UltraNurd + longreads   14

Uber’s Path of Destruction - American Affairs Journal
Lots and lots to unpack in this one. But in short Uber has generated a huge amount of wealth for investors while publicly damaging the transport infrastructure of the cities in which in operates, all while being hugely unprofitable.
uber  technology  americanaffairs  journalism  longreads  capitalism 
10 weeks ago by UltraNurd
The Making of a YouTube Radical - The New York Times
It seems like this guy was primed to come back from all this, but you can see clearly how a "neutral" algorithm can pull angry and frustrated young men into hate.
algorithms  whitesupremacy  nyt  youtube  conservatism  longreads 
11 weeks ago by UltraNurd
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
A good summary of the deck being stacked, but also one that makes me feel guilty.
longreads  economics  millennials  welfare  via:ahuster  huffpo  jobs 
december 2017 by UltraNurd
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - NYTimes.com
There is a lot to unpack here. Great read, including a good summary of all the arguments and ideas. Last line really got to me for some reason.
space  science  longreads  via:ryamidon  aliens  nyt 
july 2017 by UltraNurd
The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists - Vox
I am not really a scientist, but it is in my job title and I have a lot of academic exposure. I cosign all of these conclusions.
vox  longreads  science 
july 2016 by UltraNurd
Trump Days - The New Yorker
Worth the long read. I think the most interesting part is how supporters are happy to hate in general but can rarely bring themselves to hate an individual.
racism  donaldtrump  longreads  2016election  newyorker 
july 2016 by UltraNurd
The Intelligent Plant - The New Yorker
Fascinating discussion, not just the specific plant science but the greater metaquestion of how to choose terms in science, and the applicability of plant networks that have evolved over millions of years to our designed human networks.
biology  newyorker  plants  science  via:aaronlmgoodwin  longreads 
december 2015 by UltraNurd
50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration - The Atlantic
I had no idea we almost had basic income under Nixon! Where was this in my AP US class? Not to mention how bad Moynihan got. Some good new terms: penal welfarism; carceral state; compounded deprivation. "families are social structures existing within larger social structures". I'm almost certain calling the system the Gray Wastes is a reference to Planescape.
racism  usa  tanehisicoates  prison  longreads  atlanticmonthly 
september 2015 by UltraNurd
What's Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? | Rolling Stone
Terrible. And yet not shocking that the government continues to defer to industry until conclusive proof of a linkage.
rollingstone  pollution  fracking  longreads  environmentalism  utah  pregnancy 
june 2015 by UltraNurd
Paul Ford: What is Code? | Bloomberg
"Code is inert. How do you make it ert?" Great overview of code for people who use computers but don't know how to make software. Pity about the background art... though I do love the interactive graphics.
programming  bloomberg  longreads  computers 
june 2015 by UltraNurd
The Case for Reparations
So worth the read. Sitting there, holding Theo, knowing that I have and he will benefit from this sin, was hard. I reared up. I know my "patriotism a la carte" has taken form in my genealogy research - I looked for my family connections to founding fathers, but never asked which ancestors owned slaves.

A small thing to do would be to support HR40 next time it comes up.
history  atlanticmonthly  discrimination  tanehisicoates  usa  racialissues  reparations  longreads  racism 
may 2014 by UltraNurd
The Death Dealer | The Verge
I would also assume gullibility, but I know that these techniques work on almost everyone. Fascinating, tragic story (mocked in Arrested Development, no less).
theverge  longreads  selfhelp  law  negligence  spirituality 
december 2013 by UltraNurd

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