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4. Survey on body-worn police cameras, mostly positive results.
2. Did life on earth start earlier than we had thought? (You will note this is an example of Cowen’s 17th Law, namely that origins of things go back earlier than you had thought.)
6. Charges against Foucault for abusing young boys in Tunisia (London Times, gated).
1. The breakthrough in computational biology (good long NYT feature).
5. Do Republicans look more alike? And is it voter-driven?
1. If he had titled this “We have come to bury Ayn Rand,” he might have had a point.
4. UK competition authority concerned about “supply of GIFs.” (You can’t make this stuff up, and yes Ayn Rand remains relevant.)
5. New Zealand nonetheless is facing a hospital crisis (see parenthetical remark on #4).
6. Response to Newell, Prest, and Sexton on the temperature-gdp paper. I think the critique scores some good points against the authors, but it does not dissuade me from their fundamental conclusion that the current literature does not have a coherent answer to the key question about costs.
1. Thomas Meaney on Singapore. Good, interesting long read from LRB.
2. What is the ideological news slant of your Twitter account? (mine was 57% left-wing, 34% right-wing, not too many centrists, at least by their measures, maybe I prefer “the kooks”). I don’t wish to embarrass anyone in particular, but some of the ideological bubbles you can find with this are…just remarkable.
5. Are the economics of tennis broken? (Bloomberg)
5. I am giving a Fairfax County Library Zoom talk tomorrow night at seven p.m. — I benefit so much from them!
1. “Our estimation shows that wildfire damages in 2018 totalled $148.5 (126.1–192.9) billion (roughly 1.5% of California’s annual gross domestic product), with $27.7 billion (19%) in capital losses, $32.2 billion (22%) in health costs and $88.6 billion (59%) in indirect losses (all values in US$).” Link here.
3. “… the presence of immigrant students has a positive effect on the academic achievement of US-born students, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Moreover, the presence of immigrants does not affect negatively the performance of affluent US-born students, who typically show a higher academic achievement compared to immigrant students.” Link here.
5. Hitler’s parents.
2. Florida bans pythons: ““People have literally spent millions and even moved to Florida from out of state, built cages and started businesses, and now they have to get rid of everything,” said Brian Love, a founding member of the group’s state chapter.”
4. “In Germany, there’s a very great reluctance to countenance imposing affirmative harm on people in trade-off situations,” Dr. Persad said. “It’s a very strong emphasis on not causing harm, even if you allow much more harm through inaction.” (NYT link)
2. “Still, the Bigamy Bill faced an uphill battle in Utah’s legislature, which is eighty-six per cent Mormon—although only about sixty-four per cent of the state’s residents are.” (New Yorker) And Ukraine.
4. “Date me.”
1. The new macroeconomic thinking, some of it is good, note that about half of it runs counter to long established empirical truths that never have been overturned (as always, so much faith in that Lucas supply curve!).
2. April 3rd is Callard on Pessoa on Interintellect, Pessoa being a favorite thinker of mine.
3. Stephen Bechtel has passed away (NYT).