Summary of “Why Managers Don’t Matter and Why the U.S. Could Win the 2026 World Cup”

I caught up with Stefan over the phone and Simon via email to get their take on the state of world soccer before things kick off in Russia.
If you added up all the revenues generated by European soccer in 1990, it was less money than any one of the revenues generated by the NFL, the NBA, or MLB. However, today the revenues of European soccer actually exceed the combined reviews of those three leagues.
1 greatest soccer nation in the history of the world? Some might say Germany, but I think most of us still think that unbelievably disorganized and chaotic nation, Brazil.
Eight countries have won World Cups, and yet at the same time, I know that soccer, at least on a game-by-game level, is such a random game.
Remember also that the vast majority of countries in the world are too small or have too little soccer tradition to even hope to qualify for a World Cup more than once in a blue moon.
It’s chiefly because the training of players from age 6 is better in western Europe than anywhere else-which is why, e.g., Jürgen Klinsmann selected so many “European” players when he coached the U.S. Likewise, Morocco will probably kick off this World Cup with a team drawn entirely from their European diaspora.
Finally, the World Cup also might be in the U.S. So: The U.S. is going to win the 2026 World Cup.
There’s no reason to think that the U.S. couldn’t win the World Cup.

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Summary of “Seahawks Rebuild on Pete Carroll’s Competition Mantra”

In the team meeting room, each player gets up from the seats they were in the year before and finds a new spot around different people.
Kam Chancellor is awaiting scans on his neck to see if he’ll be able to play.
Here’s the curveball: The roster turnover, the departure of all those core players, has actually made it easier for Carroll.
We’re going to share details on a visit Kobe Bryant took to Foxboro in May. The Kobe visit was an interesting one, because of Bryant’s experience as an athlete who played 20 professional seasons.
“We want to turn the page on that as fast as we can. Obviously we can’t get the taste out of our mouth until we start playing football games. We all know that and we respect that. But to talk about it, what does that do? It doesn’t do anything but bring up bad memories. We’ve pushed forward from that.”
“That’s the way John’s approached it. I know it’s the way our coaching staff has approached it. We want to get to winning as soon as we can, and the moves signal that. Tyrod Taylor’s our starting quarterback, we drafted a rookie quarterback, and I think it’s a great situation to be in-we don’t have to play a rookie quarterback right away, because we have a proven guy who’s played in the league, won games, played in playoff games. That’s exciting. I also think it sends a message, creates a narrative that this team is gearing up to win, that everything we’re doing is pointing towards winning.”
Among Bryant’s talking points was the importance of training, and of studying other players, to his ability to play two decades in the NBA. The Patriots who were listening have another pretty good example of longevity in their own locker room, and they made the connection quickly.
I’ll never blame a football player in that situation for trying to leverage a team.

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Summary of “The Financial Crimes That Fueled Brazil’s Inhotim Museum”

Paz believes beauty changes lives, and, perhaps because he lets the poor in for free, he’s called Inhotim “a factory of citizens” and “The greatest social project anyone in the world has ever done.” He’s also called himself a socialist, and scoffs at the ostentation of other rich people with their yachts and private jets.
Inhotim began as an unintended consequence of Paz’s 1980s takeover spree.
As soon as Paz moved on, an Inhotim curator stayed behind to cancel the sales, explaining that he was trailing Paz to “Unbuy” impulsive purchases.
Not long after Inhotim opened, a series of government investigations began uncovering the environmental and labor violations that had helped Paz build his fortune-and then the financial crimes that had shielded his fortune from taxation.
The investigators focused on a holding company called Horizontes that Paz had formed to administer Inhotim.
Allegedly, Paz used some of the money going through Horizontes to buy land for Inhotim and transferred some to his other companies, ordering employees to cash checks for as much as 500,000 reais at a time.
Paz started buying the work of Brazilian artist Miguel Rio Branco in the ’90s. The conversations they had helped inspire Inhotim’s creation, and today the museum has a whole building to display Rio Branco’s color-saturated photographs of humble Brazilians.
Up in northern Minas Gerais, Dias says he’d never even heard of Inhotim until his legal battles with Paz.

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Summary of “‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Last Action Hero,’ and the Meta-Blockbuster”

Last Action Hero would show that an actor who was already skirting self-parody on- and offscreen-a walking Simpsons character-could take a joke while laughing all the way to the bank.
Having committed a then-massive $60 million budget to a conceptually promising but unpolished script, Columbia sent Last Action Hero through multiple revisions, dismissing Penn and Leff and bringing on Shane Black and then William Goldman.
Last Action Hero limped into theaters with the worst pre-release buzz since Ishtar.
In his excellent 2004 book Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, author Tom Shone suggested that the showdown between Last Action Hero and Jurassic Park was more than a game of chicken between Sony and Universal.
It’s still very much Spielberg’s world, while Last Action Hero remains a relic of a fallen kingdom.
You can almost imagine Ready Player One’s Wizard of Oz figure, James Halliday, insisting that Last Action Hero was a misunderstood masterpiece.
T2’s script plunged a not-so-innocent teenager into an R-rated world of gore, gunplay, and four-letter words, while Last Action Hero stranded Danny in a PG-13 purgatory.
In between these two movies Last Action Hero gives us an Arnold who doubts his own abilities.

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Summary of “Why the old way of parenting no longer works”

Today’s children tend to roam the world as independent contractors, and are taught to focus more on individual achievement rather than their contributions to family, neighborhoods and friends.
“There are no longer these straight lines of authority. The boss is no longer in charge of the dad, the dad is no longer in charge of the mom, and the mom is no longer in charge of the kids. They are growing up in a culture of democracy and equality and they feel that,” she explained, referring to the changes in workplaces, homes and schools that have led to more decision-making by committee.
Today’s parents, she explained, are looking to foster a “Close connected nurturing relationship, which science tells us is good for their well-being, while also having consequences that children would respect.” This is a parenting style many refer to as “Authoritative.”
The key to getting today’s children to behave is forgoing the fear-based methods of yesteryear and helping them learn how to self-regulate instead. Lewis’ book wisely refrains from prescribing one particular method, and instead looks at a number of approaches to helping children learn self-control and how they play out in different scenarios.
“Punishment is something imposed on a less powerful person by a more powerful person. It sets up our children to want power and control,” she said.
“Consequences teach us a lesson, and allow children to learn by the situation. What happens when I forget my sweatshirt? I am a bit chilly. It’s a cleaner lesson, and works much faster.”
While allowing older children to sort out conflicts on their own can be an effective way of presenting them with natural consequences and reducing future arguments, little children are ineligible for a mostly hands-off approach.
Not as a panacea, because there is no such thing when it comes to regulating most adults’ emotions, let alone our children’s.

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Summary of “This Season’s Most Shocking TV Plot Twists”

If you watch TV competitively, then genre rules dictate what’s possible, and as the series progresses, it becomes possible to guess what’s going to happen next – if not on your own, then with the help of fellow plot guessers who’ve created a sort of virtual FBI field office online.
In the finale, you see Michael in that flashback, so at least you have seen him in the episode without having a story about how much she misses Michael, or about “Is she going to feel upset about getting engaged because the last time she was engaged was to Michael?” I felt like those would be too close actually to his return.
How Jane the Virgin Pulled Off Its Fantastic Surprise “I didn’t know for sure that I was going to do it until the end of season three.”
Often we find that it does defy expectations, because you’re in a certain sort of genre, and people in that genre more often are going to blow each other’s heads off.
JW: There were times that we tried on some more action in that scene for size, but it was pretty obvious to us that Stan is a good enough counterintelligence agent that he’s not going to let two people that he’s behind ever get the drop on him.
You want everyone to know by that Monday, something is going to happen here.
He would’ve been much more straight-down-the-middle: “Arie is going to make the biggest choice of his life, he’s in love with two women, how will it end?” Here, it was sort of like: “Just when you think it’s the end, it’s actually the beginning. You need to see it.” And even in our live show, when Chris is giving almost the emotional equivalent of a parental-discretion-advised warning: “This is not going to be an ordinary night. It’s going to be incredibly emotional, it is going to be tough, there’s going to be a lot of feelings, we’re all going to have a lot of opinions.” So you see that, and you can just feel TVs turning on, like, Oh my God, something big is going to happen here.
Aaron Harberts, co-showrunner and executive producer: Before we even cast Jason , we knew that that character was going to be from the mirror universe.

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Summary of “40 of the Best Villains in Literature”

Think of these as noteworthy villains, if it clarifies things.
Big-picture villain, the thing that causes everything to dissolve, and people to start christening their kittens and pushing them around in prams, has to be the global disease that left all the men on earth infertile.
Few villains are quite so aggressively ugly as Uriah Heep.
Some in the Lit Hub office argued that it was Julian who was the real villain in Donna Tartt’s classic novel of murder and declension, but I give Henry more credit than that.
Did you think the villain was the whale? The villain is not the whale-it’s the megalomaniac at the helm.
Who is really the villain in Rachel Kushner’s most recent novel? It can’t be Romy; serving a life sentence for killing a man who was stalking her.
The worst villain is the one who knows you best-the one you might even love.
The scariest motive is the lack of one-what Coleridge called Iago’s “Motiveless malignity.” The most interesting villain is the one who has even more lines than the titular hero.

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Summary of “Is America Ready for a Global Pandemic?”

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population will more than double during the next three decades, and urban centers will extend farther into wilderness, bringing large groups of immunologically naive people into contact with the pathogens that skulk in animal reservoirs-Lassa fever from rats, monkeypox from primates and rodents, Ebola from God-knows-what in who-knows-where.
Most of the country is covered by thick forest, crisscrossed by just 1,700 miles of road. Large distances and poor travel infrastructure limited the spread of Ebola outbreaks in years past.
In an otherwise unmarked corridor, this, she says, is the first sign that I am approaching the biocontainment unit-a special facility designed to treat the victims of bioterror attacks, or patients with a deadly infectious disease such as Ebola or sars.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center is one of the best in the country at handling dangerous and unusual diseases, Ron Klain, who was in charge of the Obama administration’s Ebola response, tells me.
Those three hospitals were the only ones ready to take patients when Ebola struck in 2014, but within two months, Klain’s team had raised the number to 50 facilities.
“In a nearby room, dried blood dots the floor around an old operating table, where a sick lab technician once passed Ebola to five other medical staff members, starting a chain of transmission that eventually enveloped Mikolo and many of his friends. The phlebotomist who drew the blood samples that were used to confirm Ebola also still works at the hospital. I watch as he handles a rack of samples with his bare hands.”Ask someone here, ‘Where are the kits that protect you from Ebola?,’ ” Donat Kuma-Kuma Kenge, the hospital’s chief coordinator, tells me.
Unfamiliarity with Ebola allowed the virus to spread among the staff of Kikwit’s hospital, just as it did among nurses in Dallas, where an infected patient landed in September 2014.
The largely successful U.S. response to Ebola in 2014 benefited from the special appointment of an “Ebola czar”-Klain-to help coordinate the many agencies that face unclear responsibilities.

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