What kind of snake is this, Twitter? Brown snake? Image
Update: it is very dangerous. We have therefore captured it and are in the process of mailing it to @JonahDispatch and/or @MrJoshPerry
Just kidding, you guys. The 8YO has named him Bob and is looking for dead bugs (and/or live pundits) to feed him.
(So he'll be bigger and stronger when we mail him off)
UPDATE: after a night of captivity, Mr. Bob (the 8YO insists on the "Mr.") has been released into the herb garden box. All venomless, but-eating animals are welcome at the SLAZ. ImageImage

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31 Oct
The NextDoor NIMBYs are now worrying that shadowy out-of-state corporations are buying up all the houses around here so that they can... change local zoning laws and build large, multifamily buildings near their original investments?
Me, every time I read this stuff
p.s. yes, someone did bring up Bill Gates in the thread (buying land, not vax-chipping us)
Read 4 tweets
30 Oct
Whether this is an improvement will depend on the duty-free quantities. If low, it's just replacing one type of restriction w another, more administratively burdensome one. That the USW "applauded" the deal doesn't give me much optimism.
(P.s. Unless the quantities are high, the EU totally caved.)
P.p.s. I actually have experience working w the other 232 TRQs that the Trump admin put in place for certain countries. They are insanely complicated & onerous.

In other words, an very merry early Christmas to my fmr trade lawyer colleagues.
Read 7 tweets
20 Oct
Classic example of why protectionists often win the political debate: a single Indiana steel mill closure in 2017 gets a book & NPR feature, while everyone ignores the broader trends in Indiana's economy & manufacturing sector npr.org/2021/10/20/104… ImageImageImageImage
They also ignore the flipside of imports/offshoring - all the foreign investment in Indiana, including (especially) in manufacturing ImageImageImage
I guess there's no market for a book abt this (or my awesome, Indiana-made Subaru - which def benefited from lower, pre-tariff steel prices, btw) ibj.com/articles/globa… ImageImage
Read 4 tweets
16 Oct
"Lazy crane operators making $250,000 a year exacerbating port crisis, truckers say" news.yahoo.com/lazy-crane-ope…
"one terminal in Long Beach has started using automated cranes, and truckers rejoice when they are summoned to pick up cargo there. It is efficient and quick." 🤔
Reminder: "the unions have for years fought efforts to automate ports on both the West and East coasts—just as they fought containerized shipping and computers decades before that."

Another reminder: the truckers (Teamsters, at least) aren't exactly blameless in all this too, having opposed NAFTA trucking liberalization (and thus limiting US capacity) for decades...
Read 5 tweets
15 Oct
Very much enjoying the galaxy brain take that the obvious solution to temporary, supply chain-induced shortages and price-hikes is to embrace autarky and make them permanent.
Know-nothingism is beyond parody...
Read 4 tweets
15 Oct
Once again, Cosmo Kramer was a dystopian visionary.
Next up, we make sausage
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