Covid-19 Deaths in U.S.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Lithium: Political Heir to Former Leader Evo Morales Appears To Have Won Presidency In First Round
"Kid, the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia." —Butch Cassid...
Meanwhile, In Washington State: "After a corpse fell on the former Coulee City Police Chief’s head in 2012, she claimed workers’ compensation"
From the Spokane Spokesman-Review: After a corpse fell on the former Coulee City Police Chief’s head in 2012, she claimed workers’ compensa...
Private Equity as Hospital Owners
There's a lot to dislike about PE owning critical infrastructure. From the NYT via the Chicago Tribune, October 13: A $52,112 Helicopt...
Venture Capital: Bezos-Backed Vertical Farmer Raises Another $140m in Series D round led by Driscoll’s and SoftBank
As noted in July 2019's " U.S. vertical farms are racing against the sun ": These are not scrappy little startups, it's bi...
Venture Capital 2020: Funding For Mental Health Startups Is Booming
From PitchBook, October 14: Driven by pandemic demand, mental health startups surpass 2019 funding Totaling $1.37 billion through the third...
"Glencore in talks with carmakers and battery makers about nickel, CEO says"
The Financial Times' Neil Hume was moderator at last week's FT Commodities event. For the cognoscenti and other folks who might be i...
"To Break Google’s Monopoly on Search, Make Its Index Public" (GOOG)
Treat them like the utilities they are. The author, Dr. Robert Epstein is the former editor-in-chief at Psychology Today, search-engine re...
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Shipping: "Australia’s coal exports to China may be hit hard amid tensions"
China gets multiple rewards for halting their imports: 1) The environmental community was oohing and aahing over the Chinese CO2 pledge 2) ...
"German Pigs and the Autocrats Who Loved Them"
East Germany was a strange place. What Ulbricht, Honecker and the gang created was just twisted. And may be coming to a country near you. Bu...
Shipping: CMA CGM Hires CEO Of IBM France To Head Up IT
And I have Siva, a streetwise Hindu boy (CalTech post-doc). No offense Siva Considering CMA CGM's recent cyber travails M. Sekkaki was b...
China May Be Slowing Its Mad Rush To Stockpile Industrial Commodities
Still procuring soybeans though. We had hypothesized one of three possible reasons for the relentless buying: 1) The central planners reall...
"Lebanon spymaster holds ‘positive’ US talks on hostages and sharing intelligence"
It looks as though France might not be alone in its efforts to rescue Lebanon before it becomes another Somalia. And with memories of the a...
Saturday, October 17, 2020
"The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech"
I'm starting to think the 20th century was an aberration in the long history of artist remuneration. Not saying go back to the patronage...
"The first recorded mushroom trip in Britain took place in London’s Green Park on October 3, 1799"
From Public Domain Review: Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined ...
"COVID-19 and the Collapse of Complex Societies"
From the hardcore libertarians at Reason magazine (they are also very good at costing out high-speed rail in the U.S., go figure) April 16...
"The Greatest Negotiator In History"
From the tiny treasure that is Delancey Place, October 2019: Today's selection -- from The Prize by Daniel Yergin . Calouste Gulbenk...
"Mechanical Elephant: The cult of Rolls-Royce in India"
If you are going to join a cult this looks like one to consider. From Road & Track: When flamboyance met bespoke luxury, the amazing ha...
"The Curse of Game Theory: Why It’s in Your Self-Interest to Exit the Rules of the Game"
Just a heads-up, I don't know these folks or know what their agenda is. But the essay is interesting. From the Rising Tide Foundation: ...
Real Estate: Mock Castle With Backstory Comes On The Market
We are not fans of mock castles.* Mockery on the other hand.... From The Steeple Times: Mocking The Dockers Welsh ‘mock castle’ once occ...
"Bot developed using OpenAI GPT-3 poses as human on Reddit, reportedly fools users"
Whatever happened to Microsoft's Tay? and Alice? From International Business Times, October 13: Under the username "thegentlemetre&...
Friday, October 16, 2020
How Accurate Are Prediction Markets?
From JSTOR Daily, July 22: Will I get COVID-19? Will I have a job in three months’ time? Will the shops have what I need? Research indicate...
"Is Palantir’s Crystal Ball Just Smoke and Mirrors?"
One of my favorite examples of investing in black boxes and the pitfalls therein is a little vignette I imagined while reading last year'...
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