Favorite Rejects 2022-05-23
Yep. And the thing is that a Saudi Arabia that sides with Russia has zero value to the US as an ally and we should make all our regional policy decisions with that in mind.
The Saudis have been clear for months that this was and is their policy, despite the torrent of think-tank articles and Twitter threads from Washington about how some vague combination of policies might convince them to change their mind https://t.co/Eg3bQiXSA4
Gregg Carlstrom @glcarlstrom
I’m torn: — Strategic ambiguity is probably obsolete, shifting to a clearer statement of America’s policy makes sense. — Doing defense commitments on the fly like this has some inherent credibility issues, would like to see bipartisan congressional leadership brought in.
This is the perennial dilemma — lots of things that are fine for most people (pot, booze, gambling) also have industry structures where most of the revenue is generated by problem cases who are doing real harm to themselves. Probably true of junk food too. https://t.co/YVEEXGTomY
@ebruenig https://t.co/RL0wTnyVSk https://t.co/jforSuXrbj
Charles Fain Lehman @CharlesFLehman
Like half of SF Supervisors claim to believe housing is a human right and also believe that the state shouldnt force cities to allow people to live there
In fact, the economists Alberto Alesina and used the artificially straight borders of European colonies to study how ethnic tensions lead to economic failure: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
Europe but if Europe colonised it https://t.co/J3qLuyNH7P
Terrible Maps @TerribleMaps
Should members of Congress be more responsive to their constituents or to co-partisans on Twitter? Important new paper from et al. shows a direct path by which Twitter subverted democracy: operant conditioning for incivility: psyarxiv.com/2hku3
A significant marker for the NYT: Social-media presentation that does not say “appeal that some critics have called racist” or “appeal that raises questions of racism” or “a racially tinged appeal.”
Former Senator David Perdue ended his campaign for governor of Georgia with a racist appeal to Republican primary voters on Monday, accusing Stacey Abrams, the presumptive Democratic nominee, of “demeaning her own race.” https://t.co/ssmUGezsq5
The New York Times @nytimes
If they can negotiate talks between Saudi and Iran and between Israel and Iran, that would be the biggest deal. Get some kind of long-term detente between those countries, and the whole region suddenly stops being the Land of War.