CK Links--Friday March 11, 2016


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"We can't keep losing farms and farmland!" bleats a Cornell agri-intellectual. (The Hill)

On the contrary, the farm data isn't dire in the least. (Jayson Lusk)

Subtle truths about fasting that nobody talks about. (Vox)

BMI is a terrible measure. (FiveThirtyEight)

Related: Your body weight is a terrible measure too. (Casual Kitchen)

Interesting article on the short, pointless life of the heavily-marketed beverage Zima. (Mental Floss)

"Today I did 63 pushups." Excellent psychological insights here. (50by25)

This isn't a preachy list of the miraculous health benefits of giving up alcohol. (Greatist)

Book Recommendation: Damn Right: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger by Janet Lowe

Useful, interesting biography of one of my investing heroes, Charlie Munger. Munger is an unusual guy, with a personality that's hard to pigeonhole: part acerbic wit, part gruff impatience but also part educator and part philanthropist. Includes a striking tidbit that Munger once gave author Robert Cialdini a share of Berkshire Hathaway stock because he liked and admired Cialdini's work. Recall that we've discussed the ideas in Cialdini's book before here at CK and we're big fans of Cialdini's pro-consumer thinking too.

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