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Favorite Rejects 2022-01-24
Cautiously good news about Long Covid and the brain. It seems more and more that covid seldom directly infects the brain, and that brain fog and other neurological symptoms should be reversible. We don't know that for sure, but this finding is encouraging.
This is why unrest is a macro variable that modulates all the micro variables in politics and culture; when the music plays, everyone has to get up and dance.
This does not mean there is no good side and no bad side in a Time of Unrest; instead it means that when we look back at the period from a time of reasoned calm, even the side we eventually recognize as "good" will seem fairly wacko.
Full credit to Bill Maher, taking the vaccine but steadfastly refusing a booster is such a pitch-perfect parody of his I'm liberal but the libs have gone too far thing
IMO the Canadian setup with a mostly-fake senate and a Supreme Court that is fairly low-key and can be overruled by parliament seems pretty great.
@zackbeauchamp People disagree about this, but I think it was @ProfSchleich who convinced me the key difference is that our primaries are so wide open — AOC can waltz in and beat not just an incumbent, but a key caucus leader, so there's no need to launch an NDP.
Matthew Yglesias @mattyglesias
Some of the most efficiently-run restaurants in the world are at casinos because it's the one place where wasting your time costs *them* money.
I want to start a secret society of people who just want to be free to build stuff. Thinking of calling it the "Free Masons".
Great piece by on why crypto has appeal way beyond tech bros. It's also what makes me nervous about a bunch of these frothy currencies/assets collapsing. A lot of the people likely to lose money here will really hurt.
Starting to wonder why Luke Skywalker was so desperate to get off Tatooine when everything interesting or important in the galaxy happens there.
Making Tatooine space burning man, between the Tusken raiders doing Lizard DMT and there being cyborg hipsters, might be the most substantial new world building Star Wars has done since the prequels concluded.
non functional tubule @meatspacemaxima