‘We Do This for the Living.’ Inside New York’s Citywide Effort to Bury Its Dead
This story was unexpectedly moving.
the lower a country’s GDP the more mustard coloured it is.
It’s not at all clear that people get sick on the trains themselves or all the various places they go via the train
Sometimes automation isn’t the fragile virtual layer on top of the sturdy city, but rather the inverse.
Gonna be pretty difficult for us to care for our aging parents if we don't get some wealth redistribution soon...
If I look at where we have paradoxes and what problems we have, in the end they always boil down to this notion of time.
If workers at Amazon really did engage in a cross-company shut down, it would cripple much of the commerce that still exists and bring most of the internet to a grinding halt.
Every time I watched the view count rise, it felt like one more person was raping me.
Today, cyberpunk’s anticipated neoliberal end state is nothing more fanciful than life as we know it.
Republicans all the way up to the president have repeated the claim that mail-in ballots proliferate voter fraud — a claim for which there is no evidence.
their focus on maximizing profits is not always consistent with the government’s goal of preparing for a future crisis.
Rather than figuring out how to make our democracies stronger, it is as if they just want to use “democracy” as a tool in the strategic competition with China and Russia
One example of how to do it right: Rochester’s Inner Loop East project. With the extra land gained by filling in the sunken expressway, the city created three mixed-use developments that include below-market-rate apartments.
Pundits won't get this but it's called compassion.
many rank-and-file union members said they supported Mr. Sanders precisely because of his health care proposal, explaining that they wanted their friends and relatives to have the same kind of access to care that they have.
Glad we have open source encryption apps like Signal today.
Someone clearly didn't read the book
“Imagine the idea of the American government convincing a foreign manufacturer to jimmy equipment in its favor,” the history says. “Talk about a brave new world.”
It doesn’t require an overactive imagination to envision a worst-case scenario: On Election Day, anonymous text messages direct voters to the wrong polling locations, or maybe even circulate rumors of security threats
"[Surveillance capitalism] provides the soil—fertilized by commercial data processing—in which to grow the authoritarian nightmares we’ve come to call Orwellian."
Every day is an ecological disaster
“As much as there’s this idea that science is all rational, science is immune from culture, that’s simply not true. Science itself is not actually separate from culture,”
if humans can’t be listed as inventors because they weren’t intimately involved, and the AI can’t be listed as an inventor either, then the invention may not be patentable at all.
If the results of the 2019 election mean anything, they reveal an overwhelming rejection of centrism.
Rather than talking about a "minimum wage" or a "living wage," they’re discussing a "housing wage"
In a sense they’re trying to generate dissatisfaction—stirring up your desires so that you spend more on goods and services to ease that feeling.
It’s hard to understand what it’s like to be bought by an app, to have no recourse for how to collect wages or even have minor issues addressed