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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:

Planet Money – So, should we recycle?
TVO’s The Agenda episode on GTA recycling situation
The Guardian- what really happens to your rubbish?
Globe and Mail – Don’t toss recycling in the garbage. Here’s why


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

* Duration: 2:11h, Played: 2:02h

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

* Episode Download Link (120 MB):

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Dustin Poirier, worth checking out old film

In light of Dustin Poirer’s epic win on the weekend, I went back to check out this film, and I’d recommend it especially if you train. There just aren’t very many good MMA/BJJ docs out there so I was surprised that this even existed.


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