Obama’s Promised Land: Obama Wept (Two Episodes from Campaign 2008)

“Half of the people lie with their lips; the other half with their tears.” ―Nassim Nicholas Taleb By Lambert Strether of Corrente Continuing on with our circuitous slog through volume one of Obama’s third autobiography, I want to take a look at two incidents on the 2008 campaign trail: The first, where Obama throws his […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/30/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. I hope everybody’s Thanksgiving was excellent, and safe! –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. Case count by United States region: The Midwest in detail (with New York, […]

Links 11/29/2020

Danish Mayfly chosen as 2021’s Insect of the Year Euronews Moths draped in stealth acoustic cloak evade bat sonar Chemistry World McKinsey advised Purdue to offer rebates for opioid overdoses Axios Summary of the Amazon Kinesis Event in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region AWS #COVID19 Why Is the Risk of Coronavirus Transmission so High Indoors? […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/24/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day That nutchatch is really scolding. Maybe a cat? #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. Case count by United States region: There’s a drawing back from the vertical, perhaps […]

Links 11/22/2020

Deep Frozen Arctic Microbes Are Waking Up Scientific American D.C. Researchers Spent The Last Two Years Taking Photos For The Cat Census DCist. Now they’re counting them. The Uniqueness of Mammals Area In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water High Country News Port of Los Angeles Reports Busiest Month Ever on Loaded […]

Regulating Fintech in Europe: Lessons from the collapse of Wirecard

Giorgio Barba Navaretti, Professor of Economics at the University of Milan, Scientific Director of the Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano and CEPR Research Fellow, Giacomo Calzolari, Professor of Economics, EUI Florence, Bologna University and Research Fellow CEPR, and Alberto Pozzolo, Professor of Economics at Roma Tre University. Originally published at VoxEU. The default of Wirecard highlights […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/20/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, trying to work on queued comments right now brings the site down (although fortunately only for us, not for you). So we apologize to any readers whose comments have not been released. We are working on the problem, and hope to report success in the near future. Wish […]

Fear of Flying Is a COVID-Era Conundrum

By Victoria Knight, Kaiser Health News reporter. Originally published at Kaiser Health News. The holidays are approaching just as COVID-19 case rates nationwide are increasing at a record-breaking pace, leading to dire warnings from public health experts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued cautions and updated guidelines related to family gatherings. Dr. […]

Loneliness, Happiness, and Love in Times of Covid-19

Lambert here: Sorry for the lack of original posts, but our continuing server-side difficulties have made production really, really difficult. Hopefully, we will be back to normal soon. By Daniel Hamermesh, Distinguished Scholar, Barnard College; Network Coordinator, IZA. Originally published at VoxEU. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed not only how people spend time, but with […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/19/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, the server has been a little wobbly today. Hopefully all is well now. –lambert Bird Song of the Day The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is back online! #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. Here is […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/18/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, the server has been a little wobbly today. Hopefully all is well now. –lambert Bird Song of the Day Unfortunately, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is still down for scheduled maintenance, and won’t be back up until 8:00AM on November 19 (we hope). Here is a Cornell Feederwatch […]

The War Nerd: Gray Wolves — The Fascists Nobody Wants To Talk About

By Gary Brecher.Republished from the Radio War Nerd subscriber newsletter. Subscribe to Radio War Nerd co-hosted with Mark Ames for podcasts, newsletters and more!. Posted with THE EXILED. There’s a gigantic, well-organized, extremely violent fascist group with tens of thousands of active members in Germany right now. And nobody notices. You’d think all the fascist-hunters would have sniffed it out by now, but it […]

Feeling Disoriented By the Election, Pandemic and Everything Else? It’s Called ‘Zozobra’ — And Mexican Philosophers Have Some Advice

Lambert: Sounds a bit like angst, but more appropriate for our current epistemological crises. I’m not sure our political class is big on creating a feeling of shared suffering, though. By Francisco Gallegos, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University and Carlos Alberto Sánchez, Professor of Philosophy, San José State University. Cross-posted from Alternet. Ever […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/13/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Friday the 13th, hoo boy! A bit more from the Augean stables coming shortly… –lambert Bird Song of the Day Owls seem to be really hard to record, for some reason. #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. […]

Links 11/13/2020

How Bunny the Dog Is Pushing Scientists’ Buttons The Verge (Furzy Mouse). First murder hornet nest found to have 200 queens capable of spawning new nests Guardian The economy as we knew it might be over, Fed Chairman says CNN An Economist’s Guide to the World in 2050 Bloomberg #COVID19 More Safety Data Would Be […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/12/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Continuing the 2020 pantry clearout… More to come! –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. Case count by United States region: Slight decrease in slope. Could be was […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/11/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Today I’m doing the Election 2020 pantry clear-out. Hopefully this is enough to get you started. There’s more, much more… –lambert UPDATE All for now… 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 […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/10/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, I have a pantry clear-out for the ages of election-related material, but I think I’m going to wander off for a late brunch; it’s been a rough few days. I’ll try catch up tomorrow. –lambert Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/9/2020

~ “Bright college days” ~ Election fraud affidavit emerges, sorta ~ is Pfizer Son of Gilead? ~ GSA “ascertainment” and the Biden transition ~ Malls on the upswing, or not? ~ Mason jar shortage ~ Shutting up Amazon Echo ~ SAD ~ Karl Kraus

What to Know as ACA Heads to Supreme Court — Again

Lambert here: The ACA a victim of its own complexity. Imagine the Supreme Court was giving Medicare for All an up-or-down vote. They’d blink, just as Roberts blinked in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, and FDR’s Court blinked with its “jurisprudential shift” to supporting New Deal legislation after FDR won in 1932 and […]

Links 11/9/2020

Man Creates Bird Feeder That Trains Magpies To Exchange Trash For Treats The Animal Rescue Site News (Furzy Mouse). Jens Weidmann: Too close for comfort? The relationship between monetary and fiscal policy Bank of International Settlements. Weidmann is President of the Deutsche Bundesbank and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International […]

All About Exit Polls (with a Plea for Caution and Reporting)

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. 2020 was not a good year for pollsters. Guardian: “Polling industry the night’s big loser as 2016 debacle repeats itself“; Jacobin: “After the 2020 Election, Polling Is Dead“; Al Jazeera: “The landslide that wasn’t: What the elections say about America“[1]; and the Bangor Daily News: “Susan Collins defied the polls. […]

Links 11/8/2020

‘Australia’s biodiversity just got a lot richer’: Two new mammals discovered Sidney Morning Herald A Plan to Save Appalachia’s Wild Ginseng Wired The foul-smelling fuel that could power big ships BBC Mount Everest Empties as Covid-19 Strikes Tourism in Nepal NYT Can you trust that Amazon review? 42% may be fake, independent monitor says. Chicago […]

Replacing Rentier Capitalism Is One of the Defining Challenges of Our Age

By Christine Berry, a freelance researcher and writer and was previously Director of Policy and Government for the New Economics Foundation. She has also worked at ShareAction and in the House of Commons. Originally published at Open Democracy. As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on, it’s increasingly clear that the UK’s broken economy – an economy […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/6/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. More hot takes soon! As usual, there’s far too much to process! –lambert UPDATE All done! 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. Case count by United States region: […]

Links 11/6/2020

Yves apologizes for the lack of an original post. She had to take her mother to the Emergency Room, an environment not conducive to posting, and spent seven hours there. Fortunately, there was nothing serious and her mother was OK! (For readers in civilized countries, seven hours in the ER is par for the course […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/5/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. More hot takes soon! –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day I feel like singing now that Election Day is past…. #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. Case count by United […]

2:00PM Election Day Water Cooler 11/4/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Dark wings, dark Words? #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. Here are the United States regions: = Still going up… And here are the Swing States, for the […]

2020 Election Night Live Blog/Open Thread

…As the clever hopes expireOf a low dishonest decade:Waves of anger and fearCirculate over the brightAnd darkened lands of the earth,Obsessing our private lives.. –W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939 Well, here we are, four years after election day’s eve in 2016. Time to kick back, as some of you may already have done, although I […]

2:00PM Election Day Water Cooler 11/3/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Readers, I will put up on Election Post/Open Thread at 7:00PM. –lambert Bird Song of the Day Seems appropriate… #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. Here are the United States regions: Still going […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/2/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Patient readers, as usual I have collected far too much material over the weekend to sort properly, so expect more in a bit. However, this should be enough to get you started. –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/30/2020

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. Here are the United States regions: No sign of relief, sadly…. Here are the Swing States as I conceive them (see below): […]

Links 10/30/2020

How dogs tracked their humans across the ancient world Science And Now, a Sinkhole Full of Rats New York Magazine. Very on-brand for 2020. Too few companies disclose financial hit from climate change, regulator says Reuters Big Tech shows its resilience to pandemic and politics FT M.T.A. Slashes in Service Could Erase 450,000 Jobs NYT […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/29/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day So that is a thrush! #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. Here are the United States regions: No sign of relief, sadly. (I don’t know what other strongly […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/28/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Staggering to hear and see them in flight, though perhaps especially gratifying to see them leave, of one manages an office park with a water feature… #COVID19 At reader request, I’ve added this daily chart from 91-DIVOC. The data is the Johns Hopkins CSSE data. […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/27/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Bird Song of the Day Here is a Lesser Goldfinch, from alert reader Bryan SAMUEL. #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. Here are the United States regions: Still rising…. Here are the Swing […]

2:00PM Water Cooler 10/26/2020

By Lambert Strether of Corrente As usual, I gathered far too much 2020 material over the weekend, so I’ll put some of it in, rather than leave it all on the cutting room floor. –lambert UPDATE All done! Bird Song of the Day There were a number of bird mentioned on my flowers post yesterday, […]

So Trump Loses. What Happens Then?

By Rajan Menon is the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Professor of International Relations at the Powell School, City College of New York, senior research fellow at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and a non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Originally published at Tom Dispatch. Donald Trump isn’t just […]