Thursday, 1 May 2014

The case for nicotine and other news and views for Thursday 1 May

  • Financial investment success: How much luck is needed? – “How much luck do you need to be a successful investor? More than you might think, according to one senior US strategist.
  • The case for nicotine - “Nicotine is good for some people. It improves attention, memory and cognitive function, the latter even in some Alzheimer’s patients. It counteracts that “zoned out” feeling that schizophrenics and others treated with strong anti-psychotic medications complain about (that’s why about 90 percent of them smoke, usually heavily.)”
  • The Right’s Piketty Problem – “Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has quickly won widespread praise in the US. And, rather than offering substantive criticism of the work, many conservative reviewers have engaged in puerile, ad hominem attacks on its author.”
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