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Beijing’s first ‘pay per use’ lift charges 3 US cents for every ride
"A pilot scheme has been started in Beijing charging people to use newly installed lifts in older residential blocks ... A similar scheme was launched in Beijing’s Haidian district last year, but residents were charged a monthly “subscription” fee to use the lifts. The elevator firm’s chief designer Zheng Hongan told the paper: “Residents don’t need to pay construction and maintenance fees. They pay only according to their needs.”"
A Crook is a Crook . . . But is He Still a Crook Abroad? On the Effect of Immigration on Destination-Country Corruption
"Independent of the econometric methodology applied, we consistently find: (i) General migration has an insignificant effect on the destination country’s corruption level. (ii) Immigration from corruption-ridden countries boosts corruption in the destination country."
Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown
"How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all."

"The things that I loved were very frail."

The things that I loved were very frail. Very fragile. I didn't know that. I thought they were indestructible. They weren't. - Cormac McCarthy

Relatedly, the start of a Twitter thread:

The thread is worth reading in it's entirety, as is his reply to another who makes an observation on tribalism's impact.

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Elon Musk's massive backup battery took just 140 milliseconds to respond to crisis at power plant
That's pretty impressive. Quoting the state energy minister: "Torrens Island power station would take half an hour to an hour to energise and synchronise into the market; the battery can do it in milliseconds."
Jordan Peterson and other public intellectuals
This seems to me about right: "over-rated by his fans on the right. But he is badly, badly, under-rated by smug leftists whose ability to understand opposing viewpoints pales in comparison with his."
Cancer ‘vaccine’ eliminates tumors in mice
"Injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals, including distant, untreated metastases, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. ... One agent is currently already approved for use in humans; the other has been tested for human use in several unrelated clinical trials. A clinical trial was launched in January to test the effect of the treatment in patients with lymphoma."

Daniel Kahneman on the quality of intuition

We have no reason to expect the quality of intuition to improve with the importance of the problem. Perhaps the contrary: high-stake problems are likely to involve powerful emotions and strong impulses to action. - Daniel Kahneman


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