Wait, don’t start work – check out this pick of last week’s @fp2p twittercrop instead.
Global Median Ages: Niger the youngest (15); Japan/Germany the oldest (46) [H/t Ian Bremmer, Tanja Hichert]
If you’re interested in governance, political economy etc, Matt Andrews at Harvard is putting up a blog post, video and powerpoint after each lecture in his ‘getting things done‘ course.
Extraordinary and hellish journey of Solomon, an Eritrean refugee now in UK, and how he got there. Ends happily.
Identity politics is the new opium of the people, argues Dani Rodrik (with lots of data). It explains why people keep voting against their economic interest
Why ‘evidence-based policy’ is nonsense, but evidence-informed is a good idea. Kirsty Newman explains wrt the Scots referendum & eating cake
I’ve stopped watching TED Talks but make exception for Hans Rosling & son Ola on why we underperform against chimps (and how to fix it)
And some random links and clips on the big event this week (at least in the UK, and probably Barcelona) – the Scots referendum on independence
First, a burning question – what do Scottish aristocrats think? (hint: not keen). By the Tatler’s delightfully named Sophia Money-Coutts.
A brilliant 8m finale from ‘The Pitiless Storm’, which I saw at the Edinburgh Festival last month. David Hayman plays a lifelong Labour Party stalwart about to receive an OBE who suddenly changes his mind. On everything.[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1V_jCbTq-c[/youtube]
Finally, this unforgettable rant on ‘being Scottish’ from Trainspotting. Wonder which way they would vote?[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-LRuuqFT0[/youtube]