Liberty

  • This Is Why Hospitals Can Charge $6,000 Or $60,000 For The Exact Same Procedure
    by Tyler Durden on February 14, 2021 at 2:44 am

    This Is Why Hospitals Can Charge $6,000 Or $60,000 For The Exact Same Procedure Several months back, we pointed out how new disclosure laws would be forcing hospitals to disclose the cost of services and rates negotiated by insurers. Now, the numbers are starting to trickle in - and they're ugly.  Roughly 6,000 hospitals across the nation are starting to reveal the rates they negotiate with insurers for a number of procedures. The figures show how widely prices vary for the […]

  • Religious Books Seized And Burned In Communist China, 'Believers' Given Jail Terms
    by Tyler Durden on January 31, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Religious Books Seized And Burned In Communist China, 'Believers' Given Jail Terms Authored by Jocelyn Neo via The Epoch Times, Years ago, the horrors of the holocaust paved the way for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; however, our basic right to freedom of religion or belief is still being trampled in societies ruled by totalitarian regimes. In communist China, practicing a certain faith, printing, or even reading religious books could result in prison terms […]

  • Child marriage is still happening in Canada
    by Shirley Cardenas-McGill on January 12, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Between 2000 and 2008, over 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children in Canada under the age of 18, research finds. Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad, yet the practice remains legal and persists across the country. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have been common-law unions. Child marriage, defined as formal or informal (common-law) marriage before the age of 18, is a globally recognized indicator of gender inequality […]

  • NY State Assembly Bill A416: COVID Concentration Camps Coming To America?
    by Tyler Durden on January 9, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    NY State Assembly Bill A416: COVID Concentration Camps Coming To America? Authored by Brandon Smith via Al-Market.us, Six months ago amid the panic and the hype surrounding the coronavirus outbreak the New Zealand government made an announcement that went mostly unnoticed by the mainstream media. It was a policy decision that the whole western world should have been up in arms about, but at the time the public was still processing the pandemic chaos. New Zealand was […]

  • "Great Reset" - 61% Of Nations Have Decimated Liberty With COVID Restrictions
    by Tyler Durden on December 17, 2020 at 8:49 am

    "Great Reset" - 61% Of Nations Have Decimated Liberty With COVID Restrictions Tyler Durden Wed, 12/16/2020 - 16:20 Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News, An international human rights group has warned that the majority of nations across the globe have implemented COVID related restrictions that have severely eroded the liberties of their citizens. The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), based in Sweden, reports that 61 per cent of […]

  • China's Global Power Tops The US? New Measures Say No!
    by Tyler Durden on December 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

    China's Global Power Tops The US? New Measures Say No! Tyler Durden Sun, 12/13/2020 - 23:30 Authored by Hal Brands, op-ed via Bloomberg.com, GDP and military spending matter, but so do networks of allies and "resilience"... Ever since the U.S. reached the pinnacle of global power after World War II, Americans have worried it wouldn’t remain there. Waves of “declinism” rolled across the country after Sputnik in the late 1950s, the Vietnam War, the oil shocks of […]

  • "This Is Insane": NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases
    by Tyler Durden on December 13, 2020 at 7:07 am

    "This Is Insane": NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases Tyler Durden Sat, 12/12/2020 - 18:30 By Tanay Warerkar Of Eater New York, Yesterday, we reported that with in parallel with Andrew Cuomo’s decision to once again shut down indoor dining in New York starting Monday, more than half of the city's restaurants are in danger of closing. Yet as Eater New York reports, many in the New York […]

  • UK Warns People With "Severe Allergies" Shouldn't Take COVID Vaccine
    by Tyler Durden on December 10, 2020 at 6:09 am

    UK Warns People With "Severe Allergies" Shouldn't Take COVID Vaccine Tyler Durden Wed, 12/09/2020 - 08:35 Millions of Britons, particularly the most vulnerable in their society, probably breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday when NHS leaders introduced the first patient to receive a dose of the still-experimental Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: A 90-year-old woman on the cusp of her 91st birthday who said she is thrilled she'll be able to spend the holiday with family […]

  • "It Was No Longer Safe For Me To Live In China": Former Chinese Communist Party Insider Breaks With Beijing
    by Tyler Durden on December 5, 2020 at 2:13 am

    "It Was No Longer Safe For Me To Live In China": Former Chinese Communist Party Insider Breaks With Beijing Tyler Durden Fri, 12/04/2020 - 19:00 By Cai Xia, a Professor at the Central Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1998 to 2012. This essay was translated from the Chinese by Stacy Mosher (Read in Chinese here). When Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, I was full of hope for China. As a professor at the prestigious school that educates top […]

  • The economics of expanding immigration: My long-read Q&A with Michael Clemens
    by John Konicki on December 1, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Throughout American history, immigrants have been vital contributors to our economy — as workers, consumers, and innovators. Nevertheless, many people have concerns about increasing immigration today. I recently explored the common arguments against more immigration — as well as the merits of various immigration policy proposals — with my latest podcast guest, Michael Clemens. Michael Clemens is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he is the Director of […]

  • CCP Imposes Tough New 'Social Credit Score' Rules
    by Tyler Durden on November 29, 2020 at 6:52 am

    CCP Imposes Tough New 'Social Credit Score' Rules Tyler Durden Sat, 11/28/2020 - 23:30 China will consider individuals who seriously endanger people’s health and safety, or disrupt markets’ fair competition and normal social order, as threats to society under its new social credit guidelines. State broadcaster CCTV reported that the measures were discussed during a recent meeting of the state council citing a state council meeting led by Premier Li Keqiang, […]

  • Russia Warns US It Will "Respond" To Future Border Violations In Sea Of Japan
    by Tyler Durden on November 28, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Russia Warns US It Will "Respond" To Future Border Violations In Sea Of Japan Tyler Durden Fri, 11/27/2020 - 21:30 Russia's foreign ministry said Friday that it's lodged a formal protest with the United States over this week's incident in the Sea of Japan, calling it a "provocation designed to disturb the peace".  Russia further said Friday it's military won't hesitate to "respond" the next time the US Navy brazenly violates its maritime borders. During the […]

 

Literacy

  • Redefining healthy diets?
    by Unknown on January 31, 2021 at 8:01 am

    In the US, only 12% of the adult population was considered to have optimal metabolic health in 2019 [Araújo et al. 2019]. Two on three Americans are either overweight or obese (30% overweight and 42% obese, incl. 9% of severely obese) [Fryar et al. 2020], while one on two is expected to become obese and one on four severely obese by 2030 [Ward et al. 2019]. Both cardiometabolic diseases and nutritional deficiencies are ravaging public health worldwide [Nelson et al., 2018]. Dietary change is […]

  • Chart of the day…. or century?
    by Mark Perry on January 18, 2021 at 2:19 am

    As I wrote in the summer of 2018 on CD, I’ve probably created and posted more than 3,000 graphics on CD, Twitter, and Facebook including charts, graphs, tables, figures, maps, and Venn diagrams over the last 15 years. Of all of those graphics, I don’t think any has gotten more attention, links, re-Tweets, re-posts, and mentions than previous versions of the chart above, which was once referred to as “the Chart of the Century.” Here are some examples of the attention that past versions […]

  • How to Live with Our Human Limitations: Physicist Brian Greene Reads and Reflects on Rilke’s Profoundest Elegy
    by Maria Popova on December 26, 2020 at 8:00 am

    “Not because happiness exists, that over-hasty profit from imminent loss, not out of curiosity, or to practice the heart… But because being here is much, and because all that’s here seems to need us.” In the bleak winter of 1922, a “hurricane of the spirit” swept the ailing and downtrodden Rainer Maria Rilke (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926) into a rapture of creative vitality. Within a week, he had written his now-iconic Sonnets to Orpheus and completed the suite of ten […]

  • The Year in Math and Computer Science
    by Bill Andrews on December 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    For mathematicians and computer scientists, 2020 was full of discipline-spanning discoveries and celebrations of creativity. Several long-standing problems yielded to sustained collaboration, sometimes answering other important questions as a happy byproduct. While some results had immediate applications, with researchers improving on the findings or incorporating them into other work, others served for now as inspiration, suggesting that progress is within reach. Early in the year, Quanta […]

  • Debate involving a bad analysis of GRE scores
    by Andrew on December 15, 2020 at 2:38 am

    This is one of these academic ping-pong stories of a general opinion, an article that challenges the general opinion, a rebuttal to that article, a rebuttal to the rebuttal, etc. I’ll label the positions as A1, B1, A2, B2, and so forth: A1: The starting point is that Ph.D. programs in the United States typically require that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the admissions process. B1: In 2019, Miller, Zwick, Posselt, Silvestrini, and Hodapp published an […]

  • In case you’re wondering . . . this is why the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world
    by Andrew on September 17, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Read the above letter carefully, then remember this. (Greg Mankiw called comparisons of life expectancies schlocky, but maybe he’ll feel different about this once he reaches the age of 70 or 75 . . .) P.S. This doesn’t help either.

  • Risk and replication
    by Alessandro Innocenti on May 28, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    The science behind human irrationality just passed a huge test If you won $100 tomorrow, you’d be pretty happy. And if you lost $100, you’d be less than thrilled. But those two feelings wouldn’t be the same in magnitude: the loss would probably sting far more than the gain would delight. People don’t approach things like loss and risk as purely rational agents. We weigh losses more heavily than gains. We feel like the difference between 1 percent and 2 percent is bigger than […]

  • Ancient Rome in five-minute animated fly-through
    by Gareth Branwyn on May 28, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    It's hard to imagine what places like ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome might have looked like in all of their glory. New Historia tries to shed some light on what everyday life might have looked and felt like with their series of 3D "cinematic animations." Here is their five-minute fly-through over ancient Rome. No idea why they chose to not paint the statues. It's always been my understanding that the statuary was painted in bright, vivid colors. Image: YouTube

  • Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem
    by Erica Klarreich on May 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    In the summer of 2018, at a conference on low-dimensional topology and geometry, Lisa Piccirillo heard about a nice little math problem. It seemed like a good testing ground for some techniques she had been developing as a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin. “I didn’t allow myself to work on it during the day,” she said, “because I didn’t consider it to be real math. I thought it was, like, my homework.” The question asked whether the Conway knot — a snarl […]

  • Microfinance is driving many Sri Lankan borrowers to despair
    on September 7, 2019 at 4:42 am

    The country has few regulations in place to prevent over-indebtedness

  • The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement - Facts So Romantic
    by Philip Ball on August 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.Imagine if all our scientific theories and models told us only about averages: if the best weather forecasts could only give you the average daily amount of rain expected over the next month, or if astronomers could only predict the average time between solar eclipses.A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory, which describes what happens during the long-mysterious “collapse” of a quantum […]

  • A Book That Examines the Writing Processes of Two Poetry Giants
    by James Parker on August 18, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Nature. We all know what it means. (Cows, the sky, puddles, volcanoes …) But what does it mean to have this single, oddly abstract word for the entire domain of the organic and nonhuman? How did we become so estranged from our own sustaining element that we could point at it and call it “nature”? I love nature: There aren’t many things you can say that are simultaneously as banal and as ontologically forlorn as that.Adam Nicolson’s The Making of Poetry is a glowingly—one might […]

Legacy

  • Whole Foods CEO Suggests Americans Wouldn't Need Healthcare If They Ate Better 
    by Tyler Durden on January 18, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Whole Foods CEO Suggests Americans Wouldn't Need Healthcare If They Ate Better  Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said Americans would not need healthcare if they ate better and lived healthier lives.  "I mean, honestly, we talk about healthcare. The best solution is not to need health care," Mackey told Freakonomics Radio on Nov. 4 and was first reported on Monday by CNBC. "The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle, and diet," he […]

  • Child marriage is still happening in Canada
    by Shirley Cardenas-McGill on January 12, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Between 2000 and 2008, over 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children in Canada under the age of 18, research finds. Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad, yet the practice remains legal and persists across the country. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have been common-law unions. Child marriage, defined as formal or informal (common-law) marriage before the age of 18, is a globally recognized indicator of gender inequality […]

  • What next for London, the world's second-largest financial center?
    by Nik Martin on December 31, 2020 at 10:58 am

    The UK-EU trade deal has done little to bolster Britain's financial services sector, a major contributor to its economy. DW breaks down what must happen after Brexit to stop the City of London from faltering. The new UK-EU trade deal came into effect on Friday, giving Britain unprecedented market access ... Read full article »

  • Why The Number '3' May Make You Rethink The COVID Hysteria
    by Tyler Durden on December 17, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Why The Number '3' May Make You Rethink The COVID Hysteria Tyler Durden Wed, 12/16/2020 - 13:52 Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com, Yesterday I promised to explain why the number three is among the most compelling data points discovered so far in Covid-19 research. And it’s something that you most likely won’t see in the mainstream media, even though the data is right there in the FDA’s research. Covid has clearly been THE most heavily researched topic […]

  • "This Is Insane": NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases
    by Tyler Durden on December 13, 2020 at 7:07 am

    "This Is Insane": NYC Small Businesses Furious At Indoor Dining Ban After Data Shows Restaurants Account For Only 1.4% Of Covid Cases Tyler Durden Sat, 12/12/2020 - 18:30 By Tanay Warerkar Of Eater New York, Yesterday, we reported that with in parallel with Andrew Cuomo’s decision to once again shut down indoor dining in New York starting Monday, more than half of the city's restaurants are in danger of closing. Yet as Eater New York reports, many in the New York […]

  • "That's A Dire Warning": Dalio's Chart Hints At What Beijing Is Really Up To
    by Tyler Durden on December 2, 2020 at 9:46 am

    "That's A Dire Warning": Dalio's Chart Hints At What Beijing Is Really Up To Tyler Durden Tue, 12/01/2020 - 21:25 By Ye Xie, Bloomberg macro commentator Another day, another stock record. The S&P 500 soared to a fresh all-time high on Tuesday, while the yield curve steepened on optimism about more fiscal stimulus and the imminent deployment of vaccines. The seeming disconnect between financial markets and the economy is kind of surreal, considering that 11 […]

  • UN Climate Agency Slapped With Corruption Allegations 
    by Tyler Durden on December 1, 2020 at 9:58 am

    UN Climate Agency Slapped With Corruption Allegations  Tyler Durden Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:15 The Financial Times recently acquired a draft report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) of audit and investigations, outlining how "fraud and corruption" have been linked to the multibillion-dollar Global Environment Facility (GEF). FT examined the draft report which described "financial misstatements" that were discovered across UNDP's portfolio of […]

  • Sotheby’s and Christie’s Look to Luxury as a Coronavirus Antidote
    by Scott Reyburn on November 27, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The world’s two biggest auction houses are selling more watches, jewelry and handbags, but art’s still where the money is.

  • London Mayor Cries "It's Never Been Harder To Be A Muslim" And It's Trump's Fault
    by Tyler Durden on November 16, 2020 at 10:28 am

    London Mayor Cries "It's Never Been Harder To Be A Muslim" And It's Trump's Fault Tyler Durden Mon, 11/16/2020 - 03:30 Authored by Robert Spencer via PJMedia.com, Every right-thinking person, that is, everyone who thinks Jake Tapper and Chuck Todd and Adam Schiff are as honest as the day is long and always tell the God’s honest truth, knows that the Orange Man is very, very bad. The whole world, or at least the morally superior part, seems to have […]

  • Biden's Cancer Charity Took In Millions, Spent Big On Salaries But Nothing On Research
    by Tyler Durden on November 16, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Biden's Cancer Charity Took In Millions, Spent Big On Salaries But Nothing On Research Tyler Durden Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:10 Authored by Matt Margolis via PJMedia.com, Fake charities are not just for the Clintons, it seems, as a report from the New York Post reveals that a cancer charity started by former Vice-President Joe Biden spent most of the millions it raised on salaries, but gave out no grants in its first two years. The mission of the Biden […]

  • Marxism In Africa: Why So Many African Economies Failed After Independence
    by Tyler Durden on November 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Marxism In Africa: Why So Many African Economies Failed After Independence Tyler Durden Thu, 11/05/2020 - 03:30 Authored by Eric Coffie via The Mises Institute, “As far as I am concerned, I am in the knowledge that death can never extinguish the torch which I have lit in Ghana and Africa. Long after I am dead and gone, the light will continue to burn and be borne aloft, giving light and guidance to all people.”  ~ Dr. Kwame Nkrumah September 21 […]

  • Two Museums Tried to Sell Art. Only One Caught Grief About it.
    by Hilarie M. Sheets on October 31, 2020 at 5:54 am

    The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum both planned on selling works last Wednesday at auction, but Baltimore paused the sale after much criticism.

Vocation

  • Emma Willard, America’s First Female Mapmaker
    by Jason Kottke on June 28, 2019 at 6:51 am

    At The Paris Review, historian Ted Widmer highlights the work of Emma Willard, pioneering educator and America’s first female mapmaker. Willard began her mapmaking career in the 1820s. She used every tool available to teach young readers (and especially young women) how to see history in creative new ways. If the available textbooks were tedious (and they were), she would write better ones. If they lacked illustrations, she would provide them. If maps would help, so be it: she would fill […]

  • Please Just Tell Me
    on January 19, 2018 at 3:07 am

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  • How Rural Students Define the American Dream
    by Magdalena Slapik on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The belief that if a person works hard enough she can become financially successful, regardless of existing barriers to opportunity, is integral to the American mythos of meritocracy. But a 2011 Pew Charitable Trust poll found that many Americans—whether they are living in cities, small towns, or rural communities—share pessimism about upward mobility.Rural communities experience higher rates of poverty and lower rates of college completion than urban communities, making upward mobility for […]

  • Employers Are Looking for Job Candidates in the Wrong Places
    by Lolade Fadulu on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The employers who can’t seem to fill the United States’s roughly 6 million vacant jobs are at a loss for what to do. Qualified candidates are seemingly nowhere to be found. In Washington, D.C., for example, there aren’t enough workers who have the healthcare-management or sales skills to meet the demands of the hospitals and retail stores and banks desperate to hire, according to a report by LinkedIn’s Economic Graph Team. Philadelphia has so many job openings that can’t be filled […]

  • The Irony of Specialized High Schools
    by Tori Latham on January 16, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    For all four years of high school I spent half of every day dancing. And not just casual, because-I-felt-like-it dancing (although that did happen every now and then), but full-out, pre-professional ballet and modern dancing. Pink or black tights, leotards, and ballet buns were a requirement, not a suggestion.So, it would make sense to assume that I’m writing this as a dancer. But alas, a dancer I am not. (Unless you include the times I catch myself in another bout of because-I-felt-like-it […]

  • I Have Big Reservations About Chalkbeat’s Teaching Competition
    by Dan Meyer on January 16, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    At SXSW, Chalkbeat is hosting The Great American Teach Off: Top Chef. Project Runway. The Voice. Live competition shows have introduced audiences to the worlds of cooking, fashion, and singing — and opened a window into the intricate craftsmanship that these industries demand. Now it’s time for one of America’s most under-recognized professions to get the same treatment. Hi, teachers!! Two teams of math teachers will teach a lesson to a live audience and receive judgment from a panel of […]