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If a tree falls in the forest, Peter Wohlleben seems to suggest, listen for a woodland wake. This woodsman spares no effort to give that tree human qualities. It did't just make its presence felt, it lived a long life of service. Its patterns were lo ...more
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My data-science reading continues with a classic from Nobel laureate Richard Thaler. This series of journal essays have held up well as an introduction to behavioral economics, and how it attempts to explain a rational market's bursts of exuberance. ...more
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If we're living in a moment about power and privilege, here's one way to move the discussion forward. It's a tale about am Ojibwe woman's plan for revenge on the lumber baron who took her land. Once embedded in his home, he becomes not her victim but ...more
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The originalist view of elections was unenlightened. The Constitution gave the Electoral College authority to choose the president. and state lawmakers voted for Senator. Eventually white male landowners won the ballot. Former Clinton speechwriter Mi ...more
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Mark Twain
“Behold, the fool saith, "Put not all thine eggs in the one basket" - which is but a matter of saying, "Scatter your money and your attention"; but the wise man saith, "Pull all your eggs in the one basket and - WATCH THAT BASKET." - Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar”
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson

George Orwell
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not
money, I am become as a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And
though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries,
and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could
remove mountains, and have not money, I am nothing. And though I
bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to
be burned, and have not money, it profiteth me nothing. Money
suffereth long, and is kind; money envieth not; money vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave unseemly, seeketh not her
own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in
iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth
all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. . . . And now
abideth faith, hope, money, these three; but the greatest of these
is money.

I Corinthians xiii (adapted) ”
George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Timothy Snyder
“The hero of a David Lodge novel says that you don’t know, when you make love for the last time, that you are making love for the last time. Voting is like that. Some of the Germans who voted for the Nazi Party in 1932 no doubt understood that this might be the last meaningfully free election for some time, but most did not. Some of the Czechs and Slovaks who voted for the Czechoslovak Communist Party in 1946 probably realized that they were voting for the end of democracy, but most assumed they would have another chance. No doubt the Russians who voted in 1990 did not think that this would be the last free and fair election in their country’s history, which (thus far) it has been. Any election can be the last, or at least the last in the lifetime of the person casting the vote.”
Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

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