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posted by Katemonkey
on Apr 20, 2005 -
Paul Krugman: The best places to get sick
A dozen years ago, everyone was talking about an American health care crisis. But then the issue faded from view: A few years of good data led many people to conclude that HMOs and other innovations had ended the historic trend of rising medical costs.
But the pause in the growth of health care costs in the 1990s proved temporary. Medical costs are once again rising rapidly and the U.S. health care system is once again in crisis. So now is a good time to ask why other advanced countries manage to spend so much less than we Americans do, while getting better results.
posted by Postroad
on Apr 17, 2005 -
They haven't gotten around to 2004 yet.
But they perfectly sum up the state of hollywood by presenting...The Three Least Shitty Movies Of 2003. Plus the Least Shitty Actors, etc. SFW except for some language. Handy if you are looking for bittorrent inspiration. Also see THE TOP 100 MOVIES OF OUR TIME on the front page. You can argue your case streuously but no fighting. Though how anyone can take it seriously when Withnail & I does not appear on it is beyond me.
posted by milkwood
on Feb 9, 2005 -
--from going to McDonald's (Did you know that Happy Meals are a loss leader?) to becoming a miser (It's a weightloss plan that really works) and more. From AK13,
a great little brit web mag.
posted by amberglow
on Jan 17, 2005 -
The 885 All Time Greatest Songs
as chosen by listeners to WXPN
, the listener-supported station at 88.5 on the Philadelphia-area FM dial. WXPN ran an on-line vote, asking listeners for their top 10 all time favorites in celebration of a move to a new studio. They are playing all 885 back, in order, all this week (on air and on-line). We're up to Bobby Darin and Beyond the Sea
(number 750, sandwiched between Husker Du and Jimi Hendrix) as I post this. My all time favorite, the Dead's Wharf Rat, was at 782. The site also presents the top ten lists of some of their staff and some favorite artists.
posted by mmahaffie
on Oct 4, 2004 -
100 key books
“Cyril Connolly chose 100 key books from England, France and America first published between 1880 and 1950 to represent ‘The Modern Movement’.”
This site asks:
“How does the list look now, in the first decade of the 21st Century?”
“an additional list of key books is needed for 1950 to 2000. What should be included and why? Does Connolly's selection criteria need adjusting [just England (when so many of the books are from Ireland), France and America!] and if so how should this be done, remembering that Connolly was very precise in delineating the list as Key books, not best books?”
posted by Grod
on Sep 17, 2004 -
100 Movies That Deserve More Love
"we've rolled up our sleeves to retrieve some unloved and under-appreciated gems from the dustbin of history...You'll find great movies that you were sure only you knew about, and you'll find movies that you've never heard of."
posted by kirkaracha
on Mar 28, 2004 -
Books I Did Not Read This Year:
For novelty or perhaps for gleeful one-downmanship, Kieran at Crooked Timber shares a list of books he did not
read in 2003. Literary guilt
is hardly new, but some argue
our neuroses about unread books grows as our distractions multiply. Of course, this attitude (besides bordering on criticism of the glib, "pop lite" type) usually comes part and parcel with the common complaint that paper culture is dead. And one could easily make a distinction between neurotic englit-geek Guilt and the casual reader's mere missed opportunity. Without rehashing either of those discussions, what are the (presumably) best books (or any pieces of art) you didn't
consume in 2003?
posted by ifjuly
on Jan 17, 2004 -
In "How to Kill a Country"
there's a list of steps:
(1) Destroy the engine of productivity
(2) Bury the truth
(3) Crush dissent
(4) Legislate the impossible
(5) Teach hate
(6) Scare off foreigners
(7) Invade a neighbor
(8) Ignore a deadly enemy
(9) Commit genocide
(10) Blame the imperialists
In "Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara"
the lessons list as:
(1) Empathize with your enemy.
(2) Rationality will not save us.
(3) There's something beyond one's self.
(4) Maximize efficiency.
(5) Proportionality should be a guideline in war.
(6) Get the data.
(7) Belief and seeing are both often wrong.
(8) Be prepared to re-examine your reasoning.
(9) In order to do good you may have to engage in evil.
(10) Never say never.
(11) You can't change human nature.
Two sides of the same coin?
posted by john
on Jan 6, 2004 -
Mutual Funds - Out
, Google's IPO - In
. Letting Your Boyfriend Videotape It - Out
, Letting A Major Network Videotape It - In
. Segway - Out
, Honda Ruckus - In
. A sampling from the Washington Post's List for 2004
posted by bluedaniel
on Jan 2, 2004 -
Feeding on Itself: the list of lists
This is a metalist, that is, a list of all the lists produced for each category of the usual year's end roundups. Example for best book there are some 18 different lists (link to) places presenting such lists. check your favorite list topics and list sources and see whether you agree. Or not.
posted by Postroad
on Dec 31, 2003 -
Scottish puzzle writer, poet, and soon to be author Roddy Lumsden pens vitamin q
, a weblog devoted to, as he puts it, "trivia lists, curiosities, and fragments which please me as a connoisseur of the sequential and the inconsequential - it's more a cave of wonder than a grotto of geekery". Vitamin q is the place to go if you need to know 75 terms for being drunk, want lists of fruits and vegetables that have been used as derogatory slang, need the names of the My Little Ponies, or have always wondered which singers have been heralded as "The New Bob Dylan". The archives are bursting with more of the same.
posted by iconomy
on Dec 29, 2003 -
100 Things About Me
-- Webring of About me
pages with a twist. (perfect for the nosy among us, like me) From the most mundane to the incredible to the boring to the random to the hysterical...
Here's a sampling, from gingersmack:
55. When making myself a sandwich with cheese, the cheese must go on the same side as the mustard.
56. I've had a broken leg and the chicken pox at the same time. I was two.
57. I have a good sense of direction.
posted by amberglow
on May 5, 2003 -
Which Country Has The Most Beautiful Women?
The best quality of life? The most divorces? The most mobile phones? The highest cost of living? Which one is the most visited? Rank the bastards! After browsing through this website, I'm sure the conclusion that we're all living in the wrong one
is inescapable. The statistics and sources may be questionable, but there sure are a lot
of interesting lists here! Meanwhile my own country, Portugal, has just been denounced as the the laziest in Europe
and the booziest in the world
. They lie! They lie! [Actually, it's a fair cop, guv. And it was nice to drag down the Brits with us.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Apr 17, 2003 -
The winners of the annual Muzzle Awards have been announced
by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression
; these are given out to "those who have forgotten Mr. Jefferson's warning that freedom of expression cannot be limited without being lost." The lucky winners this year include (among others) include John Ashcroft, for the DOJ's secretive expanded powers; the 107th U.S. Congress for USA PATRIOT; National Zoo Director Lucy Spelman for covering up mysterious deaths of zoo animals; and the NC House of Representatives for trying to shut down a college assignment involving the Koran. Are there any other outrageous cases of censorship this year that the Muzzles should have included? Are all of the winners worthy of ridicule?
posted by waldo
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Best. Episodes. Ever.
Though I think they're wrong about the worst. In honor of the upcoming 300th episode of the Simpsons
, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the 25 best episodes and 1 worst. May the arguments, and uneeded meme generation, begin.
posted by eyeballkid
on Feb 1, 2003 -
And so it begins: while I've already seen half a dozen "best ___ of 2002" lists, the year end list I look forward to, Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums
list is out for 2002. It's just the right mix between "so mainstream there are no surprises" and "so indie even your second cousin's girlfriend's brother in that band hasn't heard of them" though perhaps they're leaning towards the latter this year, seeing how I've only heard about a quarter of all the albums listed.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 22, 2002 -
100 scariest movie moments
Retrocrush is listing their top 100 scariest movie moments, and so far, the quality is pretty high -- well-chosen scenes, and interesting writeups. And one exploding head. You've been warned. Happy Halloween!
posted by GaelFC
on Oct 31, 2002 -
Riding The Reputation Seesaw:
I'm a sucker for underrated/overrated lists anyway, but this series of short articles from underrated American Heritage
magazine is one of the best I've ever read. I specially liked the haphazard criteria for selecting the categories, leaving out some of the most obvious.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 25, 2002 -
The End of the Anti-Hit List?
"And with that, the Anti-Hit List is retiring, at least for the foreseeable future."
John Sakamoto's Alternate Top 10 (AKA The Anti-Hit List
) was one of the best top ten music lists on the net. It was short and sweet and a great way to discover b-sides, covers and alternate versions of songs from a wide variety of artists. And to think, it all started back on March 12, 1996
posted by boost ventilator
on Jul 31, 2002 -
Somewhere between Myst and an inventory.
. Matt McClintock invites you to enter his home and checkout all his neat stuff. Want to see what is in his medicine cabinet? Go ahead
. What is in the drawer? Take a look
. Perfect for anyone who has ever walked down the street and wondered what the insides of their neighbors houses look like. Beautiful navigation, and oddly compelling content.
posted by thirteen
on Jun 19, 2002 -