Friday, February 21, 2020

Links 21 February 2020

Relief of the Genii Cucullati, "Hooded Spirits," from Housesteads on Hadrian's Wall. Nobody knows who these three figures were or what they meant to the people who carved images of them around the Romano-Celtic world.

The intriguing career of Madame Sul-Te-Wan, the first black actress to land a studio contract in Hollywood.

The imaginary architecture of Jean-Jacques Lequeu (1757-1826).

The three versions of the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I are being displayed side by side for the first time.

An expert on con artists and a fundraiser talk about how to ask people for money.

New Yorker columnist John Cassidy reviews the economics and politics of growth and stasis: many environmentalists think we need to halt economic growth, but is that even possible? How could it be done, and what would happen?

The mysterious thrift store photo album that shows the same unknown woman posing with dozens of Hollywood celebrities.

Roboanalysts outperform human investment consultants, on average. According to this study, anyway.

From one of my favorite internet madmen: "Norse thunder god Thor, Slavic thunder god Perun and Baltic thunder god Perk┼źnas all rode the sky in a chariot drawn by goats...Why?"

New Zealand has started giving out 2% of its scientific grant money via a lottery, and scientists generally approve.

According to a study that got the World Bank's chief economist fired, at least 7.5% of aid to poor nations is diverted into offshore banking havens, in some cases up to 15%.

Iron in the ocean and Ice Ages. If we want to control global warming we should really be looking harder at this.

Who is more radical, Bernie Sanders or Jeremy Corbyn? Sanders, by a wide margin.

A new conservative think tank devoted to fighting "market fundamentalism" on the right.

The career of a small-time Naples mobster.

YouTube's algorithm is not causing political radicalization.

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