Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The time to end the war on drugs is long overdue

 You cannot hope

to bribe or twist,

thank God! the

British journalist.


“But, seeing what

the man will do

unbribed, there’s

no occasion to.”

There is one paradoxical pattern in our 2021 list. In practical and even emotional terms, this is a collectivist moment. The events of the last year and a half have reminded humans anew of how connected their fates are and, from edicts about masks to furlough schemes and global minimum tax deals, the big state is back in public policy. But when we turn to the world of ideas, this is a year for people who are individualists by temperament, if not intellect.

In politics, as well as saluting the extraordinary bravery of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, we hail Rebecca Solnit, whose radical genius is an ability to turn on its head the question that everyone else is asking, and Robert Tombs who, politely, but very firmly, upsets just about everyone in the academic world by maintaining Brexit is a good idea. In science, we have Tim Spector, who was remaking the science of nutrition before redirecting his efforts into a Covid tracker. And also Laura Spinney, who pursued her own interest in the 1918 Spanish Flu when no one else cared, but then became one of the most prescient and prominent public voices when a new pandemic hit.

The World's Top 50 Thinkers 2021

10% DECREASE IN COVID RISK:  Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of COVID-19 infection.

The time to end the war on drugs is long overdue The Lancet

Feds indict The Bull for selling insider trading info on the dark web

TIL that Jimmy Carter is the longest-lived president, the longest-retired president, the first president to reach the age of 95 and watch most of the escapes across the Iron Curtains from first Prague Spring of 1968 to 1981 ...

Inside the Taiwanese embassy siege in Haiti: how a lone security guard helped wrangle 11 suspects - The Globe and Mail.

How much was ex-Greensill Capital board adviser Julie Bishop worth to Lex Greensill? Try $US600,000 a year.

That’s according to the Financial Times, which has led reporting on the rise and fall of the ex-Bundaberg billionaire’s global supply chain financing empire and on Tuesday published its understanding of her “annual salary equivalent, according to two sources familiar with her pay”. Bishop, the British newspaper wrote, didn’t respond to their request for comment. Nor did she respond to ours.

Julie Bishop’s extraordinary Greensill salary

All Coral Cells Grown in a Dish for the First TimeScientific American

Mind-controlling parasite makes hyena cubs more reckless around lions National Geographic

Americans Eagerly Check To See If They Got Any Emails Today The Onion

Alcohol unleashes homo economicus by inhibiting cooperation PLOS One

Boy Scouts of America reaches $850M agreement with victims AP. Well, at least they’re no lizard people. So there’s that.

China vs. capitalism: Didi learns its lesson the hard way Felix Salmon, Axios


The China tech regulator taking on Didi: Five things to know Nikkei Asian Review


Was Xi Jinping’s choice of a gory and controversial idiom a message from Beijing?South China Morning Post


Excerpt from China’s Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy by Peter MartinSinocism


‘Who Are Our Enemies?’ China’s Bitter Youths Embrace Mao. NYT