wonder if cia accountants lead interesting lives. france without manche is a star. you have a chef's kiss of a face. i learned of the lion of venice
could never tame hippocamps like oceanus, his beard effortlessly better than my dome. leaden pinky, but not pictured: lower back hair aka dorsal fin
machine learning techniques such as random forests have become popular for species distribution models
predictive probability function for the number of as yet undetected earthworks
our model predicts the number of as yet undiscovered pre-columbian structures at between 10,272 and 23,648 with 95% probability, giving an average of 16,187 sites..these estimates suggest that the earthworks already documented in the amazon to date account for a mere 4 to 9% of the total, and that 91 to 96% of amazonian earthworks remain undiscovered
concentration of wealth. the growth of real wealth over the past three decades was not uniform: family wealth increased more in the top half of the distribution than in the bottom half. families in the top 10 percent and in the top 1 percent of the distribution, in particular, saw their share of total wealth rise over the period. in 2019, families in the top 10 percent of the distribution held 72 percent of total wealth, and families in the top 1 percent of the distribution held more than one-third; families in the bottom half of the distribution held only 2 percent of total wealth
how does cbo's estimate of the share of wealth held by the top 1 percent of the distribution compare with estimates from other studies? cbo estimates that the share of wealth held by the top 1 percent of the wealth distribution increased by 7.4 percentage points over the period - from 26.6 percent in 1989 to 34.0 percent in 2019. the agency's estimate of the share of all wealth held by the top 1 percent in 2019 is roughly in the middle of the other estimates, which range from 30.7 percent to 37.9 percent. other studies' estimates of the increase in that share over the 1989-2019 period are similar to cbo's, ranging from 6.6 percentage points to 7.6 percentage points. several factors explain the variation in those estimates, including differences in the data sources, unit of analysis, and definition of wealth used by the studies
various estimates of the share of wealth held by families in the top 1 percent of the wealth distribution
the forbes 400 although the scf covers nearly the full distribution of family wealth, by design it does not include information about the nation's 400 wealthiest people, as identified by forbes magazine. cbo supplemented the scf data with the forbes data to identify the shares of wealth held by different groups and to calculate the percentiles of the full distribution of family wealth. the forbes data lack information on portfolio allocations, so when calculating changes in categories of assets and debt for families in the top 10 percent of the wealth distribution, cbo approximated the forbes 400 families' composition of wealth by using that of other families in the top 0.1 percent of the distribution of net worth
financial accounts of the united states the faus are national accounts that measure total wealth by economic sector. the data are released quarterly by the federal reserve board. each release shows the assets and liabilities in each sector of the economy at the end of the period in question. cbo supplemented the data on family wealth from the scf with information about total defined benefit wealth from the faus. that information was taken from table l.117, "private and public pension funds," which includes total defined benefit liabilities of private, federal, and state and local funds
bottom trawling alone releases as much carbon as the entire aviation industry
the governance of the giant bluefin tuna, for instance, has been described..as a policy of 'managed extinction'
a statement of approval by the israeli government for an operation to transfer sixty thousand palestinians from the gaza strip to paraguay
from the beginning of march 1848, it becomes impossible to trace the revolutions as a linear sequence from one theatre of turbulence to the next. we enter the fission phase, in which almost simultaneous detonations create complex feedback loops. reports of political upheaval from cologne, mannheim, darmstadt, nassau, munich, dresden, vienna, pest, berlin. milan and venice and elsewhere fuse into an all-engulfing crisis. the narrative bursts its banks, the historian despairs and 'meanwhile' becomes the adverb of first resort
the departing world leaves behind it not an heir but a pregnant widow. between the death of one and the birth of the other much water will flow by, a long night of chaos and desolation will pass
'we are not poles,' they told their masters. 'we are imperial peasants.' then they turned on the szlachta with sharpened scythes and flails, chased them to their manor houses and began the massacre of thousands of landowners, their families and their stewards
"i see the people rise in tumult; i see kings grow pale beneath their diadems"
(7) it's not poverty we need to get rid of..but our judgment of poverty
the reign of domitian, who forced philosophy teachers out of the city on suspicion of anti-imperial sympathies
marcus aurelius' meditations were written by a misanthropic, warmongering emperor for his own edification, but epictetus' kindness to his needy, self-pitying students is legible on the page
for a stoic, as for an epicurean or a cynic, well-being is not about feeling cheerful, but about control
epictetus' version of stoicism posed no threat to existing social norms. diogenes the cynic had shown his contempt for convention by living in a barrel, wearing rags and defecating in public
the wise stoic never gives up his desire for power and possessions
the unmanliness of tweezing body hair
in the summer of 1852 stanford's father disposed of his shiftless son by paying for his passage around cape horn to join his siblings. (before the transcontinental railroad, the sea voyage was cheaper than the land route)
the university's current art museum still devotes a couple of rooms to reliquary items like leland jr.'s baby shoes, some of his toys, and his death mask
the classic posture of strychnine poisoning victims: knees widely separated, soles of the feet turned inward, insteps arched, toes pointed, eyeballs protruded, pupils dilated, jaws fixed, fingers contracted, thumbs digging into the palms of her hands
we do not know how they conceived of us..as larger, less competent cats?
cats galore encore!
the greeks and romans were familiar enough with cats (though much of their mousing was done by snakes and weasels). but cats play almost no role in the greco-roman imagination
spinoza's idea of conatus ("the tendency of living things to preserve and enhance their activity in the world")
that cats have no use for philosophy is an indictment..not of cats, but of philosophy: "posing as a cure, philosophy is a symptom of the disorder it pretends to remedy"
as a harvard medical student, the future republican senate majority leader bill frist adopted cats from boston-area animal shelters, whisked them off to the lab, and dissected them, to provide data for experiments on cardiac muscles. he had the grace to express some regret about this later