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Friday Morning Nuggets – November 20, 2020

Fall 2020

Iowa’s Covid Wave and the Limits of Personal Responsibility – Wired – “The governor’s reversal this week (on mask wearing) is tantamount to an admission that the policy of personal responsibility isn’t working.” and “The absence of a mask mandate, the open bars, the public gatherings—they created the illusion of normalcy. And if things feel normal, people are going to act like they are.”

When the World Seems Like One Big Conspiracy – New York Times (Yuval Noah Harari) – “The key premise of Global Cabal theories is that it is relatively easy to manipulate the world. A small group of people can understand, predict and control everything, from wars to technological revolutions to pandemics.”

The Pandemic in Six-Word Memoirs – New York Times (Larry Smith) – “The world has never felt smaller.” and “Can’t smell the campfire on Zoom.”

California Wants Its Imperial Valley to Be ‘Lithium Valley’ – Bloomberg Businessweek – “Hot brine trapped beneath the desert floor contains potentially one of the world’s biggest deposits of lithium. Demand for the metal is soaring as automakers worldwide shift to electric cars powered by lithium-ion batteries.”

In D.C., a resident tracks the flying machines hovering above on the city’s ‘helicopter highway’ – Washington Post – “At the start of the year, he launched the Twitter handle @HelicoptersofDC as a clearinghouse for all things chopper-related. Now more than 7,700 followers strong, the account uses publicly available data to identify the sources of all that buzzing, often tweeting out photos of the choppers.”

The hit machine has to learn from history – Financial Times (John Gapper) – “The balance is threatened in music because streaming makes the back catalogue more potent.”

An Interview with an Asian Captain at United Airlines – Sam Chui – “What’s your favorite route in the United Airlines system? For me, it is San Francisco to Hong Kong! Bar None.”

The Fraud of Fish Oil Is Exposed. Will Kale Be Next? – Wall St. Journal (Joe Queenan) – “Taking fish oil supplements is just another weird thing people in northern California dreamed up in the 1980s.”

Starlink…Talking to the Heavens – Moose Peterson – Moose is liking his new satellite-based Internet connection!

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