Here are the contrails of my web wanderings. If it’s here, it’s a “must read” or “must watch” …

Surprise! Swordfish are doing rather well.

Stop using Google to search for health advice! Use these evidence-based databases instead.

The amazing START terrorist database — free data to help us cross the river of myths about terrorism.

Hire me to speak at your next event:

A quick math quiz — try it!

More evidence against obstetricians in normal childbirth — study.

How to safely defuse someone who is wrong — article.

The full Debunking Handbook — PDF.

The AirBar turns your laptop screen into a tablet:

Just in case you still haven’t heard: drinking cow’s milk does you no good — NY Times…

Each month I publish the contrails of my Internet research journey. Here is another installment. Read, view, and learn …

Why you should hire people who have rebounded from failure, rather than been continuously successful — excellent piece by @idonethis

Ingredients in food, like sugar, found not addictive — study

Tim Minchin’s wonderful graduation speech hits many agility points on the mark.

How Northeastern University gamed the rankings machine and profited handsomely. Always remember that rankings are made up and as legitimate as palmistry.

Lego bricks, which originally copied another company’s product, took many years to eventually find their current form, and included several chance occurences. They were not the result of a single bright idea, but rather years of evolution and accidents.

Why Wealthy Families Should Consider Radical Philanthropy This Year

This article explains why you should think about projects that have a chance to change the world in a big way. It explains the economics behind your gains this year.

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Art collectors cashing in: Zeng Fanzhi, 1996 No 6, oil on canvas, sold for $23,260,181 on August 18, 2020

Your Covid Dividend is a Result of the Fed Trying to Create Enough Inflation

Money and monetary policy are more complex than most people realize. Some think that money-printing by the Fed will create run-away inflation. People talk about “Zimbabwe” and “the seventies,” fearing that double-digit inflation will return to the US and the developed world. That’s why the price of gold has risen so much lately:

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But does this make sense? …


David Siegel

Provocateur, professional heretic, slayer of myths, speaker of truthiness to powerfulness, and defender of the Oxford comma.

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