Links: The story of Sugarland, Lockwood on Nabokov, carbon news, and more!

* What philosopher Peter Singer has learned in 45 years of advocating for animals.

* “‘Sleeping giant’ Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find.” This might be the most important, evolving story of the year and decade.

* I Have Started for Canaan: The Story of the African American Town of Sugarland.

* Patricia Lockwood on, hilariously, Nabokov.

* Phoenix, the Capital of Sprawl, Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood. The story concerns Culdesac’s development, which sounds incredibly charming. The author, Conor Dougherty, wrote Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America, which is highly recommended.

* Stripe now offers carbon sequestration services with one mouse click. This is one of these seemingly small stories that could turn out to be very important—like the link immediately above, about the efforts to build neighborhoods that are much less carbon intensive than current, car-centric designs. If Stripe’s one-click carbon sequestration services take off, we may see massive investment in the industry and technology. Here is a good podcast interview with two of the Stripers responsible.

* “China Keeps Inching Closer to Taiwan” and that’s bad.

* Secrets about People: A Short and Dangerous Introduction to René Girard.

* Does the Democratic party have a highly educated elite (HEE) problem? It’s notable that Biden, perhaps because he is very old, didn’t attend and absorb the mores of the usual educational-institution subjects. Relatedly, the University of California—Irvine (UCI) appears to have a “Vc [of] Equity and Inclusion” who makes $334,000 a year, including $268,000 in regular pay and the rest in benefits. Nice work if you can get it. One does wonder what a lot of the students, who are struggling to pay tuition, and what a lot of recent grads, who are struggling to pay their student loans, might think.

* “Trump Is Gone. Trumpism Just Arrived.” Better than the usual, if not good overall. Still, one could look at the link immediately above and wonder how it relates to this essay.

* “How To Tell If You’re Being Canceled.” Better definitions than the usual, and an analysis of “cancel culture.”

* “ The need to touch: The language of touch binds our minds and bodies to the broader social world. What happens when touch becomes taboo?” One of the many and rarely acknowledged costs of PC paranoia.

* “How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?” On the guy who started collapse studies.

* The chip wars of the 21st century.

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