Saturday Assorted Links

1. Really interesting article on momentum and Presidential nominations. Recommended. I, too, thought Trump’s fate was sealed with the victory in Florida, and never took the contested convention bullshit seriously. So I was surprised when the prediction markets didn’t spike after Trump’s victory and showed him wobbling after his abortion comments. I thought that was ridiculous, as Trump has made many gaffes before, and they had never hurt him.

2. Tweet of the day.

3. Sumner’s unfocused post on hidden problems

4. Thanks, Obama

5. The paradox of tolerance

6. A bank without interest (Islamic Markets in Everything)

7. A pretty implausible path for a Trump win (funny, nonetheless). Pennsylvania is more worthwhile than some two-bit disproportionately Hispanic states.

8. Finally, those MANPADS sent to the Syrian rebels are being put to good use

9. Grand Divisions of Tennessee

10. It takes 300 hours to become a shampooer in Tennessee

11. More economic data leaking to markets

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Assorted Links”

  1. “The paradox of tolerance”

    For the alt-right, this applies to immigration, most emphatically to Islamic refugees. For the left, it applies to people like Trump and the populist domestic right. Both are getting at the same thing, but apply it to different groups.

    1. Possibly the best case of the Paradox of Tolerance is Zimbabwe. Maybe Nazi Germany is the second-best.

      Pre-1960s nominating conventions are also examples. One had to be careful not to tolerate dishonest delegates, for fear that the dishonest delegates would not tolerate you.

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