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The Wisconsin recount may have a surprise in store after all

Thanks to the efforts of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, a recount is underway in Wisconsin. It is highly unlikely to change the outcome — as Hillary Clinton’s campaign has stated — but it is much more likely to overturn some conventional wisdom about counting votes. In particular, we may learn, yet again, that computers […]

Monday assorted links

1. Can a cosmology do without dark matter? 2. The forthcoming Parag Khanna book on American democracy.  And 80,000 Hours, your career can make the world a better place. 3. Why doesn’t Canada innovate more? 4. Christopher Balding on the Taiwan phone call. Show More Summary

There is no musical great stagnation

Two years ago, the New Mexico Department of Transportation decided to spice up a particularly desolate stretch of Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras by adding grooves in the road that will play music when you drive over them. If...Show More Summary

China calculation of the day

The dimensions of China’s liquidity splurge are startling. Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, formerly with the International Monetary Fund, has calculated that between 2007 and 2015 China created 63 per cent, or $16.1tn, of the growth in the world’s supply of money. Show More Summary

What is today’s Italian referendum about?

From Meg Greene, here is the clearest explainer I have seen, here is one short excerpt: There are clear reasons to vote for and against the constitutional reform. If only most Italians were actually voting with these in mind! According...Show More Summary

“Anthony Weiner Fined $65,000 for Campaign Finance Violations”

Missed this one on the NYC Campaign Finance Board’s imposition of fines Thursday for, among other things, “using campaign funds to pay for two cellphones, including the personal phone used by Mr. Weiner from May to September 2013 ….” … Continue reading ?

Trump Conflicts of Interests, Sunday Edition

From the NYT, Politico, and Monkey Cage. … Continue reading ?

Toobin on Vote Suppression

In the New Yorker, arguing that the recount is a distraction from “the real voting-rights scandal of 2016.” … Continue reading ?

“Where Unfair Voting Practices Begin”

NYT editorial on partisan gerrymandering. … Continue reading ?

“McCrory administration won’t explain decision that slowed election lawsuit”

News & Observer: Gov. Pat McCrory’s office still won’t explain why it rejected the State Board of Elections’ choice of lawyers to defend against a lawsuit challenging same-day-registration votes. The decision Tuesday has forced the elections agency to rely on … Continue reading ?

Why you should worry less about the weather, especially when you travel

The weather can make your current circumstances seem more difficult or less pleasant.  But extreme weather also tends to make your memories of journeys stronger and more lasting (“…remember that time in Goa when the monsoon came earlier...Show More Summary

Is Trump a Berlusconi? Or more like Mussolini?

  Well before the U.S. elections, commentators in major news outlets began pointing out similarities between Donald Trump and Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister, who was first elected in 1994. There are striking similarities Both Trump and Berlusconi made their fortunes in real estate and jumped into politics by casting themselves as political outsiders. […]

Sunday assorted links

1. Are Cuba’s infant mortality statistics for real?  And the paradox of Cuban gdp. 2. Mike Konczal on Trump’s messenging.  And would Clinton or Trump have won under epistocracy? 3. Martha Argerich. 4. Octopuses and the puzzle of aging (NYT). Show More Summary

China insurance markets in everything

Medical insurance often becomes invalid if the customer is drunk. But during the football World Cup in 2014, Shanghai-based Zhongan Insurance turned that rule upside down by offering Chinese football fans a policy specifically for self-inflicted liver damage. Show More Summary

Stein Camp Drops Bid for Statewide Recount in Pennsylvania

Coverage from the NYT and WaPo on Saturday’s filing, which says that petitioners can’t afford the $1 million bond. … Continue reading ?

Election Fraud Conviction in Michigan

Brandon Hall was convicted of 10 counts of election fraud for forging signatures on a 2012 judicial candidate petition, and now faces up to five year imprisonment. … Continue reading ?

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