background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Secret bank accounts, income inequality—and why Luxembourg matters. Gabriel Zucman is on a mission.

Secret bank accounts, income inequality—and why Luxembourg matters

The 28-year-old French economist, currently at the University of California, Berkeley, has built his career remarkably quickly, and in the process has made a place for himself among the most influential economists working today. Zucman decided, in part, to pursue a career as an economist after his experience working as an analyst for a French bank during the peak of the 2008 financial crisis. He remembers the shock of Sept. 15, 2008, the day US investment bank Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, the market chaos that followed, and the inability of both he—and more experienced colleagues—to understand the crisis as it caught fire.

Conservative public policy think tank. Leonard Nimoy’s death in February brought to a close his unusual career continually playing a single role for half a century.

Conservative public policy think tank

Between 1966, when the television show Star Trek premiered, and 2013, when the movie Star Trek Into Darkness hit the screens, Nimoy portrayed the franchise’s beloved first officer, Mr. Spock, in two TV series and eight films. Uk.businessinsider. CPoEpvB. Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all » The Spectator. If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström affair.

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all » The Spectator

It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations confrontation. A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling no more than the truth.

London - centric. How to make cheap and healthy dinners. If you’ve ever found yourself buying clothes just because they’re cheap, or if shopping itself has become a form of entertainment for you, I’ve got a proposal: The next time you buy something, spend a whole lot on it.

How to make cheap and healthy dinners

Enough that it makes you sweat a little. The point is to make you pause and ask yourself, “How much do I really want this?” In the US and much of the industrialized world, cheap clothes are everywhere. Google exec: With robots in our brains, we'll be godlike. Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

Google exec: With robots in our brains, we'll be godlike

I suspect a few of you are looking forward to being robots. Who wouldn't be fascinated by the idea of becoming someone other than themselves? We do get so tired of being the same dull soul every day. What kind of robots will we be? Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Winning. In Houston's Gifted Program, Critics Say Blacks And Latinos Are Overlooked : NPR Ed. Fernando Aguilar plays with his 8-year-old son Isaac.

In Houston's Gifted Program, Critics Say Blacks And Latinos Are Overlooked : NPR Ed

He worries that Isaac isn't enrolled in the gifted and talented program in Houston. Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media hide caption itoggle caption Laura Isensee/Houston Public Media Fernando Aguilar plays with his 8-year-old son Isaac. IQ Test Result: Advanced AI Machine Matches Four-Year-Old Child's Score. The rapid advances in information processing technology in recent years have created computing devices with formidable powers.

IQ Test Result: Advanced AI Machine Matches Four-Year-Old Child's Score

These machines have long been better than humans at arithmetic, certain games such as chess, and more recently at advanced pattern recognitions tasks such as face recognition. But an outstanding questions is: to what extent do these capabilities add up to the equivalent of human intelligence? These Women Claim They've Made An App That Lets You Rate Other People And The Internet Is Furious. Historic Pacific trade deal faces skeptics in U.S. Congress. Quora. Why Is A South Korean Doctor Cloning Dogs? A surgical team at Sooam Biotech in Seoul, South Korea, injects cloned embryos into the uterus of an anesthetized dog.

Why Is A South Korean Doctor Cloning Dogs?

Rob Stein/NPR hide caption itoggle caption Rob Stein/NPR. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Quora. TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the internet. An agreement that some campaigners have called the “biggest global threat to the internet” has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers.

TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restrictions to the internet

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the conclusion of five years of negotiations, and will cover 40 per cent of the world’s economy. Its claimed purpose is to create a unified economic bloc so that companies and businesses can trade more easily — but it also puts many of the central principle of the internet in doubt, according to campaigners. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Landmark TPP deal announced in Atlanta. From ISIS to the Kurds to Erdogan: Why Turkey Is in Serious Trouble.

I am usually an optimist when it comes to Turkey’s future.

From ISIS to the Kurds to Erdogan: Why Turkey Is in Serious Trouble

Indeed, I wrote a whole book about The Rise of Turkey. But these days, I’m worried. The country faces a toxic combination of political polarization, government instability, economic slowdown, and threats of violence—from both inside and outside Turkey—that could soon add up to a catastrophe. The likelihood of that outcome is increasing amid Russia’s bombing raids in Syria in support of its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which threaten to debilitate the moderate rebels and boost the extremists in Syria’s civil war, while leaving Turkey to deal with two unruly neighbors: Assad and ISIS.

Of course, Turkey has gone through periods of political and economic crisis before. The Money Changes I'd Make if I Were Suddenly Single. Mass Incarceration and the Uncomfortable Realities of Black Family Life. With the publication of “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration” Ta-Nehisi Coates has added an elegant and forceful voice to the growing frustration with the inefficacy and injustice of America’s criminal-justice system. Mandatory-sentencing laws, the War on Drugs, juvenile-justice sentences that seem to do more to create than deter criminals, racial arrest and sentencing disparities: All are ready for a tough national cross-examination.

But even in the unlikely event that Washington and state legislatures successfully adapt the nation’s crime policies to a safer, more racially sensitive era, the nation will still look around to find more black men in prison than it might expect or want. There’s a simple reason for that, one that Coates himself notes: Relative to other groups, blacks commit more crimes. To understand why is to tackle some very hard-to-talk-about realities of black family life.

Courts and legislatures dawdled, as they often tend to do. Sweden’s liberal image is a mirage that hides a very ugly problem. Here’s an interesting question: If the world’s economy is filling markets with a pervasive sense of uncertainty, why is the art market picking up steam for yet another season of what would appear to be massive sales? For the very rich, art is a store of value—which is not a very new idea and one reason that art is often lumped in together with gold as a safe haven from inflation. Gold prices peaked in 2011 and have been on a long slide ever since. Not art. That’s because art is also an object that provides social currency knitting together a select group of global nabobs and those who want to be seen sharing economic and cultural rank with them. The Meaning Of Work : TED Radio Hour. Fresh Guacamole by PES (Official HD version) ELI5: What creates that "crunchy" effect on your clothes when you hang them outside to dry? : explainlikeimfive.

jWEOlzm. In China, credit score is now affected by friends' activism. China just introduced a universal credit score, where everybody is measured as a number between 350 and 950. But this credit score isn’t just affected by how well you manage credit – it also reflects how well your political opinions are in line with Chinese official opinions, and whether your friends’ are, too. In the West, the surveillance agencies have been trying to stay as low-key as possible, while listening to everything and anything. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. How the Five "Love Languages" Can Help You Win at Relationships. YYiXfxy. George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars. Once upon a time there was a planet called Mars, a world of red sands, canals and endless adventure. I remember it well, for I went there often as a child. I come from a blue-collar, working-class background. My family never had much money.

Quora. 19872409373_455341ca3e_b. Children of the Yuan Percent: Everyone Hates China’s Rich Kids. Emerging from a nightclub near Workers’ Stadium in Beijing at 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday in June, Mikael Hveem ordered an Uber. He selected the cheapest car option and was surprised when the vehicle that rolled up was a dark blue Maserati. The driver, a young, baby-faced Chinese man, introduced himself as Jason. Hveem asked him why he was driving an Uber—he obviously didn’t need the cash. Jason said he did it to meet people, especially girls. You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much.

Uk.businessinsider. Strategies: The absolute best way to raise money. nHGGVFL. Pedestrian street crossing lights. Uk.businessinsider. Quora. Panorama experimentation. This time with two right angles. EJf3q7T. Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s. Paul Allen’s quest to build an artificial brain is one of the hardest software-engineering endeavors ever attempted. News Archives - U.S. Uncut. Ace an Impromptu Speech With This Template. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.

Deep Learning Robot Takes 10 Days to Teach Itself to Grasp. Pope Francis met 'anti-gay' Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Pacific Trade Deal Is Good for the U.S. and Obama’s Legacy. Quora. Hopes&Fears — Life and culture through a global lens. Six Ways the Media Has Misreported Syria. Humans are still evolving and we don’t know what will happen next — Hopes&Fears — flow "Science" Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed. AzhwxDP. Songs We Love: Aubrie Sellers, 'Loveless Rolling Stone'

Imgur. Imaginative and bespoke prosthetics. Move over, Hollywood. We are Roberto Furfaro and Gene Giacomelli, the NASA-funded scientists who built the REAL "The Martian" food-growing system. : IAmA. The ruins of a Roman colony in Africa. Your Stubbornness Is the Real Reason You Aren't Losing Weight. How a Vaccine Is Like a Banana — and Why That’s Good. FijUtar. How Long It Takes English Speakers to Learn Nine Other Common Languages. Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition: Coming Q1 2016 for $3,000. New study says 30 minutes of exercise a day is not enough. You should double or quadruple that. How Two Guys Lost God and Found $40 Million.

Can We Shape the Robot Revolution? History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. UN delay could open door to robot wars, say experts. 4DDDq4n. What to Do When Your Friends Make Way More Money Than You Do (Or Vice Versa) Obama: We Won't Turn Syria Into 'Proxy War' Between U.S. And Russia. Disaster-response drones designed to withstand collisions, not avoid them. Kids With Too Many Duties Grow Up to Be Reluctant Parents.

What to Do When You Find Out You’ve Been Cheated On. I came home to this last night. I married the right woman. Quora. A surprising way to keep your marriage happy: annual performance reviews. Giving Course Credit for MOOCs Is an Important Educational Test for MIT. Power decreases trust in social exchange. 10 breathtaking stained-glass windows. How will school (and everything else) work in the year 2000? The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Russia Fires Cruise Missiles Into Syria from 1,000 Miles Away. Bishop escaped abuse charges after MPs and a royal backed him, court told. “243 People Disappeared. Young People. Women. Children. And No One Cares” — Ghost Boat. New Prizes for Expanding Economic Opportunities.

Net neutrality on chopping block as Democrats fight to save FCC’s rules. Poor people are getting terrible investment advice. 33 Activities Under $10 That Will Keep Your Kids Busy All Summer. Zappos is Leading the Way for Bossless Companies. When i am showing to my GF, how to unlock my phone. Uk.businessinsider. Iran Could Be a Surprising American Ally as Chaos Grows in Syria. 13. You can learn to be creative, if you’re willing to embarrass yourself.