|Things I have been reading
||[Apr. 14th, 2007|04:08 pm]
"JERUSALEM, April 13 — The Vatican’s ambassador to Israel has said he will skip the official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at a national museum here on Sunday to protest the museum’s depiction of Pope Pius XII as a largely passive bystander to the murder of Jews during World War II." -NYTimes. Priorities=straight.|
"The Valencians, sensibly but without firm proof, claim that Arabs brought rice to Spain before it appeared elsewhere in Europe. They also maintain that paella is the only “real” rice dish in Europe, that everything else, including risotto, is “arroz con cosas” (“rice with things”)." --NYTimes. haha, everything else is just rice with things. Spaniards.
The Way I See It #223
The greatest difficulty of travel is that one is forced to take oneself along.
-- Alain de Botton
Author of Essays in Love and The Architecture of Happiness.
Responses to a marginalrevolution.com post about incentives for women to date jerks:
"And even Hitler had a girlfriend,
Who he could always call,
That would always be there for him
In spite of all his faults
He was the worst guy ever.
reviled and despised,
Even Hitler had a girlfriend
So why can't I?
Why can't I?
-(Dr.) Frank Portman"
"...Nice guys are often (not always, but often) no less interested in getting laid than cads, and even no more inclined to long-term pair-bonding.
They've just been egregiously misinformed, thanks to political correctness and female-marketed mass culture, about what women actually want and will actually respond to (as opposed to what they say they want and say they will respond to)."
"under a surprisingly broad set of conditions, women are more attracted to men who treat them poorly
This is misogynistic nerd folklore. "
Nope, climate change is not yet a problem. Mountaintop snow melting, sea rising. No prob.
Here is the conclusion of a just-released paper evaluating all the recent research on the connection between happiness and income or GDP or material wealth, etc. I read something recently that quoted a statistic saying that before a nation reaches a per capita income of $10,000, happiness IS correlated positively with income. After $10,000, marginal gains in happiness do NOT result from marginal increases in income. Lots of people find this to be a reason why we should even out income distribution so that everyone earns around the same amount, and there's less friction from income inequality and less pressure to materialize contentment. This paper says that we don't need to do this to increase happiness. It's interesting, although I don't think I'm libertarian enough to buy it.