10 Weekend Lectures – The Big Picture

The weekend has arrived! Pour yourself a mug of Volcanica Sumatra Gayo Peaberry Coffee coffee, take a seat on the beach and get ready for our longer weekend:

24 Charts That Show We Are (Mostly) Live Better Than Our Parents Ignore the haters: Living standards have improved a lot since the 1980s. (Full stack economy)

Moneyball at 20: 20 years later you won’t be able to recognize the game anymore. Catchers will be on one knee and won’t even try to block pitches as runs are scored on cool wild pitches. There will be so many redeemers in a game that your head will spin. Batters will try to lift the ball so high and at all costs that the batting average will drop to new lows and strikeouts will soar to record highs. Scouts are being replaced by video. (Ball Nine)

At 88, poker legend Doyle Brunson is still bluffing. Or is he? The Texas gambler has been winning at poker for seventy years – long enough to become an icon and see an outlaw’s game become an industry. (Texas monthly)

Jason Brassard spent his life collecting the rarest of video games. Until the robbery† The porn trilogy for Nintendos. Atari games from the 80s. Pristine nostalgia, potentially worth millions, disappeared overnight. (Vanity Fair)

Modern Art and the Esteem Machine Picasso was a joke. Then he was a god. How did his art eventually take off in America? (New Yorker)

Italian Automotive Style Icons Struggle to Go Electric Ferrari and Lamborghini are trying to design battery-powered cars that inspire the same dedication as their expensive combustion models. (New York Times)

Environmental activism in one country: Both Japan and Korea had experienced periods of intense deforestation in the 18th and 19th centuries. The hills of Japan and Korea had both been stripped bare. When the Japanese tried to figure out why their civilization had fallen behind the West, they learned it had been a mistake. Japanese scholars returning from Europe brought back the ideas of foresters and foresters and saw the connection between national strength, racial vitality and forest health. According to European foresters, preserving forests and wild areas was a necessity for civilization. (Palladium)

Do we need a new theory of evolution? A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory urgently needs to be revised. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careerists – and the conflict could shape the future of biology. (the guard)

Emma Willard’s time cards: In the 21st century, infographics are everywhere. In the classroom, in the paper, in government reports, these succinct visual representations of complicated information have changed the way we envision our world. Susan Schulten examines the groundbreaking work of Emma Willard (1787-1870), a leading feminist educator whose innovative time maps laid the foundation for today’s charts and graphics (Public Domain Review)

Annie Lennox seduced us in the MTV era. Now she calms us down online† Nearly 40 years after Eurythmics went big with ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),’ the singer holds her chin up in a world of fear. (Washington Post)

Be sure to check out our Masters in Business Perth Tolle next week with founder of Life + Liberty Indexes, index provider and sponsor of the Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF. The first-of-its-kind strategy uses personal and economic measures of freedom as the key factors in the investment process. Before founding Life + Liberty Indexes, Perth was a private wealth advisor with Fidelity Investments in Los Angeles and Houston and had lived and worked in Beijing and Hong Kong, where her observations led her to explore the relationship between freedom and markets.

Confidence in the US Supreme Court sinks to new lows

Source: Statesman

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