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Open thread for night owls: Ocasio-Cortez wonders why we don’t have a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico

Jessica Corbett at CommonDreams writes—If 9/11 Attacks Can Spark Trillions in War Spending, Asks Ocasio-Cortez, Why Can't US Find Funding for Puerto Rico 'Marshall Plan'? A study commissioned by the Puerto Rican government has found that an estimated 2,975 people died after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last year, corroborating previous analyses that

People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.

Richard Thaler, father of behavioral economics, has been an irritant to mainstream economists. His research, about humans’ tendency to make suboptimal decisions, tarnishes their elegant economic models. (Photo: Bengt Nyman/flickr) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “People Aren’t Dumb. The World Is Hard.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple

An uncrowded alternative to the Inca Trail

Calling out greetings in her Aymara language, a herdswoman limped as she approached our campsite, where we were sipping hot tea and stamping our feet against the morning chill. Read more about this at

Kramer’s best moment.

Originally, they were going to film the scene on the bus, but decided it was funnier just to have Michael Richards describe it. Read more about this at