Interesting stuff

  1. Read about the sustainable use of plastic for growing food.
  2. Sad, but true: China has gotten the trade war it deserves. (I’m not going for the “free trade is dead” headlines, but trade efficiencies are definitely falling, which means we will all be poorer, which means that politicians will have more reasons to block trade — and the viscous spiral continues.
  3. China and Russia are undermining belief in democracy, freedom of speech, etc. MAGA republicans (and other conspiracy idiots) are helping them return the world to smoke, mirrors and scapegoats.
  4. Read a defence of higher education (academic freedom etc.)
  5. Why are Republicans so opposed to reducing people’s income insecurity. It’s not like they face the same risks.
  6. Maybe social media isn’t that bad for teens? Read more.
  7. Read about Saudi Arabia’s official support for the 9/11 attackers.
  8. Listen: Why Has the Opioid Crisis Lasted So Long?
  9. Listen: Why is a garden a personal paradise?
  10. A Dutch judge sentenced the developer and operator of a crypto “washing” service to 5 years in prison, for “helping crypto owners hide their identities.” That’s maybe a strike against organised crime, but it’s also a strike against privacy. Where’s the line? Read more.

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Author: David Zetland

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

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