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Lions and Daughters
6 months, 3 weeks ago

9/5/22 Emirates flight to Dubai; passengers predominantly Indian and Arab. Watched some Middle Eastern TV shows just to see what they were like. They were moronic melodramas. Bar and restaurant on plane. Prayer times listed on TV screens in the bar—conflicting message? (Aren’t Muslims not supposed to drink?) White-haired Indian guy sitting behind me who […]

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New A Breakthrough in Gene Editing
9 hours, 7 minutes ago
A new CRISPR therapy is transforming the lives of sickle-cell patients. What could this mean for the technology’s future?
New Why Won’t OpenAI Say What the Q* Algorithm Is?
11 hours, 36 minutes ago
Supposed AI breakthroughs are frequently veiled in secrecy, hindering scientific consensus.
One of Biden’s Big Climate Bets Follows an Old Logic
13 hours, 53 minutes ago
Hydrogen is just another hole for natural gas to fill.
C. J. Rice’s Conviction Is Overturned
15 hours, 58 minutes ago
After a cover story in The Atlantic, a man convicted of a crime he insists he did not commit now has a chance to be freed from prison.
The Latest Victims of the Free-Speech Crisis
20 hours, 25 minutes ago
The recent censoring of speech on campus is part of a trend that began long before the Israel-Hamas war.
Your Friends Don’t All Have to Be the Same Age
20 hours, 55 minutes ago
When the young and the old befriend one another, everyone can benefit. So why doesn’t it happen more?
Trump Wants to Create a National University?
21 hours, 25 minutes ago
Earlier this month, the former president released a plan for the “American Academy,” and nobody knows what it really means.
Why the Fifth Circuit Keeps Making Such Outlandish Decisions
21 hours, 25 minutes ago
The court is leaning into its reputation as a welcoming home for right-wing litigation.
How Substack Became a Safe Space for Nazis
21 hours, 25 minutes ago
The newsletter platform’s lax content moderation creates an opening for white nationalists eager to get their message out.
My Father, My Faith, and Donald Trump
21 hours, 55 minutes ago
Here, in our house of worship, people were taunting me about politics as I tried to mourn.
New What if there’s a new tax that hurts Canada’s economy? That’s the luxury tax
10 hours, 52 minutes ago
Ottawa’s Select Items Luxury Tax has raised the prices of business jets, and that’s killing jobs from coast to coast in a world-class aerospace industry
New We simply don’t have enough money to solve Canada’s housing crisis
10 hours, 55 minutes ago
Canada will need to produce 3.5 million more housing units than are currently in the delivery pipeline by 2030, according to a 2022 study by CMHC
New Alberta’s sovereignty act looks increasingly like a sham
10 hours, 55 minutes ago
Danielle Smith will invoke her signature law on Ottawa’s forthcoming Clean Electricity Regulations – and this first major test suggests that it is merely performative
New John Ivison: Trudeau’s government returns to Venezuela with its idealism in tatters
11 hours, 17 minutes ago
It seems to be a rather odd time for Canada to be liberalizing relations with Venezuela, with Maduro threatening to annex part of another country
The confounding, depressing hypocrisy of COP28
13 hours, 22 minutes ago
A climate conference overseen by one of the world’s largest oil producers? A natural fit, of course
Jamie Sarkonak: Danielle Smith triggers sovereignty act to fight meddling Liberals
13 hours, 56 minutes ago
The ham-fisted approach taken to punish Alberta for climate grievances was bound to meet resistance
Tasha Kheiriddin: Canada, the land of imported ethnic conflicts
14 hours, 10 minutes ago
Canadians of all background believe diversity is both a strength and a problem
Chris Selley: Few will admit it, but Doug Ford has been good for Toronto
14 hours, 29 minutes ago
At the very least, the agreement takes two hobgoblin issues off the municipal discussion table: Ontario Place and the Gardiner Expressway rebuild
Danielle Smith isn’t all wrong on the Liberals’ clean electricity regulations
15 hours, 1 minute ago
Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said he was blindsided by the Premier’s decision to deploy Alberta’s sovereignty act to combat the new rules
Canada risks hurling itself into yet another military procurement headache
16 hours, 57 minutes ago
Having finally resolved the issues around the CF-18 replacements earlier this year, Ottawa risks repeating the same mistakes it made on its decision to sole-source the new maritime patrol aircraft
Windows NT: Peeking into the cradle
17 hours, 20 minutes ago
Half Life:25th Anniversary Documentary
21 hours, 15 minutes ago
What punch cards teach us about AI risk
2 days, 13 hours ago
I (finally) read Edwin Black’s IBM and the Holocaust, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough. This book had been on my queue for years, and I put it off for the same reason that you have probably put it off: we don’t like to confront difficult things. But the book is superlative: not only […]
Franklin National Bank
1 day, 21 hours ago

            In 1974, a large American bank, Franklin National Bank, failed. Over the coming years, many others would follow. While there were some commonalities between Franklin National Bank and the other banks that failed, this bank was peculiar. It was peculiarly badly managed. What is illuminating though is how bad management seemed to self-perpetuate at

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London, Telegraph, and the World
1 week, 1 day ago

            Improvements in infrastructure had tremendous effects on both trade and finance, perhaps most notably in the 19th century. Canals and railways first connected cities within countries and then connected continents. These improvements made trade in merchandise and commodities more efficient, creating opportunities for exchange that did not previously exist.             Even communications technology, like

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Temple Loans of Classical Greece
2 weeks, 1 day ago

            The advent of a market for credit relies on a supply of and demand for surplus financial resources. The demand for credit can be driven by trade or investment or even large consumer purchases. The supply of credit can come from deposits with banks or the reserves of insurance companies. Today, the endowments of

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British Capital and American Cattle
3 weeks, 1 day ago

            Population growth and rising living standards increased demand for meats in Britain during the Industrial Revolution; however, diseases that reduced cattle herds meant more imports were needed to satisfy demand. Some of this demand was met by imports of fresh beef from America. This was extraordinary considering that up to this moment in history,

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Jay Cooke and the Panic of 1873
4 weeks, 1 day ago

            The market for railway company bonds grew quickly in the mid-to-late 19th century. Laying new track was very expensive and the returns would not come until a line was completed. For larger projects, such as those rail links crossing an entire continent, this could be years away. Thus, financing was as important an input

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Obsolete yet Irredeemable Bonds
1 month ago

            Over a century ago, railway companies were among the largest issuers of bonds in the market, second only to governments. Indeed, one could say that it was financing railways that really built the modern bond markets. Because many railway issues had very long terms, some a century or longer, a few vestiges of this

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American Dollar Securities Committee
1 month, 1 week ago

            Under a gold standard regime, exchange rates were understood to be self-regulating courtesy of the ‘price–specie flow’ mechanism. Expansions or contractions in the money supply from trade surpluses or deficits would bring about stability in exchange rates without threats to the gold standard and with minimal or no need for changes in interest rates.

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Marine Insurance and the Quasi-War
1 month, 2 weeks ago

            In the late 18th century, marine insurance in a nascent United States was put to a stressful test. During an undeclared naval war between America and France known as the Quasi-War, merchants were ruined and losses to insurance underwriters rose, as did the frequency of insurance disputes. In the end, insurance not only survived

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Financing Britain’s WWI Spending
1 month, 3 weeks ago

            Exactly how much of a fiscal burden governments can bare is the subject of frequent debate. Some believe any debt is problematic and others believe that, at least for some countries, there is no limit to the fiscal headroom available. Historically, it is in times of war that governments push themselves to the very

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Insurance and the New York Fire of 1835
2 months ago

             In the first fifty years of its history, insurance in the United States was a growing but scarce product. Few insurance firms existed and those that did were typically small and focused on just a couple products: fire and marine insurance. They also offered coverage only in specific areas near where they were founded.

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Weekly Review
6 days, 14 hours ago

Donald Trump’s campaign said that those who compare his rhetoric to that of fascist dictators would be “crushed.”

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Weekly Review
2 weeks ago

Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators brawled outside Los Angeles’s Museum of Tolerance.

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Weekly Review
3 weeks ago

Several people who attended ApeFest in Hong Kong were diagnosed with welder’s eye.

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Violence in Pictures
3 weeks, 1 day ago

“Of course, I advocate for “reality” as much as possible, in the hope that exposure to violence, especially to the real consequences of war by way of brutal images that lay bare both death and injuries, will make the world wiser.”

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Weekly Review
4 weeks ago

Scientists studied the ways in which sperm defy Newton’s laws of motion.

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Pulp Fiction
4 weeks, 1 day ago

In the stacks: on the tristate collectors of yesterday’s future

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Weekly Review
1 month ago

A New Orleans tattoo shop owner was cleared of charges in a ransom plot to turn the Jefferson Davis memorial chair into a toilet.

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Weekly Review
1 month, 1 week ago

It was reported that a Kansas teacher and stand-up comedian had been fired for TikToks in which he described “crop dusting” students with “big milky lactose intolerant farts” and teaching them that Abraham Lincoln was the inventor of the car.

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Weekly Review
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Several Amish people were reported shunned after the U.S. government’s Wireless Emergency Alert test revealed that they had phones.

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Weekly Review
1 month, 3 weeks ago

A Chucky doll was handcuffed and arrested in Colombia after a man used it to intimidate robbery victims.

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|Economy and business| Another mega corp has been born.
1 month, 4 weeks ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Economy and business category. If you’re old enough and have witnessed the birth of Google and Facebook, I’m sure you understand my feelings about OpenAI.

|INFO| Slower News Quarterly - Autumn Issue.
2 months ago

Eleventh issue of Slower News Quarterly was published.

|Demography| Will nations fund fertility?.
2 months, 2 weeks ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Demography category.

|Blockchain| Legality of cryptocurrency by country.
3 months, 2 weeks ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Blockchain category.

|Energy| What's an ambient superconductor?
3 months, 2 weeks ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Energy category.

|Geopolitics| Europeans are becoming poorer.
4 months ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Geopolitics category.

|Culture, beliefs and ethics| Vaporwave.
4 months, 3 weeks ago

New link (with rationale) on Slower News - Culture, Beliefs And Ethics category. Aesthetic patterns are unveiled by time but I believe this one (as a "catch all" category) is consentual. It expresses a nostalgy from a time where we believed our civilization could influence our future. I may be biased here.

|INFO| Slower News Quarterly - Summer Issue.
5 months ago

Tenth issue of Slower News Quarterly was published.

Lit Hub Daily: August 31, 2023
2 months, 4 weeks ago
How the pocket calculator got made (bless). | Lit Hub Math “Other than my husband, all day long I was surrounded by people who didn’t care whether I ever wrote another word, including my beloved children.” Lightsey Darst muses on what it means to write after having children. | Lit Hub 24 books finally out […]
24 books finally out in paperback this September.
2 months, 4 weeks ago
September is officially here, and that means—aside from the (hopeful) promise of cooler weather after a sweltering summer—a new month of paperbacks to look forward to. Below, you’ll find a wide-ranging selection of novels, stories, memoirs, and nonfiction studies being released in paperback this month, from authors new and famed alike. There’s a lot to […]
The 13 Best Book Covers of August
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Another month of books, another month of book covers. In August, I was inundated with eyes (and a few other unexpected body parts). Here are my favorite designs from the end of summer: This is such an arresting pattern cover, and also funny, and also perfect for Millhauser’s stories of surreal suburban oddity. Many tiny […]
“A Haunted House Story”
2 months, 4 weeks ago
I One morning when I was eight years old I climbed the carpeted stairs that led from the living room to the second floor, walked along the sunny hall past my room, my parents’ room, and the guest room, all with doors half-open, and stopped at the shut door of my father’s study. As I […]
What Does It Mean to Write after Having Children?
2 months, 4 weeks ago
“You won’t write a word for five years,” a friend said when I told her I wanted to have children. But as soon as I heard it, I knew I would defy it. If we interpolate a rule of five years per child and take into account that I ended up having two children two […]
How Complex Math and Human Innovation Created the Calculator
2 months, 4 weeks ago
It would not fit. Late in 1957, as Tadao and Toshio Kashio waited to load their desk-​sized calculator onto a plane at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, they were told they would have to dismantle it first. If you can just remove this top part here, an attendant told them, gesturing to the keyboard and display, it […]
Beyond Tortured Genius: Science and Conscience in Two Rediscovered Oppenheimer Films
2 months, 4 weeks ago
“Genius is no guarantee of wisdom,” says government official Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.) in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. It could be the blockbuster’s banner statement. Since the release of Nolan’s thrilling, bombastic film, the culture has been caught in the firestorm about how to explain the personality of the eloquent, esoteric J. Robert Oppenheimer and […]
“Sad Rollercoaster,” a Poem by Jared Harél
2 months, 4 weeks ago
My daughter is in the kitchen, working out death. She wants to get it: how it tastes and feels. Her teacher talks like it’s some glittery gold sticker. Her classmates hear rumors, launch it as a curse when toys aren’t shared. Between bites of cantaloupe, she considers what she knows: her friend’s grandpa lives only in her […]
AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of August
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Each month, our friends at AudioFile Magazine share a curated list of the best audiobooks for your literary listening pleasure. * AUGUST FICTION The Apology by Jimin Han| Read by Kathleen Kim AudioFile Earphones Award [Hachette Audio | 9.75 hrs.] Kathleen Kim’s magnificent performance brings out the complexity and drama of this outstanding saga. Kim is the compelling […]
5 Book Reviews You Need to Read This Week
2 months, 4 weeks ago
Our smorgasbord of superior reviews this week includes Karan Mahajan on Zadie Smith’s The Fraud, Christian Lorentzen on Don DeLillo’s Three Novels of the 1980s, Sloane Crosley on Jill Lepore’s The Deadline, Jane Hu on Emma Cline’s The Guest, and Mayukh Sen on Yunte Huang’s Daughter of the Dragon. Brought to you by Book Marks, […]