first human to break the two-hour marathon barrier” (INEOS 1:59 Challenge, 2019-10-12).
  2. Marathon records test the limits of human physiology and shoe technology“, by Joshua Robinson (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  3. Should consumers be able to sell their own personal data?“, by Christopher Tonetti & Cameron F. Kerry (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  4. How ‘white guilt’ in the age of Trump shapes the Democratic primary“, by Astead W. Herndon (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  5. Overlooked no more: Mitsuye Endo, a name linked to justice for Japanese-Americans“, by Stephanie Buck (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  6. Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer“, by Neil Tweedie (The Guardian, 2018-04-29).
  7. College volleyball rankings: The toughest tests left for the top teams“, by Michella Chester (NCAA, 2019-10-15). Baylor vs Texas. Twice.
  8. China weaponizes education to control Tibet“, by Ben Halder (OZY, 2019-10-16). Is Tibet the only place where this happens, and the Chinese government the only perpetrator? Are there not unnerving parallels to central control of education in other countries? perhaps yours?
  9. Dogs 101: Everything you should know about bathing your dog” (DogTime). Brush before bathing, use lukewarm water (dog skin is sensitive!), use dog shampoo (dog skin is sensitive!), rinse very very well, air dry, TREATS!!!
  10. Start your autonomous engines (Rivian vs. Cruise vs. Uber ATG“, by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2019-10-16). An overview of three companies involved with electric and autonomous vehicles.
  11. How to talk to a woman“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-01-29).
  12. Ordinary people focus on the outcome. Extraordinary people focus on the process.“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-08-28).
  13. 10 habits of consistently happy people“, by Anton Chevalier (Medium, 2019-04-08).

Math and science articles:

  1. Inherited learning? It happens, but how is uncertain“, by Viviane Callier (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-16).
  2. With category theory, mathematics escapes from equality“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-10).
  3. Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014)“, by David Mumford & John Tate (Nature, 2015-01-14). In memoriam.

On derived categories and infinity categories:

  1. The language of infinity-categories” (Kerodon).
  2. Emily Riehl” (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Riehl’s home page.
  3. Lectures on infinity categories“, by Vladimir Hinich (arXiv, 2018-11-04).
  4. Understanding the derived infinity category“, by Akhil Mathew (Climbing Mount Bourbaki. 2012-07-14).
  5. Gabriel’s theorem and birational geometry“, by John Calabrese & Roberto Pirisi (2018-04-06).

Read : 2019-09-28

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Harvard EdCast: Understanding immigration“, by Jill Anderson (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2019-09-18). An interview with Harvard Professor Roberto Gonzales.
  2. Now-ranked Rice Owls volleyball enjoy signature win” (KHOU News, 2019-09-25).
  3. Exercise is medicine“, by Lindsay Peyton (Houston Chronicle, 2019-09-26).

Articles on multiplication (multiplication? yes, multiplication!):

  1. On your mark, get set, multiply“, by Patrick Honner (Quanta Magazine, 2019-09-23). A look at the Karatsuba algorithm.
  2. Mathematicians discover the perfect way to multiply“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-04-11). Clocking multiplication algorithms.

Selected articles about Trump, Ukraine, and American politics:

  1. The impeachment inquiry: Off and running but with some key blind spots” (OZY, 2019-09-25). An interview with former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin.
  2. Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry, says Trump’s courting of foreign political help is a ‘betrayal of national security’“, by Rachael Bade, Mike DeBonis, & Karoun Demirjian (Washington Post, 2019-09-24).
  3. Today may be the most important day of Trump’s tenure“, by Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, 2019-09-24). An opinion piece that captures well the prevailing politicized sentiments. “Pelosi likes to say public sentiment is everything.” This fiasco is not solely about morality, abuse of power, etc. It is also political warfare, assertion of power, and total domination.
  4. Whistleblower alleges White House effort to conceal details of Trump call with Ukraine“, by Dustin Volz, Warren P. Strobel, & Siobhan Hughes (Wall Street Journal, 2019-09-26).
  5. Whistleblower complaint” (Wall Street Journal).
  6. Donald Trump urged Ukraine to investigate the Bidens“, by Lexington (The Economist, 2019-09-25).
  7. The move towards impeachment marks a dangerous shift” (The Economist, 2019-09-26).
  8. Trump call transcript summary shows he pressed Ukranian president to probe Biden“, by Grace Segers, Katrhyn Watson, Clare Hymes, & Emily Tillett (CBS, 2019-09-25). This article embeds the five-page call transcript.
  9. 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak” (Wikipedia). CrowdStrike is one of the cybersecurity firms cited as having “reviewed the DNC servers” and alleged that the source of the DNC hacks was two Russian intelligence groups. Wikipedia also cites Comey as stating that CrowdStrike gave the FBI “copies of the [DNC] servers and all the information on them, as well as access to forensics”.

Read : 2019-08-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What’s the deal with that inverted yield curve? A sports analogy might help“, by Neil Irwin (NY Times, 2019-08-15).
  2. Many democrats love Elizabeth Warren. They also worry about her.“, by Jonathan Martin (NY Times, 2019-08-15). The article highlights a shocking degree of prejudice and pragmatism in the American electorate.
  3. How world leaders ruined the global economy“, by Steven Rattner (NY Times, 2019-08-15). Technocratic sentiment, through and through, but this quote rings true:

    Any chief executive officer who botched his or her job as badly as most of these leaders have would be fired.

Read : 2019-08-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Hong Kong protestors overwhelm airports for second day“, by Jon Emont (Wall Street Journal, 2019-08-13).
  2. Protests put Hong Kong on collision course with China’s communist party“, by Javier C. Hernández & Amy Qin (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  3. With pens, paper and motorcycles, journalists chronicle Kashmir crackdown“, by Sameer Yasir & Jeffrey Gettleman (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  4. Two ebola drugs show promise amid ongoing outbreak“, by Amy Maxmen (Nature, 2019-08-12). Two drugs, REGN-EB3 and mAB114, are derived from ebola antibodies. Both led to a 90% survival rate when administered shortly after initial infection.
  5. Harry Reid: The filibuster is suffocating the will of the American people“, by Harry Reid (NY Times, 2019-08-12).
  6. It’s 2043. We need a new American dream for the A.I. revolution“, by Baobao Zhang (NY Times, 2019-08-12).