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This is the grave of Rachel Carson. Born in 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, Carson grew up outside of Pittsburgh, reading stories about animals and falling in love with the natural world. She went to the Pennsylvania College for Women, which is now known as Chatham University. She was a quiet young woman with few friends […]

Jiang

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On November 30, 2022

Born in Yangzhou in 1926, Jiang was one of the last Chinese leaders to remember the 1949 Revolution. His father died fighting the Japanese while Jiang himself was attending National Central University

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Tuesday NBA Open Thread

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On November 29, 2022
We are about 1/4 of the way through the season, so sanity is restoring itself. No, it does not seem that the Jazz are really any good. The Warriors probably are more or less OK. The Suns, Nuggets, and Grizzlies are rising to the top of the West. At least the Lakers still suck. But […]
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At this point, this was the obvious next step. I’m calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators. Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy. Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down. — President Biden (@POTUS) November 29, 2022 As […]
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Long Covid and the Labor Market

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On November 27, 2022
Bryce Covert’s work is always worth reading and that includes her new piece on the connections between long Covid and the tight labor market. One international online study of nearly 4,000 long COVID patients found that 22 percent had left the workforce due to their symptoms. Here in the United States, economists have been trying […]

Music Notes

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On November 26, 2022

The musical highlight of my last two weeks was seeing Mike Cooley from Drive-By Truckers do a solo show at City Winery in Boston. An unfortunately low-attendance show I should say, which reminds me th

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