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1. At #6 and #7 you can read AIER on vaccines. C’mon people, this particular debate is over.
2. Long Covid is real. And U.S. excess deaths in 2020 more elevated in relative terms than during the 1918 pandemic (NYT). And “BREAKING: Israel reports no new coronavirus deaths for second day in a row.”
3. Highly effective software to help you find a vaccine, vaccinatethestates.com.
5. The fiscal polity that is Illinois: “Winners of lottery jackpots of $25,000 or more have been denied payment by the lottery commission until the state balances the budget.”
7. EU proposing to regulate the use of Bayesian estimation. What’s the chance of that actually happening?
2. Costa Rica is struggling (The Economist).
5. Promising Young Woman is indeed a very good movie, at times hard to watch, and most of the reviews are either inarticulate or uncomprehending because few are willing to grasp and explain (part of) what makes it so interesting.
3. Mundell stuff: they won’t let you be this way any more.
4. Carlos Reygadas, Our Time, imagine three hours running commentary on Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, but set on a Tlaxcala Mexican ranch with lots of bulls and a dash of visual Tarkovsky. The director and his wife play the lead roles, most of you won’t like it but Scott Sumner did and he is almost always right about movies.
1. MIE: An NFT bundled with an actual house.
1. Are the UFOs foreign drones launched from submarines in the Atlantic? As always, please note that a link is not an endorsement.
2. How Swiss is your watch? (NYT)
5. Republicans and big business (my Bloomberg column).
3. Scott Alexander on the new Honduran charter city, recommended.
4. Garett Jones on laissez-faire lockdowns plus liability law and tort — what exactly is the benchmark here for comparing to intervention?
6. Claims about Afghan troop withdrawal, from the excellent Tom Tugendhat.
1. Once again, the world is more right-wing than you think. Even Stanford academics. And these ants shrink their brains for a chance to become queen (NYT).
2. World’s longest rabbit theft moral hazard? (NYT): “Darius was insured for $1.6 million and traveled with a bodyguard, according to NBC’s Today show in a 2010 article.” Note that his status as the world’s longest rabbit already was under threat from his own descendants.
3. MIE: $4,000 Star Wars armchair (why?).
4. “Today in Markets in Everything, from the Netherlands: informal insurance for curfew violations via Whatsapp:
For a €10 prepaid fee, the owners of the Whatsapp group will wire you €95 (the fine for violating the curfew) after sending in a picture of the fine. It will also provide ‘safe’ routes through the city where policing is light.”
2. Suicides down for 2020, misery loves company?
4. Eric Weinstein on geometric unity. Is he right? Is that the right question?
5. “Dowbak utilizes the mechanics of the smart contract imbedded in the NFT to create a self-generating Genesis piece which will continue to create new, discreet NFTs over the course of approximately one year.” With sixty bids, the current value is well over $2 million, do take a look at the image. And it is stochastically not a Crusonia plant: “However, Dowbak has also introduced the element of chance into the work’s algorithm through another self-referential twist–REPLICATOR can also jam. A jam comes in the form of a unique “Jam Artwork,” which will stop a generation from continuing to replicate, curbing exponential growth.”
1. The economics of Substack and Ghost (NYT).
4. “Now, great economists often change their views over time, as they should when new information arrives. Mundell, however, changed his whole intellectual style; if you were to read his Nobel lecture without knowing who wrote it, you might never have guessed that it was the same man who devised those crisp little models several decades earlier.” Paul Krugman on Mundell.
5. Antibodies through injection, seems to work.
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?