Links I Liked

January 2, 2018

     By Duncan Green     

Welcome back, those who’ve been away. The twittersphere never stops, so here’s some random links to help you catch up.

48 superimposed photos of the sun, taken during a year, one per week, in the same place and time, in the Cathedral of Burgos. The highest point is the summer solstice and the lowest is the winter solstice. But can someone please explain to me why it’s a figure of 8, rather than an ellipse? h/t Roberto Alonso González Lezcano

Excellent post by USAID about how to better ensure evidence is used by decision-makers. h/t Michael Zanchelli

Ten commandments each for economists and non economists, from Dani Rodrik. But why divide up the world like this rather than, say, ‘anthropologists and non anthropologists’?

Hieronymous Bosch does Twitter

Hieronymous Bosch does Twitter, h/t Paul Cooper

Geek heaven. Inaugural Statistic of the Year award. 2017 winner is 69 (= number of US citizens killed on average in lawnmower accidents each year, compared with the two killed by immigrant Islamic terrorists.)

Important piece on geo-engineering as a development issue from Andy Norton of IIED: ‘none of the techno-solutions under consideration will have equitable impacts between rich and poor nations, between powerful and powerless people.’

What’s happened to civic activism in Brazil? Excellent from Marisa von Bülow. On the surface, all is apathy. Below it, two kinds of campaign are filling the vacuum: moral panics from the right and defensive activism from the left

Extraordinary way to run a discipline, and a great title: The Running of the Economists

January 2, 2018
Duncan Green