People are asking too much of the CDC — their longstanding guidelines say that all steak should be cooked to at least medium and all burgers should be well-done.
“Back to normal” means that you, a normal person, will once again routinely blow off CDC guidance not that the CDC will suddenly stop being an agency that urges you to be more cautious than you actually are.
The CDC says you shouldn’t eat eggs with runny yolks.

By the same token, they will continue advising masks past the point at which business or government requires them.

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This is what peak performance looks like
If you know any Netflix or HBO executives, tell them to give me a bunch of money to make my limited series adaptation, THE WHALE.
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The cause does not yet have a champion in the legislature, but I’m convinced that CONNECTICUT is actually the state where a bold statewide zoning preemption law would do the most good.
For starters, the municipal landscape in Connecticut is hopelessly fragmented — local action is never going to accomplish anything.

But Connecticut also had a weird pre-pandemic combination of expensive housing + super-slow economic growth that was stressing the budget.
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20 Feb
A big trend in current progressive circles is taking a race-blind redistributive policy and talking a lot about how it advances racial equity goals.

@MarcNovicoff brings to bear some data suggesting this is not a great marketing strategy…
There are way more cross-pressured people in the not-woke/egalitarian box than in the woke/inegalitarian box.…
Even if you restrict to Black respondents, top left > bottom right.…
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18 Feb
This seems to me to misstate the nature of the problem.
Here’s an example that’s a touchstone for me — “white people aren’t allowed to contradict left-wing black activists” is obviously not a norm that holds in *American society at large* and there’s no grand crisis of cancellation.

But it is an emerging norm in progressive politics.
So you might ask questions like “does this norm lead to the adoption of views that reflect the views of most Black people? Does it help win elections? Does it encourage the development of good ideas?”

I don’t think so.
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My book has nothing to do with eugenics and I wish people wouldn’t just lie on here with reckless abandon
My main ideas for increasing population growth:

— Child allowance
— Expansion of preschool/aftercare/summer programming
— More immigrants, especially educated ones & those bound for cities that opt in to immigration
— Legalize apartments and row houses

No eugenics!
I’m also pretty sure Gates was highlighting the need for scalable technological breakthroughs to address climate change especially in a global development context, not calling for a selective breeding program.
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To me the biggest weakness of this @karpmj article is that he insists on welding the force of his better points to the zombified corpse of the 2016 primary.

Gonna do a little thread.…
I think "centrist democrats wield identity politics as a cudgel to suppress electorally plausible social democratic insurgency" is a plausible characterization of Clinton/Sanders and that people who ended up on the losing side of that feel vindicated by the 2016 outcome.
But that's not at all what happened in the 2020 primary.

And if you flash forward to today seeking a concrete example of PMC influence on the Democratic Party distorting redistributive politics, I think you should look at the student loan forgiveness discourse.
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