Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Box of Tabs

Here are the tabs I currently have left open, while I instead read the much-recommended book Killers of the Flower Moon. (And it's pretty great, I have to say.)

Inside Trump's cruel campaign against the USDA's scientists. The always-excellent Michael Lewis writing for Vanity Fair.

There's hope at the end of the world as we know it. "Though the shift in the climate conversation from debate about science to emphasis on impacts is welcome, we need more focus on solutions to show that change is possible." From Ensia, the environmental magazine of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment.

The criminalization of gentrifying neighborhoods. "Areas that are changing economically often draw more police—creating conditions for more surveillance and more potential misconduct." From the Atlantic.

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending. From Propublica.

Strategies for getting to 50 million employee-owners by 2050. By Marorie Kelly, senior fellow at the Democracy Collaborative.

The IMF confirms that "trickle-down" economics is, indeed, a joke. From Pacific Standard.

What Elon Musk doesn't get about urban transit. "The Tesla CEO’s recent comments about public transportation triggered a firestorm of criticism. Here’s why." By Jarrett Walker for CityLab.

Streets wide shut: a principle for urban streets. Simply put: "No street should carry more than four lanes of private vehicle traffic in a city. No more than two of those lanes should go in the same direction. Most streets should be three, two, or one lane wide." By David Levinson, the Transportist.

Toxic masculinity is the true villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. From Den of Geek.

Are private schools immoral? A conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones about race, education, and hypocrisy. From the Atlantic.

The five immutable laws of affordable housing. From Strong Towns.

Western philosophy is racist. "Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change."

Is it unethical for people to pass their wealth on to their children? A conversation about inheritance, philanthropy, and aging with the philosopher Martha Nussbaum and the law professor Saul Levmore. By Helaine Olen for the Atlantic.

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