Monday, September 14, 2020

John Cleese on PC and wokeness

 Almanac: Steven Spielberg on fact-based art

“One of the jobs of art is to go to the impossible places that history must avoid.” Steven Spielberg, speech on the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address Continue reading Almanac: Steven Spielberg on fact-based art at About Last Night.... Read more

John Cleese on PC and wokeness.  I think the first comment is satire rather than serious, but one can’t be entirely sure these days.  The best-known Monty Python episodes these days are entirely acceptable, but some of the now lesser-known works are pretty…out there.

 “Meanwhile, for-profit companies charge schools thousands of dollars for the training, making the active shooter drill industry worth an estimated $2.7 billion — “all in pursuit of a practice that, to date, is not evidence-based,” according to the researchers.”  Link here


Ross Douthat on how many lives a more competent president would have saved (NYT)

 Why don’t coaches/manangers adjust more?  A parable from the NBA, but with much broader applicability.  Note that sometimes the star player is the problem too

Herd immunity thread

New Chetty paper on macro and the pandemic

Delivery Driver Jumps Into A Pool To Save A Drowning Dog The Dodo

Hunter Dies After Injured Bison Charges Him Vice

Animal Populations Fell by 68% in 50 Years and It’s Getting Worse Bloomberg 

More than 400 sealed ‘craters’ are ticking time bombs from a total 7000+ Arctic permafrost mounds Siberian Times 

Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them Science 

California (and Oregon) Burning

2020 Worsening Western Wildfires Climate Central


Wildfires Blot Out Sun in the Bay Area New York Times (David L). Reader David in Santa Cruz said yesterday was like being in the apocalypse. The air wasn’t terrible but you could only see rusty orange instead of the sky and it turned to night dark by 3:30 PM

People are grinding their teeth more (NYT).

It seems Marshall Islands is doing an all-digital currency with a Friedmanite growth rule.  With Patri Friedman on an advisory board.

Top fifteen dishes of Odisha 

And Kyle Lowry.  A mini-essay on cognition, recommended for those who care

Thick clouds of mosquitoes are killing livestock after the hurricanes

Henry Farrell on Susanna Clarke