Links I Liked

February 2, 2015

     By Duncan Green     

This week’s displacement-activity selection from the best of the twitterstreamwinnie-the-pooh_mental disorders

Lots of traffic about the need to destigmatize mental illness, but what really got to me was this reinterpretation of Winnie the Pooh. Is nothing sacred?

Extraordinary takedown of Winston Churchill (by Churchill) – choice quotes include “I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes” [h/t Alan Beattie]

McCullough obitAnd you thought death put an end to sexism? An extraordinary obituary in The Australian of author of The Thorn Birds (highest-selling Australian book of all time ) and Yale Neuroscientist Colleen McCullough [h/t @vanbadham] More discussion on sexist obits here

Ouch. 52 reasons not to date an aid worker. (No. 21: All conversations lead to a time when they were in …)

Some mixed blogger news

Very disturbing. Uberblogger Andrew Sullivan has decided to stop posting in order to read books and ‘walk around

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in my own thoughts’. You won’t get rid of me that easily – all I ever think about is blogging.

On the other hand, this is going to be fun. Syriza’s new Finance Minister, the ridiculously cool Yanis Varoufakis, is going to carry on blogging regardless, providing instant feedback on the unfolding drama in Greece. There’s even a free ebook of extracts from his new book on the Eurocrisis.

And I am one happy blogger, after @studenthubs makes FP2P its top banana. Thanks. (Cue humble bragging, honoured to be in such august company, yadda yadda). Sincerely hope you are reading the others too.

Meanwhile, the fallout from Deborah Hardoon’s Davos paper on inequality rumbles delightfully on

‘Critics of Oxfam’s Poverty Statistics Are Missing the Point’. The New Yorker nails the ‘silly arguments’ over the 80 richest individuals have wealth of 3.5bn poorest stat

Inequality czar Branko Milanovic backs us and also asks why we can’t grade the megarich on the predator-wealth creator spectrum?

But funniest of the lot was watching a multimillionaire ‘celebrate’ the stat; watch the interviewer’s double take

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February 2, 2015
Duncan Green