January 2021

Friday, 15 January 2021

The Bitcoin Dream Is Dead

Money Talks: "On top of this, the extraordinary volatility of Bitcoin’s price — which, as we’ve seen in the past week, can fall 10% to 20% overnight — discourages businesses and individuals from accepting Bitcoin in exchange for real goods and services, since few people want to get paid today with something that might be 10% less valuable tomorrow."

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The Vaccine War

Noah Smith: "We must do this. We have no other choice."

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Saturday, 9 January 2021

All Dark Matter in the Universe Could Be Primordial Black Holes – Formed From the Collapse of Baby Universes Soon After the Big Bang

SciTechDaily: "The early universe was so dense that any positive density fluctuation of more than 50 percent would create a black hole."

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Friday, 8 January 2021

I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now

Indi Samarajiva: "Americans are so caught up with the idea that this can’t be happening to them that they’re missing the very obvious fact that it is."

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‘This Must Be Your First’

Zeynep Tufekci: "Part of the problem is that we haven’t developed linguistic precision to put a name to it all—not just to what’s been happening since November, but to the processes within which it’s embedded. That’s dangerous, because language is a tool of survival."

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Preventing a Disrupted Presidential Election and Transition

Transition Integrity Project: "More broadly, there needs to be a robust, intentional, and specific strategy to challenge the white supremacist and extremist networks that enabled Trump’s rise to power and were in turn enabled by Trump’s administration. This base will not automatically demobilize if and when Trump leaves office, and it is inimical to the kind of pluralist democracy the founders intended."

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Thursday, 7 January 2021

People without symptoms spread virus in more than half of cases, CDC model finds

Washington Post: "Fifty-nine percent of all transmission came from people without symptoms [...]"

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The Disgrace on Capitol Hill

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: "The 74 million Trump voters have genuine concerns about the country, and they deserve better than to be misled."

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Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Remove Trump From Office

The American Conservative: "There has been a debate for the last two months over whether Trump’s inept efforts to steal the election and remain in power amounted to a coup, but today’s events have settled the question."

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Monday, 4 January 2021

The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Zeynep Tufecki: "Early on, there was a lot of hand-wringing about why some European cities were very badly hit while others were spared—spared only until later, it often turned out—despite similar policies. The answer could be just a bit of bad luck and a few weeks of delay: For exponential processes, small initial differences can mean gargantuan differences in the long run, and we are not helpless."

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Friday, 1 January 2021

Chinese officials investigate cause of pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan

Reuters: "DECEMBER 30, 2019 / 11:55 PM [...] BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese health authorities said they are investigating 27 cases of viral pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, after rumors on social media suggested the outbreak could be linked to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)."

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