IN WHICH Ross Rheingans-Yoo, a sometimes-poet and erstwhile student of Computer Science and Math, oc­cas­ion­al­ly writes on things of int­erest.

# Reading Feed (last update: October 15)

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.

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Blog: Marginal Revolution | Is the World Bank lending too much to China? — "As I understand it, the World Bank makes money on these loans and there is a cross-subsidy of other Bank activities, most of all aid. A World Bank that stopped such loans would be poorer and less skilled, and over time could devolve into one of the poorer, less effective poverty-fighting parts of the United Nations, without much of a political power base at that."

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Blog: Marginal Revolution | Blade Runner 2049 (some Straussian spoilers) — "It hardly makes any concessions to the Hollywood vices of this millennium and indeed much of the Tysons Corner

# A Verse for the Armistice

Out there, we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death,—
sat down and eaten with him, cool and bland,—
pardoned his spilling mess-tins in our hand.

We’ve sniffed the green thick odour of his breath,—
our eyes wept, but our courage didn’t writhe.

He’s spat at us with bullets and he’s coughed
shrapnel. We chorussed when he sang aloft,
we whistled while he shaved us with his scythe.

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier’s paid to kick against His powers.

We laughed,—knowing that better men would come,
and greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
he wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags.