Author Archives: TheZvi

Monthly Roundup #3

It’s that time again.

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Housing and Transit Roundup #3

Previously: #1, #2 In honor of much of northern California coming face to face with the Builder’s Remedy, I’m doing this first, ahead of the monthly general roundup. Here we go.

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Covid 2/2/23: The Emergency Ends on 5/11

We finally have a date. On May 11, the official Covid Emergency ends. The actual emergency is, of course, long over, but for technical reasons the official change will have to wait a bit. A related question is when it … Continue reading

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Simulacra Levels Summary

For More Detail, Previously: Simulacra Levels and Their Interactions, Unifying the Simulacra Definitions, The Four Children of the Seder as the Simulacra Levels. A key source of misunderstanding and conflict is failure to distinguish between combinations of the following four … Continue reading

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Covid 1/26/23: Case Count Crash

A large decline in cases, right at the end of January. This week’s fun exercise is the clash between a call for the CDC to focus on being a center for disease control and offload its quixotic side quests, versus … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Megan

I will follow my usual procedure here – a fully spoiler-free 1-bit review, then a mostly spoiler-free short review to determine if you should see it, then a fully detailed spoiler-filled analysis. Fully Spoiler-Free 1-Bit Review – Should You See … Continue reading

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Covid 1/19/23: Flipped Numbers

It was a quiet week. All the longer term news was as one would expect. That is good news. The only surprise was that deaths jumped again while cases fell, rather than the other way around. On net, that too … Continue reading

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On AI and Interest Rates

Note, To say it up front: None of this, or anything ever on this blog, is investment advice. This post on the EA form, highlighted by Tyler Cowen, points out that In conclusion: There is no one in the market … Continue reading

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On Cooking With Gas

Research meta-analysis says gas stoves give off unsafe N02 levels and increase risk of childhood asthma by 34% and are responsible for 12.7% of childhood asthma. None of this is new. The way safety panic works is that you focus … Continue reading

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Covid 1/12/23: Unexpected Spike in Deaths

Quite a lot of deaths got reported by quite a lot of different states this week. Case numbers did not spike, and instead actively declined. What’s going on? It is right after Christmas and New Years, which means the least … Continue reading

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