A new search engine that focuses on text-based sites and brings up a lot of older material hard to find via Google: https://search.marginalia.nu/
Auctions of leases for wind farm sites in the ocean off New York and New Jersey has raised $4 billion for the US government; power companies expect to make a lot of money from offshore wind. (NY Times; Interior Department announcement)
This week's master criminals thought they could shut down the US power grid by shooting at transmission lines with rifles, thereby triggering chaos and civil war.
In the US, men are lagging far behind women in attending and completing college. But that only applies to straight men: "About 52 percent of gay men age 25 or older in the United States have a bachelor’s degree. For context, about 36 percent of U.S. adults 25 or older have a bachelor’s; this ranks the United States ninth in the world in college completion. If America’s gay men, however, formed their own country, it would be the world’s most highly educated by far." (Washington Post)
Kenya's ambassador to the UN explains why his country, born from the "embers of empire," opposes Russia's attempt to rejoin people by force. (2:20 video)
Microsoft and other tech companies are throwing themselves into preventing Russian cyberattacks. (NY Times)
Thomas Edsall looks into the partisan affiliations of Asian Americans. On the whole they are strongly liberal, but many are worried about crime and education. Some political scientists are voicing the worry I expressed recently, that violent crime and progressive educational policies will drive many to the Republicans. (NY Times)
Warfare and state power: a new article, which I can't read because of paywalls, says that over the period 1789-2018 there is a strong correlation between the strength of states ("state capacity") and warfare. It seems clear to me that it was warfare that drove the rise of strong states, taxation, etc.
New Roman mosaics found in London.
Twitter thread on Russian truck tires in Ukraine, an interesting look at what military logistics really requires. Short summary is that all the photos we have seen of Russian vehicles with blown tires implies they weren't doing the required upkeep.
In Arizona, dozens of voting "reform" bills have been introduced, including one that would require hand-marked paper ballots counted by hand. Most will surely fail, but the issue won't die. I find it interesting that many Republican-sponsored bills take aim at voting by mail, which has been associated mainly with older voters who lean conservative.
Institute for the Study of War summary of the Ukraine situation as of yesterday.
Art by Ukrainian painter Maria Prymachenko, very much rooted in tradition, some of which has been destroyed in the war.