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1. Interview with me in Korean, on the Biden administration and also Chinese-American relations, among other matters.
3. “Seeing this kind of censorship leak into the United States is why Zhou says he supports the Trump administration’s push to ban WeChat.” Solve for the international equilibrium.
5. “However, IMPORTANTLY, of those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, beyond 10 days after receiving the vaccine, not a single person was hospitalized. By this measure, we would call the AZ vaccine 100 percent effective.” Link here.
3. Covid in Zambia.
4. Alex redux: why do experiments make people uneasy?
6. Sperm markets in Covid times, and disintermediation (NYT). Recommended. But a 1400 chess rating is nothing to boast about!
7. Angry people are more vulnerable to misinformation — Serenity Now!
1. How to run a simple and fairly quick clinical trial on First Doses First. It is funny how you do not hear the critics suggest the merits of further investigation.
2. “American Chess Magazine Releases Their List of the Top 1 Shows of 2020.” You should not need to click on the link.
3. The redone Joshua Gans calculations (great praise to him for trying to put numbers on everything) now favor a policy of First Doses First. And another useful model supporting First Doses First. The silence on the other side of the debate is deafening.
5. Making policy for a low-trust world (so far the year’s best short essay).
6. A modeling exercise favoring First Dose First, the most extensive treatment I have seen to date.
1. Did irrigation entrench the patriarchy? By Alice Evans.
3. “We create a novel reign-level dataset for European monarchs, covering all major European states between the 10th and 18th centuries. We first document a strong positive relationship between rulers’ intellectual capabilities and state-level outcomes…We also show that rulers mattered only where their power was largely unconstrained. In reigns where parliaments checked the power of monarchs, ruler ability no longer affected their state’s performance.” Link here. And Ian Bremmer’s Eurasia Group on the top risks for 2021.
4. The Military Health System: “We find evidence that off-base care is associated with slightly greater resource intensity, but also notably better outcomes, suggesting marginal efficiency gains from care privatization.” That’s from Jon Gruber and co-authors, not the Heritage Foundation.
2. Eli Dourado on the future course of innovation, recommended.
4. Even in hard-hit Manaus, hospitalizations are reaching a new record high. And more (speculative) worries about the South African strain.
6. A blind date.
1. “West Coast wellness elites think kambo, an Amazonian frog poison drug, is helping them purge “toxins” from their lives.” What kind of sentence is that? (NYT)
2. “We find that [Chinese] police stations are more likely to be located within walking distance of foreign religious sites (churches) than other sites (temples), even after controlling for the estimated population within 1km of each site and a set of key site attributes.” Link here.
3. To think that rescheduling second dose appointments is such a problem…(UK). This is what the GPs are saying.
4. The sanity of Greg Ip (WSJ, on the checks).
6. New data on the transmissibility of the new strain, not good news. It seems to basically mean a much expanded pool of superspreaders? And Zeynep on the new strain (Atlantic).
2. Predictions by Simon DeDeo. Some good stuff in there.
4. Derek Lowe vaccine round-up (he also endorses the UK’s “first dose” approach).
5. 60% of Ohio nursing home staff refusing covid vaccine. More info here.
1. Why companies are not interested in single dose trials (NB: there is a more radical approach available here).
2. Vitalik year end notes from Singapore. Outside of crypto, Vitalik is perhaps the most underrated thinker, period.
4. Megan McArdle on dangerous group think in the public health establishment: “…the discussion of whether to prioritize essential workers was anything but robust. The committee left only 10 minutes for it, during which not one of those 14 intelligent and dedicated health professionals suggested adopting the plan that kills the fewest people. Nor did anyone run out of time to make that point. Ten minutes was actually a little too much for what turned out to be a pro forma opportunity to get on the record endorsing the plan, and particularly its emphasis on racial and economic equity in health care.”
1. Barry Lopez has passed away. Arctic Dreams is one good book by him.
2. Higher ed is issuing a lot more debt (WSJ).
5. Ted Gioia’s favorite albums of the year list, always interesting for the number and variety of sonic worlds under consideration.