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Take the Train: France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Domestic Flights

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. The French National Assembly voted to ban short-haul domestic flights on routes where the train journey takes less than two and a half hours. Connecting services are not affected. Reuters reported: The measure is part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut French carbon emissions by 40% in 2030 from 1990 levels, though activists accuse President...

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Links 4/18/2021

Stop Trying to Make Us Worship the Royals Jacobin The Low-Key Carter-Era Pleasures of “The Muppet Show” New Yorker Hale’s Crime Is Not Leaking Information, but Exposing Government Lies About the Drone Program’ FAIR The FBI might have gone ahead and fixed your Microsoft email server NBC Minnesota Deploys National Guard Ahead Of Next Week’s Police Shooting The Onion Andrew Yang leads new NYC mayoral poll — despite string of gaffes NY Post US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage...

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How Taiwan Beat COVID-19 – New Study Reveals Clues to its Success

By Patricia Fitzpatrick, Full Professor of Epidemiology & Biomedical Statistics, University College Dublin, Originally published at The Conversation. Taiwan has been widely applauded for its management of the pandemic, with one of the lowest per capita COVID-19 rates in the world and life on the island largely returning to normal. Just 11 people have died from COVID-19 in Taiwan since the pandemic began, an impressive feat for a country that never went into lockdown. At the start of the...

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Links 4/17/2021

3500 year-old honeypot: Oldest direct evidence for honey collecting in Africa Heritage Daily (Kevin W) Navy’s UFO video is best ‘world has ever seen,’ filmmaker says New York Post (furzy) Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? Atlas Obscura (Chuck L) The Nation’s Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoil Smithsonian (David L) Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump IEEE Spectrum (Chuck L) Flywheels Turn Superconducting to Reinvigorate Grid Storage Potential...

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Applications for New Businesses Have a Double-WTF Moment

Yves here. In addition to Wolf’s caveats about the possible less than upstanding reasons for a spike in the number of new businesses, keep in mind that 90% of new businesses fail in the first three years. So while this is good news about the potential for recovery, don’t underestimate the amount of attrition. Although I did not follow new business formation in the old normal, my recollection is one of the reasons for the high propensity to failure was that a lot of the new businesses were...

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Welcome to the Age of Hysteria

Yves here. Synchronicity strikes! Lambert and I were discussing some of the extreme views expressed in comments yesterday. He attributed it to hysteria in the zeitgeist finally getting to the site. And now we have a theory as to why! It’s a neoliberal infestation. By Marc Schuilenburg, assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Originally published at openDemocracy In 1980, hysteria died. That was the year it was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of...

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2:00PM Water Cooler 4/16/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Another shore-bird. Human conversation, too. * * * #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. Vaccination by region: In a week or so, we’ll see what effect the J&J debacle has had, if any. Case count by United States regions: Gaaaaah! (I added blue lines to show the slops of the previous...

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Prolonged Brain Dysfunction in COVID-19 Survivors: A Pandemic in its Own Right?

Yves here. We are running this post because Covid brain impairment is an important topic in its own right, and also to counter the dangerous patter we keep encountering in comments about how Covid is overblown because not all that many people die of it. This is “Oh, it’s no worse than the seasonal flu” 2.0, when no seasonal flu has reduced life expectancy or pushed hospitals across the US to their breaking point. But the issue that this article highlights is that the danger of Covid goes far...

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Links 4/16/2021

Patient readers, Yves apologizes for a dearth of original posts. Due to family drama, elder care, and travel planning to address her health issues, her concentration is not what it could be. –lambert There’s a single New Jersey deli doing $35,000 in sales valued at $100 million in the stock market CNBC Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy Wired #COVID19 WHO throws in the towel on aerosols? Thank you for updating this site to prominently include these links. When will the Scientific Brief...

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The Case for WikiSearch, a Wikipedia Search Engine

Yves here. It may seem odd for Michael Olenick, who has lambasted Wikipedia at NC and later at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, to suggest that a Wikipedia offspring, a heretofore half-hearted search engine project that he proposes calling Wikisearch, could serve as a badly-needed competitor for Google. But we live in a world of beauty contests between Cinderella’s ugly sisters. It’s no secret that Google has become so terrible that it’s unusable for anything but shopping. Not only...

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