How Europe Stumbled Into an Energy Catastrophe
Failure to Cope "Under Capitalism"
Not everything needs to be part of your 2-party political melodrama
The End of Roe Will Bring About a Sea Change in the Encryption Debate
Reality Check: Twitter Actually Was Already Doing Most Of The Things Musk Claims He Wants The Company To Do (But Better)
unsurprisingly, issues facing twitter:
a) have been considered by people who spend years working on it
b) are more complicated to solve than a pithy phrase would have you believe
Russia as the "Great Satan" in the Liberal Imagination
Indignity Vol. 2, No. 7: The American sickness
More depressing covid takes. The final paragraph:
The countries that have stopped the virus, that is, cannot keep stopping the virus, because the experts say there is already too much of the virus circulating. China is a pandemic waiting to happen because the United States is wholeheartedly committed to being a pandemic. The American program, they say, will be the program for the entire world.
Oh, 2022! - Charlie's Diary
Twitter thread on getting broad political appeal for climate movements
Interesting take on the differences in impact between large scale vs inidividual differences.
Our anti-science science advisors, yet again
The Perverse Reason It’s Easier to Build New Highways Than New Subways
The Psychology of Prediction
Some good bits around how using past information can backfire. Either overfitting if looking too far back, or spending too much effort on predictions.
Enough effort goes into an initial forecast that updating your views when new information becomes available can trigger the sunk-cost fallacy and cause you to be right or wrong for the wrong reason.
Interview: Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of Stripe
Always interesting, and very clever. Talks about upcoming technology (real and expected), cultural and institutional changes, government as buyer to incentivise development, a bunch on companies and employees.
Niall Ferguson on Why We Study History (Ep. 128)
Reflections from Spain
Interesting analysis on immigration, unemployment, language, housing, and economy of Spain. Who writes like this after a vacation?!
Overall, my visit has made me more optimistic about Spain. Much of the measured unemployment is illusory, and immigrants are pouring in to profit from Spain’s combination of high productivity and linguistic accessibility. Housing policy remains bad. Since housing regulation is decentralized, however, some regions of Spain will be atypically tolerant of new construction. Where is the Texas of Spain? I don’t know, but that’s where the future is.
The Antiscience Movement Is Escalating
The transatlantic institutional anti-mask campaign, summarised
The brazenness of Australian oligarchy
Does Democracy Demand the Tolerance of the Intolerant? Karl Popper’s Paradox
Opposition to Net Neutrality Was Faked, New York Says
The Chip Wars of the 21st Century
I would like to learn about chip foundries. No idea how that stuff gets made.
How to think about uni-disciplinary advice
Instead, you should try to blend together the needed disciplines as best you can, consulting others when necessary, an offer the best plan you can, namely the best plan all things considered.
That might fill you with horror, but please recall from Tetlock that usually the generalists are the best predictors.
Demystifying post-GFC economics; the problem with scarcity; interest rates; long political cycles; and the end of history
The problem with economic model of scarcity. More savings does not mean more spending - people eventually have enough cash and enough things; at this point they are taking more money out of the economy than putting back in.
Digging through the history of biases and problems with training data and categories used for ML tasks
Our Increasingly Fascist Public Discourse
Recursivity: Columnists go ga-ga over Reagan letter that demonstrates what a tool he was
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