15 Jul 2011

Anything but water

  • Politics -- children or leaders? See figure =>

  • Useful discussion on academic publication:
    People are busy. Most of them had only read the abstract (and maybe the concluding section) of the first draft working paper to begin with. Worse, they had just relied on their favorite blogger to summarize it for them. But, guess what? Their favorite blogger has moved on and won’t be re-blogging on the new version of the working paper. Many won’t even know that there is a more recent [and maybe contradictory] version.
    More from John Whitehead.

  • Google+ has potential:*
    Google believes that with Circles it has solved the tough sharing problem that Facebook has inexplicably failed to crack. “With Facebook I have 500 friends — my mom’s my friend, my boss is my friend,” says Shimrit Ben-Yair, the product manager in charge of the social graph. “So when I share on Facebook, I overshare. On Twitter, I undershare, because it’s public. If Google hits that spot in the middle, we can revolutionize social interaction.”
    I joined but will take my time to see how it works.

  • Bad news about good news: "The lull in global warming from 1998 to 2008 was mainly caused by a sharp rise in China's coal use"

  • Good essay on the eurozone debt crisis ("once Greece goes"). I favor the haircut scenario: 50 percent debt writeoff. [More from Tyler Cowen]

  • Most post-WWII growth in American government jobs was in LOCAL government (from about 4 million to 14 million employees); federal employment was relatively flat.

* To eliminate this problem? "New Service Adds Your Drunken Facebook Photos To Employer Background Checks, For Up To Seven Years"

H/T to RM

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