Discover more from Tugboat for Today
Favorite Rejects 2023-03-26
Seattle is about to open its first mass timber apartment—the Heartwood, a 128 unit affordable housing project with 40% less emissions than a traditional concrete model
'Coders will be out of jobs.' The most compelling ChatGPT tweets are people with no technical skill doing code-related work. If you make it easier to do specialized thing X, *more* people end up doing it, not fewer (even if the specialized role changes in naming or nature).
The worst people in the state hate land taxes. That's how you know is a good idea -- let's get it through committee on Monday!
Oakland resident Tom Rubin and a couple other members are now complaining about Assemblymember Alex Lee's legislation to study a land-value tax, which they believe to be unconstitutional.
Jordan Grimes 🚰 @cafedujord
Also in 2019, I wrote this in BLEEDING OUT: "Curbing illegal gun carrying—hot people, carrying hot (illegal) guns, in hot spots—is crucial. This behavior is perhaps the most important proximate cause of urban homicide today." That's still true today.
Perhaps someday we will solve the “biological intelligence alignment problem” and create human beings who don’t just imitate rational thought while mindlessly craving sugar and simple carbohydrates.
It’s true that this *sounds* crazy but the Republican Study Committee did in fact release a proposal that requires a 49% across the board cut in non-military discretionary spending so… https://t.co/4m9RIMERAA
Biden blasted for claiming GOP would slash border funding: 'Must be a parody' https://t.co/s6oFuKumvd
Fox News @FoxNews
I think Americans just don't realize how much Russian capabilities have declined since the Soviet days.
Today, Russian military #satellites orbiting the Earth include 25 #GLONASS satellites, 47 communications satellites, 6 satellites of the ECS missile warning system, 7 satellites of the Liana marine electronic reconnaissance system, 3 Bars-M topographic https://t.co/ZYED47ub6I… https://t.co/1evahJs7mv
Homes are not a nonrenewal resource. It's not a damn commons that needs to be rationed. Build more. A lot more. Make it easier for private developers to build more, push public institutions to build more. And tax the value of the land.
its morally reprehensible for any person to own more than one home when people are sleeping on the streets. its repugnant to use basic need for shelter to extract wealth from others. landlordism is a cancer. ban multiple property ownership. give the people a chance at a home.
Ben Smoke @bencsmoke
Caveat: I do not think software development costs will fall off a cliff to 0, but I do think productivity in software production will substantially increase from LLMs.
Yep, the Democratic Party is currently more tolerant of moderates than the GOP. That's reflected in the data (self-ID'd moderates voted D by 15 points in the midterms). Progressive left spaces may be intolerant of dissent especially online but they are not the *Democratic Party*.
Feel like Biden won the 2020 Dem primary by being a moderate, and almost all Dems in Congress are moderates, and non-moderate Dems are pretty consistently marginalized, and Republicans can't even make Marjorie Taylor Greene stop calling for civil war. https://t.co/u77OofXAnB
Noah Smith 🐇🇺🇦 @Noahpinion
Because in the 70s we made a grand bargain to calm down the unrest of the 60s by giving everyone in America their space, which required freezing the built environment in place, and now that bargain has become economically untenable.
Why is like 90% of urban Policy in the US "wr can't have anything good because 70s liberals did insanely stupid things for good reasons that backfired horribly" https://t.co/BEJhNIGY7M