Friday Links

Happy Friday! I hope you had a good work week and have fun planned for the weekend. Here are this week’s link…

Grace Dent on holidays. Funny

When economists ignore human behaviour in favour of rationality, things go wrong.

Why a diet of worms could be good for you. Fascinating.

There have been just a handful of human studies: perhaps the most well-known is by Joel Weinstock, a gastroenterologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts, which examined the effect of worms on patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Almost 75% of those who ingested the worms were cured, especially noteworthy given that they had not been helped by more traditional treatments.

Three questions we need to ask if we want to fix housing. 

An American/Polish view on Brexit. Overwrought I think, but interesting if this is the view of Polish political circles that the author runs in.

Lent: Six weeks for the devout and the not so devout

For the faithful Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a long, bleak road to Good Friday. And I mean long and bleak. Imagine coming off the M25 at junction 29 and then heading along the A127, but so slowly that it takes you six weeks to reach Basildon, and then when you get there everything’s shut and God is dead and it is still Basildon.

Why Donald Trump is terrifying. Yes and yes and people may say he won’t get elected but if Boris Johnson can be Mayor of London, Trump could be President.

Trump’s other gift — the one that gets less attention, but is perhaps more important — is his complete lack of shame. It’s easy to underestimate how important shame is in American politics. But shame is our most powerful restraint on politicians who would find success through demagoguery. Most people feel shame when they’re exposed as liars, when they’re seen as uninformed, when their behavior is thought cruel, when respected figures in their party condemn their actions, when experts dismiss their proposals, when they are mocked and booed and protested.

Trump doesn’t. He has the reality television star’s ability to operate entirely without shame, and that permits him to operate entirely without restraint. It is the single scariest facet of his personality. It is the one that allows him to go where others won’t, to say what others can’t, to do what others wouldn’t.

Last Saturday was national library day. So here are some library links;

A library is like a room full of friends. In 1971, librarian Marguerite Hart asked famous names in the arts, sciences and politics to write to the children of Troy, Michigan, encouraging them to cherish their new public library.

My own love letter to my library.

Why we should stand up for libraries even if we don’t use them.

Beautiful libraries you could visit

I am deeply envious of all the people who have libraries in their houses, oh for the space. Here are a couple of examples.



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