Reading Feed (July 2017)
A collection of things that I was happy I read. Views expressed by linked authors are chosen because I think they're interesting, not because I think they're correct, unless indicated otherwise.
Blog: Marginal Revolution | China green energy projection of the day — "China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade... Keep this all in mind the next time you hear someone tout China as the new leader of the global green energy movement."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Cheer you up true story from Maine — "But in Maine, servers actively campaigned to overturn the results of a November referendum raising servers’ hourly wages from $3.75 in 2016 to $12 by 2024, saying it would cause customers to tip less and actually reduce their take-home income. The servers’ campaign against increasing the minimum wage was a blow to labor activists, who believed the Maine referendum could kick off similar votes in New York, Massachusetts and D.C."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | What is the optimal speed of email response? — "Sometimes you won’t email back until you have something quite good to say, and discourse may be inefficiently slow. You are waiting, not only because you might be busy, but also to protect your reputation. It would be socially preferable to just 'get the response over with,' even if you seem a little duncey every now and then. In fact you are a little duncey..."
Blog: Schneier on Security | Commentary on US Election Security — "[W]e should be paying more attention to attacks that aim to undermine the legitimacy of an election rather than changing the election's result. Election-stealing attacks have gotten most of the attention up to now -- and we are still vulnerable to them in some places -- but it appears that external threat actors may be more interested in attacking legitimacy."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Why do the NYT wedding pages seem so upper crust? — Unfortunately, doesn't actually answer the question about 'seem'.
Blog: The ANOVA | Lesson Plan: Teaching Prose Style to Freshmen — Exactly what is says on the tin, with excellent quotability: "Go in fear of the word 'tone,' which students will latch onto. It’s true of course that prose can have an academic / casual / formal / comedic / conversational / sad etc. tone, but tone is such a wooly term that without care it’ll end up being used without specificity. So ask: what makes a style mournful? Confessional? Old fashioned? Vulgar? Be specific!"
Blog: Marginal Revolution | The political economy of American independence — "Why did the most prosperous colonies in the British Empire mount a rebellion? Even more puzzling, why didn’t the British agree to have American representation in Parliament and quickly settle the dispute peacefully? At first glance, it would appear that a deal could have been reached to share the costs of the global public goods provided by the Empire in exchange for political power and representation for the colonies..."
Self: My Faults My Own | Is Patriotism A Virtue? — Excerpted from Alasdair MacIntyre's 1984 lecture.
Blog: Slate Star Codex | To the Great City! — Scott Alexander is moving back to the Bay.
Blog: Thing of Things | Data on Campus Censorship Cases — "[T]here is a definite tendency for censorship on college campuses to be censorship of conservative viewpoints, perhaps because conservative viewpoints tend to be underrepresented in academia. However, about a quarter of college censorship in this sample is of liberal viewpoints and a quarter is of apolitical viewpoints; this suggests it is a mistake to assume that censorship on college campuses is solely of conservative viewpoints..."
Blog: Marginal Revolution | Do Republicans give their representatives more ideological slack? — pace Betteridge.
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