Friday, February 4, 2011

Link roundup

1. You can read Michael Lewis's latest long article about the economic meltdown at Vanity Fair. This time he looks at Ireland. Like all of his writing it's a great read, full of interesting facts and memorable characters. But the message from all of his articles is basically the same - - financial wizards are typically dumb or immoral or both, and you should absolutely not trust them. Via.

2. Archaeologists have found the remains of a South American giant short-faced bear in Argentina. The bear stood 11 feet tall and weighed over 3,500 pounds. "The largest record for a living bear is a male polar bear that obtained the weight of about 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg)." And speaking of polar bears, look at these.

3. You can win a new limited edition t-shirt from Last Exit to Nowhere based on Simon Pegg's movie Paul.


  1. Typical of a Vanity Fair article: long on accusation, short on figures. Is it good writing? I suppose, but it's highly editorialized. In 2009 they published similar articles, and again there, there was a definite anti-immigrant, anti-poor bias.

  2. Hmm... upon closer reading, there is clearly quite a bit of number crunching going on. But as Freakonomics has taught us, those figures can be weighted against just about anything. I STILL say that the article is grand editorializing, hence the unnecessary, unfounded swipes against Catholics, Polish migrant workers, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

  3. Actually I thought the Polish workers were portrayed as the smartest people in the article.