Happy New Year!
This dog-size lizard is spreading through the southeastern U.S. National Geographic
Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA World Economic Forum
The tiny forests designed by feng shui BBC (DL).
US to tax fuselage, wings, tail imported for Airbus’ Mobile A320 assembly line Leeham News and Analysis
The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb Zeynep Tufecki, The Atlantic. Expontial growth (though the text is much more nuanced than the headine).
Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many Marylanders long after COVID-19 infection Baltimore Sun. A good wrap-up. Many anecdotes, studies are starting up.
Delays and missteps: how Duterte’s Philippines struggled against the coronavirus South China Morning Post
Vietnam’s Communists Sort Out Leadership Asia Sentinel
America’s Asian Allies Need Their Own Nukes Foreign Policy
Three Lessons From the World’s Biggest Worker Uprising Hampton Institute. Oddly not covered in Western media.
Possible Mine Found on the Hull of Tanker Anchored in Iraqi Waters Maritime Executive
Ever Closer Union? Perry Anderson, LRB. Break out the espresso machine, it’s Perry Anderson! That said, this post is well worth a read. The discussion of the origins and evolution of the European Court of Justice is extremely illuminating.
Making Sense Of Europe’s Strategic Cacophony The American Conservative
Josh Hawley’s heedless ambition is a threat to the republic Michael Gerson, WaPo
Read the room:
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 30, 2020
Perdue quarantines after exposure to COVID-19 in final days of tight runoff race Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monopoly Versus Democracy (no paywall) Zephyr Teachout, Foreign Affairs
Words Matter: How Tech Media Helped Write Gig Companies into Existence Sam Harnett, SSRN
Platform Capitalism’s Hidden Abode: Producing Data Assets in the Gig Economy Niels van Doorn and Adam Badger, Antipode
*ssholes Eschaton. “They prefer the prospect of the cannibal hordes to the off chance a poor might get a chance to smile for one day.”
Year in Review
Pretty thin on the gound this year.
2020: the year the elites failed upwards Unherd
2020 was an economic lesson about insurance Fresh Economic Thinking
Episode 179: Party’s Over (podcast) Trillbilly Worker’s Party. “A recap of the year 2020, in historical narrative form.”
Antidote du jour (via):
When I talk about how it's so much better to watch wildlife documentaries with your kids vs going to the zoo, this is a perfect example.
Your kids could NEVER learn about this dynamic in a zoo.
It's so fascinating to watch these rascal macaque monkeys trick the squirrels. pic.twitter.com/hFg5f3GKAP
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 27, 2020
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here