I've got a draft on wages over time in the wings now, but Peter Turchin has some great graphs in this article.
I think a previous linkfest included an article on Anish Kapoor and his legal battles regarding Vantablack. I'm not surprised someone fell in this thing, it really was an accident waiting to happen.
South Africa is pondering expropriating land from Boer farmers. There are lots of different angles on this subject, this one uses China as a foil.
A cyberattack on Maersk that reads like a thriller novel. Things like this make you appreciate the Butlerian Jihad.
Kevin Drum throws cold water on the dreams of urbanists. Everyone is too wedded to the status quo and their own self-interests to really do anything that would make a big impact. Harsh, but largely true.
Not enough attention is current paid to the first Vatican Council, which has a lot to do with where the Catholic Church finds itself today. The office of the Papacy gained much prestige and power in the nineteenth century.
T. Greer links Chesteron's Fence with James C. Scott and Joseph Henrich. This reminds me of something Aquinas once said, that man is barely an intellect at all, so weak are our powers of reason.
An introduction to James C. Scott.
GIGO from the Department of Education.
I expected this too.
This is my favorite stanza of Kipling's "The Secret of the Machines":
But remember, please, the Law by which we live,
We are not built to comprehend a lie,
We can neither love nor pity nor forgive.
If you make a slip in handling us you die!
We are greater than the Peoples or the Kings—
Be humble, as you crawl beneath our rods!-
Our touch can alter all created things,
We are everything on earth—except The Gods!
An exercise in counterfactual history: what would the West be without Christianity?