ISIS Remote Control Agent OPSEC
"Essentially they established the minimum operational security necessary to safely make a purchase from a darknet market. A couple of XMPP+OTR clients, a proprietary (but free!) encrypted email account and TAILS. The security provided by TAILS not leaving forensic artefacts on the laptop (data at rest) is somewhat irrelevant as the principle vulnerability is the chat traffic (data in motion.) ISIS bros and their misguided digital security procedures, love it."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:The-Great-Whatsit★  d:2017.08.09  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
7 days ago
Laurel & Jihadi
"There are more time waster volunteers than actual terrorist attackers. There are plenty of people who will flirt with the idea of romanticised violence, but not that many will actually go through with it. Stick in there and keep trying, eventually you’ll get lucky and some sucker will sacrifice themselves for a few column inches glorifying ISIS’ terrifying remote control capabilities which are in no way totally inferior to trained terrorist operatives."
a:the-Grugq★★  p:the-Grugq★★  d:2017.09.04  w:1500  terrorism  ISIS  security  logistics  from instapaper
7 days ago
The NBA's DNP-Rest solutions were specifically made for LeBron James and the Warriors
"Since the competition committee is also taking on tanking, there is a perception that the rest rules would matter there, too. That hardly seems likely. With the exception of the Knicks and Lakers, the worst teams in the NBA are rarely on national TV. If a player like Eric Bledsoe is ruled out for weeks to improve the team’s chances of losing, a team like Phoenix will simply make up an injury and trust the NBA won’t investigate. The rest rules aren’t about Bledsoe, Carmelo Anthony, or the Brooklyn Nets bizarrely resting everyone in the season finale despite no benefit whatsoever. The rest rules are about two entities that the NBA can’t do without on national TV: the Warriors and LeBron James."
a:Tom-Ziller  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.09.11  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  television  from instapaper
7 days ago
We spent 31 years fighting for the Purple Line. Here’s what we learned.
"It's almost always a waste of time to try to convince the active opponents of a controversial project like the Purple Line. They are not deluded; they have reasons for their opposition, even if their real motives aren't the same arguments offered in public. Debating on their terms lets them define the issues. The strategic objective of Purple Line advocacy was always to mobilize supporters and convince the undecided. The main emphasis was always a positive message about the project's many benefits. At the same time, advocates realized it was more important to expose the opponents' false pose as grassroots environmentalists rather than to make point-by-point rebuttals of their arguments."
a:Ben-Ross  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:500  public-transit  DC  strategy  from instapaper
7 days ago
Why did Houston flood? The answer is more complicated than it seems
"You can argue that the entire city of Houston should not be where it is, or that it shouldn't be 'allowed' to grow. That argument is unrealistic at best, and elitist/fascist at worst. We don't 'build' resilient cities out of magical nowhere. The work is to build them out of the cities we have, many of which are in riparian areas, dating to the days when 'surface transportation' meant a boat."
a:Joanne-Tang  a:Tracy-Loh  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1500  cities  history  disaster  development  future  from instapaper
7 days ago
Less Borrowing than Hoarding
"For all that trouble, couldn't you have just *bought* your *own copy* of the book?"
"Well I don't want to *own* it"
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.09.05  comic  satire  books  from iphone
8 days ago
The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution
"To get the satellites into optimal position, Planet uses a technique called differential drag, in which the solar panels act like sails pushing against the trace of atmosphere available to slow a chosen Dove down with respect to the others. Turned forward, the panels produce seven times as much resistance as when they’re horizontal. The concept had been largely theoretical until Planet proved it could be done for an array of satellites. When the Doves have been launched into a sun-synchronous orbit (one crossing the equator at the same local time every day), algorithms adjust their panels to guide them into position, spacing them out evenly. Getting all 88 of the Indian-launched satellites to fan out properly took a few months. As this story goes to press, they’re coming into perfect position."
a:Ashlee-Vance  p:Bloomberg-Business★★  d:2017.06.29  w:5500  space  surveillance  from twitter
8 days ago
Against Signal-Boosting As Doxxing
"I agree this is weird. It’s bizarre that so many people trust to security by obscurity, when anybody with an axe to grind can destroy their obscurity and reveal them to the world. It’s bizarre that we treat Twitter as a private place, when literally everything that happens there is visible to every human being on Earth. It’s bizarre that we trust to these fragile online identities when any hacker can cut through them, bizarre that we wear such different masks to different friends when they could just talk and compare notes, bizarre that we dare to talk at all when we know every word we say is logged and the future may be less forgiving than the past. But don’t let the fact that it’s bizarre make you think it isn’t important. How many of us can say, honestly, that we could bear the Panopticon? If every valley were raised up and every mountain pulled down, so there was nowhere to hide, and we were rendered naked to any eye anywhere in the world, how long could we endure?"
a:Scott-Alexander★★★  p:Slate-Star-Codex★★★  d:2017.07.29  w:1500  social-media  Twitter  privacy  society  from twitter
8 days ago
How to Obfuscate
"Disappearance specialists have much to teach would-be obfuscators. Many of these specialists are private detectives or 'skip tracers'—professionals in the business of finding fugitives and debtors—who reverse engineer their own process to help their clients stay lost. In response to the proliferation of social networking and online presence, disappearance specialists advocate a strategy of disinformation, a variety of obfuscation. 'Bogus individuals,' to quote the disappearance consultant Frank Ahearn, can be produced in number and detail that will 'bury' pre-existing personal information that might crop up in a list of Web search results. This entails creating a few dozen fictitious people with the same name and the same basic characteristics, some of them with personal websites, some with accounts on social networks, and all of them intermittently active. For clients fleeing stalkers or abusive spouses, Ahearn recommends simultaneously producing numerous false leads that an investigator would be likely to follow—for example, a credit check for a lease on an apartment in one city (a lease that was never actually signed) and applications for utilities, employment addresses, and phone numbers scattered across the country or the world, and a checking account, holding a fixed sum, with a debit card given to someone traveling to pay for expenses incurred in remote locations. Strategies suggested by disappearance specialists are based on known details about the adversary: The goal is not to make someone 'vanish completely', but to put one far enough out of sight for practical purposes and thus to use up the seeker’s budget and resources."
a:Finn-Brunton  a:Helen-Nissenbaum  p:Nautilus★  d:2017.06.29  w:4000  instructional  social-media  privacy  search  Twitter  surveillance  data-mining  Facebook  from instapaper
9 days ago
The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking
"Once a jailbreak crusader, it's gotten to the point where Freeman no longer recommends that people jailbreak their phones. It's dangerous, due to the higher risk of getting hacked, and it's not even worth it anymore, he says in a recent phone call. 'What do you get in the end?' he asks. 'It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification. That turns into, like, a death spiral, where when you get fewer people bothering to jailbreak you get fewer developers targeting interesting things, which means there's less reasons for people to jailbreak,' he added. 'Which means there's fewer people jailbreaking, which causes there to be less developers bothering to target it. And then you slowly die.'"
a:Lorenzo-Franceschi-Bicchierai  a:Brian-Merchant  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.28  w:4000  iPhone  hacking  apps  from instapaper
9 days ago
These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War
"Both missileers—they always work in teams of two, the capsule they occupy emblazoned with the words 'no-lone zone'—would open a safe located between their workstations. It's secured with two padlocks, one fastened on by each missileer at the beginning of the shift, the combinations known only to the owner. Inside is a code that the incoming encrypted message must match. But there's an A-side and a B-side and neither missileer knows both; they must be put together like opposite sides of an equation. It's all part of Two-Person Control—a system that ensures a rogue missileer can't start World War III on her own. 'It is a very precise method,' Barrington explains. 'It's not haphazard. It is exacting. Missileers have to know all kinds of rules. They have to know it cold.'"
a:Danielle-McNally  p:Marie-Claire  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  military  process  Cold-War  from instapaper
9 days ago
The Kind Bar Index: What Do People Snack on at the Office?
"Evidently, 2016 was not a good year for plums: they dropped off the face of the workplace snack ecosystem in March, and nobody has heard from them since."
p:Priceonomics★★  d:2017.09.07  w:1000  food  work  from twitter
9 days ago
‘Bring pencils’ and 49 other things hurricane pros know
"— Don't wander out of your assigned area. We bracket storms because they can jog this way or that. Furthermore, casualties and serious damage can occur far from the center. We don't need or want everyone at the eye's landfall.
— In addition, if you get in trouble, we can't come rescue you if we don't know where you are. If you are tempted to move, check with a supervisor. If you bump into another staffer from your organization, one of you is an idiot."
a:Martin-Merzer  p:Poynter  d:2017.09.07  w:2000  list  instructional  disaster  journalism  logistics  from twitter
9 days ago
The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea
"Outside the Administration, the more people I talked to, the more I heard a strong case for some level of diplomatic contact. When Obama dispatched James Clapper to Pyongyang, in 2014, to negotiate the release of two prisoners, Clapper discovered that North Korea had misread the purpose of the trip. The government had presumed that he was coming in part to open a new phase in the relationship. 'They were bitterly disappointed,' he said. Clapper’s visit convinced him that the absence of diplomatic contact is creating a dangerous gulf of misperception. 'I was blown away by the siege mentality—the paranoia—that prevails among the leadership of North Korea. When we sabre-rattle, when we fly B-1s accompanied by jet escorts from the Republic of Korea and Japan, it makes us feel good, it reassures the allies, but what we don’t factor in is the impact on the North Koreans.' Clapper went on, 'I think that what we should do is consider seriously, in consultation with South Korea, establishing an interest section in Pyongyang much like we had in Havana for decades, to deal with a government that we didn’t recognize. If we had a permanent presence in Pyongyang, I wonder whether the outcome of the tragedy of Otto Warmbier might have been avoided. Secondly, it would provide on-scene insight into what is actually going on in North Korea—intelligence.'"
a:Evan-Osnos  p:The-New-Yorker★★  d:2017.09.18  w:14000  nuclear-weapons  war  North-Korea  history  diplomacy  military  Donald-Trump  2000-election  from twitter
10 days ago
The Summer of Halo Top
"A fair criticism of Halo Top would be to ask, would you rather have a few bites of full-steam ice cream or an entire pint of something lighter? Most of us would like to assume the former, perhaps fancying ourselves dessert connoisseurs who appreciate quality over quantity. Any familiarity with human nature (and Halo Top’s sales numbers), however, doesn’t bear that thinking out. Yes, it is not quite ice cream. In fact, it exists in that uncanny valley between real and imitation, so close to the genuine product that it almost stands out more by comparison. But for many of us, the thrill of digging through an entire pint of chocolate ice cream with no residual guilt is worth the slight compromise that Halo Top offers."
a:Garrett-Snyder  p:Taste  d:2017.07.05  w:2500  food  nutrition  from instapaper
10 days ago
“A Descent Into Madness”: An Oral History of the Fantasy Football Draft That Almost Tore Apart The Ringer
"Mays: Mal likes silly things, but in a serious way. She does not consider fantasy football to be a silly thing. Mallory is the only person I’ve met who cares as much about fantasy football as I do.
Concepcion: I got a text from her like, 'I hope there’s Wi-Fi on the bus to jail.' I think she meant she was going to go to jail for killing someone, but still wanted to finish the draft."
a:Rodger-Sherman★  a:Mallory-Rubin  a:Riley-McAtee  a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  a:Danny-Kelly  a:Jason-Gallagher  a:Sean-Fennessey  a:Robert-Mays  a:Katie-Baker  a:Haley-O'Shaughnessy  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Sean-Yoo  a:Claire-McNear  a:Megan-Schuster  a:Jason-Cahill  a:Ryan-O'Hanlon  a:Rubie-Edmondson  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.07  w:3000  oral-history  football  from instapaper
10 days ago
Why Does North Korea Keep Photoshopping Kim Jong-un’s Ears?
"Photoshop is a critical part of North Korea's propaganda machine. The brutal dictatorship, led by Kim Jong-un, would like us to believe a lot of things that just aren't true. That it has ballistic missile submarines, hovercraft, and even happy, well-fed citizens—all the product of shitty photo editing, which is partly why we know they're fake. But the weirdest North Korea 'shops have to be the continued manipulation of Kim Jong-un's ears."
a:Sarah-Emerson  p:VICE/Motherboard★  d:2017.06.21  w:1000  North-Korea  Photoshop 
10 days ago
What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera, in 12 Rooms You’ll Never See
"Mr. Salonen and the Met musicians were rehearsing this for their first Carnegie Hall concert. The performance ended up in The New York Times’s weekly list of best moments in classical music, in particular this remarkable, circuslike feat: 'Esa-Pekka Salonen lost his baton while signaling a downbeat during the hellfire finale of Mahler’s First Symphony. Miraculously, he grabbed a new one off the podium in the same sweeping motion, and didn’t miss a beat.'"
a:Joshua-Barone  a:Larry-Buchanan  a:Alicia-Desantis  a:Taige-Jensen  a:Ben-C-Solomon  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.06.30  w:1000  video  music 
10 days ago
The case for letting North Korea keep its nukes
"The most fundamentally important fact about North Korea’s nuclear program is that it is born out of fear — fear, specifically, of the United States. The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded the South and nearly conquered all of it. The only reason it didn’t was intervention by a US led-coalition, which in turn nearly took the entire North, stopped only by a Chinese counterintervention. After the war ended in an armistice in 1953, the US pledged to defend South Korea against future attack and left thousands of US troops deployed there — a constant reminder to Pyongyang that the world’s strongest military power was its enemy. Put another way, North Korea’s entire foreign policy and national identity has evolved around the threat of war with America. As a result, they’ve always been trying to improve their military capabilities in order to deter the US from invading. What this brief history suggests is that North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear missiles is fundamentally *rational*. North Korea is not a suicidal state; there is no evidence that it wants to blow up an American city and invite regime-ending retaliation. Its goal, according to every piece of evidence we have, is the opposite: to avoid war at all costs."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.09.08  w:3000  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  war  strategy  Donald-Trump  Cold-War  from instapaper
10 days ago
Visualizing Uncertain Weather
"Is the hurricane cone of uncertainty simply trying to accomplish too much? There’s something refreshingly simple about these experimental snow accumulation map sets from the National Weather Service, with their clear and candid titles. After all, as a resident of the northeast, I wasn’t particularly interested in Stella’s exact path overhead. I was interested in best and worst case scenarios on the ground. The map pair above delivered that information to me clearly and succinctly."
a:Jen-Christiansen  p:Scientific-American/SA-Visual  d:2017.03.20  w:1000  weather  visualization  from twitter
10 days ago
The Cost of Hurricane Harvey: Only One Recent Storm Comes Close
"It’s clear this type of economic devastation from storms is becoming more common. In inflation-adjusted terms, the United States averaged fewer than three billion-dollar natural disasters per year from 1980 to 1990. Since 2010, it has averaged more than 10 per year. Climate change is one reason for this: Global warming loads the atmosphere with more water vapor, which increases the potential for extreme rainfall events. But the number of people and the amount of wealth in the United State are factors as well. As both population and wealth continue to concentrate along the coasts, storms have been increasingly likely to hit populated areas and development."
a:Kevin-Quealy  p:The-New-York-Times/The-Upshot★  d:2017.09.01  w:1000  infographic  visualization  disaster  Hurricane-Katrina  from twitter
11 days ago
CBO’s NFIP Report Makes Clear How We Encourage People to Live at the Coast
"Using data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CBO analyzed roughly 5 million of the NFIP’s 5.1 million policies that were in effect as of Aug. 31, 2016. Summing up all of the program’s expenditures and premiums, CBO projects that, as currently structured, the program should be expected to lose $1.4 billion on an annual basis. That’s $1 billion more than FEMA’s own estimate of the NFIP’s shortfall, the basis on which it sets the program’s premiums. According to the CBO, the NFIP rings up $5.7 billion in annual costs. The bulk of that total, $3.7 billion, is from anticipated claims, with another $1.1 billion going to private companies who write and service NFIP policies, as well as $200 million on salaries and operating expenses for NFIP and FEMA personnel. Another $700 million is spent on additional expenses, including $200 million each on mitigation-assistance programs and floodplain mapping and management. Separately, the program must spend $300 million annually to service interest on the program’s debt, which stood at $24.6 billion prior to the strike of Hurricane Harvey. Against that $5.7 billion in costs, the program raises just $4.3 billion in annual revenues. But the top-line figure only tells part of the story. In fact, CBO’s report shows that no single piece of the NFIP’s operation is sustainable."
a:Ray-Lehmann  p:Insurance-Journal/Right-Street  d:2017.09.03  w:1500  disaster  insurance  incentives  housing  from twitter
11 days ago
Be Our Guest!
"- Commercial/Satellite radio
God, I love this one. So good, so transactional. You get an email. They ask you to call in and talk about the blog post you wrote.
You might go to a studio but a lot of the time they just want you to call in. They often are fine with cell phone. They are feeding a fire with your words and the fire burns the same wherever the words originate. Just feed that fire."
a:Paul-Ford★★★  p:Track-Changes★  d:2017.07.11  w:6500  instructional  media  radio  NPR  podcasts  journalism  television  from twitter
11 days ago
The Complications of Our Deteriorating Inner Ring Suburbs
"Here in the Cleveland area, you can look at Euclid and Garfield Heights and see the houses are not old enough to be completely decrepit and vacant yet, but most of them are not owner-occupied anymore — they are rentals that are getting crappier and crappier over time because they are aging and it is not economically viable to rehab them. But you can see where 20 years from now, unless these cities find a way to build new housing, half of their housing might be abandoned. It’s never happened like this before in this country."
a:Daniel-J-McGraw  p:Belt-Magazine  d:2015.01.05  w:3000  housing  race  Cleveland  from instapaper
11 days ago
‘A League of Their Own’ Is an All-Time Great Sports Film
"Anne Ramsay, who played Helen in the movie, told Entertainment Weekly that men still feel the need to lower their voices to a whisper when they confess to her that A League of Their Own is their favorite sports film. The 'best sports movies' lists that crop up from time to time almost always underrate the 1992 movie in favor of anything involving Kevin Costner (even Tin freakin’ Cup got more love than the Rockford Peaches on a recent USA Today list) or a pair of boxing gloves. When ESPN ranked its top 20 in the genre using a 14-man, one-woman panel, A League of Their Own didn’t even make the cut. (Neither did The Mighty Ducks, which is ludicrous.) Think of it this way: What would you rather sit down and watch right this minute, and next week, and in 20 years’ time: this film, or Million Dollar Baby? No one wants to admit it, but even the supposedly sublime Field of Dreams is secretly kinda a slog. Do not even begin to @ me about any of this."
a:Katie-Baker  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.06.30  w:4000  film  sports  baseball  gender  from instapaper
11 days ago
Building an H-Bomb in Plain Sight
"Nuclear deterrence doesn't require mutually assured destruction. It's easy to think this if you were raised with the idea that nuclear deterrence is about the United States versus the Soviet Union or Russia, two countries with huge arsenals encompassing over 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons. North Korea can’t destroy the United States. It could, however, cause us a lot of hurt. A nuclear-armed North Korea doesn’t have to change much: Just don’t box them into a corner, stay firm on what is truly unacceptable behavior, and be willing to compromise for mutual benefit. We shouldn’t find living in the nuclear age any more anxious than it has been for the past many decades: North Korea isn’t demonstrably 'crazier' than the People’s Republic of China was during the heyday of its Cultural Revolution when it went nuclear, and our situation, while nerve-wracking, isn’t more existential than it was during the 1980s. The nukes of the Cold War haven’t gone away, and adding one more country to the list—while definitely not an optimal situation—isn’t going to change much. One hopes that our military leaders understand this, because if history is any guide, the most likely path to nuclear war won’t be outright aggression, but a comedy of tragic errors, misunderstandings, and miscommunications."
a:Alex-Wellerstein  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.09.05  w:1500  nuclear-weapons  North-Korea  Cold-War  strategy  from instapaper
12 days ago
Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Send Cash
"The world’s attention to refugees waxes and wanes, but Western Union’s is unflagging. For years the company has been tracing the movements of 'double belongers' and the remittances they send home. These émigrés, expatriates, immigrants, and refugees—the uprooted—are Western Union’s people, and right now we’re living in Western Union’s world."
a:Drake-Bennett  a:Lauren-Etter  p:Bloomberg-Business★★  d:2017.06.16  w:4500  history  money  banks  economics  war  from instapaper
12 days ago
Isaiah Thomas' injury is potentially far more serious than you know
"It was the first time the team had publicly acknowledged any sort of hip tear -- the team now blaming his two-game absence in March on the labral tear, not the right knee bone bruise that was the team's official diagnosis in March. While the Celtics had publicized Kelly Olynyk's and Avery Bradley's hip injuries during the playoffs, Thomas' far more serious labrum tear had not been made public until it ended his season. It was also, in retrospect, a hint that not everything about this injury was, perhaps, as it seemed."
a:Tom-Haberstroh★  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.06  w:3000  Isaiah-Thomas  Cavs  from instapaper
12 days ago
Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others?
"'Bill James had a great line,' Tom Tango, the senior database architect of stats for MLB Advanced Media, told me. (If James is largely considered the godfather of sabermetrics, Tango could be its Michael Corleone.) 'If you have a metric that never matches up with the eye test, it’s probably wrong. And if it never surprises you, it’s probably useless. But if four out of five times it tells you what you know, and one out of five it surprises you, you might have something.'"
a:Jay-Caspian-Kang  p:The-New-York-Times-Magazine★★  d:2017.08.29  w:1500  statistics  sports  baseball  from instapaper
13 days ago
If the NBA adopted soccer's bonkers transfer rules, we'd get LeBron James on the Lakers
"If a club wants a certain player, they can negotiate a transfer fee with his existing club as compensation for letting said player out of his contract early. That fee could be tiny or nonexistent (if the current club is cool with letting that player go), astronomical (if the club isn’t), or anything in between. If the two clubs can agree on a fee — a complicated process often derailed by angry agents, stubborn managers, and the whims of the player himself — the new team then negotiates a new contract with said player. Why would anyone sell a good player? Because they need the cash, and better to recoup and/or reinvest a lot of money before the player’s contract is up and is free to go anywhere. With some exceptions, clubs understand where they stand in global soccer’s pecking order and act accordingly."
a:Mike-Prada  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.08.31  w:1500  basketball  soccer  LeBron-James  Kyrie-Irving  from instapaper
13 days ago
David Fizdale speaks out about Civil War statues, civil rights issues in Memphis
"63 to 65 percent of our city is black. They have to see it all the time. This is for our people and our city. And my conscience. I don’t want to wake up when I’m 70 and have my kids say, 'What did you do when all this stuff happened?' I don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. I know there are people who say, 'Just coach.' I don’t hear them."
a:David-Aldridge  p:NBA  d:2017.09.04  w:2000  race  basketball  history  from instapaper
13 days ago
On Being Smaller
"It’s true that, when I decided to lose weight, this was what I wanted, to remake my body and to reap social rewards for doing so. (Compliments make me feel good! Don’t stop giving them to me!)"
a:Colin-Gillis  p:Los-Angeles-Review-of-Books/Avidly  d:2017.07.18  w:1500  health  food  from twitter
13 days ago
A river runs through it: the global movement to 'daylight' urban waterways
"Not all urban river restoration projects proceed with efficiency. In Wood Green, north London, the river Moselle was daylighted in 2013, slowly meandering through parkland before joining the river Lea in the east. But the resulting stench of human waste revealed the newly restored river as something of a health hazard – misconnections with sewage channels from many of the nearby housing estates choked the river with sewage fungus, a problem that Thames Water and the Environment Agency are still trying to tackle. 'In some ways it’s good that the project highlighted an existing problem which had been going on for years, contaminating the river below ground,' Broadhead says. 'But it’s also an important lesson; if you’re going to spend large amounts of money on daylighting a river, you need to check the water quality at the same time.'"
a:David-Cox  p:The-Guardian/Cities  d:2017.08.29  w:1500  nature  cities  engineering  environment  from instapaper
13 days ago
The U.S. should go Dutch to avoid building another Houston
"When authorities issue a flood warning, people tend to focus on escaping by moving out of the area — getting in cars and driving away. But it’s much easier, and often safer, to go up, rather than out. 'If you can flee to a higher floor and stay there for days, you will be safe,' says Frans van de Ven, an engineer at the Dutch institute Deltares who helped New Orleans design new flood-control plans after Hurricane Katrina. This works a lot better if the lights stay on, plumbing continues to work, and food in refrigerators stays fresh. So cities need to invest more to keep critical services above the water line, says van de Ven. If power plants and hospitals stay dry, electricity could continue to flow, and patients could be moved upstairs instead of out of town."
a:Nathanael-Johnson  p:Grist  d:2017.08.31  w:1500  housing  development  disaster  cities  insurance  from instapaper
14 days ago
What It Actually Costs to Open a Restaurant in San Francisco
"If the restaurant does not succeed, the hard truth is they will not get their money back. If it does, though, the investors stand to profit for as long as Robin is open — after they’ve recouped their investment, of course. Until they are fully paid back, 100 percent of profits go to them — a common financial arrangement for first-time restaurants like Robin. After that, those investors still collectively own 25 percent of the restaurant, and thus will continue to get 25 percent of the profits in perpetuity. If financial projections go according to plan, investors will have their money back in under three years."
a:Stefanie-Tuder  p:Eater★★  d:2017.06.27  w:6500  restaurants  bureaucracy  San-Francisco  from instapaper
14 days ago
Forceful Chief of Staff Grates on Trump, and the Feeling Is Mutual
"In his short time at the White House, Mr. Kelly, a 67-year-old native of Boston, has had the most significant impact of any of the campaign or White House aides who have worked for Mr. Trump, according to interviews with a dozen current and former Trump aides and associates. He has regimented, as no one has ever done before, the flow of paper, people and information inundating an omnivorous and undisciplined Mr. Trump. The president, for his part, has marveled at the installation of management controls that would have been considered routine in any other White House."
a:Glenn-Thrush  a:Maggie-Haberman★  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2017.09.01  w:1500  Donald-Trump  management 
15 days ago
Kobe: Friends can come and go, but banners hang forever
"There was one teammate that was just so bad. He was so bad. It was a player that you guys won’t even remember if I said who his name was. I can’t even pronounce his name. It was some European kid. But he was really, really bad. I said, ‘Dude, you might want to reconsider what your life purpose is. Maybe it’s not this.’ It came out that way. I was like, maybe 20-something years old, I don’t know, really young. You know how you think one thing in your head, like, ‘I’m going to say this, and it’s going to sound like this.’ Then it comes out and it’s like, ‘Oh, shit. That’s not what it sounds like.' That is not how I envisioned it coming out. No, I meant, maybe you’re not reaching your highest potential by doing this. Maybe it’s something else."
a:Baxter-Holmes  p:ESPN★★  d:2015.06.28  w:1500  basketball  friendship  from instapaper
15 days ago
This exhibit shows how you can build a high-rise out of…wood?
"Thermal efficiency means that mass timber can be more fire resistant than steel construction (much less stick construction). Sufficiently large wooden beams, like a giant log thrown onto a campfire, singe and char around the edges rather than suddenly bursting into flames. Flanagan says 'this might seem counterintuitive, but ash is a terrible conductor of heat. Therefore, the ash forms a protective layer' around the beam, prolonging its life. Steel, by contrast, conducts heat and loses strength even in lower-temperature fires -- which is why new wood buildings conceal the steel bolts that hold their beams together within the wood. Flanagan also notes that 'when fire protection people talk about fire resistance, they don’t mean you can just dust the ash off and put your stuff back' -- even in a concrete building, that’s not always true. They mean that it will not collapse" during an evacuation. Many steel or concrete buildings have lost structural integrity during a major fire and had to be demolished."
a:Payton-Chung  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.08.31  w:1000  architecture  environment  safety  from instapaper
17 days ago
Tampering or fair pursuit? 'Things get blurry all the time'
"If a team out there really wants to lure LeBron James in the summer of 2018, when he could potentially hit free agency, what would stop it from starting that process now? Multiple league sources suggested to ESPN that a major motivating factor in the Lakers' signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million deal this offseason was because Caldwell-Pope is repped by Rich Paul, the same agent as James. Now the Lakers can spend a year communicating with Paul, showing him how they run their organization, sharing meals, etc., and it will all be protected under the Caldwell-Pope prism, even if it could prove influential as to what James ultimately decides to do."
a:Dave-McMenamin  p:ESPN★★  d:2017.09.01  w:1000  basketball  LeBron-James  regulation  from instapaper
17 days ago
Kyrie Irving Is the New Kobe Bryant
"As far as I know, Kobe has no close NBA friends. And that’s all right! He’s one of the best players of all time and he shaped an entire generation of basketball fans and maintained a firm grip over Southern California’s collective psyche for more than a decade. He won over non-Californians by taking Brandy to her prom, being an incredible individual talent, playing in a huge market, and in his latter years, speaking with a frankness and cerebralness we rarely see from professional athletes. Kyrie is on this track now. Irving used this press conference to establish himself as a man of the world (the shape of it was not discussed), while he foreground his obsession with both getting better at basketball and watching videos of himself."
a:Juliet-Litman  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.09.01  w:500  basketball  Kyrie-Irving  from iphone
17 days ago
"A Bell Tolling"
"If you had to rank the kids, Charlie’s always last. Nobody gives a shit about Charlie and his stupid cabbage-eating fucking bed family."
a:Julie-Klausner★★  p:How-Was-Your-Week?★★  d:2017.07.24  podcast  film  from twitter
18 days ago
S7E7: The Dragon and the Wolf
"Come ON! Can somebody please defend the fucking Realm, for god’s sakes? It’s n
ot just blowing your horn and jackin' off."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  a:Mallory-Rubin  p:The-Ringer/Binge-Mode★★★  d:2017.08.31  podcast  Game-of-Thrones  from twitter
18 days ago
Our Long Cavaliers-Celtics Trade Nightmare Is Over
"Koby Altman may be the latest person to call himself Cleveland Cavaliers general manager—the fourth in the past 12 years since Dan Gilbert bought the team—but multiple sources have told me that the Cavs owner was the one calling the shots on the trade that sent Irving to Boston, and he’s the one dealing with the fallout. Gilbert’s dysfunctional ways are old news. Gilbert himself joked during Altman’s introductory presser that his GMs have four-year presidential terms. 'A state of organizational chaos is Gilbert’s M.O.,' one executive told me. 'Gilbert thinks he’s the protagonist in the story of the Cavaliers, when, in reality, he’s the antagonist.'"
a:Kevin-O'Connor  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.30  w:2000  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  from instapaper
18 days ago
In which Much remains Unheard Of
"Sorry, I started singing to myself when I sensed you growing excited."
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.08.25  comic  podcasts  from iphone
19 days ago
Kinds of Rich I’d Like My Future Family to Be
"'We always get the same breed of dog' rich
'All of the family cars are interchangeable' rich
'My kids have to petition very hard to quit fencing' rich"
a:Adam-Rotstein  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.08.30  list  family  class  dogs  cars  children  from iphone
19 days ago
Each Game of Thrones character's season 7 strategy, ranked by political science
"Later in the season, after losing most of her main allies, she became obsessed with winning Jon’s loyalty — leading to the precise opposite problem. She put her dragons at too much risk, sending them to rescue Jon in a situation where the enemy’s military capability was not well known. She managed to save Jon and win his loyalty, just as Lyall’s theory would predict — but also handed a weapon of mass destruction to a power bent on literally extinguishing all human life. This was revisionism at its most incompetent."
a:Zack-Beauchamp  p:Vox★★  d:2017.08.28  w:3500  list  Game-of-Thrones  politics  military  strategy  power  from instapaper
19 days ago
A Bit Light-Headed, He Was
"So which hospital do you want me to take you to?"
"Oh, no, I need a ride to the store to get another lemon for the left."
a:David-Malki  p:Wondermark  d:2017.08.22  comic  health  from iphone
20 days ago
What’s so great about the Purple Line, anyway?
"Metro helped make 14th Street a nightlife destination. It turned Arlington into an economic powerhouse. It transformed Merrifield’s warehouses into townhouses. Those changes weren’t guaranteed, but as a region we took the risk and it paid off. We’re poised to do the same thing for a new generation of neighborhoods along the Purple Line."
a:Dan-Reed  p:Greater-Greater-Washington★★  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  Washington-Metro  public-transit  future  from twitter
20 days ago
How to Successfully Pack Wine in Your Suitcase
"If you love wine and you travel, chances are you’re going to have to transport wine in your checked luggage one day. Whether you’re bringing home a bottle you didn’t end up drinking on vacation, or you’ve realized it’s going to cost three times the amount of the wine to ship it back home, here’s how to get them into your suitcase and safely off the carousel all in one piece."
a:Marissa-A-Ross  p:Bon-Appetit  d:2017.08.29  w:1000  instructional  travel  wine  reference  from twitter
20 days ago
Presidential Signing Statements Are Declining, But Why?
"Presidents issue signing statements for many reasons, such as to influence how a law’s text is interpreted, or to impact how an agency implements a portion of a law. But presidents can advance these goals through other means, suggesting that presidential *actions* rather than signing statements are where the real focus should be. For example, presidents can use surrogates or speeches to air any objections to a particular law, and they can use tools like SAPs or even internal communications to agencies to influence how a law’s text is interpreted and implemented. Of course, the most intense debates surrounding signing statements arise when presidents use them to lodge constitutional objections to portions of a law that they don’t otherwise want to veto in totality, and it remains a controversial question whether presidents can merely decline to enforce parts or all of a law they view as unconstitutional. But even in these cases signing statements themselves take a back seat to the president’s actual on-the-ground actions."
a:C-Jarrett-Dieterle  a:Megha-Bhattacharya  p:R-Street-Institute  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  law  Donald-Trump  Barack-Obama  George-W-Bush  from instapaper
20 days ago
Welcome to Corn Cob Season
"So far, the lingo has stayed on Twitter, which means it’s not really mainstream, as most people living on this planet do not use Twitter. The least popular of the major social networks is a verbal chamberpot for journalists, pundits, comedians, marketing professionals, Nazis, Aaron Sorkin–themed parody accounts, brands, ISIS, activists, leftist podcasters, spambots, people who are mad at airlines, and the president of the United States."
a:Kate-Knibbs  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.28  w:1000  Twitter  language  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
20 days ago
The VIP Lounge with Anthony Bourdain
"Don’t go anywhere the concierge suggests. Experience has taught me, that no matter how hard you maintain that you want a real and authentic local experience, what you really want is a clean bathroom and to feel comfortable. So they’re going to send you someplace where there are other Americans."
a:Juliet-Pennington  a:Anthony-Bourdain  p:Boston-Globe  d:2017.08.10  w:1000  interview  instructional  travel  restaurants  from instapaper
20 days ago
Is the Milk Bar the New Bar Bar?
"An employee operates the vat's single nozzle, pouring the milk into jerry cans or buckets, which are priced by liter and available for take-home consumption. Milk Zone also offers its creamy white stuff by the glass, and that's where the real business is—Rwandans of all ages are now flocking to Milk Zones in droves, gathering for what has become something of a new urban ritual: the social practice of a shared glass of milk. 'You can say to someone, let's go and get a milk, it's fresh from the village.'"
a:Debra-Kamin  p:VICE/Munchies★  d:2017.08.14  w:1000  food  nutrition  from instapaper
20 days ago
The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Exit Survey
"Let’s review that mission beyond the Wall now that the ice has cleared. At the end of the day, Team Living received important information, proof of the army of the dead, and Jaime Lannister’s allegiance. In exchange, Team Dead received one ice dragon, safe passage into Westeros, continued assurance that the living are content to squabble amongst themselves, plus cash and unlimited future dead draft picks. The Night King won this season."
a:Mallory-Rubin  a:Paolo-Uggetti  a:Ben-Lindbergh  a:Andrew-Gruttadaro  a:Sean-Yoo  a:Zach-Mack  a:Kate-Knibbs  a:Michael-Baumann  a:Danny-Heifetz  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.28  w:3000  Game-of-Thrones  from twitter
21 days ago
Facebook Figured Out My Family Secrets, And It Won't Tell Me How
"These friend suggestions go far beyond mundane linking of schoolmates or colleagues. Over the years, I’d been told many weird stories about them, such as when a psychiatrist told me that her patients were being recommended to one another, indirectly outing their medical issues. What makes the results so unsettling is the range of data sources—location information, activity on other apps, facial recognition on photographs—that Facebook has at its disposal to cross-check its users against one another, in the hopes of keeping them more deeply attached to the site. People generally are aware that Facebook is keeping tabs on who they are and how they use the network, but the depth and persistence of that monitoring is hard to grasp. And People You May Know, or 'PYMK' in the company’s internal shorthand, is a black box."
a:Kashmir-Hill  p:Gizmodo★  d:2017.08.25  w:1500  family  Facebook  privacy  from instapaper
23 days ago
Fire and Dice
"Commercial ventilation systems require 'fire dampers' at regular intervals—a large metal panel held open by a piece known as a fusible link. The link has a low melting point, which breaks in the heat of a fire and slams the trap door shut to prevent smoke from circulating into the ventilation system. In the MGM Grand, all of the fire dampers on the lower levels had been improperly installed, and the ones over the casino in particular had been permanently bolted open by workers who either didn’t know their purpose or simply found them inconvenient. The links melted, but the dampers stayed open."
a:Jennifer-Noonan  p:Damn-Interesting  d:2017.06  w:4500  disaster  Las-Vegas  engineering  regulation  from instapaper
23 days ago
George R.R. Martin Is the Real Winner of Season 7 of ‘Game of Thrones’
"Two months ago it looked like Martin had lost control of his life’s work, upstaged by a televised series that had made him wealthy and famous but also one of the most mocked and pitied people in the literary world. Fast-forward six episodes, though—which Martin, whose recent public output consists of modeling hats, claims he hasn’t watched—and the conversation surrounding the Westeros world-builder has changed. For the first time since the show’s narrative progress surpassed that of the books, Martin seems like the true steward of the story and the best hope for a fully satisfying resolution. As we wait for Sunday’s HBO finale, Martin has been the biggest winner of a spotty Season 7."
a:Ben-Lindbergh★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.24  w:1500  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
24 days ago
How Danny Ainge took the Celtics from Paul Pierce to Kyrie Irving in 5 trades
"The move brings Irving — a bonafide offensive superstar, NBA champion, four-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist — to Boston at the tender age of 25 years old. But this summer’s biggest trade didn’t happen overnight. Rather, it’s the product of more than four year’s worth of wheeling and dealing from Celtics general manager Danny Ainge."
a:Kristian-Winfield  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.08.23  w:1000  basketball  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  from instapaper
24 days ago
Cavaliers GM Koby Altman makes a strong move in trading Kyrie Irving
"It wouldn’t be surprising if Altman hasn’t been in the public eye much in Cleveland since becoming general manager. But if Cavaliers fans see him on East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland finally relaxing, Altman is certainly deserving of a tip of the cap and a complimentary beverage of some sort after making the best of an NBA nightmare during his first month on the job."
a:Marc-J-Spears  p:The-Undefeated  d:2017.08.23  w:1000  Cavs  Kyrie-Irving  LeBron-James  Isaiah-Thomas  from instapaper
24 days ago
12 very serious questions about the Kyrie Irving for Klay Thompson trade rumor
"Will Klay stay with the Warriors forever? Can I still imagine him on his own team?
His contract is up in 2019, at which point he’ll need to decide if he enjoys being a key cog for a historically great team or wants the new challenge of being the face of a not-as-good team. Given the Warriors’ high payroll in the future, it’s a looming question that could break up the best top four in NBA history."
a:Mike-Prada  p:SB-Nation★  d:2107.08.23  w:500  Kyrie-Irving  basketball  from instapaper
24 days ago
This Guy Was Suspended From Twitter After He Sexually Harassed Tony The Tiger
"Boivin added that he was unaware that sexually harassing Tony the Tiger was a meme among furries."
a:Ryan-Broderick  p:BuzzFeed★★  d:2017.08.23  w:500  Twitter  sex  from twitter
26 days ago
'Link in Bio' Keeps Instagram Nice
"what is on the web right now is, more or less, politics. The Trump era has meant that Americans are talking about politics perpetually, endlessly, circuitously, directly, boringly, excitedly. Given the circumstances and stakes, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But as 'the conversation' goes, so follows the content, bucketing arguments, relating to your feelings, connecting popular culture with political theater. I don’t know anyone who isn’t exhausted, at least some of the time. Then there is Instagram, where the documentation that life goes on doesn’t feel out of place. Like a recipe book written in 1944, Instagram declares: Still gotta eat! Like sunset pics from 1968: Still the world turns!"
a:Alexis-Madrigal★  p:The-Atlantic★★  d:2017.08.23  w:1000  Instapaper  social-media  politics  Twitter  Facebook  Donald-Trump  from instapaper
26 days ago
Does This Restaurant Pay Its Employees $500 for Spotting a Food Critic?
"Recognition of all types of guests is a defining characteristic of our service program at Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants. The importance of recognition of our guests—from food critics, to members of Congress, to our investors, to VIP Club members, to first time diners—and their mood and preferences, permeates every aspect of our service culture. We review guest preferences in daily pre-shift briefings. We require our service teams to collect and record preferences they observe during service. We expect that our teams (including our chefs) recognize guests and address them by name. We provide photos and names of all types of guests—our regulars, VIP Club members, investors, media, political figures, and food critics—to our teams and we ask them to memorize them. We include photo identification of all these categories of guests on a rotating basis in our weekly quizzes."
a:Laura-Hayes  p:Washington-City-Paper★★  d:2017.08.23  w:500  restaurants  DC  from instapaper
26 days ago
Ask the Maester: How Many Night Kings Have There Been?
"There is no evidence anywhere that Faceless Men can steal faces from a living subject. The 'non-dead face swap' is not a thing. That doesn’t mean that the show won’t make it a thing. The scene in which Littlefinger tries to convince Sansa to use Brienne against Arya is strange. There’s none of the usual Littlefinger reaction shots, and he doesn’t say anything particularly insightful or, interestingly, anything that Arya wouldn’t know. It’s almost as if the show is trying to set up the suspicion that Arya is posing as Littlefinger in an attempt to get her to admit to betraying—or wanting to betray—Jon. And when Sansa (foolishly!) sends Brienne south, under this reading of the scene that would mean she 'passed' Arya’s test, thus allowing the sisters to team up and take down Littlefinger. Again, there is no indication that 'non-dead face swapping' is possible. But, man, weird scene."
a:Jason-Concepcion★★★  p:The-Ringer★★  d:2017.08.22  w:2500  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
26 days ago
The Celtics used their last Nets pick on Kyrie Irving, for better or worse
"There are a few caveats here. Thomas is three years older than Irving, has one year left on his contract, and is due for a big raise. He’s also coming off a tricky hip injury that may hinder his ability to maintain his star-level form. Regardless, the Cavs are not on the same timetable as the Celtics and even if Thomas has shown us the best of what he has, this is still a worthy haul for Irving. At the very least they can enjoy life in possession of the last remaining Nets pick. (It really is a fun thing to have around.)"
a:Paul-Flannery  p:SB-Nation★  d:2017.08.23  w:1000  basketball  Kyrie-Irving  Cavs  from instapaper
26 days ago
Game of Thrones season 7: we have 27 questions about the White Walker battle in “Beyond the Wall”
"How was Gendry able to run all the way to Eastwatch, however far that was, in what appears to be record time? While we’re at it, how did Gendry even know *where* to run after fresh snow wiped out Jon and co.’s tracks, especially since Gendry had never even experienced snow before, period?"
a:Alex-Abad-Santos★  a:Dylan-Matthews  a:Caroline-Framke  p:Vox★★  d:2017.08.23  w:1000  list  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
27 days ago
Game of Thrones has become a terrible show
"Game of Thrones has been coasting for some time now on two related strands of viewer goodwill. The first is that people will overlook plenty if the battle looks cool enough. The second is that viewers credit the show with complexity it no longer has, based on their memories of its better, more interesting early seasons. I'll take this last point slightly further: The series' past is functionally an antidote to the absurdist mediocrity of its present. Each time Tyrion or Jon Snow proposed some new nonsensical caper this season, I reminded myself that the series wasn't always like this. It once gave us this extraordinary scene between Cersei and Robert. It carefully addressed effects to causes; if it gave us Robb's youthful, wrongheaded hubris and Catelyn's penchant for seizing the initiative, *it also punished them for it*."
a:Lili-Loofbourow  p:The-Week  d:2017.08.22  w:1000  Game-of-Thrones  from instapaper
27 days ago
We’re Standing Up to President Trump with Half-Priced Flatbreads Until 5 PM
"Our team thought carefully about how we could make the biggest impact. Donating leftover food to reduce waste? Paying our staff a living wage? Something with veterans? But no, ultimately, we realized we would be derelict in our duty if we did anything short of offering a generous discount on each and every one of our artisanal flatbreads. You can also spread the word about how you’re helping us take a stand. Make sure to check in on your favorite social media platform and post about your dining/resisting experience with an activist hashtag, like #LoveTrufflesHate, #GarlicKnotMyPresident, or #NeverthelessSheProsciuttoed."
a:Jonathan-Baude  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.08.17  w:500  satire  Donald-Trump  restaurants  social-media  from instapaper
27 days ago
I’m a Moderate, Sane Republican Who is Very Concerned With Grand Chancellor Trump’s Demand to Be Bathed In the Blood of the Impure
"Today I, along with my Republican colleagues at the Imperial Figurehead Parliament say this in the strongest terms: America is not about extracting the blood of the Underlings in order to cleanse our country and attain eternal life for the Chosen. America, and the Republican Party, is a place where all — Underling and white alike — should have domain over their own blood. Grand Chancellor Trump should *not* be demanding the blood of the impure."
a:Mike-Skerrett  p:McSweeney's★★  d:2017.08.17  w:500  satire  Republicans  Donald-Trump  from iphone
27 days ago
Why Even the Hyperloop Probably Wouldn’t Change Your Commute Time
"The hyperloop is a wild hypothetical. But Mr. Ausubel’s point stands on two related patterns from history. When you give people greater speed, they don’t use it to save time; they use it to consume more space. As a result, cities have spread outward as transportation technology has evolved. Horse-drawn carriages enlarged pedestrian towns. Streetcars enabled streetcar suburbs. Highways made exurbia possible. What, then, will cities look like with true high-speed rail, or autonomous cars, or even the hyperloop? What happens when 30 minutes of time buys you not two miles, or 10, but 200?"
a:Emily-Badger★  p:The-New-York-Times/The-Upshot★  d:2017.08.10  w:1500  work  traffic-congestion  time  cities  future  self-driving-cars  Hyperloop  from instapaper
28 days ago
Visualize the Path of the Eclipse With Live Traffic Data
"Once the eclipse began to wane, armchair cosmologists began heading home in droves, creating a remarkable traffic pattern that almost perfectly reflects the Path of Totality. The weekend likely acted as a buffer for incoming eclipse traffic, allowing for a slow, steady trickle of spectators. But with long drives ahead and work tomorrow, many of them apparently hopped back into their cars immediately after the sun reemerged."
a:Benjamin-Schneider  p:The-Atlantic/CityLab★★  d:2017.08.21  w:500  visualization  traffic-congestion  space  from iphone
28 days ago
"Can I have mineral rights?"
"I suppose?"
"Mineral rights extending as deep as I like, all the way down to the core, in the shape of an enormous spike?"
"I don't see it coming up."
a:Zach-Weinersmith★★★  p:Saturday-Morning-Breakfast-Cereal★★★  d:2017.08.04  comic  agriculture  from iphone
28 days ago
Editorial: California must summon will to meet housing crisis
"For a complicated policy problem, the California housing crisis can be explained simply: People want to live in California, and Californians don’t want them to. A powerhouse economy, along with a forgiving climate and other less tangible attractions, has sustained high demand for California housing across the decades. But the state’s residents and their elected representatives have collectively engineered an equally impressive suppression of the housing supply that, particularly in the Bay Area and coastal Southern California, has only deepened in recent years."
p:San-Francisco-Chronicle  d:2017.08.18  w:1500  housing  California  regulation  from iphone
28 days ago
The Shelf Life of John Mackey
"As he stepped off the American Airlines flight at JFK (Whole Foods doesn’t own a jet, and Mackey flies coach), his phone lit up with urgent text messages and voice mails. A hedge fund in New York called Jana Partners had snatched up almost 9 percent of Whole Foods’ stock and announced that it would pressure the company to either overhaul its business or sell itself—perhaps to another grocery giant, such as Kroger, or to a less traditional player, such as Amazon. Mackey and other leaders might have to be replaced. A media frenzy ensued, and the PR team who had carefully staged what should have been a traveling celebration of their boss as a thought leader shifted into immediate crisis mode. 'From that moment on, I was drowning in it,' Mackey says, 'including when I got to Goldman Sachs. The CEO of Goldman [Lloyd Blankfein] wanted to meet with me because, of course'—he adopts a sardonic tone, a tic that tends to make his handlers stiffen up—'"Goldman Sachs would love to represent you. If you guys are going to be sold, we’d love to make one hundred million dollars doing that. Don’t forget your buddies at Goldman Sachs!"' (A spokesperson for Goldman says no such meeting occurred.)"
a:Tom-Foster  p:Texas-Monthly  d:2017.06.15  w:8500  retail  Whole-Foods  business  from twitter
28 days ago
Pornhub Is the Kinsey Report of Our Time
"Sometimes a sexual meme’s rise can have as much to do with curiosity as with libido — but will end up with real staying power. Such may be the case with cuckolding, a fetish genre in which a man watches his wife have sex with another man as a means of emasculation. 'Every month, 1.75 million people search some variation of "cuckold", "cuck", or "cucked" on Pornhub,' the Pornhub Insights blog observed last year, when 'cuck' crossed into politics as an alt-right insult designed to emasculate right-wing moderates. But whereas other news-driven search terms will spike in popularity when the public first finds out about them, then drop back to their previous baseline, cuck porn hasn’t dropped all the way back down. Sometimes you don’t know you’re into that thing until you stumble across it after listening to The Rush Limbaugh Show — and then you can’t let go."
a:Maureen-O'Connor  p:New-York-Magazine/The-Cut★  d:2017.06.11  w:5500  pornography  sex  web  data-mining  from instapaper
28 days ago
Yes, We Ken
"Mattel has spent the better part of six decades teaching children that Barbie and Ken are white; that Barbie and Ken are sculpted like Hellenistic statues, only pornier, despite lacking genitals; that Barbie and Ken have friends—that some of their best imaginary friends are black—but that at the end of the day those friends are not quite A-list superstars like Barbie and Ken. But a few years ago, sales started to tumble. Millennial moms declared Barbie out of sync with their values. Suddenly incentivized to embrace au courant inclusivity, the toymaker had two choices: upend the entire Barbie universe by promoting all her friends to equal status or keep Barbie and Ken at the center of it and just make everyone—regardless of race, shape, or hairstyle—Barbie and Ken. Think of this strategy as the ice-cream-ization of Barbie. There are an infinite number of flavors, but we refer to them all by the same general name; 'ice cream' isn’t necessarily vanilla—and neither is Barbie’s boyfriend."
a:Caity-Weaver★★  p:GQ★★  d:2017.06.20  w:4000  children  gender  race  from instapaper
28 days ago
On North Carolina's Outer Banks, A Preview Of What Might Be In Store For Mass. Barrier Beaches
"'These beaches are doomed,' says Orrin Pilkey, a professor at Duke University and an octogenarian prophet. 'The buildings are doomed too.' Traveling through a shanty town of triple-decker McMansions on stilts, motels and condos too close to the sea, we stop in the town of Nags Head. Pilkey predicts catastrophe in vacationland. 'The future is one of retreat,' Pilkey says. 'It’s the only way to save the beach. It’s the only way to save the buildings.'"
a:David-Boeri  p:WBUR  d:2017.08.09  w:1500  nature  future  climate-change  engineering  from instapaper
28 days ago
Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now
"Look, I'm as vulnerable to big-city big-school big-firm lawyer attitudes as anyone. But over my career, especially in criminal cases, I've seen judges in courts that big-city people would call 'rural' or 'remote' or 'conservative' give my clients some of the most thorough, prepared, thoughtful treatment I've seen in any court. I've learned, often happily, not to make such assumptions."
a:Ken-White★★  p:Popehat★★  d:2017.08.11  w:1500  law  from instapaper
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