Duncan Davidson
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Signs of the times

📡 I can’t help but think that the first images of the collapsed Arecibo observatory are a metaphor for 2020 as a whole. Pursuing “starving the beast” or “drowning the government in a bathtub” or whatever other metaphor you want to use, we ended up making a few people richer and left everything else to crumble.

🗳 Gabriel Sterling’s denouncement of the violent rhetoric of the election is a must-see, if you haven’t already. “All of you who have not said a damn word are complicit in this.” Thank you, Mr. Sterling for putting country and the public first. (He’s a Republican, if you didn’t catch that.)

🎄 It’s going to be a lockdown light Christmas here in Germany. “When the December lockdown measures were initially announced, regional leaders and Merkel had made clear that the restrictions would likely apply well into January. However, they only formally set them in stone until December 20…” Now, the measures apply until at least January 10th. And stricter measures are being talked about.

🗞 Did you know that the Washington Post has an ad-free online subscription offering in the European Union? Me neither, until this week. Reading the news without ads is… so lovely. The website sometimes shows an empty block where an ad is supposed to be in the layout, and sometimes there’s a banner for another section of the website, but otherwise it’s every bit as lovely an experience as you’d expect if you stripped all the ads out of the web.