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  1. Sep 2021
    1. Because of its geography, Australia is a neighbor and an observer of authoritarian countries as varied as China and Singapore. But its own fate, too, may turn on whether its people crave the feeling of safety and security that orders from the top confer, or whether they want to be free.

      This thought gets at an idea worth paying attention to.

  2. May 2021
  3. Dec 2020
    1. “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

      Sherlock Holmes

  4. Aug 2020
    1. Whatever the advantages of these other bubbles, their rules render the people in them incapable of understanding or speaking with those outside of them.

      Not sure I agree with this.

  5. Jul 2020
    1. Even in those venerable blocks in Queenstown, an unmodernized two-bedroom unit can now sell for around S$220,000, with only 43 years left on the lease.

      So brilliant, they kicked off the process of the accumulation of wealth.

    1. Hamilton also observed that “the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion.”

      Sounds a lot like Bannon's "flood the zone with shit."

  6. Mar 2020
    1. “We got you, Kristi,” he said. “There is tremendous supply.”

      Seems highly unlikely he knew the status of reagent supplies.

    1. She said the turnaround time to obtain results for the very few tests she has on hand is about three days.

      Vs. 4 hours in South Korea and China. Suj thinks it's because the FDA won't approve the test they use over there.

    1. “Tonight, we are witnessing what will be a massive paradigm shift in the future of disease control and prevention,” he said. “A bold, new precedent is being set, the world will once again benefit greatly from America’s leadership

      This is written like straight up State Propaganda.

  7. Jan 2020
    1. An overwhelming number of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, believe the Senate should hear from relevant witnesses and obtain documents during President Trump’s impeachment trial.

      Is this true that a majority of Republicans support this? A citation here would be nice.

    1. People sensitive to rejection were especially likely to end up alone. Their fear of rejection became a self‑fulfilling prophecy.

      This may be addressed in the book, but if insecure people are the most likely to initiate this vicious cycle and most likely to end up alone, it would seem insecure people are doomed to be alone or in bad relationships. Overcoming their insecurity would seem paramount to avoiding lonely lives.

    1. The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.

      This is the best description I've ever read of the crushing despair of depression.

  8. Dec 2019
    1. XHTML was a boil-the-ocean plan to create a new version of HTML, its creators’ ideal for how HTML should be used — a prescriptive spec. HTML5 took the approach of standardizing how HTML already was being used — a descriptive spec. We all use HTML5 today.

      I suspect all good systems are designed this way. Conversely, I suspect all poorly designed systems force themselves on the world. Politics and history are replete with examples of this.

    1. American conservatives who find themselves identifying with Putin’s regime refuse to see the country for what it actually is.

      I would submit that not seeing things for what they are is a defining element of contemporary US conservatism that infects and perverts a wide range of issues facing the nation.