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Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

New York Magazine

«So it’s not just a matter of people naturally growing more conservative as they grow older. It’s also a matter of the wealthier — and more conservative — people surviving more often, and for longer.» – I have never thought of it from this perspective, but it makes an awful lot of sense. Would love to see a broader study that shows how (or not) this applies to other countries.

Published in Weekly Filet #276 In collection: Think Different

How Our 2018 World Cup Predictions Work

FiveThirtyEight

Love or hate those World Cup predictions – I, for one, love them when they have a solid methodology behind them. Here’s FiveThirtyEight’s comprehensive (yet still easy to understand) description of how they predict not just the World Cup (yay, 2% chance of Switzerland winning the title), but individual matches. The most fascinating part: how they adjust the odds during live matches.

Published in Weekly Filet #276

Under the sun

Truth & Beauty

At any given time, there is one place on earth where the sun stands at its zenith. I could watch this for hours.

Published in Weekly Filet #276

    There Is Only One Trump Scandal

    The Atlantic

    More than a year into his presidency, not a week goes by without a troubling revelation about Trump or without him doing something that has you shake your head in disbelief (often both, actually, and multiple times). Here’s a way to wrap your head around the madness: «There are not many Trump scandals. There is one Trump scandal. Singular: the corruption of the American government by the president and his associates…»

    Published in Weekly Filet #275

    Are Healthcare Metrics Hurting Healthcare?

    Nautilus

    A perfect illustration of Goodhart’s Law, which states that when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. Take a minute to think about where Goodhart’s Law applies in your job – it’s way too easy to find examples.

    Published in Weekly Filet #275