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As of this writing, the casualties are at 4300. This thread has lots of photos and videos, although it's all pretty grim. A 2000 year old castle collapsed, which should give some indication of how big this quake was.
Predicting recessions is hard, but it's good to see the likelyhood going down I suppose.
It'd be nice if they han't cut their nuclear power so much, but this is definitely good. Also, their solar policies over the last few decades are what lead to the massive fall in photovoltaic prices that everyone is now benefitting from.
Plus, it looks like the US and Europe are going to continue to increase the scope of sanctions. Now that it's clear Europe will make it through this winter without Russian gas, western leverage has increased significantly.
• I had no idea Stanford was required to keep their total commute traffic at 1989 levels, but they have, despite the Bay Area's generally poor transit options.
• Thread announcing that Google's Large Language Model will be available for external use soon.
• While we're at it, a long thread on the state of the Ukraine war. A TL;DR that I'm borrowing: "Russia added a bunch of guys, but they're not great at fighting, so Ukraine should probably sit there and kill them as they attack, but Ukraine feels political pressure to attack soon, so Ukraine will probably attack"