Weekend here! Pour yourself a mug of Volcanica Sumatra Gayo Piberi Coffee Coffee, grab a seat on the beach, and get ready to read our long form weekend:
A 24 charts that show that we (mostly) are living better lives than our parents Ignore the haters: The standard of living has improved a lot since the 1980s. (Full stack economy)
A Environmentalism in one country: Both Japan and Korea went through periods of intense deforestation in the 18th and 19th centuries. The mountains of Japan and Korea are both empty. When the Japanese began to try to figure out why their civilization had retreated from the West, they learned that it was a flaw. Returning from Europe, Japanese scholars saw the link between national strength, ethnic vitality, and forest health, and brought back the idea of sylviculturists and foresters. Preserving forests and wildlife, European sylvists argued, was a necessity for civilization. (Palladium)
A Moneyball at 20: 20 years later, you will not recognize the game. The catchers will stay on one knee and will not even try to block the pitches as run scores on the gift wild pitches. There will be many relievers in a game that will make your head spin. The batsmen will try to get the ball to that level and at any cost the batting average will go down to a new low and the strikeout will rise to record highs. Scout will be replaced by video. (Ball Nine)
A At 88, poker legend Doyle Brunson is still bluffing. Or is he? Texas gamblers have been winning poker for seventy years যথেষ্ট enough to become an icon and watch an outsider play become an industry. (Texas Monthly)
A Modern Art and the Esteem Machine Picasso was a joker. Then he was a god. How did his art finally start in America? (New Yorker)
A The Italian automotive style icon struggles to go electric Ferrari and Lamborghini are trying to design battery-powered cars that inspire the same devotion as their expensive internal combustion models. (New York Times)
A Do we need a new theory of evolution? A new wave of scientists argues that an urgent correction of mainstream evolutionary theory is needed. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careers – and conflict could determine the future of biology. (Parent)
A Jason Brassard has spent his life collecting rare video games. Until the hist. Porn trilogy for Nintendo. Atari Games since the 1980s. Pristine nostalgia, potentially worth millions, is gone overnight. (Vanity Fair)
A Map of Emma Willard’s time: In the twenty-first century, infographics are everywhere. In classrooms, in newspapers, in official reports, these brief visual presentations of complex information have changed the way we imagine the world. Susan Schulten explores the pioneering work of Emma Willard (1787-1870), a leading feminist educator whose innovative map of the time formed the basis of today’s charts and graphics (Public Domain Review).
A Annie Linux deceived us in the MTV era. Now he calms us down online. After nearly 40 years of hitting it with urethmics ‘Sweet Dreams (and Made of This)’, the singer has left his chin in a world of anxiety. (Washington Post)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business next week with Perth Toll, the index provider and sponsor of the Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF, founder of the Life + Liberty Index. The first type of strategy uses the metrics of personal and economic independence as the primary cause of its investment process. Prior to the formation of the Life + Liberty Index, Perth was a personal wealth advisor to Fidelity Investments in Los Angeles and Houston, and lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong, where his observations led him to explore the relationship between freedom and the market.
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