For the first time in decades, it's hard to ignore the threat of nuclear war. But as long as you're far from the blast, you're safe, right? Wrong. In this so...
AutarkhThis TED Talk covers the same thing starting at ~8:00. The collateral effects could kill 1-2 billion people across the world from starvation in addition to however many perished in the nuclear exchange itself—even if it were confined to the subcontinent.
The devastation would go far beyond any cities that nukes destroy. This scenario is unlikely, but it's worth being aware of.
AutarkhThis is newly relevant in light of the escalating hostilities btwn #India & #Pakistan. Recent studies show even a limited nuclear exchange wld have disastrous global consequences—like destruction of the ozone layer & up to a 40% drop in agric productivity.
Levies on goods and materials imported from China will raise the costs of making stuff in the U.S.
AutarkhGood @Noahpinion column. When I call Trump's #tariffs flat-Earth #protectionism, this is exactly what I mean.
Tariffs are dumb—but it's *especially* dumb to levy them on intermediate goods b/c that raises the costs of inputs for other goods that we make.
Stephen Hawking warns over Donald Trump's climate policy in a BBC interview marking his 75th birthday.
Autarkh#StephenHawking: "By denying the evidence for #ClimateChange, and pulling out of the #ParisClimateAgreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children."
Autarkh1/Back in 2016, @PIIE modeled the potential effects of the #TradeWar that could be sparked by Trump's flat-Earth protectionism—manifested today through the steep tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminium (10%).
The Kansas legislature overrides a Brownback veto, killing his job-killing tax cuts
Autarkh@OvertaxedCA And if tax cuts actually led to explosions of growth, would we be seeing a Republican state legislature overriding the veto of a Republican governor to end his disastrous experiment?
Efforts to explain a big drop in violent crime in many nations may help turn the tide in places where murder rates are stubbornly high, says Manuel Eisner
Autarkh10/You also can't really interpret causation in the first graph w/o accounting for the decrease in violent crime across the board in the US and other advanced countries where the number of guns has not increased.
Overall, Americans own an estimated 265 million guns – more than one gun for every American adult, according to the study by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities.
Autarkh3/And these averages don't tell the full story of how concentrated gun ownership actually is. According to a Harvard-Northeastern survey last year, about 3% of gun owners own half of all guns.