Bookmarks (2285)

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    Monday assorted links

    1. An unusual and indeed very positive book review, of a book about China. 2. South...

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    What should I ask Matt Yglesias?

    I will be doing a Conversation with him, based in part on his new forthcoming book...

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    Another attempt to address the Fermi paradox — aestivation

    According to a research paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, extraterrestrials are sleeping...

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    Our regulatory state is failing us, antibodies edition

    It might be the next best thing to a coronavirus vaccine. Scientists have devised a way...

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    What is the future of the intellectual right?

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column.  I suggest it will take three major...

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    Ethiopia dam fact of the day

    Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when filled will have capacity to hold 74bn cubic metres of water,...

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    Too many autistic adults are denied basic rights

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one excerpt: Some of the...

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    Philosopher J. emails me about free speech and Straussianism

    I won’t add extra formatting, here goes (and here is my original post): “Nice point about...

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. What the auction listing for a campus looks like. 2. As fewer kids played football,...

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    Fight the Virus! Please.

    One of the most confounding aspects of the pandemic has been Congress’s unwillingness or inability to...

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    Rereading Ayn Rand on the New Left

    It used to be called The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution, but the later title was...

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    Excess deaths are down — below average — for those younger than eighteen

    In the United States that is, link here, from Lyman Stone, photo here: In other words,...

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    Claims about turkeys

    You know, turkeys sound a lot like aliens, if you just name them part by part....

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    The arrival of cheap food in England

    The period from the 1870s to the start of the First World War saw a steep...

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    The polity that is Oklahoma

    The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within an Indian reservation,...

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    The New Yorker covers the Scott Alexander saga

    By Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The post The New Yorker covers the Scott Alexander saga appeared first on...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. Thor Heyderdahl vindicated (NYT). 2. Just a bit more distancing and Sweden suddenly fell to...

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    Pooled Testing is Super-Beneficial

    Tyler and I have been pushing pooled testing for months. The primary benefit of pooled testing...

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    A highly qualified reader emails me on heterogeneity

    I won’t indent further, all the rest is from the reader: “Some thoughts on your heterogeneity...

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    The Harpers free speech letter and controversy

    Many of you have been asking for a more detailed account of what I think.  Here...

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    Wednesday assorted links

    1. “Prisoners have long used contraband cellphones to pull off all manner of scams from the inside. But...

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    Sweden fact of the day

    Cases in the Nordic country have declined sharply over the past few days and on Tuesday...

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    Tuesday assorted links

    1. Older people are less pessimistic about the health risks of Covid-19. 2. “…these results document...

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    Southeast Asia coronavirus update

    Health officials praise Laos after coronavirus-free declaration (some new concerns here, so far nothing major) Cambodia...

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    Signaling vs. certification at Harvard

    Harvard will be teaching solely on-line this fall (with some students in residence), yet charging full...

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    *False Alarm*, the new book by Bjorn Lomborg

    The subtitle is How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to...

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    Monday assorted links

    1. Fast-tracking your smart kid does not make them less happy, either short run or long...

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    The Seen and Unseen: Rajagopalan and Tabarrok

    On my recent trip to India, just before the world went into lockdown and disarray, Shruti...

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    What I’ve been reading

    1. Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea.  Yes compelling, and a...

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    Signaling virtuous victimhood as indicators of Dark Triad personalities

    We investigate the consequences and predictors of emitting signals of victimhood and virtue. In our first...

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    Alcohol is again the culprit

    It is “crystal clear” drunk people can’t – or won’t – socially distance, a police chief...

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    Sunday assorted links

    1. “Belgium was the worst-hit country per capita in Europe. They did systematic testing for #SARSCoV2...

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    On some limitations of personality psychology

    …Big Five Conscientiousness was not found to correlate with mask wearing in a sample of thousands...

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    “The purchasing power of money is the same everywhere”

    Didn’t Mises insist on that proposition in his Theory of Money and Credit?  The claim always...

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    The NBA’s reopening is a warning sign

    There’s only one problem: An increasing number of players do not seem very interested in being...

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    Saturday assorted links

    1. Atlantis? 2. Podcast with Mary Hirschfeld on Christian economics, and with transcript. 3. What Scott...

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    The Deleted Clause of the Declaration of Independence

    When Thomas Jefferson included a passage attacking slavery in his draft of the Declaration of Independence...

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    The merit of Mount Rushmore

    I went there once, I think in 1988.  To me it was a nightmare, aesthetically and...

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    Megan McArdle on Patrick Collison on China

    By the time someone gets to be chief executive of a successful firm, they have generally...

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    Madden on the FDA

    Here is the excellent Bartley Madden interviewed on the FDA and Free To Choose Medicine. See...

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    What should I ask Nicholas Bloom?

    I will be doing a Conversation with him, so what should I ask?  Here is part...

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    Deconvexifying the car, car feature markets in everything

    …BMW is planning to move some features of its new cars to a subscription model, something...

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    Friday assorted links

    1. Profile of Nathan Tankus.  And Clockwork Orange review. 2. The growing influence of Sci-hub. 3....

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    Tales from Trinidad barter markets in everything

    One of my favorite countries, this is from the newspaper: DESPERATE to get his taxi badge,...

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    Combining life insurance and health insurance

    Why not internalize the relevant externalities by bringing the two together?: We estimate the benefit of...

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    New evidence that amino acid mutations matter for contagiousness

    It seems the virus mutated in Europe and became significantly more contagious (though not more dangerous...

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    Thursday assorted links

    1. A massive star has disappeared without a trace. 2. The Roy and Paul Romer WSJ...

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    Cornell understands the equilibrium

    They are reopening campus for the coming semester and here is one reason why: …the finding...

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    My Conversation with Annie Duke

    Here is the transcript and audio, here is the opening summary: Annie joined Tyler to explore...

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    Why American lockdown exceptionalism?

    That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, and here is part of the explanation:...