Smart people saying smart things

Cosma Shalizi: “Dives, Lazarus and Alice“ The larger point is that while what is technologically efficient depends on facts of nature, what is economically efficient is a function of our social arrangements, of who owns how much of what. Economic efficiency may be a good tool, but it is perverse to serve your own tools, [Read More…]

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Leftover links

Kevin Drum: “The Real Story Behind Black Friday.” The phrase originally was a snarky dig at customers by retailers, and so of course it started here in Philadelphia. “Thanksgiving: Busting the tryptophan myth wide open.” The American Chemical Society says we feel groggy from over-eating, but not from the tryptophan in turkey. I’m sure the [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

James 5:1-6 Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for [Read More…]

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Fake authenticity and pretending not to use hair products

I’ve consulted with an expert — a licensed professional with decades of experience in crafting the hair of men who can afford to pay top dollar for such services — and she says this New York Times profile of Mitt Romney’s hairstylist is ridiculous. Mr. de Magistris, who gave Mr. Romney a $70 trim three [Read More…]

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Apples and oranges

Well now way back in the Bible Temptations always come along There’s always somebody tempting Somebody into doing something they know is wrong Well they tempt you, man, with silver And they tempt you, sir, with gold And they tempt you with the pleasure That the flesh does surely hold They say Eve tempted Adam [Read More…]

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FGS relatives open thread

Today is a happy day here in America, because it’s Thanksgiving Day — a day to gather with our families to enjoy a meal and spend hours talking with our relatives. Today is a stressful day here in America, because it’s Thanksgiving Day — a day to gather with our families to enjoy a meal [Read More…]

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Judge says Alabama cannot steal immigrants’ homes

This is good news: “US judge stops Ala. from enforcing part of law.” A federal judge in Montgomery has stopped state officials from using Alabama’s [harsh]* new immigration law to prevent immigrants from renewing required permits on manufactured homes. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday evening that allows Alabama residents [Read More…]

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An invitation to an argument: ’25 Books Every Christian Should Read’

Renovaré has a new book out that seems designed to start an argument. It’s called 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics, and it’s just what it sounds like — an introduction to 25 classic works of Christian writing, with excerpts from each and short essays arguing for why [Read More…]

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