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The consequences of Biden's export controls on China's chip industry are starting to become clear. Here's a thread of examples that opens by calling it a 'decapitation' of their Chip industry. TL;DR: nobody wants to lose their American citizenship in order to stay in China and work on chips.
I really like this concept, that the existence of huge popularity swings says something good about the health of a country.
Kim Mai Cutler points out another outcome: the rise of a major social network controlled by an authoritarian state.
So, I don't actually know how well this will work to dissuade Russia from using nuclear weapons, but it's at least a new angle I haven't heard before.
• The 'pink tax', that products targeting women cost more, may not be a real thing, but the main takeaway is something different. TL;DR: legislating against it probably won't cause any problems, but it's a bad idea to have tons of regulations of problems that you have very limited evidence for.
• Here's a thread about what the training camps for the newly mobilized Russian soldiers are like, many have no food, or very limited heating. The punchline at the end is that this is all much better accommodations than they'll get when they're deployed to Ukraine. Maybe this is why Putin is signaling that he's going to end mobilization soon.
• Thread summarizing the sequence of events that lead Senator Leahy to vote against the Iraq War, reads like a political thriller. I'm not giving any spoilers on this one.
• If you've heard some rumor about kitty litter in schools, here's a thread explaining how the urban legend started. TL;DR: the only real example they could find was a school that put it in a set of emergency supplies in case of a mass shooting.