10 Weekend Reads

Pour yourself a tall glass of slow brewed Iced Coffee, and start your Saturday with our longer form weekend reads:

• Jonathan Miller is the Most Trusted (and Quoted) Man in New York Real Estate (Observer)
• The Future of Cancer: Closer to a Cure. Sloan Kettering CEO Craig Thompson on the revolution under way in cancer prevention and treatment (WSJ)
• What It Feels Like to Go Viral: BuzzFeed, YouTube, and (former) Gawker stars all describe a similar psychological rush, but riding the viral wave comes with dangers too (Pacific Standard)
• How Germany Prevailed in the Greek Bailout (NYT)
• How Driscoll’s Is Hacking the Strawberry of the Future (Bloomberg)
• Mutually Assured Content: In 2015, the illusion of audience ownership is becoming harder to sustain (The Awl)
• Secrets of the Brain: New technologies are shedding light on biology’s greatest unsolved mystery: how the brain really works. (National Geographic) see also Important Link between the Brain and Immune System Found (Scientific American)
• The Attack On Truth: We have entered an age of willful ignorance (Chronicle of Higher Education)
• Frank Zappa’s ‘last word’: The musician’s widow, Gail, says she promised him that she’d look out for his legacy. (LA Times)
• Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism: Exceptional nonfiction stories from 2014 that are still worth encountering today (The Atlantic)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with former Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt.

 

 

 

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  1. RW commented on Aug 1

    …blinded me with science.

    There may be a complex market living in your gut (ht MT)

    Conventional theories used by economists for the past 150 years to explain how societies buy, sell, and trade goods and services may be able to unlock mysteries about the behavior of microbial life on earth, according to a study by researchers from Claremont Graduate University, Boston University, and Columbia University.

    The findings, published July 29 in the open access journal PLOS ONE, provide new insight into the behavior of the planet’s oldest and tiniest life forms, and also create a new framework for examining larger questions about biological evolution and productivity.

  2. VennData commented on Aug 1

    Palestinian Teenager Is Fatally Shot While Protesting Deadly Arson Attack

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/world/middleeast/palestinian-teenager-is-fatally-shot-while-protesting-deadly-arson-attack.html

    I wonder if all of his friends and family are accepting of this death and won’t hold it with them for all time. It’s obvious Netanyahu has let the civilians and military get out of control.

    Should Israel really be allowed to keep nuclear weapons?
    Should the UN should at least discuss an Iranian-like boycott?
    Should the US push for regime change in Israel?

  3. VennData commented on Aug 1

    “…Pour yourself a tall glass of slow brewed Iced Coffee…”

    I’m exclusively cold-brewing now. Smooth, delicious, not of the burning away of the complexity.

  4. Jojo commented on Aug 1

    Excessive oil consumption isn’t normal
    Automakers say adding oil between scheduled changes is acceptable. It’s not.

    Published: June 30, 2015

    Cars under warranty shouldn’t burn oil. And most don’t.

    But Consumer Reports’ 2014 Annual Auto Survey found that several auto manufacturers are building engines—available in a number of widely sold models—that require frequently topping off the oil reservoir between recommended oil changes. That’s a worry and cost that a new-car owner shouldn’t have.

    The oil-change industry has long prescribed changing your oil every 3,000 miles. In recent years, most automakers have stretched that to 7,500 or even 10,000 miles because refinements in engine manufacturing and oil technology purportedly allow engine oil to last longer.

    For some automakers, though, that appears to be an optimistic claim. In our survey of owners of about 1 million vehicles stretching back 10 years, we found that for certain models, significant numbers of consumers have to add a quart of oil to their engines as frequently as every month.

    ….

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/06/excessive-oil-consumption/index.htm

    • bear_in_mind commented on Aug 1

      If you look at the owner’s manuals of most vehicles, you will see that they routinely recommend oil changes at around 7,500 miles. You’re correct that Big Oil has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising trying to convince consumers they SHOULD change their oil in their ‘smaller, higher revving modern engines’ more frequently, but their claims aren’t supported by research. It’s nothing more than Big Oil carpet-bombing consumers with propaganda to help line their pockets.

      As for the Consumer Reports survey finding excess oil consumption in certain late-model vehicles, that’s odd indeed. Volkswagen has long had a reputation of producing cars which burning and/or leak oil more than other brands, but engine tolerances for most vehicle manufacturers should avoid these type of issues. Thus, any brands mentioned in this report should grab your attention because it likely reflects either cost-cutting measures or not paying attention to critical details which may point to other potential shortcomings in the production of their vehicles.

  5. Jojo commented on Aug 1

    Here is what President Trump’s Cabinet will look like
    By Philip Bump
    July 29

    Somehow, I didn’t know that Mama Grizzly Radio existed, probably because I live on one of the coasts and not in Real America, which includes Alaska despite it being on a coast. The network touts itself as offering “Sarah Palin news 24-7” — a slate that includes a weekly show called “The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla.” (One Palin update from this week’s program: “President Obama finally lowers flags to half-staff to honor our Marines shortly after Governor Palin and others demand he do so.”)

    But the real news on that show came when Donald Trump joined Scholla. The host asked Trump if he might appoint Palin to a Cabinet position. “I’d love that,” Trump responded. “So would we,” added Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, basically.

    It raises the question, though: What would a Trump Cabinet look like?

    Because Trump is busy poring over poll numbers and reviewing tape from focus groups, we went ahead and cobbled it together for him.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/07/29/here-is-what-president-trumps-cabinet-will-look-like/

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