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Church of England Newspaper scores unintentional self-parody award: MP’s fear that Jerusalem will become a ‘gay’ hymn: The Church of England Newspaper, May 27, 2011 p 3.

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Fair trade coffee hurts those its meant to help says study.

Global poverty is shifting toward middle income and failed states.

Contrary to the popular stereotype, most black professional basketball players come from the middle class and above.

The average U.S. tariff on imports from less developed countries is roughly four times what it is for most countries in the world.

The Olympics divides us.


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C. Wingate

I dunno, the take away point was found in this sidebar link off the WSJ article: “The evidence that skill plays a role in high-stakes poker is much more solid, the authors pointedly observed, than the evidence for skill in professional asset management.

The tariff one is puzzling and I’m afraid smells of statisticulation. Average how? What produces the difference? Is it because big powerful countries are able to negotiate better deals, or because of the produces in question, or some fluke? At least it has some citations: the BB player one has no provenance at all.

(And yes, I’m testy, probably because I’ve been refuting 9/11 conspiracy nuts today.)

Chris Arnold

I read through all of these links and had to sit down and brew up a cup of tea.

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