10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads:

• Buybacks and Debt (Investor Field Guide)
• Poor people are getting terrible investment advice (Quartz)
• Gentlemen May Prefer Bonds, But More Traders Take Stocks (WSJ)
• Podcast: Wall Street’s Just One Big Bloomberg Chat (FiveThirtyEight)
• Sex In 2050: More Robots, Less Humans (Daily Beast)
• Seattle, in Midst of Tech Boom, Tries to Keep Its Soul (NYT)
• The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS: Somewhere in Europe, a man who goes by the name “Mikro” spends his days and nights targeting Islamic State supporters on Twitter. (The Atlantic)
• Opposition to legal abortion takes magical thinking and a lack of logic (The Guardian) see also Whatever you think of Planned Parenthood, this is a terrible and dishonest chart (Vox)
• What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like (Wonkblog)
• New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto (NASA)

What are you reading?

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  1. romerjt commented on Oct 11

    Given the inability or purpose of Chaffez and the right wing more generality to understand / infer what numbers actually mean . . . .can’t wait to see their explanation of the lake of a Soc Sec, COLA this year mostly due to drop in the price of oil. It’s all Obama’s fault?

  2. Jojo commented on Oct 11

    And adults, I assume.
    Eating Organic Lowers Pesticide Levels in Children
    By Nicholas Bakalar
    October 8, 2015

    Researchers have found that when children eat organic fruits and vegetables, the amount of pesticides in their bodies declines significantly.

    Most organophosphorus pesticides have been phased out for residential use, but they are still widely used in agriculture. High doses in agricultural workers can be deadly.

    The study, in the October issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, included 20 children living in Oakland, Calif., and 20 in the agricultural community of Salinas, about 100 miles south. The children ate a conventional diet for four days, an organic diet for seven days and then five days back on the conventional diet



  3. Jojo commented on Oct 11

    It can be critically important to get the right diagnosis.
    Is It Alzheimer’s, or A.D.H.D.?
    By Judith Berck
    September 28, 2015

    The 73-year-old widow came to see Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, after her daughter had urged her to “see somebody” for her increasing forgetfulness. She was often losing her pocketbook and keys and had trouble following conversations, and 15 minutes later couldn’t remember much of what was said.

    But he did not think she had early Alzheimer’s disease. The woman’s daughter and granddaughter had both been given a diagnosis of A.D.H.D. a few years earlier, and Dr. Goodman, who is also the director of a private adult A.D.H.D. clinical and research center outside of Baltimore, asked about her school days as a teenager.

    “She told me: ‘I would doodle because I couldn’t pay attention to the teacher, and I wouldn’t know what was going on. The teacher would move me to the front of the class,’?” Dr. Goodman said,

    After interviewing her extensively, noting the presence of patterns of impairment that spanned the decades, Dr. Goodman diagnosed A.D.H.D. He prescribed Vyvanse, a short-acting stimulant of the central nervous system.

    A few weeks later, the difference was remarkable. “She said: ‘I’m surprised, because I’m not misplacing my keys now, and I can remember things better. My mind isn’t wandering off, and I can stay in a conversation. I can do something until I finish it,’?” Dr. Goodman said.



  4. RW commented on Oct 11

    If everyone was competent and civil there would be a lot less work to do. Just a thought.

    “Your Mom Isn’t Here” Jobs…
    We grow things–but fewer and fewer of us do. We make things–but fewer and fewer of us do. We provide personal services–non-information and information. What else do we do?

    It strikes me that a huge proportion of jobs these days are really “your mom isn’t here!” jobs.

    What proportion of jobs wouldn’t it be necessary if people would only behave–if people would reliably and properly drop the money they owe into the jar, would clean up if they spilled something, leave the place in the clean state it was when they arrived, would not break machines by trying to operate them when they do not understand them, and so on?

    “Civilization is a place to hang the broom.”

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