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What a great week! It's spring, and I'm doing work that I truly enjoy, and Arizona is not hot enough to make me grumpy. Try to enjoy life a little right now, remembering how bad last year was. We're so lucky. We're vaccinating and we can go out.
I still have a photograph of the breakfast I made the morning I ended an eight-year relationship and canceled a wedding. It was an unremarkable breakfast—a fried egg—but it is now digitally fossilized in a floral dish we moved with us…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸This is a fabulous read about the limits of digital advertising, algorithms, and online apps. And also about one woman's llife.
Photographer: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek/Getty Images Clubhouse, the buzzy audio-based social network, is in talks to raise funding from investors in a round valuing the business at about $4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. A…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸This is a pretty amazing ride I've been on since the beginning with this platform. As I beta tester, I saw it all. Couldn't be happier for Paul and Rohan.
The New York Times
– Apr 7, 8:00 AM
Evidence is mounting that a tiny subatomic particle called a muon is disobeying the laws of physics as we thought we knew them, scientists announced on Wednesday. The best explanation, physicists say, is that the muon is being influenced by forms…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸'The wobble of the muon...' physics has come so far since I've been in school that it doesn't even resemble what we were taught. And maybe it's about to up end itself again.
The Wall Street Journal
– Apr 7, 3:30 AM
The leader of America's biggest bank said the U.S. economy is emerging from the coronavirus pandemic into a boom that could last until 2023. In his annual letter to shareholders Wednesday, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Good thing we don't hold him to his predictions. Last year he said we were going straight down. Now he thinks we're going straight up. I guess he is the same crystal ball that I do
The stock market has had quite a year. Plenty of cash is sloshing around, the pandemic recession notwithstanding, thanks to loose monetary policy, rampant inequality, crypto-speculation, and helicopter drops of cash. Plenty of bored people are…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Perhaps this is why SPACs have so much appeal.
Across the United States, cases have started rising again. In a few cities, even hospitalizations are ticking up. The twists and turns of a pandemic can be hard to predict, but this most recent increase was almost inevitable: A more transmissible…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸The US has the same problem with everything,, which is a tendency to see everything as binary, when in fact, most things are not. Our entire language is structured as binaries. Yes or no. Right or wrong.
Letters from an American
Heather Cox Richardson
– Apr 6, 11:40 PM
I spent much of today thinking about the Republican Party. Its roots lie in the immediate aftermath of the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in spring 1854, when it became clear that elite southern slaveholders had taken control of the federal…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸A reminder of what our 2-party system used to be, and who stood for what. It's so nutty now.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University used a series of sophisticated experiments to test a philosophical idea. They found that it is nearly impossible to separate an object's true identity from the viewer's perception of it. A person's ability…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸This changes everything, and at the same time goes back to the Buddha and what we now know of quantum theory,which is that everything is connected. We make our own reality
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Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸I know we don't like audits, but how else will we force people to pay the taxes their businesses owe? We can't run a country without tax money and we can't squeeze it out of the poor.