Category Archives: News

The environmental cost of eating shrimp is off the charts

Two vegetarian friends of mine, through their quiet example, have caused me to improve my approach to eating, at least sometimes. Although I will never achieve a “no meat” diet, I eat less of it than before, and I look … Continue reading

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Woz Larry Summers who dunnit

If I were king, I’d send any advisor who did this to me off to a life cleaning the royal chicken coops: Noam Scheiber: The Memo that Larry Summers Didn’t Want Obama to See, by Noam Scheiber: …Last month,… Ryan … Continue reading

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The “total return” for the broad stock market (S&P 500 Index) has declined by 30% in real terms since the March, 2000 peak

If you feel poorer despite continuing to add to your stock market savings, there’s good reason for that. Below is the chart. Note that the “red line” is the one you want. It’s inflation-adjusted and accounts for dividends (not fees … Continue reading

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Need help with your movie popcorn habit? Try eating it with your other hand

Via Andrew Sullivan we come to this study finding that grabbing the popped goodness using your non-dominant hand can significantly reduce the kind of eating that we indulge in out of habit rather than hunger: Participants ate out of habit, regardless of freshness, … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs on mortality as a gift

Today’s New York Times: In [his 2005 commencement address at Stanford], delivered after Mr. Jobs was told he had cancer but before it was clear that it would ultimately claim his life, Mr. Jobs told his audience that “death is … Continue reading

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Westboro Baptist Church to picket Steve Jobs’ funeral

It’s nice to see Rev. Phelps and his congregants continuing to do their bit to make the world a better place: If you’re ever at a loss for what the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, is all about, take … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs’ grass stains — John Gruber’s salute

The best Apple blogger anywhere, John Gruber: After the WWDC keynote four months ago, I saw Steve, up close. He looked old. Not old in a way that could be measured in years or even decades, but impossibly old. Not … Continue reading

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