Links I liked

September 15, 2014

     By Duncan Green     

Wait, don’t start work – check out this pick of last week’s @fp2p twittercrop instead.

World Median Ages

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.

One Direction DadSee the will to live drained from these dead eyes. Harrowing. Photos of Dads at One Direction concerts. [h/t @meowtree]

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.

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Finally, this unforgettable rant on ‘being Scottish’ from Trainspotting. Wonder which way they would vote?

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September 15, 2014
Duncan Green