10 Christmas Day Reads

My merry merry happy happy morning train plane reads:

• Economists Say ‘Bah! Humbug!’ to Christmas Presents (WSJ)
• Amazon Dominated Nearly Everything This Year (New Republic)
• How Steph Curry, LeBron James and the NBA Stole Christmas (Bloomberg)
• Slowly and Unspectacularly, the U.S. Economy Chugs Toward 2016 (Fiscal Times)
• Why our Christmas music is still stuck in the ’50s (Wonkblog) see also Why ‘White Christmas’ is the original Christmas No. 1 (Spectator)
• Obama’s effort to ‘nudge’ America: The government tried using behavioral science to shape people’s behavior. Here’s what happened. (Politico)
• Creating The World’s Greatest Anagram (Priceonomics)
• The Science Behind a Chocolate Funk (Bloomberg View)
• The Christmas the Aliens Didn’t Come: What a failed doomsday prophecy taught psychologists about the nature of belief (The Atlantic)
• Santa’s Privacy Policy. (McSweeney’s)

What presents are you opening?

 

Increased Consumer Confidence vs. Business Confidence

Source: WSJ

 

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  1. ilsm commented on Dec 25

    “White Christmas”: Mitch Miller’s men chorus in GI costume in a tropical set………….

    I pray next December no Americans in “harm’s way”!

  2. VennData commented on Dec 25

    Checking up on Obamacare.
    “…One of the remarkable aspects of the politics of health reform is the way conservatives — even relatively mild, seemingly informed conservatives — have managed to keep believing that Obamacare is unraveling, despite the repeated failure of disaster predictions to come true. Part of the way this works is that captive media and the right’s pet “experts” hype every bit of bad news, but go silent when the news is good (and, often, when the bad news turns out to have been a false alarm.) How many will even hear about the news that enrollments are once again running above expectations, and the pool us getting younger…”

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/krugman/2015/12/23/checking-up-on-obamacare/

    Wait, you mean the GOP Media Machine screeches out half the story, then doesn’t make amends when even that part turns out wrong?

  3. VennData commented on Dec 25

    So Disney’s vaulted cross platform creativity is cheesy Star War’s ads for Subway.

    That’s not extendable. Where’s Lefsetz when you need him?

  4. VennData commented on Dec 25

    Bristol Palin gives birth to 2nd out-of-wedlock child

    http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/855771

    How DARE these news sources mock Republicans without looking at their own agenda-sourced horrors and valueless rubbish!

    Cruz -1016, Whoops I meant 2016.

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