Links 3/4/2021

Cuttlefish show self-control, pass ‘marshmallow test’ Live Science. Le Bourgeois Céphalopode. Astonishing moment ‘Britain’s hardest cat’ sees off a much bigger FOX after tense standoff over food Daily Mail The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima’s nuclear zone Reuters Fukushima timeline from the perspective of workers in the control room; amazing stuff: Later today […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/3/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day San Diego, California. Quite the tour de force! #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching, because I don’t think […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/2/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Mockingbird, Argentina (and not for Operation Mockingbird. Sometimes a bird is just a bird). #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/1/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I got wrapped round the axle reading a WHO document. More shortly. –lambert Bird Song of the Day Mockingbird, Ecuador. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in […]

Links 3/1/2021

Why do cats purr? BBC Science Focus (Furzy Mouse). ‘This is bigger than just Timnit’: How Google tried to silence a critic and ignited a movement Fast Company Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute? TechCrunch Study: Antifouling May be a Major Source of Microplastic Pollution […]

Preparing to Celebrate the Only Season Named for the Soil: Mud Season

By Lambert Strether of Corremte. Everybody know what mud is, right? Here’s a picture[1] of mud in season from the Bangor Daily News: The reporter writes: Mud season in Maine, sometimes called the state’s “fifth season,” generally occurs between March and late April or early May. It happens when the snow and ice start melting. […]

Links 2/28/2021

Conch shell in French museum found to be 17,000-year-old wind instrument Guardian Inside the Gently Competitive World of Giant Vegetable Growing Atlas Obscura Airbus Wants to Seize the Skies From Boeing Bloomberg. With smaller planes. Sneakerheads Have Turned Jordans and Yeezys Into a Bona Fide Asset Class Bloomberg Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new […]

What Happens If Bitcoin Succeeds?

By Jon Danielsson, Director of the ESRC funded Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. Originally published at VoxEU. As the price of bitcoin continues to rise, this column argues that most of us would not want to live in a society where bitcoin succeeds. Fortunately, the internal contradictions and perverse consequences of cryptocurrencies’ success […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/26/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day One more Texas bird (from Texas Parks and Wildlife). #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching, because I don’t […]

Links 2/26/2021

Turtles Caught in Disastrous Oil Spill Treated With Mayonnaise Smithsonian Sniffing out trouble! Blind and deaf ‘ninja’ spaniel Curtis is caught on camera stealing food off kitchen counters in the dead of night Daily Mail Bond Tantrum Is a Big Test of Central Banks’ Mettle Bloomberg McKinsey partners sacrifice leader in ‘ritual cleansing’ FT. That’s […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/25/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Sounds rather like a seagull, not what I’d expect of a hawk. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching, […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/24/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Texas Sandhill Crane. (Macaulay Library allows searches to be filtered on location, which is handy.) #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre […]

Links 2/24/2021

Are Soybeans Driving Deforestation? TreeHugger (Re Silc). Despite discrimination and drought, Punjabi Americans farm on High Country News Degrowth: solving the impasse by magical thinking globalinequality The cash-flush amateurs hunting game cards, handbags and art Reuters Bank Ratings Get Sex-Equality Revamp, Exposing Nordic Edge Bloomberg Russia’s Answer to Amazon Looks West After Beating Local Rivals […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/23/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Birds of Texas. Somehow I’d expect a bird with a name like the “Great Blue Heron” to have a more mellifluous song! #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/22/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, my weekend haul was unusually high on analysis, and unusually low on events. So I was slow going through it. I will have more shortly, especially in Health, and Politics. –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day Birds of Texas. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day From the frozen North. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching, because I don’t think the peak is coming […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/19/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day From the frozen North. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching, because I don’t think the peak is coming […]

Links 2/19/2021

Why Do We Even Have Dogs? Slate This Little Mesh Bag Helps Me Bathe My Cats With Ease Daily Beast (Furzy Mouse). NASA’s astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing Reuters (Re Silc). The landing. Two hours: Personally, I don’t think the human species deserves to get off-planet, and I hope the aliens intervene if […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/18/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day 26 minutes (!) of a Snow Oil foraging and feeding its young. Impressive dedication. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form […]

Links 2/18/2021

Rewilding: Beavers to be reintroduced in record numbers across Britain this year Trucker World Perseverance will make sure it has a safe landing Phys.org. How to watch. Exclusive: Whistleblower Accuses Exxon of ‘Fraudulent’ Behavior for Overvaluing Fracking Assets For Years DeSmogBlog. From earlier this month, still germane. Facebook reported revenue it ‘should have never made’, […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/17/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Query: Readers, for my post stomping the CDC, I’m looking for an epidemiological study on Covid transmission in the schools that I know I linked to, whether in Links or Water Cooler. It was a primary source, not from the Guardian or Deustche Welle or whatever. It was from Europe, […]

The Internet’s Big Carbon Footprint Need Not Doom the Climate

Lambert here: Lost in all the gee-whizzery of ginormous data centers is the question of the purpose to which the data is put. How much of it, for example, is due to social media? How much due to… prOn? Humanity got along perfectly well without the vast bulk of that data for millennia. Why do […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/16/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Query: Readers, I’m looking for an epidemiological study on Covid transmission in the schools that I know I linked to, whether in Links or Water Cooler. It was from Europe, and had one of those nice diagrams showing the index case, and I may even have included a tweet with […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/12/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Another city bird (although unfortunately there are no recordings from the Tower of London). #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form […]

Links 2/12/2021

Teen reunited with pet rooster lost at Alabama Cracker Barrel after Civil War reenactment AL.com One eel of a story: the slippery truth of a fishy underground migration The Age The ‘stonk’ bubble poses significant global risks FT When It Comes to TRI, We Want TMI The Brockovich Report #COVID19 Effectiveness of Mask Wearing to […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/11/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Another city bird — only in New York? #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A reader asked the […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/10/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I will add more material under Politics in shortish order. –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day A city bird — as you can tell from the honking car in the beginning! And a country bird: An owl obviously spotted something to eat even in the […]

Links 2/10/2021

Texas lawyer, trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat Guardian Conundrum over what to do with growing population of Pablo Escobar’s hippos Euronews Blue glass beads in Alaska’s tundra Polarjournal Decentralized Finance: On Blockchain- and Smart Contract-Based Financial Markets Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis Fossil fuel pollution […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/9/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day I was hoping for a Parisian swift. Perhaps they are so common nobody has thought to record them. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/8/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Some city birds. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A reader asked the source of the data: Johns […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/5/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day A happy couple: pic.twitter.com/2aNtGUHiWI — Janet Strath (@JanetStrath) February 5, 2021 #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A […]

Links 2/5/2021

Building Earth’s largest telescope on the far side of the moon CBC (IM). How David Beats Goliath in Real Life The Reformed Broker The money behind Robinhood is pure Sheriff of Nottingham Gillian Tett, FT New Mexico’s nuclear rush Searchlight New Mexico (AC). #COVID19 Coronavirus confusion: What’s the difference between a variant and a strain? […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/4/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added these daily charts from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A reader asked the source of the data: Johns Hopkins CSSE. DIVOC-91 […]

Links 2/4/2021

This Flower Is Really a Fungus in Disguise Scientific American Texas sorry after mistakenly sending emergency alert for cursed Chucky doll Guardian (ChiGal). Is this the end of the A68a iceberg? Enormous block of Antarctic ice that was once three and a half times bigger than LONDON suffers another major split Daily Mail It’s A […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/3/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A reader asked the source of the data: Johns Hopkins CSSE. DIVOC-91 […]

Links 2/3/2021

Roadsides too noisy for birds to think, crickets to mate Agence France Presse Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to step aside as chief executive this year FT (letter to employeers). Over-under on when Bezos seeks treatment for his memory problems? (Presenting symptoms: Inability to remember which of his 23 bathrooms he is currently using, persistent repetition of […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/2/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I got wrapped around the axle on AOC. More in a bit. –lambert Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre […]

Could We Learn How to Talk to Trees (or Forests)?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. “If a lion could speak, we couldn’t understand him” –Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations Unlike most of my posts, this post will not have a thesis. Starting somewhere, maybe here, in my perambulations through the Twittersphere, I ran across some links on trees communicating — for the moment, we’ll put aside […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 2/1/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is the site. I feel I’m engaging in a macabre form of tape-watching…. (A reader asked the source of the data: Johns Hopkins CSSE. DIVOC-91 […]

Links 2/1/2021

Box seat: scientists solve the mystery of why wombats have cube-shaped poo Guardian (Re Silc) A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990 Wired #COVID19 New Playbook for Covid-19 Protection Emerges After Year of Study, Missteps WSJ. The deck: “Mask-wearing, good air flow and frequent rapid tests are more important than surface […]

My Advice to an Aspiring Economist: Don’t Be an Economist

By David Bollier, Director of the Reinventing the Commons Program at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, and author of Think Like a Commoner and co-editor of Patterns of Commoning. He blogs at Bollier.org. Republished from Evonomics. As a non-economist, I have little useful advice to young economists seeking to build a successful career. […]

The Sad Death of “Roadside America”

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. This is the story of Roadside America, “the world’s greatest indoor ‘miniature village,’” a family-run small business survived for 85 years and three generations, and died when the America it depicted died.[1]. First, I’ll describe the miniature village and how it came to be. Then, I’ll look at Roadside America […]

New Covid Cases Plunge 25% or More as Behavior Changes

A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say the plunge may relate to growing fear of the virus after it reached record-high levels, as well as soaring hopes of getting vaccinated soon.

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/29/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Yet another Grey Catbird for vocal catbird stans. Dawn chorus! #COVID19 Lambert here, last Friday: Well, I said “If these declines continue through the end of the week, I’m gonna have to conclude we’re looking at a genuine fall in the numbers — not the […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/28/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I overslept. More shortly. –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day Another Grey Catbird for catbird stans. With the insect buzzing, very summery. #COVID19 Lambert here, last Friday: Well, I said “If these declines continue through the end of the week, I’m gonna have to conclude […]