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Could California's Camp Fire Have Been Avoided? - The Atlantic
“The poorest suffer the most. This is so true that it’s almost redundant. Poverty in any useful sense isn’t net worth in dollars. It’s more like a high ratio of personal disasters to personal hazards. Will a toothache, a hazard, turn into an untreated infection, a disaster? Will being caught jaywalking, a hazard, turn into a felony record, a disaster? Will getting sick turn into losing your job? When we point out that homeless people suffer particularly badly from the smoke, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t some kind of sad coincidence—wow, homeless and at risk from the air!—it’s why we care about homelessness in the first place. A house is one of many machines for mitigating hazards.”
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This is a great piece! – Yonatan Zunger – Medium
‘Fortunately, there’s a nice way out of this. Even though almost no language has a way to talk about “this person who is neither male nor female,” every language does have a way to talk about “that person on the other side of the room whose gender I can’t see clearly.” And this is something you can use in UI design.’
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