Friday, December 16, 2022

WHAT A SHOWMAN: Neil Diamond

"You got rid of them. Yes, that's just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it. You don't do either. Neither suffer nor oppose. You just abolish the slings and arrows. It's too easy." --Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World"

WHAT A SHOWMAN: Neil Diamond, Who Retired in 2018 Due to Parkinson’s, Gives Touching Surprise Performance of ‘Sweet Caroline.’

I Knew You Were Trouble When I Logged In Slate. Ticketmaster

 1. Japan (!) now slated to have the highest birthrate in East Asia.

2. South Koreans have three different ways of counting their ages (NYT).

3. Winter Applied Rationality Program, for high schoolers.

4. Identical twins falsely accused of cheating.  Now there is a lawsuit.

5. Against free bus trips.

6. “The Grinnell men’s basketball team took 111 shots Thursday. Every one was a 3-pointer.

7. The Free Press, new Bari Weiss project.  And Noah’s Ark and Elon Musk.

8. A look at Common Good Constitutionalism.

Amazon is offering customers $2 per month for letting the company monitor the traffic on their phones


  • “Amazon’s Ad Verification program offers select users $2 per month for sharing their traffic data.
  • It is part of Amazon’s Shopper Panel, an invite-only program that offers users financial rewards.
  • The voluntary program could raise privacy concerns over how Amazon handles customer data…

Under the company’s new invite-only Ad Verification program, Amazon is tracking what ads participants saw, where they saw them, and the time of day they were viewed. This includes Amazon’s own ads and third-party ads on the platform. Through the program, Amazon hopes to offer more personalized-ad experiences to customers that reflect what they have previously purchased, according to Amazon. “Your participation will help brands offer better products and make ads from Amazon more relevant,”Amazon wrote in its Shopper Panel FAQ…”

Articles of Note

Grief and the good life. Living well means responding to loss with the attention it deserves. Kieran Setiya explains  »

New Books

"One would need a keep track of all the couplings, love triangles and more ornate carnal geometriesreferenced"  ornate  

Essays & Opinions

Colette on femininity: Girls struggle to achieve it; women struggle to retain it; men struggle to profit from it  Struggle  

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 Re: Elon, Twitter, China, and human lives—and more
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