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I love mission driven companies. So proud of what @planet has accomplished and how much farther they want to go. planet.com/pulse/charting…
1. I want to share with you a project that some friends and I have been working on for the better part of a decade. It’s called the Visiting Room. It’s a video archive of 100+ interviews of people serving LWOP sentences at Louisiana’s Angola prison. visitingroomproject.org
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My thoughts on the metaverse hype. TL;DNR: it's not a place. It's a communications medium. oreilly.com/radar/the-meta…
NIMBYs seem to have an "opposite Georgist" point of view, in that they seem to think the rents accruing from passive landownership are sort of small or justified; whereas the act of new construction represents outrageous and unjustified profits
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If Amazon values their supplier ecosystem as they claim, they would make a bigger effort to distinguish between true suppliers (the creators of products their customers want) and sellers who may be pushing counterfeits or knockoffs. This is a solvable problem. twitter.com/fchollet/statu…
right now there are many high-skill immigrants that are begging to come to the US and we don't let them some day we'll beg them to come and they won't want to this is an important-but-not-urgent policy disaster, and worse than it seems
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If more people read Adam Smith and took him seriously, the right-wing pro-market folks would be shocked to see how ugly and corrupt he thought businesspeople are. The left would be surprised to learn he addresses and offers solutions to most of their criticisms of capitalism.
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"The overview effect can create powerful shifts in the way you think about Earth and life. The words beautiful and fragile are often used by astronauts describing the experience….Part of it is seeing the Earth against the backdrop of the universe." purposefuluniverse.com/blog/the-scien…
Fun facts: In the first six months of the 1981-82 recession, we lost 1,046k jobs, in the first six months of the 1990-01 recession we lost 690k jobs, in 2001 we lost 761k jobs, in 2007-09, we lost 705k jobs. In 2022 we gained 2,740k jobs.
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I still don't consider posting my data to a blockchain, then losing the ability to delete it, as a form of ownership. In that example, the blockchain owns my data, not me. twitter.com/alexwwood/stat…
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Some personal news: I'm working on a📙. I’m still getting used to the provocative-adjective-marketing-copy thing since I’m not normally comfortable with being sensational, but here we are. 🧵with a little more nuance followsRD
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Drew this last week to lament Manchin’s position on a climate bill. So excited that today it seems it has been turned around as the solution for both clinate and inflation that it can be. So proud of @rewiringamerica #ElectrifyEverything @samcalisch @arimatusiak @adlaskey
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Must watch for anyone feeling hopeless about the climate crises! @timoreilly @pahlkadot The State of Electrify Everything with Saul Griffith youtu.be/Ju01tzpk4QY via @YouTube
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Former Speaker Paul Ryan was “sobbing” as he watched the Jan 6 terrorist attack on our Capitol Umm dude you literally sit on the board of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp You did this. Your friends did this. You made $334,992 from Fox in 2021 So please stop with your fake ass tears
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A BIG DIFERENCE BETWEEN THE CRYPTO CRASH AND THE DOTCOMS In today's newsletter, I wrote about how when the dotcoms crashed, companies like Ameritrade and eBay (which was kind of like an OpenSea, but for physical things) just kept on growing. Sub' here: bloomberg.com/account/newsle…
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Americans spend 13 hours and $240 on average to file their taxes—while corporations like @Intuit rake in billions. That’s outrageous. Today I'm leading 22 colleagues on legislation to make filing taxes free and easy for taxpayers. The IRS itself can and should adopt my plan.
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NEW: the entire decline in competitive House seats from redistricting is attributable to GOP gerrymanders (esp. TX and GA), whereas swing seats *increased* in Dem-controlled states and held steady in court/commission-drawn states. Full report: cookpolitical.com/cook-pvi/2022-…
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New pod is up! @theKantoarbot and I had a one-of-a-kind conversation with @timoreilly about the emergence of the metaverse, and what it all means. Spotify: lnkd.in/gj5nUcrQ  Apple: lnkd.in/g6aV4EHB YouTube: lnkd.in/gAt3sS8d #metaverse @IntoTheMetaPod
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Why is life expectancy in the United States so bad? It seems perverse to be richer than these other countries but falling behind in something as basic as “not dying.”
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Few people have done more to undermine our democratic institutions than Mitch McConnell.
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This piece is very worth reading. As is everything else @mikeloukides writes on the topic. twitter.com/mikeloukides/s…
I’m out of words folks other than to say that an institution that is asked to reverse a case dozens of times and says no and then explicitly says no and explains why and then says yes we will reverse our decision because the folks on the institution changed, is not a Court.
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So honored that my book is a part of @timoreilly @OReillyMedia Humble Bundle for charity. Learn some good stuff, and help others while doing it! humblebundle.com/books/software…
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“The kid that basically nobody recruited, who got drafted by the long-rotten organization and nearly lost his career to tissue-paper ankles before it even really started, has turned this league upside down in less than a decade.” Congrats Steph Curry cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-f…
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What I had to say about AI in 2018, and pretty much what I say today.
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The question really isn't "Is AI as smart as us?" it's more "Are we as dumb as AI?"
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The fundamental problem of human society is the question of how people who don't crave power can share a world with those who do crave it, without being oppressed by them.
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Very interesting post on the balance between growth and cash flow, and how that influences the strategy of tech businesses. twitter.com/Nicolas_Colin/…
Antitrust enforcers "heard from folks throughout the health care industry who described their experiences with private equity. They described fewer caregivers, degradation of care, commoditization of health care services, and increased prices." justice.gov/opa/speech/dep…
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New report finds that, thanks to the falling cost of renewable energy & storage & the rising volatility of gas prices, it is now cheaper to switch from coal to renewables than to switch from coal to gas. transitionzero.org/blog/fuel-swit…
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Amazon *ads* vs. the rest (Q1 2022): ads is big, not as big as subscriptions, and HUNGRY. 3rd party seller now must pay roughly 15 cents on ads, on average, to support $1 of online sales (assuming all ads goes to online sales - which it doesnt). Pure rent extraction? @timoreilly
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It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity.
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I would add that data storytelling is also incredibly satisfying. Like actual storytelling, it’s an exploratory process of figuring out what matters and how to highlight it. shopifyengineering.myshopify.com/blogs/engineer…
I agree. @kevin2kelly has been places the rest of us will never get to see, except through his eyes. Even that glimpse is a treasure. twitter.com/stewartbrand/s…
Every time Alexa makes a suggestion to me or tries to get me to subscribe to Amazon music, I am one step closer to abandoning it. I want the service to do what I ask it to do, not what Amazon wants it to do.
Utterly fascinating. There are indeed aliens among us. And someone or other said, the world is still full of mysteries just waiting for us to discover. It is even more true on a personal level. Someone has known this, but how great is it to learn something new every day? twitter.com/mckinleaf/stat…
I was so happy to be able to work with @IlanStrauss on our analysis of why Big Tech needs more disclosure as the first step towards better regulation. It's really important stuff. twitter.com/IlanStrauss/st…
"If the Amazon is to die, it will be the beef that kills it." wapo.st/374BElf
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“The extreme left is taking over” WHERE. In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion. Can anyone name a “far left” policy that extreme implemented anywhere? We can’t even get our party to import cheaper RXs from Canada. foh
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"We find strong evidence of political bias on Twitter, but not as many think: (1) it is conservative rather than liberal bias, and (2) it results from user interactions (and abuse) rather than platform algorithms." Wen Chen et al in Nature Communications. cnets.indiana.edu/blog/2021/09/2…
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Given the centrality of inflation to people’s concerns, I would love to see more reporting on Republicans’ ideas for reducing inflation — not just their anti-Biden talking points but really their best thinking on next steps.
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I very much agree with this critique. twitter.com/adamdavidson/s…
Question: Did you advocate to President Trump to impose martial law as a way to remain in power? Greene: I do not recall Question: So you’re not denying you did it? Greene: I don’t remember
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"Last year, venture capitalists invested $11.9 billion in renewable energy globally, compared with $30.1 billion in cryptocurrency and blockchain, according to PitchBook." twitter.com/mollywood/stat…
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Amazing how much of revision is just getting rid of the adjectives & adverbs. Every adjective or adverb I throw out makes the ones that remain stronger. And so many are just there because of uncertainty. The "We strongly believe X" -> "We believe X" pipeline.
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An extraordinarily lucid and compelling account of the interconnectedness of global financial systems. Could a plunging Japanese Yen upset the US Treasury market? by @adam_tooze adamtooze.substack.com/p/chartbook-11…
This articulates of my most deeply held (if politically futile) opinions: the boundaries that shape political representation in the US (state/county/municipal) do not reflect actual patterns of settlement & activity, which damages political legitimacy. journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.108…
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