Gouldenomics

This blog is meant to capture the intersection of business, economics, politics, science, humanities, global culture, facts, figures, ideas, human nature, inventions, technology, health, food, sex...It is really an ode to life and the many things to think about and consider along the way.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why People Drink Bloody Mary's & Tomato Juice on Airplanes

Altitudes impact on our taste buds:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2017/02/spirits-sky

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Inside the Mind of a Mugger

http://www.nbcwashington.com/investigations/Inside-the-Mind-of-a-Mugger-414027763.html

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Human Attention Span vs. Goldfish

Is a human's attention span really just 8 seconds?
https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-your-attention-span-shorter-than-a-goldfishs-1487340000

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Fact of the Day: Institutional Investors

"Blackrock holds a stake greater than 5 percent in 75 of the 100 largest companies, according to data compiled by Jerry Davis, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.  State Street has more than 5 percent of 23 of the largest companies, while Capital Group owns more than 5 percent of 20 of the biggest companies."

Betteridge's Law of Headlines

Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betteridge's_law_of_headlines

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chef Mark Miller and Tyler Cowen

Food as the ultimate intellectual exploration: https://medium.com/conversations-with-tyler/mark-miller-chef-chez-panisse-taco-chile-aba3c579e3c2#.bncu6mfq5 (video)

Trump in Perspective

http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/trump-perspective/

Stock-Buying Myths Dispelled

https://www.wsj.com/articles/sell-in-may-and-go-away-mostly-a-myth-but-not-entirely-1486350540

Weirdest Meal Ever?

"It's hard to top Greenland's kiviak.  This unique dish is created by taking a bunch of seabirds known as little auks and stuffing them into a hollowed-out sealskin - beaks, feet, feathers, and all.  That rubbery package is then sewn up and shoved under a rock, where it ferments and disintegrates for up to 18 months, before being dug up and served straight from the seal.  The resulting mush is said to have the flavor of an extremely pungent Gorgonzola cheese."

Another food fact: KFC is so popular in Japan on Christmas Day that the fast-food restaurant takes reservations months in advance - and some franchises even offer table service and alcohol.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Global Secrets Trump is About to Discover

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/01/top-secret-government-documents-confidential-intelligence-214665

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Word of the Day: Sprezzatura

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprezzatura

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Japan's Obsessive Train Culture

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/if-you-thought-japans-trains-were-something-else-wait-until-you-see-its-trainspotters/2017/01/05/1049fe38-c5c6-11e6-a22f-f4d703887285_story.html?utm_term=.038ac7e205ab

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Moneyball for Lawyers

http://www.wsj.com/articles/data-tools-offer-hints-at-how-judges-might-rule-1481641205

Pay of Federal Workers Lags 34 Percent?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewbiggs/2016/11/01/are-federal-employees-really-underpaid-by-34-percent/#7646be4639f9

Can Houseplants be Unhealthy for Humans?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/can-houseplants-be-unhealthy-for-humans-1475515248

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Quote of the Day: Revenge

"Carlson likes her revenge like other Swedes like their aquavit: icy cold."

Despite the Bloody Headlines, the World is Safer

"The homicide rate in hunter-gatherer societies was about 500 times what it is in Europe today."  (Economist)

The Many Problems of Stock Forecasters

Profits forecasts made more than a few months ahead have a dismal record of inaccuracy...Are forecasts useless?

"Stocks analysts' forecasts tend to be wrong in reassuringly predictable ways...simply taking the market's earnings figures from the previous year and multiplying by 1.07 (corresponding with a stockmarket's long-run growth rate) can be expected to yield a more accurate forecast of profits more than a year in the future."

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21711082-reassuringly-predictable-ways-sell-side-share-analysis-wrong

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Fragility of Digital Federal Records

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/nyregion/harvesting-government-history-one-web-page-at-a-time.html?_r=0

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why Polls Fail

"Two decades ago, more than one-third of US households contacted for a survey agreed to answer questions, according to the Pew Research Center.  Now, that number is around 9%."

http://www.wsj.com/articles/pollsters-face-hurdles-in-changing-landscape-1478823046

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Most Common Job in Your State

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/no-truck-driver-isnt-the-most-common-job-in-your-state-2015-02-12

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Continued Failure of Political Predictions

http://www.mrctv.org/blog/fail-prweek-s-survey-22-pr-pros-found-zero-predictions-trump

Mediaite's 2016 Most Influential in News Media

http://www.mediaite.com/online/__trashed-13/

Meet the Lox Masters

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/nyregion/a-high-holy-call-for-lox-and-old-hands-to-slice-it-at-zabars.html

When US Entanglements Overseas Fail

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/world/asia/tajikistan-islamic-state-isis.html

Unique World Customs - Denmark/Canada Edition

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/08/world/what-in-the-world/canada-denmark-hans-island-whisky-schnapps.html

The "Overton Window" is Shifting

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/technology/social-medias-globe-shaking-power.html

Policy Has Always Moved Slowly

"In December 1873, London was blanketed for a week in a yellow fog so think that people could not see their feet.  "Ladies & gentlemen," Mark Twain said in a public lecture at the time, "I hear you, & so know that you were here - & I am here, too, notwithstanding I am not visible."  Some 780 people dies and 50 prize cattle on display at the Smithfield Club panted, wheezed and eventually died of asphyxia.  Still, it took 83 more years of noxious air before the country passed the Clean Air Act of 1956.

Das Butt - Why do Germany Love Nudity?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/24/t-magazine/travel/german-nudist-culture-fkk-freikorperkultur.html

The Coolest Class at Harvard? It's Bob Dylan

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/15/arts/music/bob-dylan-101-a-harvard-professor-has-the-coolest-class-on-campus.html

A Chinese Dish with Urine?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/world/what-in-the-world/china-dongyang-eggs-urine.html?_r=0

Remote Year

http://www.wsj.com/articles/going-far-afield-yet-staying-on-the-job-1480428003

Bureaucracies Trying to Survive and Thrive

Pentagon hid study revealing $125 billion in waste:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/pentagon-buries-evidence-of-125-billion-in-bureaucratic-waste/2016/12/05/e0668c76-9af6-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Allianz Global Wealth Report 2016

https://www.allianz.com/v_1474281539000/media/economic_research/publications/specials/en/AGWR2016e.pdf