Links I Liked

Trump v ValerianTrump v MandelaYou really need to be on twitter to appreciate the daily soap opera that is US politics. Here are two tweets that went viral in response to the president’s claim of extreme persecution. Wonderful.

Enough of twitter – back to ‘long reads’ (800 words or so). A brilliant idea from DFID’s Pete Vowles. We should all write personal user manuals to help colleagues work with us. But how honest are we supposed to be?

CGD’s Bill Savedoff continues his one man crusade against tobacco with some extraordinary (and literal) killer facts’. The drug will kill 200m people this Century. Each death generates about $10,000 in profits for the tobacco industry. The harm hits poor people the hardest

Top geek Lant Pritchett praises y-axis thinking (broad theory) in development economics and ridicules x-axis (specific interventions like the much-hyped RCTs – Randomized Controlled Trials)

Sorry, can’t stay away from POTUS and the quite brilliant piece from David Brooks on Trump ‘a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping in a jar’

Sign her up Oxfam India!  ‘Mastanamma doesn’t have a birth certificate to prove her 106 years but has millions of followers who can’t have enough of her recipes and Granny Wisdom’ [h/t Mary Matheson]

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