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IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Preregistration stops medications from working   Tyler Cowen interviewed Chris Blattman and in typical Cowen fashion came prepared – I had to slow down my usual podcast playback speed to … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. First, the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has a new Obama Scholarship, which will pay (full tuition plus, travel costs and living stipend) for professional policy folks … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In the TV thriller ‘Occupied,’ Russia has Western democracy on the run

“Occupied,” the Netflix thriller about a Russian “soft invasion” of Norway, is back with new episodes. When the first season dropped in October 2015, this near-future tale of a resurgent Russia subverting a rich and stable Western democracy, while a divided European Union and an isolationist United States turn a blind eye, seemed like a […]

Putin won reelection yesterday. Now he’s a ‘lame duck.’ What will that mean?

To nobody’s surprise, Russian President Vladimir Putin won reelection to a fourth term yesterday, by a wide margin. With Putin’s (last?) presidential election in the books, I reached out to my colleagues at PONARS-Eurasia for a quick take on the implications of Sunday’s election in Russia. Here’s what they had to say. Brian Taylor, professor, Maxwell […]

Remember the Cold War? Putin has brought it back.

As Russia headed to the polls Sunday to reelect President Vladimir Putin, there was one policy that they were implicitly reviewing. Many remember Russia’s Cold War strategy of invading, destabilizing and intervening in other countries’ governance. Putin has apparently once again made this his policy. Consider, for instance, that since late 2013, Russian policy toward […]

Sham 69, ‘If The Kids Are United’: The Week In One Song

This week: Students nationwide stage walkouts to protest government inaction in the face of gun violence.  

Should U.N. peacekeepers launch preemptive strikes? The Cruz report seems to think so.

The year 2018 marks the 70th year of U.N. peacekeeping. Against the backdrop of ongoing and intense violence in places such as Syria and Congo, what happens next for this form of conflict intervention? Various proposals are on the table in the lead-up to an overhaul of the United Nations  peace and security architecture by 2020. […]

The ‘campus free speech crisis’ is a myth. Here are the facts.

Universities are supposed to be places where you confront unfamiliar and challenging ideas. According to some critics, however, students today are turning their backs on that concept of welcoming free speech. Instead, the argument goes,...Show More Summary

Most lawyers don’t understand cryptography. So why do they dominate tech policy debates?

On Wednesday, the Trump administration appointed the renowned computer science professor Ed Felten to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). This is the first time that a nonlawyer has been appointed to the board, even though it has oversight responsibilities for a variety of complex technological issues. The bias toward lawyers reflects a […]

How the U.S. can prepare for a major election hack

Before the 2016 election, at least 21 U.S. states’ registration databases or websites were targeted by hackers and seven states were successfully “compromised,” although there’s no evidence that votes were altered. As U.S. intelligence agencies recently made clear, the risk to voting systems continues in 2018. Show More Summary

Yes, the Parkland kids could change U.S. gun policy. Here’s what it would take.

Could the nascent post-Parkland movement against gun violence — led by teenage survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida — change the American relationship with guns? Parkland students have organized a March for Our Lives for March 24 and are hoping 500,000 people will attend. Their hope is that this will […]

Tanzania fact of the day

Since coming to power in the country of 55m on the east coast of Africa in 2015, Mr Magufuli, nicknamed “the bulldozer” from his time as roads minister, has bashed foreign-owned businesses with impossible tax demands, ordered pregnant...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. How many American Indian art works are actually made in the Philippines? 2. Is Village Global a new model for venture capital? 3. Surrealism and Haitian vodou art. 4. How chaotic are things in the Trump administration? 5. Not surprisingly, dogs prefer it when you talk to them in “dog talk.” 6. Show More Summary

Does fake news spread faster on Twitter?

You may recall last week a spate of stories and tweets claiming that fake news spreads further and faster on Twitter.  For instance, there is Steve Lohr at the NYT, who doesn’t quite get it right: And people, the study’s authors also say, prefer false news. Show More Summary

Saturday assorted links

1. AMA with Patrick Collison. 2. If Finland is the world’s happiest country, why does it seem so…? 3. How Amazon determines if a streaming investment was worth the cost. 4. A literal world map. 5. “So it could be that Virginia-styleShow More Summary

Titus Levi on Black Panther

Titus emails to me: I had an atypical reaction: I left the theatre feeling very, very sad. First, for the reasons enumerated here. Second, because everything good and noble turned out to be incredibly fragile. All it took was an alternate vision of how to use power and Paradise degenerated into civil conflict. Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Kosovo, Serbia, and why some clocks in Europe are running six minutes slow. 2. Scott Sumner on how capitalist is Singapore. 3. The truth wears off. 4. Freakonomics radio, the Dragon Child, and John Nye. 5. It is no longer possible to satirize academia. 6. Murders in Brazil. The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Very good sentences about sex

Here is one of them: But there is a risk too that repoliticising desire will encourage a discourse of sexual entitlement. Here is another: By contrast, gay men – even the beautiful, white, rich, able-bodied ones – know that who we have sex with, and how, is a political question. Show More Summary

Longevity FAQ

From Laura Deming, you will find it here, essential reading for our time.  Here is one bit: Senescence at a glance: a fraction of your cells get older than the others, so we’d like to eliminate them As you get old, so do your cells. But some of your cells get old in a way […] The post Longevity FAQ appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Hospitalized Patients Are Civilian Casualties in the Government's War on Opioids

A recent story by Pauline Bartolone in the Los Angeles Times draws attention to some under-reported civilian casualties in the government’s war on opioids: hospitalized patients in severe pain, in need of painkillers. Hospitals across the country are facing shortages of injectable morphine, fentanyl, and Dilaudid (hydromorphone). Show More Summary

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