The weekend is a great time to catch up on some of the reading you skipped during the week. We hope you enjoy this set of long-form links.
Corporations (and governments) exploit our lack of self-control. (The Psy-Fi Blog)
Why do investors keep giving Bill Nguyen money? (Fast Company)
Rick Bookstaber, “We can start counting the days until computers routinely win a Turing Test.” (Rick Bookstaber)
Congratulations America you are now ultimately responsible for Merrill Lynch’s derivatives positions. (naked capitalism)
Peak oil production around the US. (Econbrowser)
Rick Bookstaber, “It is impossible to discuss the economics without considering the social contract. That is why it is called political economy.” (Rick Bookstaber)
What do first year lawyers do to earn their $160,000 a year? (Dealbook)
The revolution in preventative care. (The Atlantic)
Why is Halloween so popular these days? (Bloomberg)
The long, sordid story of how Harrisburg, Pennsylvania came to bankruptcy. (Bond Girl)
Turkey has been a standout economic performer, but cracks are showing. (FT)
The wild ride of the 1%, an excerpt from Robert Frank’s The High-Beta Rich: How the Manic Wealthy Will Take Us to the Next Boom, Bubble, and Bust.* (WSJ)
A review of Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.* (Wilson Quarterly)
Jeff Jarvis author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live on the value of “embracing publicness.”* (Bits)
*Amazon affiliate. You know the deal.