November 2021

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Omicron is a reminder of how little we’re doing on pandemic prevention

Matthew Yglesias: “It’s not a fake scarcity where if Malawi would just fork over some more cash they’d get more vaccines. Poorer countries ended up at the back of the line because they are poor, but the line exists because there aren’t enough doses.”


Friday, 26 November 2021

How to Talk to Your FoxNews Loving Relatives at Thanksgiving!

Barry Ritholtz: “… people are extremely reluctant to change their models. It as a species-wide exercise in the ‘sunk cost fallacy.’”


Wednesday, 24 November 2021

In Charlottesville, the Nazis Were Finally Held to Account

Dahlia Lithwick: “They were tagged, every one, as cut-rate Nazis, which renders them both unsympathetic, but more importantly, uninteresting. Some of the most shocking days of the defendants’ antics at trial proved to be about as riveting as seventh period health class at a middle school.”


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong. It’s also a threat to the rule of law.

Eric Levitz: “Put differently: Once Rittenhouse fired his first shots, he and his attackers plausibly entered a context in which neither could be held legally liable for killing the other.”


Friday, 19 November 2021


Peter Watts: “We’re not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good; we’re letting scientific necessity be the enemy of the politically palatable.”


Monday, 15 November 2021

The Consumer Rule

@psu: “I find it baffling that the world has to work this way. I find it annoying that I have to worry that every single thing I buy will be gone in a week, after I decide that I like it.”