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Some important polling simulations here: If you believe Senate polls today have no national bias toward the Democrats, then they are ~80% to hold the majority (based only on polls, not fundamentals) If you think polls will be as biased as in 2020, they are slight underdogs 1/2
I'm often asked, "If we've made progress, why are suicide rates spiking?" The answer is they're not: Worldwide, the death rate from suicides fell almost 40% in 3 decades. In the US, it's drifted up & down & at last count was a bit lower than in 1990. ourworldindata.org/grapher/suicid…
This Mikhail Gorbachev Pizza Hut commercial is what historians will someday say marked the real end of the cold war and is a masterpiece.
Gorbachev “was neither a dissident nor a revolutionary. He intended to reform the Soviet Union, not destroy it. But his aversion to violence and his belief in the Enlightenment were enough to finish a system held together by repression and lies.”
"Gorbachev’s greatest virtue was arguably his capacity to fail productively, to fail yet to learn. Unlike so many leaders, he evolved," writes
"Lauded in the west as a hero, he was condemned by many in Russia for wrecking its economy and putting paid to its superpower status. In reality, he attempted to reform a system in terminal decline, and thereby triggered a revolution he could not control"
Forgotten in the West, ignored in the East, reviled in Russia. And yet he was too good a man to be a politician.
Was this an accurate translation? Because this is one of the Trumpiest things I've ever heard Xi say.
Xi Jinping in 2012 : "Finally, Gorbachev announced the disbandment of the Soviet Communist Party in a blithe statement. A big Party was gone just like that. Proportionally, the Soviet Communist Party had more members than we do, but nobody was man enough to stand up and resist.”
Jeremy Goldkorn @goldkorn