Corporate Japan struggles to scale up as longevity limits dynamism - Nikkei Asian Review
A variety of factors are a drag on the growth of Japanese companies compared with international rivals. These include a slumping domestic economy, slow progress on deregulation, failure to seize opportunities in online business, conservative mindsets among executives, and a lack of talent in cross-border business -- something due partly to a lack of personnel with foreign-language skills.
economy  review  stagnation  Japan  Nikkei  2018 
19 hours ago
The NRA's latest budget cut: the office coffee — Quartz at Work
It turns out the cutback is merely the latest piece of evidence that the NRA is short on cash. In what gun-regulation advocates will read as a hopeful sign, membership fees were reportedly down by $35 million in 2017, and total assets dropped from $217 million to $196 million.
NRA  guns  guncontrol  decline  revenues  Quartz  2018 
20 hours ago
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis - The New York Times
When Facebook users learned last spring that the company had compromised their privacy in its rush to expand, allowing access to the personal information of tens of millions of people to a political data firm linked to President Trump, Facebook sought to deflect blame and mask the extent of the problem.

And when that failed — as the company’s stock price plummeted and it faced a consumer backlash — Facebook went on the attack.

While Mr. Zuckerberg has conducted a public apology tour in the last year, Ms. Sandberg has overseen an aggressive lobbying campaign to combat Facebook’s critics, shift public anger toward rival companies and ward off damaging regulation. Facebook employed a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros. It also tapped its business relationships, lobbying a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.
Facebook  fakenews  socialmedia  critique  lobbying  MarkZuckerberg  SherylSandberg  NYTimes  2018 
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Why We're Investigating Extreme Politics in Underground Music
We hope to discover why some people think it acceptable to wear a Burzum or Death in June t-shirt in public, when they would never dream of wearing of wearing the slogans of a White Nationalist organisation, or a far right political party; and we hope to understand why it might have been OK for Siouxsie Sioux to wear a swastika armband in 1976, but Christine and the Queens probably wouldn’t get away with it now (nor, presumably, would she want to).
music  culture  fascism  ThrobbingGristle  DavidBowie  JoyDivision  TheQuietus  2018 
As fake news flourishes, the UK's fact-checkers are turning to automation to compete | WIRED UK
Speed is everything in a post-truth world of alternative facts, online propaganda and political lies. Full Fact, the UK's fact-checkers, are increasingly relying on technology to tackle counter-narratives
journalism  webjournalism  factchecking  FullFact  politics  UK  Wired  2018 
2 days ago
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.
sex  relationships  trends  Millennials  teenagers  decline  review  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
3 days ago
Will Stanich's Ever Reopen? Why America's Best Burger Spot Closed Down - Thrillist
And that fact is the thing I can’t quite get past. That a decision I made for a list I put on the internet has impacted a family business and forever altered its future. That I have changed family dynamics and relationships. And it could very easily happen again.
Stanichs  food  restaurants  socialmedia  fomo  Thrillist  2018 
4 days ago
How Podcasts Became a Seductive—and Sometimes Slippery—Mode of Storytelling  | The New Yorker
Podcasting is a peculiarly intimate medium. Usually transmitted through headphones to a solitary listener, or played over the car stereo during a commute, an audio narrative can be immersive in a way that a radio playing in the background in a kitchen rarely is. Podcasts are designed to take up time, rather than to be checked, scanned, and rushed through: they are for those moments when you can’t be scrolling on your phone. For a digital medium, podcasts are unusual in their commitment to a slow build, and to a sensual atmosphere.
podcast  review  profile  media  PineappleStreetMedia  NewYorker  2018 
6 days ago
Apple’s Social Network – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Third, starting with the December quarter, we will no longer be providing unit sales data for iPhone, iPad and Mac. As we have stated many times, our objective is to make great products and services that enrich people’s lives, and to provide an unparalleled customer experience so that our users are highly satisfied, loyal and engaged.
Apple  strategy  revenues  results  profitability  ARPU  Stratechery  2018 
6 days ago
How to explain Jacob Rees-Mogg? Start with his father's books | Books | The Guardian
William Rees-Mogg wrote the prophetic The Sovereign Individual and had views on capitalism and chaos that have fascinating links to his son’s enthusiasm for Brexit
WilliamReesMogg  JacobReesMogg  politics  Brexit  Conservatives  UK  Guardian  2018 
10 days ago
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. - The New York Times
For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored
the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful
indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized.
AltRight  terrorism  racism  extremism  politics  justice  review  critique  USA  NYTimes  2018 
15 days ago
Vietnam's trade makes it the world's most globalized economy — Quartz
Vietnam’s exceptionally globalized economy is a result of its focus on exports for economic growth. Like China before it, communist-run Vietnam has opened up its cheap labor market to foreign investors and become a hub for low-cost manufacturing. The country is now a major exporter of electronics and apparel, with the United States and China as the main destinations for its goods. In order to make those goods, Vietnam is a major importer of machine parts and natural resources from South Korea and China.
trade  globalisation  comparison  Vietnam  Quartz  2018 
15 days ago
12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote
More than half of American adults plan to cast ballots in November, but only a third of people ages 18 to 29 say they will. Here, 12 young adults on why they probably won’t vote.
democracy  millennials  personalaccount  disillusionment  apathy  politics  USA  NYMag  2018 
18 days ago
The Future of Infidelity Is Female – The New New – Medium
“The gender gap in adultery is closing, and it’s not just about opportunity and possibility… Women now are more inclined to demand to have all their needs met.”
relationships  women  monogamy  infidelity  trends  TheNewNew  Medium  2018 
18 days ago
How Netflix and the streaming wars create income inequality
“I had a conversation with friends the other day, and we were like, man, it’d be nice to stop doing this,” Allison says, laughing. “If only there was anything else to do.”
television  film  Netflix  streamingmedia  employment  middleclass  review  bifurcation  decline  Hollywood  FastCompany  2018 
18 days ago
My Father Says He’s a ‘Targeted Individual.’ Maybe We All Are | WIRED
Sound familiar? Many who hear the TI stories of surveillance and manipulation dismiss them as mere delusion. But we have created machines that track our every move, that beam thoughts into our heads. Were the targeted individuals America's prophets all along?
surveillance  paranoia  schizophrenia  comparison  analogy  Facebook  data  review  critique  personalaccount  Wired  2018 
18 days ago
‘Silence Is Health’: How Totalitarianism Arrives | by Uki Goñi | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
For those who cherish democracy, it is necessary to comprehend the secret delight with which many greeted its passing. A quick fix to the insurgency seemed infinitely preferable to plodding investigations, piecemeal arrests, and case-by-case lawful trials. Whipped up by the irrational fear of a communist takeover, this impatience won the day. And once Argentina had accepted the necessity for a single, absolute solution, the killing could begin.
totalitarianism  history  fascism  normalisation  Argentina  NYReviewofBooks  2018 
19 days ago
What happened when migrants moved into my family’s Sicilian village | World news | The Guardian
Refugees are breathing vibrant new life into the dying home town of Lorenzo Tondo’s father-in-law. If only Italy’s ascendant rightwingers saw it that way
refugees  migration  personalaccount  Sicily  Italy  Guardian  2018 
19 days ago
Why Are Americans Still Uncomfortable with Atheism? | The New Yorker
Such discrimination is both a cause and an effect of the crude way in which we parse belief, which has barely changed since Daniel Seeger completed his C.O. application: check “Yes” and endless questions follow; check “No” and the questioning ends. Lack of belief in God is still too often taken to mean the absence of any other meaningful moral beliefs, and that has made atheists an easy minority to revile. This is especially true in America, where an insistence on the idea that we are a Christian nation has tied patriotism to religiosity, leading to such strange paroxysms as the one produced by President Trump at last year’s Values Voter Summit: “In America, we don’t worship government—we worship God.”
atheism  religion  culture  history  review  USA  NewYorker  2018 
21 days ago
What I Learned From Making Hot Sauce at Scale – Jenny Gao – Medium
I set out to create the first line of all-natural, deeply flavorful Chinese condiments. Getting there was harder than I anticipated.
hotsauce  manufacturing  startup  personalaccount  Medium  2018 
21 days ago
China Is the Climate-Change Battleground - Bloomberg
This leads to a painful but inescapable truth -- no matter how much they spend, no matter how dramatically they change their societies, the U.S. and Europe won’t be able to put much of a dent in global warming on their own. Yes, the U.S. should ban coal power, tax carbon heavily and spend lots of money on building green energy infrastructure. But without a huge change in China, none of that will matter -- the battle against climate change will be lost.
climatechange  globalwarming  review  impact  China  internationalrelations  Bloomberg  2018 
21 days ago
How Ukraine’s Never Ending Transition Makes the Rich Richer and Everyone Else Poorer
Hellman argued that countries may get stuck in transition exactly because reforms create a powerful constituency that benefits from being stuck. This constituency resists fully transitioning to the market economy, supports inconclusive “cautious and slow” reforms, and is supportive of new reforms.
economy  corruption  oligarchs  transition  review  critique  Ukraine  AtlanticCouncil  2018 
22 days ago
Can BBC Informer finally subvert the Muslim stereotype problem on TV? | Television & radio | The Guardian
From oppressed wives to crazed jihadists, TV’s Islamophobia is rife. Nabhaan Rizwan stars in the new BBC thriller hoping to change the narrative
television  Islamophobia  racism  SouthAsian  Informer  NabhaanRizwan  review  Guardian  2018 
4 weeks ago
Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? | The New Yorker
Silicon Valley was built on job-hopping. But when a leader of Google’s self-driving-car unit joined Uber, Google filed suit. Now the Feds are on the case.
Uber  Waymo  intellectualproperty  SiliconValley  AnthonyLevandowski  NewYorker  2018 
4 weeks ago
High society: El Alto, Bolivia, steps into the spotlight | Travel | The Guardian
After landing at El Alto, canny travellers don’t go straight to La Paz but soak up the exuberant architecture, culture and women’s projects of Bolivia’s second city
guide  tourist  ElAlto  Bolivia  Guardian  2018 
4 weeks ago
What next for photography in the age of Instagram? | Art and design | The Guardian
In our image-propelled social media era, some photographers fear for the future of the art, while others are galvanised by it. As technology increasingly shapes how we see and share the world, how is photography changing in response?
photography  trends  culture  socialmedia  Instagram  review  Guardian  2018 
4 weeks ago
Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem - The Atlantic
The platform has cast itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users argue harassment is rampant, and employees say efforts to stem it aren’t funded well or prioritized.
Instagram  socialmedia  harassment  abuse  review  critique  TheAtlantic  2018 
4 weeks ago
Building Community in Booming Durham, North Carolina - CityLab
But building community, I’ve found, is not like building a house. Or, more accurately, it’s like building a house with a bunch of partners using different blueprints, while others are disassembling the foundation and yet others have confiscated some of the tools.
community  gentrification  housing  culture  profile  Durham  USA  CityLab  TheAtlantic  2018 
4 weeks ago
Reader payments now make up 12 percent of The Guardian’s revenue - Digiday
The Guardian now gets more revenue from consumers than from advertising. More than 900,000 people pay it through a combination of membership, recurring contributions, print and digital subscriptions and one-off contributions, accounting for 12 percent of the publisher’s total revenue.
Guardian  revenues  subscription  webjournalism  newspapers  review  advocacy  Digiday  2018 
4 weeks ago
Inside the Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings | WIRED
Want to become a police officer, firefighter, or paramedic? A WIRED investigation finds government jobs are one of the last holdouts in using—and misusing—otherwise debunked polygraph technology.

truth  polygraph  liedetector  review  critique  Wired  2018 
4 weeks ago
Behind the scenes at London Underground’s Bank tube station upgrade | IanVisits
The cramped maze of tunnels that make up Bank tube station are about to change, as a set of huge new tunnels are being dug next to the Northern line that will transform the amount of space deep underground.
LondonUnderground  transport  infrastructure  Bank  development  civilengineering  London  IanVisits  2018 
4 weeks ago
How WeChat faded into the silence in India | FactorDaily
“There’s a term called internationalisation of a product, which is loosely used in China to translate the product to English and make it ready for users in another country. But at its core, it is a product envisaged and designed by people in China for the China market,” says the former WeChat executive, citing it as the main reason for WeChat’s failure in India.
WeChat  decline  mobilemessaging  localisation  India  consumer  FactorDaily  2018 
4 weeks ago
Android: The word Google didn't say during the Pixel 3 event - 9to5Google
“Android” wasn’t said a single time during the Made by Google 2018 keynote. It marks the first time ever that Google has held a public-facing hardware event like this — since the introduction of the operating system in 2008 — without at least mentioning it by name.
Android  mobileoperatingsystems  brand  Google  positioning  9to5Google  2018 
5 weeks ago
Kombucha: can the fermented drink compete with beer at the bar? | Food | The Guardian
The health beverage has already made the leap from health store to cafes – and now it’s on offer in pubs as an alternative to booze
Kombucha  drinks  trends  growth  UK  Guardian  2018 
5 weeks ago
The brilliant Pret a Manger marketing con we want to fall for | Felicity Lawrence | Opinion | The Guardian
So if the Pret marketing operation is a con, it is a con we want to fall for because our budgets are limited, our time is short, and because shopping defensively, with a list of environmental and health worries, is wearisome. We would rather not think about what it actually takes to supply a chain of over 500 shops at those sort of prices.
Pret  food  marketing  advertising  honesty  critique  Guardian  2018 
5 weeks ago
Economic Brief, October 2018, No. 18-10 - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Inequality in the United States has an important spatial component. More-skilled workers tend to live in larger cities where they earn higher wages. Less-skilled workers make lower wages and do not experience similar gains even when they live in those cities. This dynamic implies that larger cities are also more unequal. These relationships appear to have become more pronounced as inequality has increased. The evidence points to externalities among high-skilled workers as a significant contributor to those patterns.
cities  income  incomeinequality  size  population  USA  research  FederalReserveBankofRichmond  2018 
5 weeks ago
globalinequality: Democracy of convenience, not of choice: why is Eastern Europe different
Their histories are practically nothing but unending struggles for national and religious emancipation (when the religion of the conqueror differed from theirs, as in the case of Ottomans and the Orthodox, or as between Catholics and Protestants).  National emancipation meant the creation of a nation-state that would ideally include all members of one’s community. Of course, none of the nations were averse, when given half a chance, to convert themselves into the rulers of other weaker neighboring states—so there was no valid ethical superiority they had compared to the empires that ruled, and often oppressed, them. The line between the oppressed and the oppressor was always thin.  
migration  immigration  xenophobia  nationalism  history  review  EasternEurope  Poland  Ukraine  CzechRepublic  Slovakia  Slovenia  Greece  Hungary  Lithuania  Croatia  Serbia  Albania  Kosovo  Estonia  Latvia  Bulgaria  Macedonia  Romania  GlobalInequality  2018 
5 weeks ago
What's happening at Rapha? An interview with founder Simon Mottram | CyclingTips
For a deeper look at where Rapha is now, and where it’s going, we rang up Mottram. The following is a condensed version of a 35-minute interview with Rapha’s founder, including a few notes for context. We discussed Rapha’s new investors, changes to RCC, the company’s new partnership with the EF Education First-Drapac WorldTour team, and more.
SimonMottram  interview  Rapha  RCC  strategy  cycling  CyclingTips  2018 
5 weeks ago
Amazon’s $15 minimum wage doesn’t end debate over whether it’s creating good jobs - The Washington Post
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Almost no workers clapped this week at the all-hands meeting after lunch at this Amazon fulfillment center outside Nashville when a plant manager announced that the company’s minimum wage was climbing to $15 an hour. 

 Instead of celebrating, many workers put their hands up to ask questions and express deep frustration, according to five employees at the facility. They asked why people who had been toiling in the company’s warehouse for years would now be paid similarly to new employees and temporary holiday help, according to the workers. 
Amazon  employment  income  review  USA  WashingtonPost  2018 
6 weeks ago
Walkways in the sky: the return of London's forgotten 'pedways' | Cities | The Guardian
They were planned after the second world war to whisk people above car-choked streets in the financial district, but remained unpopular and half-built. Now, pedestrian walkways are being reimagined for a 21st-century city
architecture  design  walkways  urbandevelopment  history  London  Guardian  2018 
6 weeks ago
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies - Bloomberg
The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.
espionage  security  hardware  Apple  Amazon  hacking  China  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
6 weeks ago
If the Czech economy is thriving, why are we so poor? | Saša Uhlová | Opinion | The Guardian
The transition from state socialism to capitalism has created deep feelings of injustice among those in manual jobs
socialwelfare  decline  employment  exploitation  capitalism  personalaccount  CzechRepublic  Guardian  2018 
8 weeks ago
Britain’s Boarding School Problem | The New Republic
How the country’s elite institutions have shaped colonialism, Brexit, and today’s global super-rich
education  privateschools  culture  history  review  critique  UK  NewRepublic  2018 
9 weeks ago
How Hungary’s Viktor Orbán destroyed democracy, and what it means for America - Vox
A new kind of authoritarianism is taking root in Europe — and there are warning signs for America.
facism  softfacism  democracy  authoritarianism  ViktorOrban  Hungary  USA  comparison  Vox  2018 
9 weeks ago
Viral social media posts can harm the outdoors — Quartz
The Enchantments aren’t the only scenic spot seeing increased impact from its social media popularity. California’s Lake Tahoe, Colorado’s Guffey Gorge and Hanging Lake, New York’s Blue Hole, and Virginia’s Devil’s Bathtub are among the attractions seeing an uptick in visitors who are doing it for the ‘gram.
tourism  overtourism  Instagram  nationalparks  review  critique  USA  Quartz  2018 
9 weeks ago
Diversity Is an American Strength, Not Weakness - Bloomberg
Those of the same mind as Tucker Carlson will claim that all this success comes in spite of diversity, rather than because of it. But there’s strong evidence that through repeated contact, diversity leads to greater social trust and lower discrimination between people of different backgrounds. And the correlation between organizational diversity and performance might also come from this difficult but rewarding strengthening process.
diversity  review  opportunity  advocacy  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2018 
9 weeks ago
Why Do National Airlines Still Exist? – Skift
“If the choice was whether I wanted to have a national airline and pay a shitload of taxpayer money just to maintain the flag on airplanes compared to having someone else come and fill the void, I’d choose someone else,” he said. “If nations want their flags to be carried, they can do it in many other ways.”
airlines  flagcarriers  deregulation  review  travel  Skift  2018 
9 weeks ago
What Can We Expect of Vladimir Putin When He Is Scared? | The New Yorker
But Putin also loves to be loved. The suppression of dissent in Russia will probably intensify in the wake of last weekend’s protests, but that will not satisfy him fully. It may secure his power, but it will not repair his numbers. Only war can do that. All he needs is a worthy enemy, and a fitting propaganda campaign, to take people’s minds off their worries and make them feel a part of something great. Expect Russia’s neighbors, once again, to pay for the Kremlin’s instability.
VladimirPutin  politics  dissent  totalitarianism  censorship  protests  internationalrelations  Russia  NewYorker  2018 
9 weeks ago
Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis – Great Escape – Medium
For decades, the midlife crisis has been expressed in tired pop-culture tropes in which (usually) white men buy sports cars and carry on affairs with younger women in a doomed and desperate bid to feel young again. But increasingly, people are responding to the anxieties of middle age not by clinging to the last vestiges of expiring youth but to taking on challenges that seem to belong to the young alone: by pushing the limits of what they’re physically capable of through endurance athletics and extreme fitness. The focus is less on what happened before the crisis and more on what happens after. Call it the midlife correction.
middleage  midlifecrisis  exercise  ultraendurance  cycling  running  triathlon  author:PaulFlannery  Medium  2018 
9 weeks ago
Kelly Slater's Artificial Surf Pool Is Really Making Waves at the World Surf League Competition | WIRED
The world’s premier surfer has joined forces with wave science geeks to create an artificial wave in the middle of the California desert. Will it revolutionize the sport or destroy the soul of surfing? Yes.

surfing  KellySlater  simulcram  artificial  Wired  2018 
10 weeks ago
Why tourism is killing Barcelona – a photo essay | Travel | The Guardian
One of the coolest destinations in Europe just two decades ago, Barcelona is now so overcrowded it has become a tourist theme park – and is losing the character that made it so popular
tourism  overtourism  review  critique  travel  Barcelona  Spain  Guardian  2018 
11 weeks ago
Does $60,000 make you middle-class or wealthy on Planet Earth? - The Washington Post
The world is on the brink of a historic milestone: By 2020, more than half of the world’s population will be “middle class,” according to Brookings Institution scholar Homi Kharas.

Kharas defines the middle class as people who have enough money to cover basics needs, such as food, clothing and shelter, and still have enough left over for a few luxuries, such as fancy food, a television, a motorbike, home improvements or higher education.
middleclass  growth  global  income  WashingtonPost  2018 
12 weeks ago
Religion: why faith is becoming more and more popular | News | The Guardian
Faith is on the rise and 84% of the global population identifies with a religious group. What does it mean for the future?
religion  faith  statistics  penetration  Christianity  Islam  Buddhism  Hinduism  global  country  Guardian  2018 
12 weeks ago
Opinion | The New Socialists - The New York Times
The socialist argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor. It’s that it makes us unfree. When my well-being depends upon your whim, when the basic needs of life compel submission to the market and subjugation at work, we live not in freedom but in domination. Socialists want to end that domination: to establish freedom from rule by the boss, from the need to smile for the sake of a sale, from the obligation to sell for the sake of survival.
socialism  politics  freedom  advocacy  BernieSanders  AlexandriaOcasioCortez  RashidaTlaib  USA  NYTimes  2018 
12 weeks ago
It Can Happen Here | by Cass R. Sunstein | The New York Review of Books
In their different ways, Mayer, Haffner, and Jarausch show how habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal powerlessness make terrible things possible. They call attention to the importance of individual actions of conscience both small and large, by people who never make it into the history books. Nearly two centuries ago, James Madison warned: “Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks—no form of government can render us secure.” Haffner offered something like a corollary, which is that the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds, lies in individual conscience: in “decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large.”
Nazi  history  totalitarianism  consumer  personalaccount  comparison  politics  DonaldTrump  Germany  USA  NYReviewofBooks  2018 
12 weeks ago
New York gig economy under threat as city cracks down on app-based services | US news | The Guardian
City has jumped to the forefront of a worldwide push to clamp down on companies such as Uber, Lyft and Airbnb
Airbnb  Uber  Lyft  sharingeconomy  regulations  NewYork  USA  Guardian  2018 
12 weeks ago
If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Opinion | The Guardian
Intensively farmed meat and dairy are a blight, but so are fields of soya and maize. There is another way
vegan  agriculture  environment  critique  meat  dairy  Guardian  2018 
12 weeks ago
Media Giants Rev Up Streaming Services to Compete With Netflix – Variety
The direct-to-consumer streaming video business model refined by Netflix is the reason Disney and Comcast chased 21st Century Fox with such fervor. It was a big part of AT&T’s motivation for scooping up Time Warner. It marks the biggest shift in entertainment industry economics in decades, and it is an evolution largely driven by a company that has been in the original content business for barely six years.
television  streamingmedia  Netflix  Disney  Comcast  AT&T  HBO  HBOGo  competition  strategy  review  USA  Variety  2018 
12 weeks ago
American Ownership Society Is Changing Thanks to Technology - Bloomberg
Each of these changes is beneficial, yet I worry that Americans are, slowly but surely, losing their connection to the idea of private ownership. The nation was based on the notion that property ownership gives individuals a stake in the system. It set Americans apart from feudal peasants, taught us how property rights and incentives operate, and was a kind of training for future entrepreneurship. Do we not, as parents, often give our children pets or other valuable possessions to teach them basic lessons of life and stewardship?
ownership  materialism  capitalism  decline  review  critique  author:TylerCowen  Bloomberg  2018 
12 weeks ago
Paradise Lost: Tourists Are Destroying the Places They Love - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.
tourism  review  critique  overtourism  travel  Spiegel  2018 
12 weeks ago
The NYTimes shouldn’t have relied so heavily on that Facebook and anti-refugee study.
This means that even if there is extremely strong correlation between anti-refugee sentiment on Facebook and attacks in the real world, this study isn’t designed to assess if one is causing the other.
Facebook  refugees  racism  xenophobia  extremism  Germany  research  review  author:FelixSalmon  Slate  2018 
12 weeks ago
How to Wrap Text Around an Image With CSS
Adding text and images to websites is easy. Text is added with standard HTML tags like paragraphs, headings, and lists, while images are placed on a page with the <img> element. Once you have added an image to your web page, however, you might want to have the text flow next to the image, rather than align below it (which is the default way an image added to HTML code will render in the browser). Technically, there are two ways you can achieve this look, either by using CSS (recommended) or by adding the visual instructions directly into the HTML (not recommended, since you want to maintain the separation of style and structure for your website).
image  wraparound  text  html  css  guide  lifewire 
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