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"We might describe our world as having retail sanity, but wholesale madness"
Peter Thiel

Apple And Gay Rights

Tim Cook challenges Indiana’s religious freedom law on the grounds that discrimination is bad for business in general; which may be true; but in any case, publicly opposing discrimination is certainly good for Apple. Cook is in the happy position of being able to say what he believes, confident that most of his customers believe the same thing too, and that Apple’s brand will be the stronger as a result (840 words)

Why People Keep Electing Idiots

It happens because what voters want most in a politician is confidence; and confidence comes more easily to politicians who are foolish, because they see the world in simpler terms and do not know their own limitations. The foolish, confident politician insists that there are simple answers to complicated questions, which is what voters want to hear. The occasional clever politician gets elected by pretending to be foolish (1,350 words)

Raw Thoughts On Amazon Dash

First take on Amazon’s product-order buttons for the home. They’re genius. They lower friction and lock you in to Amazon. They probably cost next to nothing to make. But the forward-looking bit is something that Amazon doesn’t even mention: They are advertisements for the product, right there in your home, put there by you. The product is the channel. “In the future every product will carry a buy button” (2,120 words)

The Ragu Chronicles

An eating expedition through Bologna in search of Italy’s best pasta sauce. Opinions differ, especially when it comes to the inclusion of tomatoes. Here’s a recipe for the second-best: Sauté some diced onion, carrot, and celery in olive oil until caramelized; simmer for three hours with coarsely ground beef, ground pork butt, a cup of white wine, peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, and bay leaves. But for the best ragu read on (5,800 words)

Living With A Computer

The 1982 iteration of James Fallows explains how to use one of these computer things. “When I sit down to write a letter or start the first draft of an article, I simply type on the keyboard and the words appear on the screen … How I wish my employers would install computers in their headquarters, so I could submit articles over the telephone, one computer to another, instead of fighting the crowds at the Express Mail window” (7,100 words)

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