Interesting stuff

  1. Watch one of Trevor Noah’s best analyses: Trump the African president
  2. Listen to The Capitalisn’t Of Consulting: McKinsey And Beyond
  3. Read about new (effective) weight loss drugs. I can haz cheezburger? Related: Eye-care cream is expensive due to marketing, not quality.
  4. Sorry racists skin-tone fetishists: Early Dutch were dark-skinned and blue-eyed
  5. Read: The vertical farming bubble is popping
  6. Q: Is South Africa as dangerous as the media makes it out to be? A: Worse.
  7. Read a long, interesting article on the downfall (and transformation?) of the humanities: “One literature professor and critic at Harvard—not old or white or male—noticed that it had become more publicly rewarding for students to critique something as “problematic” than to grapple with what the problems might be; they seemed to have found that merely naming concerns had more value, in today’s cultural marketplace, than curiosity about what underlay them. This clay-pigeon approach to inquiry struck her as a devaluation of all that criticism—and art—can do.”
  8. Watch how oil and gas companies set up astro-turfing operations to create a false sense of voter opposition to green policies.
  9. Read how citizen assemblies can fail — and work
  10. Read: AIs are now capable of “passing” the Turing test [meant to separate humans from computers], so now humans are being forced to show THEY are not computers.

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Author: David Zetland

I'm a political-economist from California who now lives in Amsterdam.

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