Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, albeit delayed

Dizzy Gillespie died on this day in 1993, Sam Rayburn was born today in 1861. Morning Reads after the jump…


  • Twelve Geopolitical Lessons Learned in 2014 (New Yorker)
  • The state of the pour, Georgia breweries need a hand (CreativeLoafing)
  • How statisticians changed the war, and the war changed statistics (The Economist)
  • Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence (Harvard Business Review)
  • Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours (Industry Tap)
  • Good Times Run Out for Sand Producers: Fracking Boom Pushed Up Demand, but Oil-Price Collapse Alters Outlook (WSJ)
  • Slavery and Capitalism (Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • The Army Is Building An Algorithm To Prevent Suicide (
  • Lucasfilm Owns All of Your Droids (Priceonomics)
  • The Steep Cost of America’s High Incarceration Rate (WSJ)
  • What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling (Wired)
  • A scandal’s long shadow: Football’s back, but the valley isn’t happy. Penn Staters still seethe over Paterno’s treatment. (
  • The Tragedy of the American Military: The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win. (The Atlantic)


  1. saltycracker says:

    Slavery and Capitalism aka cheap labor, pales with the returns from indentured workers and third world labor but the best of all returns (for the employer) has been illegal immigrants.

  2. saltycracker says:

    “The Tragedy of the American Military” was thought provoking.
    Got a new buzz word for us “sycophants”.

    • Will Durant says:

      Finally got the time to read the entire article and while “Chickenhawk” may not be a new word it is an apt description of where we are as a nation with our treatment of the military. The Cato Institute citation they present sums it up pretty well:

      The vast majority of Americans outside the military can be triply cynical in their attitude toward it. Triply? One: “honoring” the troops but not thinking about them. Two: “caring” about defense spending but really viewing it as a bipartisan stimulus program. Three: supporting a “strong” defense but assuming that the United States is so much stronger than any rival that it’s pointless to worry whether strategy, weaponry, and leadership are right.

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