Good Things: August 30th, 2016

  1. The military is considering awarding the first ever Medal of Honor based primarily on evidence from surveillance technology rather than eyewitnesses. (Sean Naylor and Christopher Drew / The New York Times)
  2. This parody of male intellectuals is perfect in every way (and also hits a little close to home?). (Kelly Stout / Jezebel)
  3. “Fox News’ chief rival isn’t CNN, The New York Times, or even Facebook. It’s time. The average age of a Fox News viewer is about 70. The average life expectancy of a white American male is about 80. Fox News may continue to trounce CNN and MSNBC, but mortality will provide awfully stiff competition.” (Derek Thompson / The Atlantic)
  4. The recent decline in teen births is almost entirely attributable to teens using better birth control. (Sarah Kliff / Vox)
  5. Drugs vs. Chairs. “(You’re going to say this is an unfair comparison because drugs are potentially dangerous and chairs aren’t — but 50 people die each year from falling off chairs in Britain alone and as far as I know nobody has ever died from an EpiPen malfunction.)” (Scott Alexander / SlateStarCodex)
  6. Half of the baby formula sold in retail stores in Australia is subsequently exported to China. Some shoppers even include video evidence of themselves purchasing the goods to prove provenance. (Rachel Premack / The Washington Post)
  7. Some Japanese audiophiles purchase their own utility poles to ensure the electricity for their audio systems is unpolluted by their neighbors’ usage. (Juro Osawa / The Wall Street Journal)
  8. CEO-Investor letters studied as a literary genre. (John Lanchester / The New Yorker)
  9. Scientists are debating whether to declare a new epoch due to recent human activity. “To define a new geological epoch, a signal must be found that occurs globally and will be incorporated into deposits in the future geological record.” Contenders include chicken bones, radioactive elements from nuclear bomb tests, carbon spheres emitted by power stations, plastic pollution, and high levels of nitrogen and phosphate in soils from agricultural fertilizer. (Damian Carrington / The Guardian)
  10. “Humans are built to recognize patterns from an early age, and a clown’s exaggerated human features set off a primal warning bell from within our “crocodile brains,” Dr. Schlozman said in an interview on Tuesday.” (Katie Rogers / The New York Times)

Hope you had a good Tuesday,


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