12/09/17 – Saturday’s Interest-ing Reads

  • ); see also Why Beauty Is Not Universal (nautil.us)
  • GMO salmon is opening the gates to more food types. (ft)
  • Just how big is the hedge fund industry? (winton)
  • When attractive people are at a disadvantage getting a job. (work.qz)
  • A talk with Dr. Kenyon Meadows author of "Alternative Financial Medicine: High Yield Investments in a Low Yield World." (whitecoatinvestor)
  • How commitment contracts can help break bad habits. (medium)
  • Capex spending is often rewarded during boom periods. (fortunefinancialadvisors)
  • Russ Roberts talks with Anthony Gill about why tipping still exists. (econtalk)
  • The November NFP report was strong including a 4.1% unemployment rate. (calculatedriskblog)
  • Coinbase is now the most popular iPhone app. (recode)
  • Tracy Alloway and Joe Weisenthal talk with Andrew Lo author of "Adaptive Markets." (bloomberg)
  • Brian Koppelman talks with restaurateur Danny Meyer. (player.fm)
  • The tide seems to be turning against indiscriminate antibiotic use on farms. (npr)
  • Harvard MBAs are jumping into politics. (wsj)
  • Could a Videogame Strengthen Your Aging Brain? (wired)
  • Native Indian dog breeds are getting shoved aside by traditionally Western breeds. (scroll.in)
  • Most arguments are a waste of time. (thereformedbroker)
  • Why no lead in the NBA is safe any more. (wsj)
  • The Secrets That Product Packaging Reveals About Retail (theatlantic)
  • "Why are hotel showers so unfathomable?" (ft)
  • Tim Ferriss author of "Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World" is facing mid-life in a vulnerable place. (goodlifeproject)
  • George Pearkes talks with Eddy Elfenbein portfolio manager of AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF ($CWS). (bespokepremium)
  • Is the Endowment Tax a Trojan Horse? (ai-cio)
  • The depressing lesson of political sex scandals (theweek)
  • Don’t Blame the Election on Fake News. Blame It on the Media. (cjr)
  • The case for activist investors. (fortune)
  • All you really have is the present moment. (medium)
  • King Corn no more. American farmers plant more soybeans than corn. (npr)
  • How brands use modern-day payola to make their way into online publications. (theoutline)
  • Nissan is set to start testing ‘robot taxis’ in Japan next year. (wsj)
  • The Never-Ending Foreclosure (theatlantic)
  • The best TV shows of 2017. (theringer)
  • Portugal decriminalized most drugs. Guess what happened next? (theguardian)
  • What makes a money manager unique? (ritholtz)
  • 52 (surprising) things learned in 2017. (medium)
  • Shohei Ohtani is Yu Darvish and Hideki Matsui all rolled into one. (fivethirtyeight)
  • Barry Ritholtz’s must-read books of 2017. (bloomberg)
  • The Hidden Networks of Dog Rescue (topic)
  • The Great Recession is over, but it had real impacts on society, and we are still dealing with today. (theatlantic)
  • The case for real assets. (thefelderreport)
  • In the current age is the office romance dead and buried? (wsj)
  • Patrick O’Shaughnessy talks blockchain technologies with Adam Ludwin. (overcast.fm)
  • Portugal’s Radical Drugs Policy Is Working. Why Hasn’t the World Copied It? (theguardian)
  • The story of $200k in Bitcoin lost (and found). (engadget)
  • It’s hard to believe but there was a big fight over installing lights at Wrigley Field. (30for30podcasts)
  • Meb Faber talks with Howard Lindzon about momentum and angel investing. (mebfaber)
  • The story of how Tilman Fertitta purchased the Houston Rockets. (texasmonthly)
  • How much energy does bitcoin mining really use? It’s complicated (wired.co.uk)
  • Apple’s favorite apps of the year. (businessinsider)
  • This video game is being used to help kids with ADHD. (statnews)
  • Freshen your feed: 14 people to follow on Financial Twitter. (blogs.cfainstitute)
  • Green cars need green metals to make sense. (ft)
  • How meditation is being used in schools in lieu of traditional discipline. (cnn)
  • Being married could help prevent dementia later in life. (bigthink)
  • How to use mindfulness to make better decisions. (bakadesuyo)
  • Cataract surgery may extend your life. (nytimes)
  • Insects are a cheaper, more environmentally friendly form of protein. (ft)
  • The first episode of the Bob Lefsetz podcast. (overcast.fm)
  • Dan Harris talks with Dr. David Vago about how meditation changes your brain. (stitcher)
  • Americans are holding a lot of stock. (jlfmi.tumblr)
  • Chronicler of Islamic State ‘Killing Machine’ Goes Public (apnews)
  • Share buybacks are improperly demonized. (papers.ssrn)
  • Japan Embraces the Robot Takeover (bloomberg)
  • Barry Ritholtz talks with Jeremy Schwartz, director of research at Wisdomtree ($WETF). (bloomberg)
  • Echofin aims to be the ‘Slack for finance.’ (techcrunch)
  • Why the issuance of non-traded REITs has plummeted. (investmentnews)
  • Why is giving birth so difficult for humans? (theatlantic)
  • The 92-Year-Old Woman Who Is Still Shaking Up Wall Street (wsj)
  • California may ban ICE-powered cars by 2040. (bloomberg)
  • California’s building regulations are a major reasons houses are so expensive. (nytimes)
  • Sonic Tonic: Millions of people in cities rely on recorded nature sounds to manage sleep and stress, and scientists are slowly understanding why it works. (motherboard.vice)
  • Grass-fed beef is not all that much better for the environment. (qz)
  • Ted Seides talks with Paul Sonkin and Paul Johnson co-authors of "Pitch the Perfect Investment." (capitalallocatorspodcast)
  • There are 40 immunotherapy trials underway to treat peanut allergies. (axios)
  • Apple ($AAPL) ruined its Podcast app. (slate)
  • YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter need to be proactive (and transparent) about removing abusive content. (stratechery)
  • Manchester City is trying to build a global farm system of talent. (ft)
  • Nine charts that explain the November NFP report. (blogs.wsj)
  • Does SoulCycle still work if you take out the Cycle part? (fastcompany)
  • These are the best wireless headphones. (theverge)
  • JC Parets talks inter-market analysis with James Bianco of Bianco Research. (technicalanalysisradio)
  • If carbon dioxide is the problem, then why isn’t carbon capture a solution? (qz)
  • The Great Swindle: From Pickled Sharks to Compositions in Silence, Fake Ideas and Fake Emotions Have Elbowed Out Truth and Beauty (aeon.co)
  • How CRISPR could be used to fight antibiotic-resistant germs. (wsj)
  • The Switch has saved Nintendo. (theringer)
  • Why MLP shares are stuck in a rut. (bloomberg)
  • You can’t run a AI-fund without human intervention. (economist)
  • For a markets junkie, Bitcoin has it all. (awealthofcommonsense)
  • Benedict Evans looks at trends for the next ten years in technology. (ben-evans)
  • It’s hard to find much to complain about in the macroeconomy. (fat-pitch.blogspot)
  • Viagra is going generic. (bloomberg)
  • The best films of 2017. (theringer)
  • Brett McKay talks with Geoffrey Greif, author of the book "Buddy System: Understanding Male Friendships." (artofmanliness)
  • Automobile leases will soon be subscriptions. How cool is that? (slate)
  • Here’s hoping this is true: eating cheese every day is pretty good for you. (time)
  • Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance (bloomberg)
  • I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor (vice)
  • This “Me Too” Timeline Shows Why 2017 Was a Reckoning For Sexism (fastcompany)
  • Carbon fiber is finding its way into pickup trucks. (wsj)
  • ClassPass is going to offer live, online, interactive classes. (businessinsider)
  • Jocelyn Glei talks with Tyler Cowen about "true risk-taking." (hurryslowly.co)
  • Ted Seides talks with Larry Mestel founder of PrimaryWave about investing in music publishing rights. (capitalallocatorspodcast)
  • How driverless cars will change auto insurance. (hbr)
  • How Dollar General ($DG) became rural America’s go-to store. (wsj)
  • Dogs can sense human emotions. (blogs.scientificamerican)

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