Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Manina Etter et al. study the causes of neurological damages arising out of COVID-19. And Roni Caryn Rabin reports on the recent research showing how mandatory masks have helped to prevent transmission in schools.

- Jeremy Appel rightly notes that Canada can't be taken seriously as contributing to climate solutions until it stops subsidizing (and generally serving as a mouthpiece for) the oil and gas sector. And Douglas Almond, Xinming Du and Anna Papp trace the connection between fossil fuel funding for energy centres, and biased messaging pushing natural gas in particular.

- Meanwhile, Xander Huggins asks what lies ahead when the water sources relied on by major populations get lost to overuse and climate degradation.

- Tonda McCharles and Alex Ballingall report on the revelations from the Emergencies Act inquiry that tow truck owners were paid to refuse to clear the Alberta border when the #FluTruxKlan had its armed blockade in place. And Jason Markusoff discusses how Alberta's voters are getting sick of a provincial government that's more focused on picking fights with Ottawa than doing anything to help its own constituents.

- Finally, Rob Shaw calls out the Vancouver Police Department for commissioning a grossly-misleading propaganda piece in an effort to extract more funding at the expense of social programs. And Michael King reports on Alberta's disability workers who are among many key actors in the care economy whose wages have been falling far behind the cost of living.


  1. Phillip Huggan7:49 p.m.

    Cost of living would be helped by lowering industrial land prices and rents. I assume a Covid construction backlog has happened being a big part of why prices have tripled over the last four years. I'm planning nano-infrastructures in six years. 1/3 third of what I will be modelling is nano-sensors before then, and I expect to have useful products to build leftover. Until around 2035, I won't be able to build manufacturing capital equipment, and the cost dynamic stays the same until then. New assembly production processes will be used from 2028-3035. I've chosen a few manufacturing jurisdictions to eventually start out of, but any industrial area might see activity: a rocket near pad in St.John's and a radar observatory somewhere in southern SK: I'll have to invent the nano chain-mail rolling process somewhere there is cheap enough industrial land. Then good materials science jobs should follow lowering cost-of-living in other zonal economic areas.

  2. Phillip Huggan7:01 p.m.

    The sensors might lead to WMDs if I get rich making them, but not if you make them. So I'm just doing the boring math I suppose instead. It isn't predictable what I come up with, but armour is likely. It is strange, I had a dream of a bus with antenna on it and a chip in my transfer. And I saw Palm Springs scrolling by in the windows. But I guess I'm made to just watch the time pass for centuries instead. If Pierre is needed I won't be very public...I don't know if cheap industrial space matters without much sensoring. I was on pace to be in the top 100 in the land at math a decade ago, if I'd have kept my 2000 trajectory of not worrying about ethics...