November 2022

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Left-Wing Voices Are Silenced on Twitter as Far-Right Trolls Advise Elon Musk

Robert Mackey and Micah Lee, The Intercept: “Twitter was a place where communities could gather, despite harassment, because the worst hate speech was banned through content moderation. ‘Musk has made it clear that’s no longer part of the product,’ Loder said. ‘The entire Twitter information security community has moved to Mastodon.’”


Tuesday, 29 November 2022

The Most Exciting Thing In Science Is When We Find Out We Were Wrong

Barry Petchesky, Defector: “Those so-called Population III stars would be incredibly hot and incredibly bright, and while they’ve long been theorized, they’ve never been observed. Until, perhaps, now.”


Sunday, 27 November 2022

Harassment in Economics Doesn’t Stay in Economics

Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic: “The profession values the study of investment in physical capital more than the investment in human capital, which seems like an awfully big blind spot.”


Thursday, 24 November 2022

You May Be Early, but You’re Not Wrong: A Covid Reading List

Jessica Wildfire: “Everyone should know about these studies. I’ve linked to the original articles. I’ve tried to summarize them in clear language.”


The Case Against Crypto

Stephen Diehl: “There are fundamental limitations to the scalability of blockchain-based technologies, and every use case is better served by another simpler technology except for crime, ransomware, extralegal gambling, and sanctions evasion”


Tuesday, 22 November 2022

A tripledemic hurricane is making landfall. We need masks, not just tent hospitals

Anne N. Sosin, Lakshmi Ganapathi and Martha Lincoln, STAT: “By any accounting, these losses are shocking and tragic. But they should strike us as particularly abhorrent and shameful because the tripledemic is a crisis that leaders, health agencies, and institutions have, in a sense, chosen.”


Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Time Is Running Out for the Leap Second

Alanna Mitchell: “‘It is anarchy,’ Dr. Tavella said.”


Friday, 11 November 2022

“It is a Mathematical Certainty”

Abigail Nussbaum, Lawyers, Guns, & Money: “We should talk more about the fact that fiduciary responsibility running only towards the shareholders makes induced collapses like Twitter’s inevitable, and what can be done to prevent that.”


Saturday, 5 November 2022

Elephants in the Room

Scott Galloway: “In advertising, the pie stays the same. The industry has consistently accounted for roughly 1.3% of U.S. GDP. Which means a couple things: 1) There’s always demand, and 2) it’s a zero-sum game.”


Thursday, 3 November 2022

Why Do People Who Don’t Like Politics Hold the Fate of the Country in Their Hands?

Lee Drutman and Charlotte Hill: “For a swing state voter, the problem is rarely too little available information.”