My Faults My Own

…willing to sacrifice something we don't have

for something we won't have, so somebody will someday.

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: July 28)

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 | How well is Germany dealing with the migration crisis? — "Whatever respite Germany may have gained this week is offset, and then some, by the arrival of a new and frightening political dynamic. Mr. Seehofer succeeded by going nuclear; chances are, he won’t be the last. The politics of fear and menace may be here to stay, undermining the foundations of democracy. In sound democracies, policies are the results of compromise between parties representing a majority of the voters. Through the politics of artificial crisis, minorities take the system hostage. They create policies redeeming fictional problems for fictional

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The dark joke that was Shkreli's voir dire

Two things. First, these selected quotations from the voir dire of Martin Shkreli's trial for securities fraud are widely understood to be hilarious:

The Court: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1.

Juror no. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.

[Defense attorney] Benjamin Brafman: I’m sorry.

Juror no. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man.

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The Court: Juror Number 1 is excused. Juror Number 18.

Juror no. 18: Both of my parents are on prescriptions that have gone up over the past few months, so much that they can’t afford their drugs. I have several friends who have H.I.V. or AIDS who, again, can’t afford the prescription drugs that they were able to afford.

The Court: These charges don’t concern drug pricing. Could you decide this case

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Where I Stand

ideological disclosure: I am not a Catholic, nor do I identify in any capacity as a Satanist. My only relevant affiliation with the University is as a student at the College. In forming my opinion on this matter, I've talked with my friends, including student leaders in the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, and not including any self-identified Satanists, as there were none to be found.

I've tried to make a good-faith effort to give all sides a fair hearing in their own words. You can be the judge of whether I've succeeded.

I'm not a fan of Fox News. I'm not going to discuss my reasons here. That's not the point of this post.

I am a fan of Todd Jones, a fellow student at Harvard, and the director of a play I'm teching in the fall. He's a pretty awesome guy.

So when someone mentioned that Todd was on TV the other day, I found myself watching a clip from a news source that I rarely ever find myself

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