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Sunday Reads

Five longish articles that I’ve recently read that you may find interesting. We begin a radically different view of the pandemic, followed by two articles on climate, then a article on big data. We conclude with a book review.

We Need a Radically Different Approach to the Pandemic and Our Economy as a Whole an Interview with Katherine Yih and Martin Kulldorff published in Jacobin on September 19, 2020

A piece that challenges all the expected rules of addressing the pandemic. It’s about our response and how poor households have borne a disproportionate share of the pandemic’s hardship. We need to urgently fight for a more just society.

Young evangelicals used to be skeptical of climate change. Not anymore. And we’re voting. by Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap. Published in Grist on September 23, 2020.

The title pretty much says it all. “As generational cohorts, millennials and Generation Z are overwhelmingly more supportive than our parents of efforts to protect the environment and to address the impacts of climate change. These generations skew more progressive, yet this trend holds regardless of ideology.”

Naomi Klein: “We Have to Rebuild From the Wreckage of Neoliberalism” an interview with Naomi Klein. Published in Tribune on September 29, 2020.

In this interview they cover the California wildfires, Trump politics, the Green New Deal, and being involved with activism.

Is Palantir’s Crystal Ball Just Smoke and Mirrors? by Sharon Weinberger. Pubished in New York Magazine on September 28, 2020.

Learn about secretive big data software company Palantir. “Techie Software Soldier Spy Palantir, Big Data’s scariest, most secretive unicorn, is going public. But is its crystal ball just smoke and mirrors?”

Mannesplaining by Oliver Traldi. Published in Arc Digital on September 28, 2020.

A book review of Cornell philosopher Kate Manne’s book Entitled. “Does a tendency to reflexively empathize with the feelings and failures of men explain the structure of society?”


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