Senior editor @TheAtlantic. Writes about the economics and psychology of work and play. Email: derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com
Like Obama, Biden inherits an enfeebled economy. But it says everything about the positive evolution of mainstream economic policy that we've replaced the so-smart-it's-dumb science of nudges with the so-simple-it's-genius science of giving people money
What a pathetic reboot of The Emperor's New Clothes this White House has been: Weeks and weeks of Trump advisers privately kvetching that Trump's insane but publicly saying "what fine voting fraud evidence you have, emperor!" and the president eating it up and demanding more.
A super fun and hot-takey paper on how Big Five personality traits correlate w/ the movies you like - high-openness —> critically acclaimed cult films - introverted/ high-opennesss —> fantasy - extroverted/low-agreeable —> crime - high-neurotic —> horror
@NateSilver538 it’s possible that high turnout and politicized hyperpartisanship are somewhat linked: if everybody is freaking out about politics all the time, that’s a mostly bad thing that has the good side effect of raising turnout
The largest outbreak in South Korea came from a church. The largest outbreak in France came from a church. The latest outbreak in Germany came from a church. The latest CDC investigation traces a rural Arkansas outbreak—from a church.
The most important COVID story right now is the age shift. In Texas: Young adults driving the spike. In Arizona: COVID cases growing 2X faster among ages 20-44 than 65+. In Florida: Median age of new COVID cases fell from 65 in March to 35 this week —>
June 24: 38,672 positive COVID cases. That is a record high for the United States.