Friday, August 12, 2011

Good Reads and Information

"Psychologist and social scientist Dacher Keltner says the rich really are different, and not in a good way: Their life experience makes them less empathetic, less altruistic, and generally more selfish." Or did those qualities help them become rich? (via Metafilter)

Past Olympic Venues: What Are They Now? Some earned their construction costs, some didn’t, and others you wouldn’t even recognize today.

How America turned poverty into a crime. The author of the book Nickel and Dimed talks about how easy -and dangerous- it is to fall through the cracks.

There is no guarantee that a college education, or even an advanced degree, will protect you from poverty. This 55-year-old man has a PhD in physics, yet he lives in a shelter.

Real Madrid signed 7-year-old Leonel Angel Coira to a one-year contract. That seems awfully young to play pro sports, but its not the first time for this kind of publicity stunt.

TRUE CRIME: The Wichita Massacre. Four young people were gruesomely killed, then two survivors put the murderers behind bars, and the story even has a twist at the end.

Preserving human history in a National Park. It’s not “natural” to erase all evidence of human habitation, when Mother Nature can reclaim the land just fine.

Legendary record producer Phil Spector was convicted of murder two years ago. Take a couple of guesses as to who is going to play him in the movie version. (via Film Drunk)

French adrenaline junkies try to make your stomach churn as they negotiate highlines strung between mountains. Take a deep breath and enjoy the scenery.

An underwater art exhibit? You betcha! Andreas Franke attached her photographs to a sunken ship off the Florida coast for scuba divers to see.

The Genius of Miles Davis: Explained! Explained, maybe, but never reproduced.

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