In the spirit of Internet immediacy, here is a review of what I was reading online last week.
- “As nations become wealthier, it is harder for them to sustain high rates of growth. That doesn’t mean that the United States is in decline, or even stagnating. When a nation is as rich as ours, it can realize larger absolute gains than it did in the past and larger gains than other nations even if it has lower growth rates.” via The Breakthrough Institute – The Affluent Economy.
- Feeling like a caveman? Well, don’t. “To think of ourselves as misfits in our own time and of our own making flatly contradicts what we now understand about the way evolution works.” via Misguided Nostalgia for Our Paleo Pasts – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- No comment needed: lens culture: World Press Photo Award Winners 2012.
- Most fact-filled paragraph I read all week: “More than 2.2 million Americans are incarcerated. This population is dynamic: hundreds of thousands of people mostly men are released from U.S. prisons each year to try to make a go of it in a world where they have failed before—with the added disadvantage of a prison record. More than two-thirds will be rearrested within three years; half will go back in prison.” via Harvards Bruce Western advocates new prison, rehabilitation policies | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2013.
- You can, it seems, find anything on the Internet. “The superabundance of information that’s now accreting around drug use will no doubt save a few or more than a few lives. But there’s also something paradoxical about it, because drugs are, by their nature, anti-informational.” via n+1: Im Waiting for my UPS Man.
- And “…it remains unclear why so many Ethiopian women were receiving Depo-Provera, a long-acting birth control injection that is rarely prescribed to other Israelis.” via Israeli Ethiopian Birth Control Ignites Debate : NPR.
- Both a good yarn, and a criminal example of a grammatical dangler: “While taking a bath one day at his home at Chequers in late 1942, an excited Lord Louis Mountbatten — the British military Chief of Combined Operations — stormed in and dropped a chunk of ice between Churchills legs.” via Winston Churchills plan to fight Nazis with massive aircraft carriers made from ice.
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