Links I Liked (and videos I valued)

January 18, 2016 2 By Duncan Green

Today is ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most miserable day of the year (actually just something dreamt up in 2005 by a holiday firm as a marketing ploy). But in any case, allow me to make it even worse with this truly awful video [h/t or possibly eternal damnation to Tim Aldred for sending it]. ‘We love the SDGs’. Take it away. Please.

In the ensuing twitter traffic, Katy Wright sent over another pretty terrible one on the Financial Transactions Tax. Any other candidates for impenetrable wonky issues set to really bad music?

Some other links I liked:

Some optimism for breakfast? 10 country case studies of progress in development on poverty, jobs, health, education etc from the ODI

Ensuring ‘quality of death’. What could other countries (including rich ones) learn from Kerala’s palliative care system?

The rise of political science blogging, aka the Monkey Cage, taking on the dominant econ tribes. But where’s the UK equivalent?

And continuing the theme of video nasties. Here’s Donald Trump’s Phoenix fan club (the lyrics are truly horrendous) [h/t Jay Rayner]

 

But here’s some redemption – a really uplifting Aussie university ad [h/t Chris Blattman]