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Favorite Rejects 2022-02-19
Just a reminder this morning that in the last 24 hours Russian back separatists have been caught red-handed fabricating the pre-text for a Russian invasion, so take any new Russian claims about anything with a big pinch of salt
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It is definitely true that I would have a kinder view of the Canadian trucker protests if they were working for a good cause rather than a bad one.
I can’t get myself to a headspace where Mad About Vaccines is sympathetic cause or something you’d want to see succeed. Vaccines have been a big triumph of human development for several generations now and I’m not turning back on that.
It’s interesting that none of the major European or Asian cities have figured out that free fares are the key to constructing a successful mass transit system — they have so much to learn from American activists.
Great thread on how CEQA went bad. Short version: “too little” environmental review can trigger costly litigation, but too much review is never penalized. (Except of course that it drives up costs of projects.) so Risk averse cities avoid litigation but underbuild housing. https://t.co/nJMavwudYh
🧵What is "CEQA sprawl," and is there a way to stop it? tl,dr: It's the transmogrification of an enviro review statute into a NIMBY stop-everything (even education!) statute. One way to fix it is w/ private right of action against legally excessive CEQA review. 1/16
Chris Elmendorf @CSElmendorf
There’s a view that the SF school board recall was about “competence” not ideology, but the tissue linking a lot of recent debates is an ideological objection to assessment that is popular in education schools and often framed as antiracist. sfchronicle.com/politics/artic…
There are dozens of strands to the “critical race theory” debate and a lot of nonsense, but the idea that tests are racist is a position with genuine influence in the education world and real grounding in academic CRT. slowboring.com/p/crt-school?u…
FDR and Reagan both failed to pass most of their agendas during their presidencies. Maybe we'll have to wait for future Presidents in order to implement Bidenomics.
From "I'm not anti-vaccine I'm just anti-mandate" to "the reason I'm anti-mandate is that I'm anti-vaccine" in just a few minutes.
Costco Connections magazine is a delightful sea of normie content — just read an article about how broccoli is healthy, saw a squib characterizing an all-inclusive Hilton in Jamaica as “off the beaten path,” now reading about how today’s smartphones have really good cameras.
The Russia/Ukraine thing has allowed us to see who is really antiwar, and who is just pro-war-but-anti-America. Bernie, of course, is a true antiwar guy. But check out some of the quote-tweets and replies... 😬
It is beyond belief that in 2022, as we face challenges like covid & climate change, any national leader would start a war that could kill thousands & create millions of refugees. There is a diplomatic solution to this crisis. It is tragic that Putin seems intent to reject it.
Bernie Sanders @SenSanders