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Deadly Treatment, Fatal Error World

On refugees. “The current approach is founded on a hope that an all-European obstacle course will stem the flow. Anything encouraging refugees to see the relative benefits of dying elsewhere helps: faulty life vests and frequent drownings; the absence of logistical and humanitarian support, apart from NGOs and amateur volunteers; abuse by robbers and police; paying Lebanon and Turkey to keep them in squalid camps, etc.” (900 words)

The End Of Times Life

How the young live. What you can learn by watching a child use social media. “I would watch in awe as she flipped through her snaps, opening and responding to each one in less than a second with a quick selfie face. She answered all 40 of her friends’ snaps in under a minute. How was this even possible? Is she a freak of nature, or is this just how things are done when you’re young? What do these ‘teens’ know that I don’t?” (1,500 words)

I Miss Barack Obama World

President Obama has maintained an integrity and a humanity in office that is rare in modern American politics and that none of his prospective successors comes near to equalling. “Imagine if Barack and Michelle Obama joined the board of a charity you’re involved in. You’d be happy to have such people in your community. Could you say that comfortably about Ted Cruz?” (Metered paywall) (813 words)

Which FANG Is Which Beatle? Tech

How the consumer tech giants — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google — approximate to members of the Beatles. “Netflix is easiest. It’s Ringo. Netflix is the most fun of the FANGs, and the least threatening. The addressable market is limited, and it’s mostly just content delivery. When asked if he thought Ringo was the best drummer in the world, John replied he wasn’t even sure if Ringo was the best drummer in the band” (1,360 words)

A Country Breaking Down World

Devastating survey of American government failure to invest in infrastructure. “We’re a backward country”. The average bridge is 42 years old, and many have structural problems. One-third of all roads are in “poor or mediocre condition”. There is no high-speed rail system. Half the locks on waterways are more than fifty years old. “The water pipes underneath the White House are said to still be made of wood” (4,000 words)

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