An excellent animated version of Beowulf.
An interactive zoomable map of the ecclesiastical provinces and dioceses of the United States. An ecclesiastical province consists of several dioceses (or eparchies), one of them being the archdiocese (or archeparchy), headed by a metropolitan bishop or archbishop who has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over all other bishops of the province
This is a subject I’ve looked at several times
My conclusions are that scientific and technological progress follow sigmoidal or logistic growth or S-curves, and that discoveries of any note take people who meet such a high ability threshold that looking at the total number of “researchers” or whatever is meaningless, because adding more people won’t help do it better or faster from where we are.
A continuing series on the petrodollar system. I’ve pulled out some related items below.
In my 2014 introduction to this book review by John J. Reilly, I said:
I've sometimes wondered about the price America extracts for being the world's policeman. In a sense, we really do this out of a sense of justice and obligation. On the other hand, US Treasury bonds are purchased by much of the world, and we use the money to spend almost as much for defense than the rest of the world combined. The full faith and credit of the United States government means something much more than just our willingness to service our monetary debt.
I was not aware of the secret petrodollar agreement with Saudi Arabia when I wrote that.
Reporting on the deal with Saudi Arabia that Tree of Woe cites
The most obvious quibble I have with the petrodollar story of Tree of Woe: the deal with the Saudis helped oil be sold in dollars, but lots of other countries have even more Treasury debt, in my view undermining some of the claims about the deal’s effect on the US economy. Yes, I know this is now, but I think most of these countries are long time holders of US debt.
A great look at the details of Japan’s zoning laws with regard to a certain kind of small business.
A geo-political look at the history of France.