March 2022

Tuesday, 15 March 2022

UW professor says year-round daylight saving time ‘would be like Monday morning every day’

Much as I hate the DST shifts … Christine Clarridge: “we are asking our brains and bodies to wake up an hour earlier than they are biologically prepared to do”


Monday, 14 March 2022

It’s Over. WFH Is Over.

Katie Way: “If you listen carefully to Biden and Adams, you can hear a kind of nationalistic disdain for the remote worker, like it’s un-American for people to be comfortable while they’re on the clock.”


Possible Outcomes of the Russo-Ukrainian War and China’s Choice

Hu Wei: “Given that China has always advocated respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity, it can avoid further isolation only by standing with the majority of the countries in the world. This position is also conducive to the settlement of the Taiwan issue.”

Hu Wei is the vice-chairman of the Public Policy Research Center of the Counselor’s Office of the State Council …


Thursday, 10 March 2022

Financial sanctions: a reality check

Chris Skinner: “The fact is that, whether we like it or not, we are no longer in a state of peace. Russia has engaged us in a hybrid war, dictating us to step back and subdue to its demands. If we do, tomorrow looks even bleaker than today.”


Monday, 7 March 2022

Long COVID and a Massive Failure of Journalism

Mike The Mad Biologist: “But the key point is no one says, ‘polio, it’s just a stomach bug.’ While I think some of the estimates of long COVID reach complete absurdity, even a one percent rate would be really bad. And we do have the right to know what the estimates used by the U.S. government–and state and local governments too–are. Or more disconcertingly, if they’re even considering this at all (NIH is spending $1.15 billion on the problem over four years, so it’s hard to claim it doesn’t matter).”


The Russia we have lost

Ben Judah: “Instead, I was told Russia was a ‘BRIC’ or a ‘normal middle income country’ and now all I see is the absolute intellectual poverty of looking at things only in data sets.”


Friday, 4 March 2022

The COVID Heart—One Year After SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Patients Have an Array of Increased Cardiovascular Risks

Jennifer Abbasi: “even among those who weren’t hospitalized with acute COVID-19”


Thursday, 3 March 2022

NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine, Risking Conflict With Russia

Steven Erlanger: “‘European security and defense has evolved more in the last six days than in the last two decades,’ Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s executive arm, asserted in a speech to the European Parliament on Tuesday.”


Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Microsoft says cyberattacks targeting Ukraine ‘raise serious concerns’ under Geneva Convention

Brian Fung: “Microsoft is no longer simply advocating for a new Geneva Convention to deal with cyberattacks; it is suggesting that cyberattacks like the kind in Ukraine should already fall within the reach of contemporary war crimes agreements.”


The Deadly Myth That Human Error Causes Most Car Crashes

David Zipper: “Seeking to find a single cause for a crash is a fundamentally flawed approach to road safety, but it underpins much of American traffic enforcement and crash prevention. After a collision, police file a report, noting who violated traffic laws and generally ignoring factors like road and vehicle design. Insurance companies, too, are structured to hold someone accountable. Drivers aren’t the only ones who face such judgments.”


Beyond sanctions: An off-ramp for post-Putin Russia

Noah Smith: “(In fact, this is probably what we should have done in the 90s, instead of “shock therapy” privatization…but here I digress).”