Spoken like a true utilitarian: "If we really want the greatest happiness of the greatest number, we should be electing psychopathic, Machiavellian misanthropes", writes Roger McShane (via Will Wilkinson).
I love you so much … that I’m going to ruin your life: Tigtog on the perils of manipulative relationships.
The five stages of Gillard grief: "The stages of grief when a political leader is doomed differ a little in sequence from the classic Kubler-Ross order", says John Quiggin.
Michael Stutchbury returns to the Fin: "The Australian Financial Review has launched another successful raid on The Australian, announcing Michael Stutchbury as editor-in-chief of the newspaper", reports Mumbrella.
Why is the new Kindle Fire so cheap?: "The battle of the tablets is not a battle of devices, but a battle of ecosystems", argues Erik Brynjolfsson at Digitopoly. Amazon can afford to sell Kindle’s at a low price because "the profit stream from Amazon’s media products is boosted every time another customer buys a Kindle".
It’s obvious (once you know the answer): Common sense makes the world seem more orderly than it really is, writes Duncan Watts at Freakonomics.