Weekend reading

  1. An update on the massive damage from palm oil plantations in Indonesia. What’s driving the destruction? American biofuel policies.
  2. Amazon delivers fast and cheap, but that’s the price of heavy workloads and stress. A 10 percent price increase might mean the difference between their misery and a sustainable work environment.
  3. Investors might cause a real revolution in climate policy if Exxon loses this lawsuit on deceiving investors over its climate change risk.
  4. Cryptoprices are down 80+ percent from their high, but the “decentralized web” (Web 3.0) is carrying on. Here’s an interesting tale of a social media site that was shut down because it was not decentralized enough.
  5. In Pontevedra, 80 percent of kids age 6 to 12 walk alone to school
  6. Who earns the most? Not the selfish (defectors) or generous (cooperators) but the mostly but not entirely unselfish. According to my research [pdf], about 70-80 percent of people are in this last category.
  7. Some insights into Russia’s “Silk Road” [Darknet market]
  8. How to get organized.
  9. “Weather and climate disasters in the United States cost an estimated $306 billion in 2017, about $100 billion more than ever before. Climate change isn’t an abstract threat for our grandchildren. It’s here.
  10. A bribery case highlights how Venezuelan officials are making $billions off government controls and currency manipulation. Citizens suffer.

H/T to PB

 

 

Author: David Zetland

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

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