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The market is “getting from Rome to Milan” not “getting from Rome to Milan on a train.” Europe should be pushing more cross-border consolidation of vertically integrated railroads, not separating infrastructure from ops and pushing open access.
There’s a roughly parallel issue in the US where some people want to treat freight railroads as monopolies rather than recognizing the basic reality that they compete with trucks.
BREAKING: Turns out the Polish-S. Korean weapons deal is much larger than thought. The spokesperson of the Polish Armaments Agency confirmed today that Poland is buying: 1000 K2PL MBTs 672 K9 self-propelled howitzers Up to 1400 Borsuk IFVs 48 FA50 fighter jets
3 theories: 1) Americans live in bigger houses and have more space for WFH. 2) Toxic Japanese work culture. 3) American offices are more centrally located and harder to access than Europe's.
Why are the office vacancy rates in the US now 2-3x what they are in Europe, Japan, etc? https://t.co/BdXSqcUt4e
Toby Muresianu 🇺🇦 @tobyhardtospell
Nationwide crime wave + SCOTUS-mandated universal open/concealed carry laws + Fox News telling everyone that the police have been defunded = Libertarian dystopia and loss of government's monopoly on the use of force
Did a baby write this? https://t.co/xUPHoZAEeR
"Sleep training" is seen by some as the key to a good night's rest. Others argue that it's distressing for babies. What’s the science? https://t.co/yLm44lQFk3
BBC Future @BBC_Future
U.S. isn't even close to the worst country in terms of falling housing affordability. Naturally Japan and South Korea are doing great.
The City of Los Altos has a truly terrible housing approval process. I wrote a letter, with the receipts:
A reason that NASA continues to seem so impressive is that many missions consistently crush goals: Opportunity was a 90 day mission that lasted 16 years. Hubble was supposed to last 15 years & will do 45. Anyone know if this a policy of under-promising? Genuine over-performance?
How a book written in 1910 could teach you calculus better than several books of today [Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus P. Thompson, 1910 - full text pdf: bit.ly/2pThkf1 or with the table of contents: calculusmadeeasy.org]
"The development also faces one challenge unique among construction worldwide: the curvature of the Earth." a story on the 75 mile-long, empire state building-high skyscraper in the desert that definitely is economically feasible