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Insight Links for Jun 8, 6:00 am

// June 8th, 2011 // Comments Off on Insight Links for Jun 8, 6:00 am // Digests, Insight

  • Building a dinosaur from a chicken: Jack Horner on TED, Ben Lillie @ TED Blog:
    Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He’s found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he’s taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — …
  • Why Does the South Still Commemorate the Civil War, But Not the North? Bring Your Questions for Historian Peter Coclanis, Team @ Freakonomics:
    This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Celebrations, commemorations, remembrances of all kinds are planned over the next four years. Twenty-two states are getting in on the action. But the majority of events, and the people displaying the most zeal for the …
  • Announcing the 2011 TEDGlobal Fellows!, Emily McManus @ TED Blog:
    Via the TED Fellows blog: The TED Fellows Team is ecstatic to announce the remarkable individuals that comprise the 2011 TEDGlobal Fellowship class! This group of extraordinary people will join us at TEDGlobal 2011 in Edinburgh, UK. Among them you’ll find: an stellar astronomer; a Jordanian comic creator and social …
  • #SpanishRevolution, something truly joyful., Team @ P2P Foundation:
    Wonderful video-statement from Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona:
  • Do Paid Chores Pay for Themselves?, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    My son now travels three days a week, and my daughter-in-law has knee problems. What to do about such tasks as gardening, lawn mowing, leaf raking, etc.? They could hire a gardener; but their kids, now teenagers, are confronting scarcity: Their allowances no longer cover the things they want to …

Insight Links for Jun 1, 6:00 am

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Insight Links for May 25, 6:00 am

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Insight Links for May 18, 6:00 am

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  • Why Can’t You Buy a Big Bottle of Headache Pills in England?, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    Last time I was in London I had a headache, and went to the nearest Boots to buy something for it. In U.S. drugstores, I’m accustomed to finding half an aisle devoted to headache pills, with bottles ranging from small to very large — at least 200 pills in …
  • Guilty by Association – By Rachel Beitarie, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    It’s not just famous artists like Ai Weiwei and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo. In China’s ongoing crackdown against dissidents and critics, the government is on a rampage against their families, too.
  • Barcelona Protest Camp #acampadabcn, Chris Pinchen @ P2P Foundation:
    Statement from the people who have been occupying Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona since yesterday following the marches for real democracy in 60 Spanish cities on Sunday ahead of municipal elections on May 22. A similar camp in Madrid was evicted by riot police this morning. Follow the hashtags #15M #acampadabcn #acampadasol …
  • Disney’s Stealthy “Seal Team Six” Trademark Move, Team @ Freakonomics:
    On May 1st, Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden. On May 3rd, the Walt Disney Company—usually known for animated films about princesses and singing bears–applied for a trademark on the term “Seal Team Six.” The standard economic rationale for trademark law is that trademarks reduce search costs …
  • Details on social media and peer governance of Yemen’s young protesters, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    Excerpt from a report by Tom Finn with interesting details: ” Rafat is the founder of the Civic Coalition of Revolutionary Youth, or CCRY, an organization born on Facebook that was set up in late March by a handful of student activists to help unite Yemen’s anti-government demonstrators. It has …

Insight Links for May 4, 6:00 am

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  • Escaping from Afghanistan’s Mad-Max Present – By Anne-Marie Slaughter, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    What Osama bin Laden’s death means for South Asia’s future.
  • Think Again: Al Qaeda – By Daniel Byman, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    The world’s most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was — and Osama bin Laden’s death doesn’t mean that it’s down for the count.
  • Quotes Uncovered: Honest Abe, Team @ Freakonomics:
    I’m back to inviting readers to submit quotations whose origins they want me to try to trace, using my book, The Yale Book of Quotations, and my more recent researches. Hugo asked: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” …
  • Is Zeitgeist 3 about the commons?, Michel Bauwens @ P2P Foundation:
    Stefan Meretz of gives his impressions after viewing the third iteration of the Zeitgeist series. Stefan Meretz: “So, what is the film about and what has this to do with commons? The movie is full of informations. One has to concentrate enormously to follow all facts and statements …
  • Racial Bias in Capital Sentencing, Team @ Freakonomics:
    A new study of capital sentences handed down in first degree murder cases finds evidence of racial bias against minority defendants who killed white victims.

Insight Links for Apr 27, 6:00 am

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  • The LWOT: Massive cache of Gitmo docs released – by Andrew Lebovich, ANDREW LEBOVICH @ Foreign Policy:
    Foreign Policy and the New America Foundation bring you a twice weekly brief on the legal war on terror. You can read it on or get it delivered directly to your inbox — just sign up here.
  • The security mirage: Bruce Schneier on, Team @ TED Blog:
    The feeling of security and the reality of security don’t always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. He explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the “security theater” now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks — and how we can break this pattern. …
  • How Prevalent Is Insider Trading? And What’s to Be Done About It? A Freakonomics Quorum, Stephen J. Dubner @ Freakonomics:
    As I type these words, the biggest insider-trading trial in years, that of Raj Rajaratnam, has just gone to the jury. I haven’t followed the trial too closely, but the gist is evident: the line between “insider trading” and the legitimate, if sharp-elbowed, acquisition of useful trading information is extremely …
  • Tiger Blood – By Gordon Weiss, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Two years after its brutal counterinsurgency war ended, Sri Lanka faces new questions from the international community.
  • The Value of Unpaid Work: Which Countries Do the Most and Why, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: the Italian voice A new report from the OECD paints a fascinating picture of how citizens from different countries stack up on an assortment of metrics: from who works the longest hours, who shops the most, to who is most trusting of others. The annual report, titled “Society at …

Insight Links for Apr 20, 6:00 am

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  • On being wrong: Kathryn Schulz on, Team @ TED Blog:
    Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.(Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 17:57) Watch Kathryn Schulz’s talk on TED….
  • March of the Yemeni Women – By Tom Finn, Team @ Foreign Policy:
    Angered by the taunts of Yemen’s embattled president, women take to the streets of Sanaa to call for his head.
  • A Biblical Post, Daniel Hamermesh @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: David Campbell 2 Kings VII discusses an incident in which the people of Israel are besieged and food prices are skyrocketing. A military officer scoffs when “a man of God” predicts that barley will soon sell for ½ shekel and fine flour for 1 shekel (very low prices). The …
  • The U.K.’s ‘Under-Aged’ Socially Networked Children, Team @ Freakonomics:
    According to a new study by the London School of Economics, one in every three children in the U.K. between 9 and 12 has his/her own Facebook page, despite Facebook’s minimum age requirement of 13. Among 13-16 year-olds, that number shoots to 43 percent. Researchers noted that European children …
  • Hungry, Hungry Judges, Team @ Freakonomics:
    Photo: ssalonso If you’re going to court, you better hope that judge had breakfast. Or just a break. A new study looked into psychological effects in the courtroom from the supply side: the judges. Researchers evaluated results from more than 1,000 rulings made by 8 Israeli judges and found that …