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Sunday assorted links

1. Interview with me in Korean, on the Biden administration and also Chinese-American relations, among other matters.

2. The Navalny thread.

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.

4. The 1861 storming of electoral certification (NYT).

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.

6. Uh-oh.

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Wednesday assorted links

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.

4. Is peer-reviewed work increasingly boring?

5. Making policy for a low-trust world (so far the year’s best short essay).

6. Hail Palau, it might soon have all its people vaccinated.

Monday assorted links

1. Did irrigation entrench the patriarchy?  By Alice Evans.

2. Casey Mulligan measures deaths of despair.

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.

5. “Countries with higher death rates in the war [WWII] saw lower death rates in the first wave of the COVID pandemic, though the effect faded in the pandemic’s second wave.

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2021 assorted links

1.Why a longer dosing interval should be fine.  And the UK case for first dose prioritisation.

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. Some UK doctors will defy instructions on postponing the second shot (NYT).

4. Two new reports on greater transmissibility.

5. Andy Matuschak on how to write great prompts.

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Monday assorted links

1. Fund people not projects.

2. Vitalik year end notes from Singapore.  Outside of crypto, Vitalik is perhaps the most underrated thinker, period.

3. What the Brexit trade deal does.

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.”

5. “I assign a 90% probability to at least one of the new variants being >30% more transmissible