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Hiring more people to process permits is one way of handling this. Making permit applications far simpler is another. City planners generally spend way too much time on minor, minor details.
The Politics Report is open today to all. The mayor is pulling in outside workers to clear a massive backlog of pending building permits and the union is ok with it. Plus, a brief history of SANDAG’s interest in Elon Musk. https://t.co/SaVRG9AAZR
Scott Lewis @vosdscott
It really is striking how little you hear about Ontario's energy transition in mainstream environmental studies discourse. An amazing achievement that just flies right under the radar.
Ontario was again the lowest emissions large grid on earth yesterday (North Sweden is today). 4.54GW of wind showed up, 2,226MW of which was exported. We also spilled about 1.2GW of hydro (wind has priority). https://t.co/skwwx7XdPI
Christopher Adlam @cadlam
I just came across the most realistic text-to-audio model I've ever seen. You can even clone your voice. The audiobook industry is about to change forever. Demo: beta.elevenlabs.io from
. on the central story of 2024 so far: The core of the GOP quietly predicting Trump will lose or drop out or disappear without doing anything to make it happen theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
The fact that it's impossible to walk somewhere as simple as a coffee shop nearly anywhere in the US, because we've made it illegal, is really one of the craziest things about modern America. We have to build walkable cities!
I highly recommend reading the comments (really). It’s clear that a lot of this is driven by unwarranted parental fear. Statistically, we live in a pretty safe time for kids. Yet no one believes this.
Privacy regulations may have destroyed the web browsing experience with endless cookie consent pop-ups but you have to admit they *checks notes* do nothing to actually protect our privacy
Police killings are up from 2013, but they have not reached a "record high" in per capita terms. In fact, the 60s were far far worse.
Counting deaths per VMT is a bit like counting deaths per cigarette. If the rate of smoking is going up, so do deaths even if deaths/cigarette are coming down. The number that matters is deaths/100K population. By that measure the US is 72nd (2018) worldwide, and falling. https://t.co/JOfkxtrbXK
One underrated area of progress: Cars are so much safer than they used to be https://t.co/NW3CAZ8HWQ
Alec Stapp @AlecStapp
When the Louisiana State University football team loses in an upset, it causes judges in Louisiana to add 1,296 days of punishment to juvenile defendants (& 136 extra days of jail time!) as the judges are grumpy. Judges with degrees from LSU are harshest. aeaweb.org/articles?id=10…
Yep, when people ask me what comes after Twitter, I say "Discord".
I am very impressed by how well Discord has executed recently. The slew of new features they’ve added — from Reddit-style forums to Substack-style subscriptions — has really leveled up the platform. It's truly a private social network.