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1. Somehow the places that don’t make such a big deal about Covid are not such great places to live (…and have to keep the truth a secret…Russia in denial about the high number of Covid deaths, NYT).
2. NYT covers WSJ.
4. Ross Douthat on god and the meritocracy (NYT).
2. People systematically overlook subtractive changes. And a Patrick Collison comment: “An obvious point that took me way too long to appreciate: in software engineering, you should probably optimize for speed even when you don’t have to, because it’s one of the easiest/best ways to prioritize subtraction and parsimony in the solution space.”
3. Against alcohol.
4. Ezra Klein interviews Brian Deese about the economic thinking of the Biden Administration (with transcript). A good instantiation of “where they are at.”
6. ‘Sense of Disappointment’ on the Left as the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Unfolds.” (NYT) Again, I’m going to double down on my earlier claim that the progressive Left has peaked (which is not to claim that statism has peaked, it hasn’t). This is NYC people!
7. Fact and fiction about Ethiopia’s ethnofederalism? The content is hardly controversial to most readers I suspect, or even deeply committal on main issues, but the author chose anonymity nonetheless, which is itself a meta-comment on the piece’s own topic.
8. Map of all the physics particles and forces, highly useful, good explication, I don’t find any of this stuff intuitive. “Strangely, there are no right-handed W bosons in nature.” What is wrong with you people!? Why can’t it all be windowless monads? Or is it?
3. Neopronouns: “but what does thon think?” And today’s Ezra Marcus NYT piece on neopronouns is first-rate. Can I use “Tyler” as my neopronoun? Can I choose to be pronounless?: “Instead of using third person pronouns, a nullpronominal person is usually referred to by name, or can be referred to with an epithet, or the sentence can be rephrased to omit pronouns, typically by using the passive voice.” I like that, should I put it on my Twitter profile?
4. Ezra Klein (NYT) has a very good take on the Biden administration, though I would frame the described truths in a quite negative manner. I would say that in essence they are making decisions based on their own sociology and class and conformism, and also on the basis of what they think (poorly informed) voters want, rather than focusing on scientific reasoning and trying to see that through. And whatever problems economics might have, including as a predictive tool, one does not do better with those who are trying to take its place. Further interpretation from Ezra here.
6. More on muons. Best treatment so far.
1. Douthat on Crichton (who was really good, by the way).
9. New Mars city to be built into a cliff? (What about Nevada he cries again?)
1. “The most terrifying words in the English language are Balaji was right.” Transcript of his now-famed podcast with Tim Ferriss.
5. Don Boudreaux upset at me. I think on some issues he misrepresents my views (e.g., I don’t claim the age of the Covid deaths is irrelevant), and he pins a whole host of interventions on me that I do not favor. But to respond to the main point on social cohesion, I’ll make a simple prediction: in terms of social cohesion the American southeast will come out of this whole mess looking relatively good, on both a national and global scale. Countries such as Brazil and Mexico, which have downplayed Covid risks to an extreme degree, and imposed very few regulations on behavior, will come out looking quite bad in terms of both deaths and social cohesion. I prefer the response of the U.S. southeast to that of Brazil and Mexico, and the response of the U.S. southeast is (broadly) the one I endorse in the podcast with Russ Roberts (assuming you can’t halt the whole thing early, and no we never should have banned any outdoor activities, etc.). Don is otherwise a big proponent of comparative institutional analysis, but he isn’t doing nearly enough of that in his critique — social cohesion compared to what? Which is the alternative that was going to give us greater social cohesion than what say Florida will end up with?
6. “Lego enthusiast explains why the black market for the toy bricks is so lucrative.” Interesting throughout.
2. “The money itself is programmable. Beijing has tested expiration dates to encourage users to spend it quickly, for times when the economy needs a jump-start.” (WSJ)
4. Have they ruined Plastic Ono Band? (WSJ, probably)
6. The decline of the Central American elites (The Economist).
4. More Scott Sumner movie reviews, some of the best content on the internet, mostly because they are true.
7. Naval on NFTs.
3. The police culture that is Canada (short video for Passover).
2. Dog theft on the rise. By one measure, the price of a dog is up 5x, and (UK) dog thefts are up 250%.
3. SNL on NFTs.
4. Godzilla movies ranked (not always well).
4. Danny Kaye bits, including some calypso with Harry Belafonte. And with Lucille Ball and Louis Armstrong. And 56 Russian composers.
5. Should Amsterdam limit tourism? (NYT)
4. Survey on body-worn police cameras, mostly positive results.