Superfreakonomics

Superfreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Book - 2010
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The full-colour expanded and illustrated edition adds a visual, superfreaky dimension to the already provocative thinking that made "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics" part of the national zeitgeist.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2010.
Edition: Super deluxe, super illustrated edition thereof.
ISBN: 9780061941221
Characteristics: xxi, 281 pages :,illustrations (chiefly color), col. maps, portraits (chiefly col.) ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J. - Author
Alternative Title: Super freakonomics

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StarGladiator
Oct 14, 2017

I could comment on this book, which has little to do with Real Economics/Finance, but I would rather comment on their last week's show on NPR [Oct. 7, 2017] which I found typically disingenuous. They featured the ongoing meme about // our \\ trade with China over the past decade of 2000 to 2010 as being OK, but could have been handled better, instead of the actual hard facts of all jobs offshoring!
They did this by misciting the numbers, downplaying the actual number of offshored jobs [just one million, instead of the many millions of jobs offshored], never citing the actual number of factories and production facilities offshored [40,000 to Mexico after NAFTA, 70,000 to China], and cleverly confining those offshored jobs ONLY to China, NEVER mentioning all the jobs offshored to all those other countries like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
Nor do they mention how the US government aid is directed to those countries to support the corporate offshoring of jobs, e.g., US aid dispatched to Sri Lanka for instruction in employment at call centers - - then American call center jobs offshored to that country, et cetera!
Nor do they mention federal and state governmental jobs also offshored to foreign locales: the further dismantling of the US tax base. During the early 2000s in Seattle, the local chamber of commerce hosted seminars for locally-based corporations to most efficiently offshore local jobs - - using US Department of Commerce funds slated for this purpose!
Holy Mother of Corruption! ! !
And like all the fake news shows, they avoided mentioning all the other categories of offshored jobs, instead mentionging ONLY manufacturing jobs [also scientist, R&D, egineering, programming, technician, aviation mechanics and techs, medical, legal, et cetera]; yes, manufacturing jobs are important and the basis for much later innovation, but all categories should be covered!
When Micron Technology shut down a production facility in Idaho - - while opening up a factory in Malaysia - - they are simply doing a sleight-of-hand; the Fake Newsies will report the factory closing in Idaho, but never report on the new factory in Malaysia, which may very well have been subsidized with US government aid!? Anyway one views it, the plutocrats and oligarchs profit, while the workers are eternally screwed!

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Asmaa_90
Oct 03, 2016

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance book is an inaccurate racist, Islamophobia book filled with hatred towards Islam. Terrorism has nothing to do with religion, but politically propaganda agenda. Iraq was already invaded way before 911, in fact more than 5000, 000 children were killed in Iraq in 2000 by America. Without 2000 invasion, 911 would of not have happend, but we will never know the true death population because UN stopped counting casualty wars since 1996.

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Nymeria23
Dec 29, 2015

This book tackles many of the world’s interesting, complex, and/or ‘messy’ ideas and issues through economics. With the juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated topics (for example, ‘What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common?’) and using a unique economic perspective that the authors title as ‘freakonomics’, there were many unexpected but entertaining points. I enjoyed this reading, and thought it was a good non-fiction book, being one of the few that can hold my attention.
Many good points were made, many issues were solved, and I learned that apparently monkeys can use money.

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sanitycheck
Dec 06, 2014

I liked the book - really entertaining. I was often laughed. You have to have some intellect, some knowledge of statistics and definitely scene of humor in order to enjoy it. The book definitely makes you to think out of box. If you are too serious about Freakonomics you should probably read “Economics For Dummies”.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 21, 2014

Blah-Blah-Blah and Babble-Babble-Babble.

Personally, I didn't take much stock in what authors Levitt & Dubner had to say in SuperFreakonomics. I think I'd be a fool if I did.

But, if you are indeed fascinated by reading about how much horse poo that NYC had to deal with in the early 1900s, or what percentage of Chicago's whores give cops free blowjobs to keep them quiet, or how the cancellation of TV's Leave It To Beaver in 1963 tied in with JFK's assassination, then, yes, perhaps you may actually find this hackneyed book a literal revelation of useless information.

Yes. There were some nice touches of humor used in this book's story-telling, but, on the whole, I found its authors tended to over-dramatize the trivial to the point of being downright ridiculous.

For example - An entire chapter (36 pages) was spent tediously discussing Chicago's hookers and literally trying to tie the sex-trade in with fluctuations in the real estate market. (Yes. The speculating was really that wide-sweeping!)

In a feeble attempt to add some much-needed weight to all of the frivolous nonsense discussed in this book, Levitt & Dubner finished off with a gruelling chapter devoted to finger-pointing and putting a large part of the blame for global warming on the incessant farting of cud-chewing animals.

Any way I looked at it - SuperFreakonomics did not come anywhere near to living up to all of its puzzling, over-rated praise.

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jimg2000
May 14, 2013

More Freakonomics after the author's first book on the same in 2005. Nice in depth human behavioral analysis based on economic grounds that are not so obvious at first and second looks. None were freaky economics except the lab experiment on monkeys and coins at the end. Hope to read the third Freakernomics installment soon.

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rennlc
Jan 09, 2013

They preface this sequel by stating their hope that It will serve as a conversation starter. If you're interested in another series of quirky observations, this time including subjects like prostitution, geoengineering, and terrorist profiling, SuperFreakonomics will do just that.

Veepea Nov 22, 2012

Like the previous posters, I preferred Freakonomics. I don’t know if my taste has changed in the intervening years, but I found this book harder to get into, yet still informative and interesting. It makes me wonder how trustworthy studies and statistics are. I know that they are scientific, but how often do preconceived notions of what the conclusion should be skew the outcome?

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Drayjayeff
Jan 31, 2012

Levitt and Dubner's book contains lots of fascinating, appropriately freaky and thought-provoking information. I was put off, early on, by their coldly clinical take on topics such as street prostitution in Chicago. Treating a subject of this kind strictly as material for economic analysis may be useful, but it comes across as heartless. That said, I'm glad I kept on reading. Although the volume is oddly designed (very "busy" in places), the illustrations add to the experience as does the quirky, self-deprecating humor supplied by its authors. On the whole, an enjoyable read.

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dsander
Aug 02, 2011

This one was just OK, Not as good as the first freakonomics but still interesting.

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