In Honor of Alan Krueger 

Economist Miles Kimball reflects on the suicides of his son and more recently of the economist Alan Krueger:

In addition to direct mental health research that helps us better diagnose and effectively treat mental health problems, I hope that we are at the dawn of a general recognition that each one of us is broken in some way in relation to mental health. We each have dimensions of fragility. The greater part of wisdom is to learn well about one’s own fragilities and weaknesses and to figure out how to buttress them. And the greater part of charity is to be kind to others in their fragilities and weaknesses, even when their fragilities and weaknesses are different from our own.

On the Evolutionary Origins of Virtue 

Nicholas Christakis’s new book, summarized by Frank Bruni:

Complex societies are possible and durable only when people are emotionally invested in, and help, one another; we’d be living in smaller units and more solitary fashions if we weren’t equipped for such collaboration; and human thriving within these societies guarantees future generations suited to them.

The MCU Ranked

★★★★★

  • Black Panther
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Captain America Winter Soldier

★★★★☆

  • Spider-Man Homecoming*
  • Ant-Man
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp*
  • Dr Strange*
  • Iron Man
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers
  • Avengers Infinity War

★★★☆☆

  • Captain America Civil War
  • GotG II*
  • Captain America First Avenger*

★★☆☆☆

  • Avengers Age of Ultron
  • Iron Man 3*
  • Thor*
  • Iron Man 2*

★☆☆☆☆

  • Thor Dark World*

Have not seen (yet)

  • The Incredible Hulk*
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers Endgame
  • Spider-Man Far From Home

* Skippable wrt to overall story arc, imo.

Trump Issues Warning to Opponents 

I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump — I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.

2019 and the man still finds new ways to demean the presidency and undermine democracy.

In Picking Milwaukee for Convention, Democrats Make Political Point 

Craig Gilbert for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

This is one of the most politically mobilized and engaged states in America (It was anywhere from second to fourth in the U.S. in turnout last year, depending on how you measure it.). And it is one of the most polarized. It is struggling with divided government, as is Washington. And its voters are deeply divided along party lines. Next year, when the Democrats come here to nominate a presidential candidate, Wisconsin will be a fitting backdrop to the turbulent politics of the Trump Era.

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