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At some point, you may have to accept that in the provision of basic human needs that your aesthetic preferences or planning fads might be secondary concerns
One cool thing about inflation is that it partially erases debt.
Global debt as a share of output fell by the most in at least 70 years last year, as economies rebounded from their sudden slowdown in 2020 and inflation soared, according to IMF data. https://t.co/IdutiUJLzA via @financialtimes
Linda Yueh @lindayueh
As absurd as U.S. rail construction costs are, I think the out of control costs of tiny projects like this really make the U.S. infrastructure cost problem hit home
Today I learned that installing one single curb bump-out costs $50,000.
There are some good China pieces up on ’s new site so I know ideologically they can see the potential problem here if a key information channel is run by a guy whose fortune depends on Xi Jinping’s good will. Hope they’ll explore this angle in the future.
Again, the investigation was *already under way* when people started complaining that there was no investigation — I believe this case came together unusually quickly for a big white collar case.
No, the state is not the good guy. Obviously, without the massive outcry, they would have let him continue his Good Morning America tour. That’s why SBF skated for more than a month after stealing billions. Only public protest forced arrest. https://t.co/kpXbEL5wwl
Interesting response from to on the senility (Scott) or infancy (Noah) of Macroeconomics. We can all agree at least that Macroeconomics needs to make progress in leaps & bounds to be more useful.
Me: The best political messages are boring normie stuff slowboring.com/p/a-lot-of-the… Them: Health Communism https://t.co/8BI1VFWPjc
My latest column is about an exciting new spectre haunting America: HEALTH COMMUNISM https://t.co/L6D7dOw7gw
Malcolm Harris @BigMeanInternet
Agree with pretty much the whole thread. The "old" Twitter was a nasty place for all types of people based in large part on deliberate choices that Twitter management made. And everyone knew about it and complained about it. Talk that implies these were the good old days is nuts.
7/Twitter's old management fought against this. They did whatever they could -- including design choices *and* moderation choices -- to keep people who hated and feared each other's ideas in constant close contact, constantly fighting each other, in order to boost engagement.
Noah Smith 🐇🇺🇦 @Noahpinion
My one doubt about 's argument here is it's not totally clear to me what is even trying to accomplish with these easily evaded safety features — do they actually want them to work, or is it deliberately superficial?
Voters: I'd be open to voting for a sane, normal Republicans someone who's different from Trump. Ron DeSantis: Gotcha, an anti-vaxxer, everyone thinks Operation Warp Speed was Trump's biggest failure.