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The Contrarian Coronavirus Theory That Informed the Trump Administration | The New Yorker
Epidemiologists’ projections of the total coronavirus deaths range widely, but they tend to be much higher than those of the legal scholar Richard Epstein.
RichardEpstein  Coronavirus  healthcare  strategy  health  forecast  USA  NewYorker  2020 
7 hours ago by inspiral
How to Date in Self-Isolation
Dating now requires a new set of skills. Phone sex necessitates a convincing auditory repartee, and video sex has its own mood-killing challenges. After days of building up anticipation via sexting with a potential partner, one friend ran into all sorts of hiccups when it was time for the big video-sex meeting. She struggled to get the angle of her iPad right, while he struggled to be quiet enough not to wake his kids. They gave up and just talked. Another friend shares a truly cautionary tale of a failed effort to spice up a flirty yet chaste chat: “I’d done the move that allowed the sweater to drop, exposing my bra. Things started to get hot and heavy. Clothes came off. I was pinching my own nipple, telling him all the ways I was gonna make up for lost time post-plague, head tilted back in ecstasy as he touches himself and the Wi-Fi flits in and out the faster he goes,” she says. “He’s about to come, and I ask him to come closer to the screen so I can watch … as my mom walks in asking if I want to finish a puzzle.”
onlinedating  relationships  dating  Coronavirus  sex  TheCut  2020 
7 hours ago by inspiral
The real reason the UK government pursued “herd immunity” – and why it was abandoned
How an attempt to justify mass public gatherings became viewed as a cold-blooded experiment in social engineering. 
Coronavirus  strategy  healthcare  herdimmunity  health  UK  NewStatesman  2020 
7 hours ago by inspiral
London’s rental market is being flooded by bargain Airbnb listings | WIRED UK
The capital is awash with rentals that bear all the hallmarks of hastily rejigged Airbnbs
Airbnb  Coronavirus  housing  decline  review  London  UK  Wired  2020 
yesterday by inspiral
How Will the Coronavirus End? - The Atlantic
The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.
Coronavirus  health  review  forecast  USA  TheAtlantic  2020 
yesterday by inspiral
Retro Cycling Apparel: Designs Old and New - Peloton Magazine
Last week, out for a ride in the lanes south of London, I saw another cyclist wearing an RMO jersey. Readers of a certain age will remember RMO as the French team of the late 1980s and early ’90s that included notable riders such as Charly Mottet, Marc Madiot and Thierry Claveyrolat. The team’s jersey was understated and stylish: white, with mid-green side panels and a series of red, blue and green swooshes. Stylish as it was, it’s one of those jerseys that has been lost in the crosswinds of time. The pro team jerseys that stick in our collective memory are either design classics like La Vie Claire or design horrors like the Castorama fake-dungaree outfits. Or the Carrera fake-denim shorts. In fact, anything designed to be a fake is inherently a design no-no. To my knowledge, the RMO jersey hasn’t been produced as a vintage replica, which means that the rider I saw last week has probably owned and cherished that garment for more than 20 years. What love!
cycling  fashion  PelotonMagazine  2020 
6 days ago by inspiral
DJI’s Drone Supremacy Comes At a Price - Bloomberg
China’s flashiest global brand has a 77% share of America’s consumer drone sales. It also has to deal with coronavirus, the trade war, a $150 million fraud scandal, and skeptics in the U.S. and Chinese governments.
DJI  profile  drones  management  strategy  security  Bloomberg  2020 
6 days ago by inspiral
How South Korea Flattened the Coronavirus Curve - The New York Times
As global deaths from the virus surge past 15,000, officials and experts worldwide are scrutinizing South Korea for lessons. And those lessons, while hardly easy, appear relatively straightforward and affordable: swift action, widespread testing and contact tracing, and critical support from citizens.
Coronavirus  health  healthcare  strategy  testing  contacttracing  speed  SouthKorea  NYTimes  2020 
8 days ago by inspiral
When White Kids Grow Up on the Black Internet - PAPER
But for Black people, this connectedness has led to opportunity. Whole genres of music like soundcloud rap have been born entirely out of the internet. Social movements like Black Lives Matter were able to flourish due to the ability to connect online so easily. Vine and Instagram and Dubsmash have presented opportunities for exposure for Black creatives of all kinds. But they don't exist in a vacuum. White teens are just as connected as ever as well. Which also means they have access to information that even their parents didn't. Thanks to blogging and social media, Gen Z is surely the most diverse and socially conscious generation in history. They may be part of the problem, but they are also the best equipped to become informed enough to untangle these uneven power structures.
culture  diversity  music  BillieEilish  appropriation  blackfishing  Paper  2020 
8 days ago by inspiral
How the Virus Got Out - The New York Times
The most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough. We analyzed the movements of hundreds of millions of people to show why.
Coronavirus  health  transmission  travel  datavisualisation  global  NYTimes  2020 
8 days ago by inspiral
Predictions: What Will America Look Like After The Wuhan Coronavirus?
What will be the long-term impact of the Wuhan virus on the economy, higher education, homeschooling, jobs, Congress, and American politics as we know it?
Coronavirus  forecast  education  university  economy  employment  politics  USA  TheFederalist  2020 
10 days ago by inspiral
The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming | WIRED
Epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, who warned of pandemic in 2006, says we can beat the novel coronavirus—but first, we need lots more testing.
LarryBrilliant  health  healthcare  interview  Coronavirus  vaccine  strategy  review  Wired  2020 
10 days ago by inspiral
For Musicians, the Coronavirus Is a Second Cataclysm - The Atlantic
Since the coronavirus shut down the way we make a living, musicians like me—and service workers of all sorts—are going to need some help.
music  live  Coronavirus  review  decline  TheAtlantic  2020 
11 days ago by inspiral
10 Days That Changed Britain: "Heated" Debate Between Scientists Forced Boris Johnson To Act On Coronavirus
“This is going to get much, much worse, very quickly, both in terms of deaths and the economy,” a cabinet minister told BuzzFeed News. “It will not be long before we are getting numbers like Italy. I don’t think people realise that yet.”
Coronavirus  health  healthcare  government  politics  BorisJohnson  Conservatives  policy  review  critique  UK  Buzzfeed  2020 
11 days ago by inspiral
Latest UK virus advice aims to cut deaths to ‘a few thousands’ | Financial Times
It would be harder than experts believed last week to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients, Prof Ferguson said: “We have had bad news from Italy and from early experience in UK hospitals that the intensive care requirements will be nearly twice what we had anticipated.”
Coronavirus  forecast  modelling  health  healthcare  strategy  critique  UK  FinancialTimes  2020 
15 days ago by inspiral
Augmented-Reality Startup Magic Leap Is Said to Weigh a Sale - Bloomberg
Florida-based company also weighing partnerships, stake sale
Magic Leap could fetch more than $10 billion in a sale process
MagicLeap  augmentedreality  startup  acquisition  review  Bloomberg  2020 
16 days ago by inspiral
Edmund de Waal: library of exile | British Museum
Created as a 'space to sit and read and be', library of exile is an installation by British artist and writer, Edmund de Waal, housing more than 2,000 books in translation, written by exiled authors.
EdmunddeWaal  sculpture  exhibition  libraries  exile  BritishMuseum  2020 
17 days ago by inspiral
The science of soap – here’s how it kills the coronavirus | Pall Thordarson | Opinion | The Guardian
Alcohol-based disinfectants are also effective, but soap is a highly efficient way of killing the virus when it’s on your skin
Coronavirus  soap  health  science  research  Guardian  2020 
17 days ago by inspiral
(25) Adam Kucharski on Twitter: "How does mathematical modelling analysis feed into UK government COVID-19 policy? You've probably heard of Cobra, chaired by the PM, but there are two other steps worth knowing about... 1/" / Twitter
How does mathematical modelling analysis feed into UK government COVID-19 policy? You've probably heard of Cobra, chaired by the PM, but there are two other steps worth knowing about... 1/
Coronavirus  strategy  health  healthcare  research  UK  government  AdamKucharski  2020 
17 days ago by inspiral
As Coronavirus Cases Rise, Europe Shuts Down - CityLab
As Covid-19 cases continue to climb, the U.K and E.U. are banning events, closing schools, and sealing borders to slow the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus  regulations  closures  travel  Europe  health  CityLab  2020 
18 days ago by inspiral
Why Coronavirus Testing in the U.S. Is So Delayed - The Atlantic
Bureaucracy, equipment shortages, an unwillingness to share, and failed leadership doomed the American response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus  testing  bureaucracy  health  healthcare  review  critique  USA  TheAtlantic  2020 
18 days ago by inspiral
Closed borders and ‘black weddings’: what the 1918 flu teaches us about coronavirus | World news | The Guardian
The influenza of 1918 killed up to 100 million people. What lessons does it offer for our current health crisis?
Coronavirus  health  history  SpanishFlu  SARS  MERS  comparison  Guardian  2020 
19 days ago by inspiral
(18) Professor Ian Donald on Twitter: "1. The govt strategy on #Coronavirus is more refined than those used in other countries and potentially very effective. But it is also riskier and based on a number of assumptions. They need to be correct, and the me
1. The govt strategy on #Coronavirus is more refined than those used in other countries and potentially very effective. But it is also riskier and based on a number of assumptions. They need to be correct, and the measures they introduce need to work when they are supposed to.
coronavirus  health  healthcare  government  strategy  UK  ProfessorIanDonald  2020 
19 days ago by inspiral
WHO Expert: Aggressive Action Against Coronavirus Cuts Down On Spread : Goats and Soda : NPR
Hong Kong and Singapore were hit early with the coronavirus. But each now has fewer than 200 cases, while France, Germany and Spain, which were hit late, all have more than 10 times that number.

Three weeks ago, Italy had only three cases. Now it has more than 10,000.

These dramatic differences show that how governments respond to this virus matters, says Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization's head of emergencies.

"Hope is not a strategy," says Ryan, who is an epidemiologist. "We are still very much in the up cycle of this epidemic."
coronavirus  health  country  comparison  Italy  France  Germany  HongKong  Singapore  USA  review  penetration  NPR  2020 
20 days ago by inspiral
Testimony of a surgeon working in Bergamo, in the heart of Italy's coronavirus outbreak : medicine
«In one of the non-stop e-mails that I receive from my hospital administration on a more than daily basis, there was a paragraph on "how to be responsible on social media", with some recommendations that we all can agree on. After thinking for a long time if and what to write about what's happening here, I felt that silence was not responsible. I will therefore try to convey to lay-people, those who are more distant from our reality, what we are experiencing in Bergamo during these Covid-19 pandemic days. I understand the need not to panic, but when the message of the danger of what is happening is not out, and I still see people ignoring the recommendations and people who gather together complaining that they cannot go to the gym or play soccer tournaments, I shiver. I also understand the economic damage and I am also worried about that. After this epidemic, it will be hard to start over.
coronavirus  healthcare  personalaccount  doctor  Italy  Reddit  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
Taking an Uber or Lyft pollutes more than driving, California finds. Next stop: Regulations - Los Angeles Times
Behind the tap-of-your-phone convenience of hailing an Uber or Lyft lies an inconvenient truth: Such rides generate more carbon emissions than simply driving yourself.
ridesharing  Uber  Lyft  pollution  climatechange  automotive  review  critique  LATimes  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
The Man Behind Trump’s Facebook Juggernaut | The New Yorker
Brad Parscale used social media to sway the 2016 election. He’s poised to do it again.
BradParscale  Republicans  elections  marketing  socialmedia  Facebook  DonaldTrump  profile  USA  NewYorker  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now - Tomas Pueyo - Medium
With everything that’s happening about the Coronavirus, it might be very hard to make a decision of what to do today. Should you wait for more information? Do something today? What?
Here’s what I’m going to cover in this article, with lots of charts, data and models with plenty of sources:
How many cases of coronavirus will there be in your area?
What will happen when these cases materialize?
What should you do?
coronavirus  health  healthcare  forecast  review  Medium  TomasPueyo  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
Smart devices are eating the accessible watches market | Vogue Business
Brands need to rethink how they position watches under £500 as shoppers increasingly opt for smartwatches.
watches  trends  fashion  premiumisation  review  VogueBusiness  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
The Secret History of a Cold War Mastermind | WIRED
Kudo was just a small part of a much broader American reaction to the Farewell intelligence turned over by the French. Throughout the mid-’80s, roughly 200 Soviet intelligence officers and their sources were expelled from countries across Europe. In 1986 the FBI rounded up 55 Soviet operatives living in the United States as diplomats. Suddenly, the Soviets were not only forced to create their own technology, they were also blind to Reagan’s massive defense buildup. In Legacy of Ashes, Tim Weiner writes, “The operation used almost every weapon at the CIA’s command—psychological warfare, sabotage, economic warfare, strategic deception, counterintelligence, cyberwarfare—all in collaboration with the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and the FBI … It was a smashing success. Had the tables been turned, it could have been seen as an act of terror.”
GusWeiss  espionage  ColdWar  petroleum  pipeline  USA  Russia  Wired  2020 
21 days ago by inspiral
Seemorerocks: How did the coronavirus start in Italy?
Many of the Chinese workers are "submarines", so they have no papers and are not officially registered anywhere. You have to save the around 1000 euros that you can earn per month - for up to 16, sometimes 18 hours of hard piecework every day. Because to get an official residence permit, the immigrants have to pay social security taxes of around 25,000 euros. Then there are the debts they made to pay for the snake heads - that's the name of the smugglers who brought them to Italy. The dangerous journey usually costs more than 10,000 euros.
coronavirus  health  fashion  China  Italy  RobinWestenra  2020 
23 days ago by inspiral
The infinite scroll - Columbia Journalism Review
It all happened in the way that decline generally happens in American culture, which is one anxious, hopeful, cynical capitulation at a time. We have compressed and corroded and finally collapsed what used to be the core of a publication—its relationship with its readers, and the basic notion that one should not make it hard for them to read.
onlinecontent  onlineadvertising  review  critique  userexperience  ColumbiaJournalismReview  2020 
24 days ago by inspiral
Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich - The New York Times
Investors and clients of the facial recognition start-up freely used the app on dates and at parties — and to spy on the public.
Clearview  privacy  facialrecognition  reveiw  critique  NYTimes  2020 
24 days ago by inspiral
How Mount Everest became a multimillion-dollar business
Growing crowds have turned the world’s tallest mountain into a valuable commercial asset. But where’s all the money going?
Everest  tourism  mountaineering  commercialisation  review  critique  overcrowding  safety  Nepal  TheHustle  2020 
24 days ago by inspiral
Top of the shops: how has Oxford Street survived the slow death of the high street? | Life and style | The Guardian
It was the birthplace of the modern retail experience and is still one of the world’s most famous shopping destinations. But why, in an age of online retail, do shoppers still flock to it?
OxfordStreet  history  London  Guardian  2020 
25 days ago by inspiral
Ferdinand Mount · Après Brexit · LRB 9 February 2020
Well, it may not come to that. Under the pressure of events, the Johnson government, and others in the same mould, may back down towards normality, or be replaced by genuinely centrist leaders. But what is clear is that this is not a continuation of Thatcherism at all. There are not many hymns being sung to the free market and deregulation, no reluctance to intervene, to splash public cash (or at least promise to splash). Every opportunity is taken to avoid being tagged as ‘austerian’ or ‘neoliberal’. In its hectic tone, its personality cult, its flattening of the surrounding political landscape, this government is, at the very least, not ordinary.
BorisJohnson  politics  Brexit  Conservatives  UK  review  critique  LondonReviewofBooks  2020 
26 days ago by inspiral
In bloom: the secret history of the 3D-rendered trees of Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop, the powerhouse photo-editing software that makes blemishes disappear and powers the meme-industrial complex, was released 30 years ago last month. Since then, the program has added a seemingly endless number of features for fine-tuning your images. There are now so many options available that you could be forgiven for not delving into Photoshop’s deepest, darkest menus.
Photoshop  trees  CGI  review  InputMag  2020 
26 days ago by inspiral
Shell Has a Plan to Profit From Climate Change
The fossil-fuel companies expect to profit from climate change. I went to a private planning meeting and took notes.
Shell  petroleum  climatechange  globalwarming  review  personalaccount  NYMag  2020 
26 days ago by inspiral
Why new diseases keep appearing in China - YouTube
As of early March 2020, a new coronavirus, called COVID-19, is in more than 70 countries and has killed more than 3,100 people, the vast majority in China. That's where the virus emerged back in December 2019. This isn't a new phenomenon for China; in 2003, the SARS virus also emerged there, and under similar circumstances, before spreading around the world and killing nearly 800.

Both SARS and COVID-19 are in the "coronavirus" family, and both appear to have emerged from animals in China's notorious wildlife markets. Experts had long predicted that these markets, known to be potential sources of disease, would enable another outbreak. The markets, and the wildlife trade that supports them, are the underlying problem of these pandemics; until China solves that problem, more are likely to emerge.
meat  food  health  coronavirus  wildlife  China  Vox  2020 
26 days ago by inspiral
Here’s the File Clearview AI Has Been Keeping on Me, and Probably on You Too - VICE
We used the California Consumer Privacy Act to see what information the controversial facial recognition company has collected on me.
Clearview  privacy  photography  disclosure  review  critique  personalaccount  Vice  2020 
29 days ago by inspiral
Why sports sound better in your living room - YouTube
Audio engineers are the unsung heroes of the live sports broadcast.
sport  television  audio  review  innovation  Vox  2020 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
Coronavirus Could Cause Sudden Collapse of Global Supply Chains - Bloomberg
Global supply chains have yet to come apart mostly because trade and prosperity generally have been rising. But now, for the first time since World War II, the global economy faces the possibility of a true decoupling of many trade connections.
coronavirus  supplychain  globalisation  vulnerability  review  critique  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2020 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
Defra challenged over 'unlawful' release of 57m game birds in UK | Environment | The Guardian
Environmental campaigners have issued a legal case against the government to try to halt the release of more than 50m non-native game birds this summer, saying the birds could damage Britain’s most important wildlife sites.

Wild Justice, a campaign group led by the environmentalists Chris Packham, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, said the annual release of 47m pheasants and 10m red-legged partridges was “unlawful” without a proper assessment of the ecological impacts the animals have on protected areas.
wildlife  birds  pheasants  partridges  conservation  review  critique  hunting  UK  Guardian  2020 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
New cars producing more carbon dioxide than older models | Business | The Guardian
New cars sold in the UK produce more carbon dioxide than older models, according to new research that suggests the industry is going backwards in tackling the climate crisis.

Cars that reach the latest standards of emissions use cleaner internal combustion engine technology to combat air pollution, but the relentless rise in demand for bigger, heavier models meant that average emissions of the greenhouse gas rose, according to the consumer group Which?
automotive  pollution  emissions  growth  trends  review  critique  UK  Guardian  2020 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
The Marketplace 100: Appendix
This is an itemized list of the a16z Marketplace 100, a ranking of the largest and fastest-growing consumer-facing marketplace startups and private companies. See the full list and analysis here, and visit for more marketplace-related content.
marketplace  startup  tech  leaguetable  A16Z  2020 
4 weeks ago by inspiral
Revealed: the areas in the UK with one Airbnb for every four homes | Technology | The Guardian
Airbnb has become so prevalent in Great Britain that some parts of the country now have one listing for every four properties, prompting concern that the rapid expansion in short-term lets is “out of control” and depriving communities of much-needed homes.
Airbnb  housing  property  Edinburgh  Skye  London  Cornwall  LakeDistrict  penetration  statistics  UK  Guardian  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Uber and Lyft generate 70 percent more pollution than trips they displace: study - The Verge
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, ride-hailing trips today result in an estimated 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they displace. In cities, ride-hailing trips typically displace low-carbon trips, such as public transportation, biking, or walking. Uber and Lyft could reduce these emissions with a more concerted effort to electrify its fleet of vehicles or by incentivizing customers to take pooled rides, the group recommends.
Uber  Lyft  pollution  climatechange  electricvehicles  review  critique  TheVerge  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
A Vaccine Won’t Stop the New Coronavirus - The Atlantic
Most cases are not life-threatening, which is also what makes the virus a historic challenge to contain.
coronavirus  health  vaccine  review  containment  TheAtlantic  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Why Do Corporations Speak the Way They Do?
Wiener writes especially well — with both fluency and astonishment — about the verbal habits of her peers: “People used a sort of nonlanguage, which was neither beautiful nor especially efficient: a mash-up of business-speak with athletic and wartime metaphors, inflated with self-importance. Calls to action; front lines and trenches; blitzscaling. Companies didn’t fail, they died.” She describes a man who wheels around her office on a scooter barking into a wireless headset about growth hacking, proactive technology, parallelization, and the first-mover advantage. “It was garbage language,” Wiener writes, “but customers loved him.”
jargon  buzzwords  corporatespeak  enterprise  language  linguistics  review  critique  Vulture  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
How I stole my bike back — and what I learned about anti-theft measures along the way |
Only one in 10 bicycles in Portland are recovered. A mix of luck and cleverness set the odds in my favor
cycling  crime  theft  review  personalaccount  Portland  USA  Salon  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Susan Fowler on the Aftermath of Speaking Out Against Uber | Time
Speaking up comes at great personal cost. Being a whistleblower is not easy. It is not glamorous or fun. It will terrify you and scare you and forever change your life in ways that will be beyond your control. But, despite all of this, shining a light in the darkness is the right thing to do. In some cases, like my own, it is the only way to leave the world better than you found it.

SusanFowler  Uber  sexism  discrimination  harassment  whistleblower  Time  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Instagram brought us so close to Caroline Flack that her death seems personal | Leah Green | Opinion | The Guardian
Even if we try to consume celebrity culture more ethically, the fact remains that we have entered new territory in our relationship to stars. Flack’s death comes as less and less of our lives are treated as off limits. As the line between celebrity and reality continues to blur, so do our feelings. We should be ready for more of this new, complex, grief.
CarolineFlack  celebrity  suicide  socialmedia  UK  Guardian  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet | WIRED
People used to think the crowdsourced encyclopedia represented all that was wrong with the web. Now it's a beacon of so much that's right.
Wikipedia  internet  review  Wired  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
The messy, secretive reality behind OpenAI’s bid to save the world - MIT Technology Review
The AI moonshot was founded in the spirit of transparency. This is the inside story of how competitive pressure eroded that idealism.
OpenAI  ArtificialIntelligence  artificialgeneralintelligence  ethics  profile  review  critique  TechnologyReview  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Claims about white people - Marginal REVOLUTION
Black women for instance, present a consistent pattern of improvement in happiness across decades, while White women display a persistent pattern of decline. In contrast, Black men experienced a discernable pattern of improvement in happiness between the 1970s and 1990s, followed by a leveling off in the early-2000s. White men experienced moderate gains in happiness between the 1970s and 1990s, but after the Great Recession/Obama Era, White male happiness followed a pattern of unprecedented decline, with the “happiness advantage” they once enjoyed (as a group) over Black men and women largely vanishing.
race  gender  happiness  research  USA  MarginalRevolution  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
How Margot Robbie Went From Pinup To Hit Producer
Once pigeonholed as “the hottest blonde ever,” the star of Birds of Prey has become one of Hollywood’s most promising producers.
MargotRobbie  profile  film  movies  Buzzfeed  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Bolivia’s lithium could feed high-tech’s growing need for batteries - Protocol
Bolivia has the largest known resources of lithium. Can it build an industry to supply the world's growing demand?
lithium  mining  extraction  review  Bolivia  Protocol  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Narcos: Mexico review: a show for people who want the drug war to last forever - The Verge
You could tell this story indefinitely, because it is still being told today, with every story of a white person enraged at the sound of Spanish being spoken, with every ICE raid, with every chant for the wall. Cartel dramas like Narcos are fairy tales for a nation in decline, flattening diverse and complicated countries for the benefit of a nation that refuses to acknowledge the havoc it has wreaked on the world.
Narcos  television  review  critique  drugwar  drugs  crime  TheVerge  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
The End of Miss America
That night, I saw a woman placed on a throne without a kingdom while no one watched.
MissAmerica  feminism  sexism  bodyimage  review  personalaccount  Jezebel  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Living in Alan Turing’s Future | The New Yorker
The British mathematician Alan Turing was one of the more unquantifiably original minds of the twentieth century.
AlanTuring  profile  cryptography  ArtificialIntelligence  NewYorker  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter
Accessing two Saudi dissidents’ information — one a prominent critic with more than 1 million followers, the other an impersonator of a Saudi Royal family member — Abouammo allegedly passed the information to al-Asaker. Twitter had long been a godsend to dissidents: Unlike Facebook, it had no policy requiring people to use their real names, allowing critics of repressive government to speak more freely. The allegations threw its value as a tool of anonymous dissent into question.
Twitter  privacy  security  espionage  SaudiArabia  review  critique  Buzzfeed  2020 
5 weeks ago by inspiral
Springtime for Nazis: How the Satire of “Jojo Rabbit” Backfires | The New Yorker
The present-day didacticism of “Jojo Rabbit,” by encouraging viewers to look with benign empathy at Nazis, the cinema’s iconic worst of the worst, is also encouraging a similar sympathy for the Trump supporter next door, and even for the self-caricaturing Trump himself. The actual target of “Jojo Rabbit” isn’t really the haters, it’s those who would presume to hate the haters. The movie doesn’t so much satirize Nazis, let alone expose the fraudulence of contemporary hatemongers (such as neo-Nazis or alt-rightists) or mainstream Republican Trump-cultists. Rather, the movie ultimately cautions against the easy contempt and dismissal of them by liberals and progressives: there are a lot of very fine people on both sides.
JojoRabbit  film  review  Nazi  TaikaWaititi  NewYorker  2020 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
Pocket rocket Tom Pidcock stirs up the world of cyclo-cross | Tim Lewis | Sport | The Guardian
A 20-year-old Briton has caused something of a sensation in a winter sport that can be a lot more fun than road cycling
TomPidcock  cycling  cyclocross  profile  Guardian  2020 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
Forget London House Prices. Take a Look at Paris and Dublin - Bloomberg
UBS recently ranked Paris the most unaffordable major city in the world, bar Hong Kong, estimating a skilled worker needed 15 years’ worth of wages to afford a 60-square-meter (646-square-foot) centrally-located flat. To be clear, one square foot of prime Parisian property is cheaper in U.S. dollar terms than San Francisco, London or New York. But the gap is narrowing. Even in the face of protests and strikes, the French capital’s prime residential market rose 6.4% last year and may rise 5.9% this year, outperforming other big global cities, according to Savills. Paris property prices have more than doubled in 15 years, and the average price per square meter is up 19% since 2016, according to Century 21.
housing  pricing  growth  review  critique  Paris  London  SanFrancisco  HongKong  bubble  comparison  Bloomberg  2020 
6 weeks ago by inspiral
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