Newsletter 808

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Best of the Moment

Baseball Or Football? How Your Sports Choices Secretly Reveal Your Politics

Andy Sevastopoulos | StubHub Data | 10 October 2012

States in which the most baseball tickets are sold, relative to football tickets, vote Democrat. Whereas states which sell proportionately more football tickets vote Republican. (And that's American football, by the way) Comments (

The 3-D Printed Future And Its Enemies

Peter Frase | Jacobin | 9 October 2012

Designers will inherit the problems of musicians today, "struggling to figure out how to react to consumers trading, remixing, and printing their creations all over the place". Should they sue for piracy, or go with the flow? Comments (

Dangerous Intersection

Steven Strogatz | NYT | 8 October 2012

On catastrophe theory and sleep. Night-shift workers will know this: If you stay up particularly late, you tend to sleep less rather than more, even though you may feel very tired. Here's why. And how it relates to economics Comments (

Chavez's Win Proves 'Elected Autocrat' Isn’t An Oxymoron

Clive Crook | Bloomberg | 9 October 2012

"Elected autocrat is a confusing category. [But] Chavez represents a third way, [and] he teaches us an important lesson: Democracy isn’t enough. Venezuela is indeed democracy at work – at work, yet gone tragically wrong" Comments (’t-oxymoron)

Doctor’s Bag For The New Millennium

Abraham Verghese | NYT | 8 October 2012

Three essentials: A pocket ultrasound machine, which beats the heck out of stethoscopes; a "PanOptic ophthalmoscope, an instrument that looks a bit like a large revolver"; and an iPad, for taking pictures and pulling up videos Comments (’s-bag-new-millennium)

Michelin, Get Out Of The Kitchen!

AA Gill | Vanity Fair | 3 October 2012

Entertaining condemnation of the Michelin guide. An exercise in snobbery. It rewards "fat, conservative, fussy rooms that use expensive ingredients with ingratiating pomp to serve glossy plutocrats and their speechless rental dates" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Evgeny Morozov on Philosophy of Technology

The technology commentator discusses the relationship between technology and authoritarianism – and says "philosophers of technology completely missed the train on the internet" Read on (


Healthcare in America

The battle over US healthcare reform reaches the Supreme Court. Here's what's at stake Read on (

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Book of the Day

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Tibet, Tibet  by Patrick French

Evan Osnos says ( : “In Tibetan literature, people are either hugely admiring or they are really critical and angry. It’s rare that you get a voice that depicts both, so I found it to be among the most interesting books written on Tibet.” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Social Construction Of Race


Two minutes of pop anthropology More videos (

Quote of the Day

Jack Shafer, on politicians (

"Telling the truth is not great for campaigns. If it were, more people would be doing it"

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