david citrin

40 Flips | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 1 Following | 1 Follower | @davidcitrin | Keep up with david citrin on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “david citrin”

The Odd Story of the Law That Dictates How Government Shutdowns Work

A shutdown would end up costing more because of the price of restarting the government -- and other strange facts about the late-1800s Antideficiency Act.<p>If rogue Republicans do not relent over the budget impasse by October 1, whatever pandemonium happens next will largely be governed by a federal …

Are Tenured Professors Really Worse Teachers? A Lit Review

The answer is complicated. But research shows that by replacing them with low-paid adjuncts, colleges could be hurting students.<p>Earlier this month, a team of researchers at Northwestern University, including its president, Morton Schapiro, released a paper titled, "Are Tenured Professors Better …

Republicans Can't Win With White Voters Alone

An influential set of conservatives argues changing demographics won't doom the GOP, but the smart money -- and the math -- are not on their side.<p>This much is undisputed: In 2012, President Obama lost white voters by a larger margin than any winning presidential candidate in U.S. history. In his …

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

America's Libertarian Moment

A longtime libertarian policy wonk talks about whether the philosophy can save the GOP -- and why he still doesn't think Rand Paul can win the presidency.<p>Libertarianism is on the march. From the rapid rise to prominence of first-term Senator Rand Paul to the state-level movements to legalize gay …

Redistributing Wealth Is the Wrong Way to Fix a Rigged Game

Elites shouldn't be forced to share ill-gotten gains -- they should be prevented from ever getting them.<p>Quinn Anya/Flickr<p>In my review of <i>Twilight of the Elites</i>, Chris Hayes's thoughtful critique of American meritocracy, I largely agreed with his contention that the current system is frequently …

The Most Stylish Movie Characters of All Time

<b>When you think about the work</b> that goes into costume design on literally every movie ever made — studios have been employing small armies of people to find or make clothes to dress each character since basically the dawn of the motion picture — it's really no surprise that cinematic fashion has had …

Stylish

‘Bitcoin is a currency’: Federal judge says the virtual cash is real money

Physical Bitcoins created by Casascius, a bitcoin enthusiast based in Utah. Each has a unique code that can be used to retrieve a number of Bitcoins online.<p>Is the "online crypto-currency" Bitcoin money like dollars or is it no more the business of government regulators than virtual gold pieces in …

Cryptocurrency

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

Autism

Is Congress Simply No Fun Anymore?

When Rep. Rod­ney Al­ex­an­der, R-La., an­nounced this week that he would re­tire from his seat after 10 years in the House, he cited his …

David Price

Coffee, the Viagra of the 17th Century

The very, very gendered seventeenth century coffee house<p>Today, coffee consumption is linked (a little dubiously) to all sorts of positive outcomes. Just last week, a study correlated increased coffee consumption to a lower risk of suicide.<p>But a few centuries ago, coffee was linked, even more …

Hotter Weather Actually Makes Us Want to Kill Each Other

A new meta-analysis finds that extreme changes in temperature increase the likelihood of inter-group conflict.<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>Farmers in Brazil are more likely to invade each others' land in years that are particularly wet or unusually dry. Americans honk their horns more at other cars when it's …

The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish

A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.<p>Paul J. Heald<p>Last year I wrote about some very interesting research being done by Paul J. Heald at the University of Illinois, based on software that …

Why NSA Surveillance Will Be More Damaging Than You Think

The real threat from terrorism is not the harm it inflicts directly but the over-reaction it provokes. We saw that with the invasion of Iraq. We're seeing it with security-state overreach.<p>This column over the weekend, by the British academic John Naughton in the <i>Guardian</i>, takes us one more step in …

For Publicis and Omnicom, a “merger of equals” is an ad to appease government officials

Paris-based Publicis and New York-based Omnicom are combining to create the world’s largest advertising company in what they are calling a “merger of equals.” But sooner or later, one company in such arrangements usually gets the upper hand. How that plays out will affect the deal’s chances of …

Advertising

10 Common Startup Ideas That Haven't Broken Through... Yet

Just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean your startup will succeed, and there’s a simple reason for this: concepts don’t make companies.<p>Startups depend on everything from the capabilities of their founders to the depth of their pockets. But, just because an idea hasn’t taken off doesn’t mean …

Cecilia Munoz, Quarterback of Obama’s Immigration Reform Efforts

Eleanor Clift on Cecilia Muñoz, the president’s point person on immigration, and her uphill battle.<p>Her friends wondered why she didn’t quit when …

Is Law School a Good Deal After All?

A fascinating new paper argues that a J.D. is worth $1 million over the course of a career, and that the recession hasn't dampened its value. But don't go racing for your LSAT prep book just yet.<p>Ever since the Great Recession sucked the air out of the legal industry, an extremely vocal group of …

How Sprawl Makes Fighting Childhood Obesity So Much Harder

4 In 5 US Adults Face Near-Poverty, No Work For At Least Parts Of Their Lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.<p>Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized …

Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead

In 1955, Aldous Huxley Wrote This Very Creepy Story for The Atlantic

In honor of the Brave New World author's 119th birthday, an excerpt from "Voices," about a disgruntled orphan's dealings with her high-class relations and a murderous dinner party<p>In 1955, "Voices," a short story by <i>Brave New World</i> author Aldous Huxley, was published in <i>The Atlantic</i>. Huxley's satire …

Paris From Above

Last Sunday, France celebrated Bastille Day, commemorating the start of the French Revolution in 1789 -- the end of monarchy and the beginning of modern France. Reuters photographers Charles Platiau and Gonzalo Fuentes took to the skies above Paris for the occasion, capturing images of the capital …

Why'd Nate Silver Leave the Times?

As you probably know by now, Nate Silver is leaving the NYTimes for ESPN/ABCNews. So why’d he leave? There’s a very interesting discussion about it …

Poverty is what’s crippling public education in the US—not bad teachers

Earlier this month in New Zealand, the minister of education Hekia Parata shared a piece of knowledge that has become common the world over. In the Southland Times, “Experts have found that four consecutive years of quality teaching eliminated any trace of socio-economic disadvantage.”<p>The source of …

Bernanke Tells Congress: I Don't Really Understand Gold

While Ron Paul is no longer part of the Congressional committees that grill Ben Bernanke twice a year, the Fed Chairman was forced to answer questions about gold on Thursday again. Asked about the falling price of gold, which is down nearly 25% this year, Bernanke admitted he doesn’t understand the …