Tuesday assorted links

1. “My thought is that the fact that we consume contemporary media in isolation has made made people more receptive to demonization, with its totalitarian characteristics. This is probably accentuated by the virus-induced isolation, which increases our use of contemporary media and reduces our social interactions.”  More here from Arnold Kling.

2. Did Southeast Asian fish sauce come from ancient Rome?

3. Indian Matchmaking.  Note that foreign exoticization, and thus partial concealment of anti-PC attitudes and pproaches, is one response to “things being cancelled.”  For instance: “Let’s remove this thing from the status games being fought by white people, and maybe they won’t care very much.”  And they don’t.

4. This Kevin Lewis link about whether hedonism leads to happiness was first sent to my spam blocker.

5. DNC Platform Committee decisively defeats Medicare for All as a proposal.  POTMR.

6. Why has the Spanish response to coronavirus been so poor?

7. “Divergence dates between #SARSCoV2 and the bat #sarbecovirus reservoir were estimated as 1948 (95% HPD: 1879–1999), 1969 (1930–2000) and 1982 (1948–2009), indicating that the lineage giving rise to SARS-CoV-2 has been circulating unnoticed in bats for decades”  Link here.


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