Linky Friday #50
[J1] A Japanese soldier continued to fight World War II for almost 30 years after it ended because he couldn’t believe that Japan had lost.
[J2] Japan is looking at building a real-life Gundam!
[I1] More than 20% of Americans will be income-rich at some point, but it often doesn’t last. Which I consider depressing, for some reason.
[I2] Previous research has suggested that Americans think that our perceptions of wealth inequality are skewed. Anyway, some new research from Saint Louis University suggests that we actually overestimate income inequality. Which mostly goes to show how poorly the entire conversation conveys the important distinction between wealth inequality and income inequality.
[I3] Women who make career sacrifices to spend more time at home are happier. What about men?
[E2] The interesting education battle between Finnish schools (touted by liberals) and Swedish schools (more comparable to what conservatives want to do). My thoughts. Both Finland and Sweden are struggling, though.
[E3] Do our medical schools need to make a point of training people future doctors in health care policy?
Science & Math:
[S1] From algae to crude oil. Yay science!
[S2] Dr. Phi analyzes whether the lottery is a smart bet.
[H1] Ebenezer Scrooge was a forward-thinking liberal.
[M1] Old maps don’t actually say “here be dragons” though a globe maybe does.
[M3] What would the United States look like if every state secessionist movement (not including North Colorado) were successful? Adam Ozimek considers the repercussions. I myself can barely conceptualize a 248-seat senate with equal representation among states.
[M4] Mapping weird sex laws in the United States.
[C1] As the 49ers move to Santa Clara, the Atlanta Braves are moving to the suburbs.
[C2] Marvel is pulling out of bookstores, for its monthlies.
[C3] When it comes to global generosity, Americans rule.
[C4] French books don’t really sell abroad. BBC News asks why.
[E7] Teen pregnancy, abortion, and sex rates decline. Thanks, Obama.
[P1] Our patent system is out of control. Thanks, Carter.
[P2] Some of the people that PPACA is guiding towards Medicaid are going to be in for a surprise when they find out their estate can be billed for it.
[P3] Good policy or not, Romneycare did very little to hold down costs. Massachusetts has the highest health costs in the country.
[P4] Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer appears to be running for president. He appears not to be running for Hillary Clinton’s second spot.
[P5] Our triumph in South Sudan is falling apart.
[P6] Due to a tweak in IRS rules, restaurants may stop adding the gratuity automatically to large group checks, and this is maybe a bad thing.