Focus on air quality especially in schools & childcare

This seems 200% worth another look from my point of view as a parent and being involved in the childcare sector. The study and this article were published in January, pre-coronavirus. How is this not re-surfacing now?

Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits

Jan 8 2020 by Matthew Yglesias

If it does end up that COVID-19’s route of transmission is primarily spreading through aerosols, this is potentially more important than PPE and other measures. Daniil Gorbatenko, who is generally leaning pretty hard as a critic of current lockdown measures, just posted an unpublished paper “Aerosols may be at the core of COVID-19 transmission” which seems like a reasonable summary of the argument.

I suppose this would also be super important for long-term care facilities, but it is interesting timing to have evidence of this being a good investment for boosting educational outcomes before even considering COVID-19.



The desperate need for different Dem candidates

The usually very neutral economist Tyler Cowen feels compelled to weigh in re: Elizabeth Warren:

she has the worst economic and political policies of any candidate in my adult lifetime

Are the rest of the gang that far off from this?

Isn’t the ideal outcome right now that they insert some different personality to run on Andrew Yang’s platform? Or maybe he could do some sort of unprecedented early announcement of a running mate that would boost his campaign profile?

This is insanity, to walk into 2020 without a better alternative to Trump.



Animal suffering roundup

The moral uncertainty presented by taking a position on issues relating to animal suffering has been a topic of conversation I’ve run into lately. It’s a total landmine of emotional opinions, rightfully so.

I noticed some commentary online lately, thought I would bookmark some of it:

Eric Margolis points out some rather appalling issues I didn’t know existed.

This one is actually tongue and cheek, but relates to the next link..

This conversation opens up a can of worms:

Animals in the wild often suffer a great deal. What, if anything, should we do about that?

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Finally some recycling coverage considering opportunity costs

Sort of. Recycling is an interesting area of environmental spend that resonates with yuppie city folk to such a degree that it drowns out thinking of opportunity costs. It doesn’t necessarily always make sense to recycle more, ie. “zero waste” messaging. At all policy levels we should be asking what is the best way to spend the next dollar on environmental improvements.

We’re seeing the attention on plastics bring the larger issue to the forefront and there’s lots to talk about surrounding this. How bad are plastics? How much of the problems of plastics in waterways/oceans are caused by not landfilling them? How much of the recycling from the 90s and 00s was just shipping waste to developing countries?

Here’s what I’ve been seeing/reading:



Ricky Gervais refreshing on parenting

Ricky Gervais, with about 10 mins left, on what’s actually important to impart as a parent.

“Give your kids a sense of humor.”

He is interesting throughout on the importance of comedy and free speech.


In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Ricky Gervais. They discuss fame, the effect of social media, the changing state of comedy, offensive jokes, Louis CK, political hypocrisy, Brexit and Trump, the state of journalism, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at

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* Published: 2019-07-12 12:23:50

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