Nuggies: Finals Week Special Edition

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Welcome to the 47st edition of Nuggies, an email newsletter that aggregates articles and commentary on business, economics, startups, and more, in bite-sized nuggets sent right to your email weekly. Created by and for college students.

This is a special finals week edition of Nuggies, guest written by Notre Dame Profs. Jason Reed and Forrest Spence.

Our quote of the week comes from Kurt Vonnegut: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

This Week’s Articles:

U.S. Blames Criminal Group in Colonial Pipeline Hack, The Wall Street Journal

Last week a criminal organization shut down the Colonial pipeline. This article digs into the business model DarkSide uses as it sells its ransomware code to others looking to make a quick illegal buck.

Read it here

The US labor market is running hot…or not?, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Update on U.S. labor markets with solid graphics and analysis. We’re 10 million jobs short of pre-pandemic trend but labor markets aren’t showing much slack. The article also includes predictions on future risks and how we get back to normal.

Read it here

Theses On The Current Moment, Astral Codex Tex

Scott Alexander is the best thing on the internet. Anything on Astral Codex Ten - formerly Slate Star Codex - is worth reading.

Read it here

This Week’s Tweets:

This Week’s Wildcard (an extra, interesting nugget):

PSA: This is not a dragon.  This is a(n intimidating) fighting chicken.

This Week’s Question:

 Is being a professor of finance different than being a professor of breakfast cereal?

What are we listening to this week?:

Heading into final exams Sufjan created an album that’s easy on the ears but sans his striking vocals. It's a great instrumental album, so put on your headphones and get to studying. - Prof. Reed

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