Thursday assorted links

1. Various Magnus Carlsen updates.

2. Mark Koyama reviews Walter Scheidel’s Escape from Rome.

3. “Two programmer-musicians wrote every possible MIDI melody in existence to a hard drive, copyrighted the whole thing, and then released it all to the public in an attempt to stop musicians from getting sued.

4. Pandemics and the advantages of globalization.  And “A troop of special Chinese ducks is waiting to be deployed to neighbouring Pakistan to fight a swarm of crop-eating pests that threaten regional food security.

5. If you lose Taiwan, you lose Japan.

6. What the Singaporean PM said about coronavirus.  And illiquid Hypermind betting market in coronavirus.

7. Gary Chamberlain has passed away.


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