Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | November 26, 2014

Assorted Links

1. Mohsin Hamid: why migration is a fundamental human right. (H/T: Azra Raza, 3 Quarks Daily.)

2. What Does It Take To Be Grateful? Thoughts from Br. David Steindl-Rast, O.B.

3. HUGE Surprise: “Charitable giving not keeping up with highest incomes.” See also this story: “As times got tough in the recent recession, the less well-off of America’s citizens became more generous when giving to charity. But at the same time, wealthy Americans cut the proportion of their incomes they donated, according to a new study that analyzed data from tax returns.”

4. Freddie deBoer does not like the five-paragraph essay. (For more on that topic, see this post from a while back.)

5. The Continuing Relevance of Immanuel Kant.

6. The Karl Marx credit card: “In the land once called East Germany, in a town once called Karl-Marx-Stadt, a bank called Sparkasse Chemnitz ran an online poll letting customers vote for images to place on their credit cards. And the hands-down winner was Karl Marx…”

The taglines (#marxcard) practically write themselves; NPR’s Planet Money has been collecting some of the better ones.

(H/T: Tyler Cowen.)

7. See also the hilarity that results from Smokey, the Tennessee Vols mascot, bundled up in a blanket during the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game. (The temperature in Knoxville during the game was in the 40s.)

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Responses

  1. The only thing worse than the 5-graf essay is what you get from a student incapable of even managing that much.

    • I shudder even to imagine the writing of students incapable of producing a 5-paragraph essay.

  2. The Karl Marx credit card is an abomination. Thanks for tipping me off to it, as I don’t usu. go to Tyler Cowen’s site.

    • No sweat.

      Easy credit is the opiate of the masses.


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