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economist.com — FOR most of human history rich people had the most leisure. In "Downton Abbey", a drama about the British upper classes of the early 20th century, one aloof aristocrat has never heard of the term "weekend": for her, every day is filled with leisure. On the flip side, the poor have typically slogged.
Great blog from Economist on why rich have less leisure than poor: econ.st/1npVdCr
RT @TheStalwart: People with intellectually stimulating jobs find work more relaxing than home life economist.com/news/finance-a… (Via @M_c_klein)
RT @TheStalwart: People with intellectually stimulating jobs find work more relaxing than home life economist.com/news/finance-a… (Via @M_c_klein)
People with intellectually stimulating jobs find work more relaxing than home life economist.com/news/finance-a… (Via @M_c_klein)
"as work becomes more intellectually stimulating, people start to enjoy it more than home life." economist.com/news/finance-a…
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Disillusioned office workers

economist.com — ZHU GUANG, a 25-year-old product tester, projects casual cool in his red Adidas jacket and canvas shoes. He sports the shadowy wisps of a moustache and goatee, as if he has the ambition to grow a beard but not the ability.
RT @nicola_davison: Loved this. @gadyepstein on China's diaosi, the term for a loser that literally translates as “male pubic hair” http://…
RT @nicola_davison: Loved this. @gadyepstein on China's diaosi, the term for a loser that literally translates as “male pubic hair” http://…
Disillusioned office workers: China’s losers | The Economist econ.st/1t9aQCn by my colleague @gadyepstein

Adultery in New England

economist.com — AFTER 223 years New Hampshire is about to make adultery legal. A law in 1791 called for convicted adulterers to be paraded on the gallows for an hour and then "publicly whipped not exceeding 39 stripes" before being sent to prison and fined £100 (probably more than a year's wages in those days).
Another exciting social issue for those Republicans eyeing the 2016 nomination economist.com/news/united-st…
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Daily chart: Private affairs | The Economist

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Interesting. Thought trends would align: “@TheEconomist: Charting attitudes toward adultery econ.st/1kyKxBw pic.twitter.com/lbBHl9R9jj
RT @DKThomp: The only country where a minority of people consider adultery immoral is France, mais bien sur econ.st/1hUVpUZ http://t…
RT @DKThomp: The only country where a minority of people consider adultery immoral is France, mais bien sur econ.st/1hUVpUZ http://t…
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Building the dream

economist.com — SOME HISTORIANS BELIEVE that Marco Polo never went to China. But even if the 13th-century Venetian merchant did not lay eyes on the coastal city of Hangzhou himself, he certainly reflected the awe it inspired in other foreign traders when he described it as "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world".
RT @jarmiles: Building the dream | A 14-page special report on China's urban revolution (by me) in The Economist econ.st/P2nO4u
Read this MT“@jarmiles: Building the dream | A 14-page special report on China's urban revolution in The Economist econ.st/P2nO4u
RT @niubi: terrific special report on china urbanization in this week's economist-China Building the dream economist.com/news/special-r…
RT @niubi: terrific special report on china urbanization in this week's economist-China Building the dream economist.com/news/special-r…
Building the dream | A 14-page special report on China's urban revolution (by me) in The Economist econ.st/P2nO4u
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Canada’s war on doorknobs

economist.com — IT IS rare for changes to a municipal building code to become headline news. But Vancouver's ban on doorknobs in all new buildings, which went into effect last month, is an exception. It has provoked a strong reaction from the door-opening public and set off a chain reaction across the country as other jurisdictions ponder whether to follow Vancouver's lead.

The city as pastiche

economist.com — OXFORD STREET IS a quiet cobbled lane, with Tudor-style shop fronts and lights supposed to look like gas lamps. At one end it opens out onto a small square. A bronze statue of Winston Churchill stands in front of the open-air colonnade of Thames Bar, looking towards an elderly man sitting on a bench on the other side of the plaza.
RT @djclark: "A Shanghai suburb that is forever England" @jarmiles story with my video. ow.ly/vSpjh

Scooped | The Economist

economist.com — LIU JIANFENG began his career as an investigative reporter with noble ideals about serving the public interest. After 20 years in the job, even working for some of China's more outspoken publications, he felt increasingly manipulated. He also believed the public was hungry for fact-based reporting untainted by the state's agenda.
RT @nicola_davison: Here I write on how crowdfunding offers principled Chinese journalists a fragile platform of resistance @TheEconomist h…

Donald Rumsfeld’s taxes

economist.com — AMERICANS filed their income taxes yesterday, swearing that "under penalties of perjury...to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and...
Donald Rumsfeld wrote a letter to the IRS saying he doesn't know whether or not his tax filing is accurate: economist.com/blogs/democrac…

Sources and acknowledgments

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RT @jwassers: .@jarmiles & gr8t 2 c this acknowledgement section 4 ur special report w/good academic work on urbanization listed http://t.c…

Microfinance in Bangladesh

economist.com — FOR years the reputation of microfinance-which gives tiny loans to the poorest-rose and fell in tandem with relations between Grameen Bank and the Bangladeshi government. In 2006 the bank and its head, Muhammad Yunus, won the Nobel peace prize for reducing poverty and Mr Yunus toyed with setting up a political party, supposedly with the government's blessing.

Argentina’s football hooligans

economist.com — LIKE all fans going to the football World Cup in Brazil in June, Argentina's barras bravas-"tough gangs" of supporters, often likened to European "ultra" groups-are looking for a bit of fun. The question the Brazilian authorities have is, what kind of fun?
“That’s their objective. No violence in football”. #Argentina’s football hooligans: Marked men | The Economist econ.st/1kyGYey

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This is not a game theory

economist.com — TYLER COWEN quotes an article in the Financial Times:Michael Ben-Gad, a professor at London's City University who has studied the credibility of long-term...
Fascinating: here's @ryanavent with the game theory behind why NATOs Article 5 commitment might not be ironclad economist.com/blogs/freeexch…

Not pulling its weight

economist.com — THE phrase "self-loading freight" has been a favourite put-down among aviation workers for decades. The term demotes passengers to the lowly status of cargo,...
RT @EconBizFin: Coyne Airways is a virtual airline.There may be more of them as the air cargo market falters econ.st/1iZyIRV http://…
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