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Leaked Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Set to Strike Down Roe v. Wade

Yves here. Even though we provide links to germane stories on the leaked draft Supreme Court decision in Links today, we thought that there might be sufficient reader interest in the matter to warrant featuring a stand-alone post on it. This Common Dreams piece summaries some of the key points from Judge Alito’s draft, which I confess I have not read but you can here. We’ve said it before, but it can’t be said too often: NOW and its sister peak feminism organizations should hang their heads...

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‘Elon, There Are Rules’: EU Says Twitter Must Comply With New Digital Services Act

Jerri-Lynn here. I’ve yet to wrap my head around the implications of Elon Musk acquiring Twitter. Nor have I spent any times studying the EU’s new Digital Services Act. But the all-too obvious first impression is that Musk and the rules are on a collision course. In fact, Thierry Breton’s statement makes that conflict explicit. And we all know Musk is not known for his ability to adhere to rules – even long-settled ones. Just ask the SEC. Musk and his press enablers are busily spinning his...

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Data Competition Won’t Protect Your Privacy

Yves here. I must confess to being late to this particularly policy debate, and therefore being gobsmacked by the Orwellian use of language. “Data competition”? “Democratizing data”? As you’ll see from this piece, at least some have awoken to the idea that the big tech players collect huge amounts of information about our activities, and worse, it’s close to a winner take all game. The ones who hoover up a lot of information can afford to do more analysis simply by virtue of their greater...

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Speculating About the Macron v. Le Pen Presidential Election Rematch

Conventional wisdom says that Emmanuel Macron will beat Marine Le Pen in the second round of French Presidential elections on April 24. Having said that, Macron is exposed to some risks that could set him back and propel Le Pen to an unexpected win. French and EU readers, who are almost certainly better informed, are encouraged to correct me as I work though some of the issues. On a very simpleminded basis, a development that may dim Le Pen’s prospects is that the momentum she had been...

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Comedy Tonight

By Lambert Strether of Corrente Patient readers, this title of this post is not Lambert-style light irony, alluding to a farce about the collapse of the Roman empire (written — I was today years old when I learned this, go figure — by Stephen Sondheim). Rather, I thought that after the multi-course extravaganza of bad news, bad faith… well, I’m at a loss, let’s to to the algos– — but there are no bad children in my life, so good! Better than expected! “Multi-course extravaganza,” I say,...

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Three Cheers for the Makers of Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes!

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. I imagine readers know what this is: It’s a Corsi-Rosenthal (CR) box — a DIY box fan filtration system that removes particles, including Covid-bearing aerosols, from indoor air, so you and yours don’t breathe in SARS-CoV-2 virions and, if the dice fall the wrong way, end up with pink mush for lungs or brain fog. Cleaning indoor air is important! Naked Capitalism readers have known about “Corsi Boxes” since April 2021 at the latest: Of course, we’ve written...

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Book Review: A Sweeping — and Personal — History of Addiction and Recovery

Lambert here: I wish an intellectual history that traced the use of “recovery” in law, economics, and addiction. By Peter Andrey Smith is a freelance reporter. His stories have been featured in Science, STAT, The New York Times, and WNYC Radiolab. Originally published at Undark. At age 29, Carl Erik Fisher, a newly minted physician, arrives at Bellevue, the public hospital in Manhattan best known for serving the most challenging cases of mental illness. Only Fisher comes as a patient, and...

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Faster Internet Displaces Social Capital in the UK

Yves here. Sadly, this post provides support for the old fogies’ belief that it isn’t just job pressures and challenges raising kids in two income households that have contributed to the weakening of community ties. The Internet has apparently had a direct impact. No wonder the 5G rollout is such a priority. By Andrea Geraci, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Pavia; Mattia Nardotto, Associate Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Tommaso Reggiani, Lecturer in Economics,...

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Headstrong Girls and Dependent Boys: Gender Differences in the Labour Market Returns to Child Behaviour

Yves here. This thesis, that gender-image-defying boys and girls and boys grow up to be men and women that aren’t as well received as they ought to be in the workplace. These individuals one assumes have also either managed to resist or been unable to adapt to conformity pressures. This is not the same as “stereotype threat” where girls don’t do as well in math because they get subtle (and when older, often overt) messages that they aren’t supposed to do well. One proof that this result is...

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Is the Doom of Humanity Really Inevitable? Maybe Not.

Yves here. I hate to be my usual downer realist self, but if something like the Jackpot does come, the most likely trajectory is that the decline in what passes for civilization will be steep. So much of what passes for knowledge is now stored electronically. Those media are not long lived (save I believe for optical storage) and what happens when the supply of new chips (and related know-how) becomes scarce or non-existent? By Lynn Parramore, Senior Research Analyst at the Institute for New...

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