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Favorite Rejects 2022-02-21
Avenatti's in jail, Gabbard's a Trumper now, and Louise the fake game theorist has faded into obscurity. Dems are handling their grifters a lot better than Repubs.
Curriculum transparency in the German Empire was designed to prevent teachers from secretly instructing students in Polish.
Bismarck was tough on the border and wanted to expel non-citizen Poles who migrated into the Reich from poorer Austrian or Russian territory but they didn’t really have the modern concept of the “illegal immigrant” and parliament wouldn’t go for it.
Read 's excellent essay on how NIMBYs weaponized the California Environmental Quality Act to slow growth and exclude newcomers.
It’s not really knowable ex ante how many service sector workers see corporate mask mandates as a cost vs a benefit, which makes it a good situation to let the market function (especially since there’s very high labor demand right now).
not sure what the solution is and perhaps government need not be involved, but this emerging two-tier society where working class people are required to cover their faces 8+ hours a day "for safety" while the rest of us swan around unmasked seems extremely bad to me https://t.co/uY8s3gE1D7
Kat Rosenfield @katrosenfield
I've always wondered this. Is is a function of farmland? Rivers? Historical birth rates? Urbanization patterns?
Why is Germany so much denser than France? https://t.co/K6M2olNxdb
Ron Yang @rn_yang
French fertility transition happened earlier. People disagree about why; this piece argues a values shift linked to the French Revolution.
the united states has sufficient energy recourses to drive down oil/gas prices at home while making europe less reliant on russia. just got to convince Wall Street it’s time to reinvest in production https://t.co/cXbdNaL86v
Certainly feels like we’re gonna run past $100 crude here real soon on a pretty wild geopolitical risk premium. https://t.co/YcQUZlSRIL
Rory Johnston @Rory_Johnston
One way to think about why online voting is a bad idea is to think about the current situation with vaccines. There is strong evidence the COVID vaccine saves lives. The vast majority of experts say it's safe and effective. But people don't trust experts so they are skeptical.
It's a hard problem because nobody can directly observe what vaccines do. You can't look in a microscope and watch the vaccine killing covid viruses or whatever. On some level, we're all dependent on experts to help us understand complex biological and statistical arguments.
Maybe you can design a system that professional cryptographers can verify mathematically (though I doubt it). But even then, the rest of the public is relying on these experts to tell the truth. And in our low-trust society that's not good enough.