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Oct. 31, 2016 The New Yorker

Oct. 31, 2016 The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz wrote “Trolls For Trump” about conservative extremist online supporters attacking anyone they do not like  with fake news. Meme expert Richard Dawkins said “Now, however ridiculous what you are saying is, if you make it mimetically successful, something really bad can spread through culture.”

George Packer wrote “The Unconnected” about how Democratic leadership is disconnected from poor voters who may not vote in the numbers they used to. They feel neglected. They may vote for people that do not represent their own best interest. “The fact that so many informed, sophisticated Americans failed to see Donald Trump coming, and the kept writing him off, is itself a sign of a democracy in which no center holds.” “Trump represents  the whole country’s failure.”

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Oct. 10, 2016 The New Yorker

On Oct. 10, 2016 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote “Higher Mathematics Algorithm Blues” about Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”. Apparently “…algorithms are being used to oppress people.. I saw … individuals just getting screwed by unfair automated decisions.” “Certain categories of people were being given ‘scores’ by computer programs which led to their being charged more for car insurance, paying higher interest rates on credit cards, getting disqualified from jobs or receiving longer prison terms.”

James Surowiecki wrote “The Hidden Cost of Race” about how discrimination is built into the financial system with most of the benefit going to the richest twenty percent of Americans.

Nathan Heller wrote “Cashing Out” about the end of printed currency in the digital age.

Larissa MacFarquahar about how unpopular Hillary Clinton is in West Virginia.

Louis Menand wrote “He’s Back” about the return of Karl Marx.

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Sep. 26, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 26, 2016 The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos wrote “President Trump” about what he may after he is elected. Anthony Karydakis of Miller Tabac said, “If he ever even alludes renegotiating the debt, we will have a downgrade of U.S. debt, and that event will cause a massive exodus of foreign investors from the U.S. Treasury market.”

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Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Thick Blue Line” about how police unions protect their members. It is an example for other workers.

Nick Paumgarten wrote “Wild Man” about Patagonia co-founder Yvon Chouinard’s efforts to build a sustainable company and planet. He said “Trump is the perfect person to take us to the Apocalypse.”

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Sep. 5, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 5, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Sick Business” about Obamacare (originally Romneycare) and insurance companies. “Since managing risk is typically key to how insurance companies make money it would have made sense to leave them out and just enroll everyone in a government-run program like Medicare.”

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Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker

On Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Perils Of Executive Action” about President Obama’s getting around Republican obstructionism using executive action. The problem is that it can be overturned by whoever is elected after him. “the power of the President is greater than ever. The choice of a President matters more than ever, too.”

Jill Lepore wrote “The War And The Roses” about the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Jon Lee Anderson wrote “The Distant Shore” about protecting isolated Amazon tribes in Peru.

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May 30, 2016 The New Yorker

On May 30, 2016 The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb wrote “Opening Doors” about the parallels between the civil rights movement in the 1960s to the current LGBT struggles down south.

Nicholas Schmidle wrote “Dirty Wars” about former commando Paul Burton training journalists to safely cover the Republican convention in Cleveland.

Michael Schulman wrote “Her Majesty” about the contested fortune of millionaire Leona Helmsey, who supposedly said “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”

Jane Meyer wrote “Sting Of Myself” about conservative ex-con James O’Keefe III and his dubious film projects to disrupt the election.

Patrick Radden Keefe wrote “The Bank Robber” about whistleblower Herve Falciani and the Panama Papers. “An anonymous source released eleven and a half million documents relating to the practices of Mossack Fonseca, exposing the financial dealings of a dozen current and former heads of state and underscoring how extensively the global elite uses shell companies and tax havens to obscure its wealth.”

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Apr. 25, 2016 The New Yorker

On Apr. 25, 2016 The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb wrote “Working Class Heroes” about conservative attitudes toward poor communities. Conservative commentator Kevin Williamson said “The truth about these dysfunctional downscale communities is that they deserve to die.” I am surprised he did not ask if there were any prisons.

James Surowiecki wrote “Unlikely Alliances” about big corporations supporting LGBT issues. Civil rights are good for business.

Andrew Marantz wrote “Studio 360” about the latest in virtual reality.

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Apr. 18 2016 The New Yorker

On Apr. 18, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “System Overload” about America’s aging infrastructure. It affects every aspect of the country from the economy to public health and yet it is underfunded. Conservatives have been blocking building projects even though poor people will benefit. They want free trade agreements and federal dollars to invest and hide overseas. “infrastructure is the ultimate public good.”

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Mar. 14, 2016 The New Yorker

On Mar. 14, 2016 The New Yorker’s Alec MacGillis wrote “The Billionaires’ Loophole” about David Rubinstein and other wealthy philanthropists and the carried interest tax debate. “It’s great that he’s helping out with the Washington monument. But, if we had government that was better funded, it could probably fix its own monuments.”

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Feb. 29, 2016 The New Yorker

Feb. 29, 2016 The New Yorker’s Nick Paumgarten wrote “The Scold” about Peter Adeny and the joys of being cheap. Aden said “I’m really just trying to get rich people to stop destroying the planet.”

Jeanne Marie Laskas wrote “Helium Dreams” about the history and return of airships, dirigibles and blimps.

Dana Goodyear wrote “The Stress Test” about competition in stem cell research.

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Feb. 22, 2016 The New Yorker

On Feb. 22, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Suroweiecki wrote “Economic Populism At The Primaries”  “American workers used to believe that a rising tide lifted all boats. But in the past thirty years it as sunk a whole lot of them.”

Jill Lepore wrote “The Party Crashers” about the history of political parties in America. Eventually the parties are seen as controlled by wealthy conservative elites and lose support. They then reinvent themselves to attract enough votes to be elected.

Jinyang Fan wrote “The Golden Generation” about the children of China’s wealthy. Worried about their own government seizing their fortunes, they move it offshore to places like the United States. Real estate speculation has driven up prices in San Francisco and other North American cities. The results are lots of poor people in China and America forced from their homes while the rich kids go shopping.

Nicholas Schmidle wrote “The Digital Dirt” about TMZ founder Harvey Levin’s attempts to build a tabloid empire and become respectable.

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Jan. 25, 2016 The New Yorker

Jan. 25, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Suroweicki wrote “Bundynomics” pointing out that the Wild West benefitted from large amounts of federal funding subsidizing logging, mining and ranching.

Jane Mayer wrote “New Koch” about the Koch brothers attempts to change their negative image. A long time employee said “When you said ‘Koch’, you might as well have said you worked for the Devil.” Apparently they see things not going in their direction and are lobbying to keep they white collar criminals to going to jail. That is planning ahead.

Note: Somebody from the Koch brother’s hometown of Wichita actually read this.

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Jan. 4, 2016 The New Yorker

On Jan. 4, 2016 The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz wrote “Ready For Prime Time” about Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones.

Dexter Filkins wrote “Swamped” about Jeb Bush’s disastrous environmental policies as Governor of Florida.

Larissa MacFarquhar wrote “What Money Can Buy” about Ford Foundation president Darren Walker’s new efforts to fight inequality around the world.

Laura Secor wrote “War Of Words” about Asieh Amini an exiled activist trying to end the stoning deaths of women in Iran.

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Dec. 21, 2015 The New Yorker

On Dec. 21, 2015 The New Yorker’s Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “The Siege Of Miami” about rising sea levels from climate change. After reading this article. If you own property within two hundred miles of the ocean, you might want to sell it. Here are some excerpts:

“According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of this century. The United States Army Corps of Engineers projects that they could rise by as much as five feet; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to six and a half feet.”

“In November, researchers reported that, owing to the loss of an ice shelf off northeastern Greenland, a new “floodgate” on the ice sheet had opened. All told, Greenland’s ice holds enough water to raise global sea levels by twenty feet.  At the opposite end of the earth, two groups of researchers—one from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and the other from the University of Washington—concluded last year that a segment of the West Antarctic ice sheet has gone into “irreversible decline.” The segment, known as the Amundsen Sea sector, contains enough water to raise global sea levels by four feet, and its melting could destabilize other parts of the ice sheet, which hold enough ice to add ten more feet. While the “decline” could take centuries, it’s also possible that it could be accomplished a lot sooner. NASA is already planning for the day when parts of the Kennedy Space Center, on Florida’s Cape Canaveral, will be underwater.”

“Many of the world’s largest cities sit along a coast, and all of them are, to one degree or another, threatened by rising seas. Entire countries are endangered—the Maldives, for instance, and the Marshall Islands. Globally, it’s estimated that a hundred million people live within three feet of mean high tide and another hundred million or so live within six feet of it. Hundreds of millions more live in areas likely to be affected by increasingly destructive storm surges.”

“Against this backdrop, South Florida still stands out. The region has been called “ground zero when it comes to sea-level rise.” It has also been described as “the poster child for the impacts of climate change,” the “epicenter for studying the effects of sea-level rise,” a “disaster scenario,” and “the New Atlantis.” Of all the world’s cities, Miami ranks second in terms of assets vulnerable to rising seas—No. 1 is Guangzhou—and in terms of population it ranks fourth, after Guangzhou, Mumbai, and Shanghai. A recent report on storm surges in the United States listed four Florida cities among the eight most at risk. (On that list, Tampa came in at No. 1.) For the past several years, the daily high-water mark in the Miami area has been racing up at the rate of almost an inch a year, nearly ten times the rate of average global sea-level rise. It’s unclear exactly why this is happening, but it’s been speculated that it has to do with changes in ocean currents which are causing water to pile up along the coast. Talking about climate change in the Everglades this past Earth Day, President Obama said, “Nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in South Florida.”

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Some people told me that they thought the only realistic response for South Florida was retreat.”

“Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami “What that means is, there’s no keeping the water out,” he went on. “So ultimately this area has to depopulate. What I want to work toward is a slow and graceful depopulation, rather than a sudden and catastrophic one.”

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Dec. 14, 2015 The New Yorker

On Dec. 14, 2015 The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote “A House Divided” about “invitation-only group of about forty right-wing conservatives” in Congress who want to shut down the government. California Republican Congressional representative David Nunes calls them “lemmings with suicide vests.”

Ben McGrath wrote “The Wayfarer” about avid canoeist Dick Conant’s extraordinary journeys around America.

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Nov. 23, 2015 The New Yorker

On Nov. 23, 2015 The New Yorker’s Karen Russell wrote “Helping Hand” about using virtual reality helping stroke victims recover.

Raffia Khatchdourian wrote “The Doomsday Invention” about Oxford professor Nick Bostrom and the threat of artificial intelligence to human survival.

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Nov. 16, 2015 The New Yorker

On Nov. 16, 2015 The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore wrote “Politics And The New Machine” about the history and increasing inaccuracy of political polls in American politics.

Michael Specter wrote “The Gene Hackers” about DNA scientists fighting disease using clustered regularly interlaced short palindromic repeats called CRISPR to “recognize invading viruses”.

John Seabrook wrote “The Invisible Library” about recover lost documents from Herculaneum scrolls. Many great works have been lost to history from the collapse of civilizations. Through accident or design some scrolls survive. It is fascinating that a 2000 year old Roman philosopher’s scroll who postulated that the world is made of atoms should be rediscovered by scientists using a particle accelerator based on his own theory. Profound karma. Makes you wonder how to ensure your work survives. One strategy is to widely distribute lots of copies in many kinds of media.

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Nov. 9, 2015 The New Yorker

On Nov. 9, 2015 The New Yorker’s George Packer wrote “The Republican Class War” about the GOP’s increasing inability to get the popular vote because of changing demographics and increasing poverty. “Economic stratification and the rise of of a super-wealthy class, threatens our democracy.””The Princeton economist Alan Kreuger as demonstrated that societies with higher levels of income inequality are societies with lower levels of social mobility.””We are no longer the country where anybody can be anything.”

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Oct. 12, 2015 The New Yorker

On Oct. 12, 2015 The New Yorker’s Margaret Talbot wrote “The Populist Prophet” about Senator Bernie Sanders and his grassroots campaign for president.

Nicholas Lemann wrote “The Network Man” about Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn and his growing involvement in politics.

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Sep. 7, 2015 The New Yorker

On Sep. 7, 2015 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Drop In The Bucket” about the stock market crashes and slower economic growth in China.

Stacy Schiff wrote “The Witches Of Salem” about how nineteen people were accused of being witches and executed in 1692. The witch hunt was a combination a greed and hysteria against people who may have been a little odd versus people who wanted more property and power. Things did not turn out the way they thought. Hundreds of years later the villains were rightly remembered as villains in Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible. They thought it would all die down, but they were to be constantly reminded of their sins. Maybe they could have compensated their victims but that is hard to do when they are dead. Instead they were haunted by history. Today they would be (and are) held accountable on the Internet. :-)

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Jul. 20, 2015 The New Yorker

On Jul, 20, 2015 The New Yorker’s Kathryn Schulz wrote “The Really Big One” about the Pacific Northwest’s Cascade subduction zone. Centered offshore of Portland Oregon, it is larger and more dangerous than the San Andreas fault line in California. There is a major earthquake in this area every 240 years. Since the last major earthquake was in 1700 or 315 years ago, the next one is overdue by 75 years. “By the time the shaking has ceased and  the tsunami has receded, the region will be unrecognizable. Kenneth Murphy, who directs FEMA’s Region X, the division responsible for Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, says, “Our operations assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” Think about that when you buy real estate in the Pacific Northwest.

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