Newsletter 885

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Best of the Moment

How He Got It Right

Andrew Hacker | NYRB | 21 December 2012

On big data, probability, Wall Street, Nate Silver, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Life gets less predictable, even as our analytical methods improve, because the complexity of our society grows faster than our analytics do Comments (

Snow Fall

John Branch | NYT | 20 December 2012

Account of deadly avalanche in Washington state earlier this year that enveloped a group of expert skiers. This is part one of what's a long, compelling narrative Comments (

Lunch With The FT: Tyler Cowen

John McDermott | FT | 21 December 2012

“What I would like to vote for is a candidate that is socially liberal, a fiscal conservative, broadly libertarian with a small ‘l’, but sensible and pragmatic, and with a chance of winning. That’s more or less the empty set” Comments (

This Sacred Text

Jonathan Freedland | Guardian | 21 December 2012

The US Constitution is both a treasure and a curse. Any policy proposal, whatever its merits, must be proven compatible with the views of a group of 18th-century politicians whose words are revered almost as those of deities Comments (

On Not Believing In Canada

Daniel Davies | Crooked Timber | 21 December 2012

Christmas parable. "As I grow older, I must admit, the prospect of Canada seems comforting and spiritually enriching rather than irritating. My wife is a firm believer in Canada and insisted on bringing up the children as believers" Comments (

Battle Of The Somm

Ben Schott | NYT | 23 December 2012

Guide to sommelier's jargon — as applied to both wines and customers. A "whale" or "baller" buys thousand-dollar bottles. An "extra big baller" spends more than $100,000 in the course of an evening. A "cork dork" is a wine geek Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Randall Grahm on Wine

The Californian winemaker gives us a fabulously eclectic reading list for understanding and enjoying the world of wine
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Guns in America

How does one make sense of the killings in Newtown and Aurora? And will Americans, will President Obama do anything to stop it happening again? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

MattGreenAfPak ( We speak to Haji Khairullah. The US says he is a Taliban financier; he says he's just an honest businessman. #browsings ( More like this (

Book of the Day

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The Race between Education and Technology  by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F Katz

Timothy Noah says ( : "Goldin and Katz’s insight was the fact that for the computer revolution the US education system was no longer keeping up with marketplace demands" FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

PAL-V Maiden Voyage


They promised us flying cars. And guess what? Here's a flying car. More videos (

Quote of the Day

Penelope Trunk, on listening (

"I get bored with the idea of becoming a better listener. Why would I do that when interrupting people is so much faster?"

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