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Venkatesh Rao: It's important to cultivate an effective crisis mindset. Start by making non-crisis moments count.
An umbrella to be sold by Gucci and adidas in China—for $1,600—faces criticism for not blocking rain.

“Whispering, cajoling, lobbying, neck massaging, beard-pulling”

A few days late on this, but here's an interesting thread from New York Times East Africa correspondent Abdi Latif Dahir on what it was like to watch Somalia's presidential election up close over the weekend.

See also: "Somalia elects new President, but terrorists hold true power"

An interactive record of proposed redistricting maps—and whether they'll benefit Democrats or Republicans in the midterms.

People obsess over diamonds precisely because of the human cost involved. We love a diamond story that emphasises the contrast between the starry white at the top of the queen’s sceptre and the pitch-black hell from which it was pulled.

Rosa Lyster: The history of South African mines shows that diamonds are not very rare, but they are prized from a unique misery.

↩︎ The London Review of Books

Imagine trying to jump six times your height, without legs. That’s what steelhead in California’s Alameda Creek must do if they want to return from the Pacific Ocean to the stream where they were born. 

Lauren Silverman: Knowing about fish ladders—and mysterious steelhead trout—can make it easier to understand human relationships.

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Christian Cooper, the bird-watching Black man falsely accused by a Karen, gets a birding show on National Geographic.

Electronic-music pioneer Vangelis—best known for Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner, or for some, this Gallo Winery commercial—has died at 79.

"There are a whole lot of social value choices where there isn’t hard science." Assessing how many years we lost to Covid.
Stunning video by a Ukrainian medic who recorded her time in Maripol—before she was captured by Russian troops.

Harassment and reputational harm is core to the attack strategy. Institutions often treat reputational harm and online attacks as a personnel matter, one that unlucky employees should simply endure quietly.

The rollout of the DHS group targeting disinformation has been so disastrous because its director was targeted by disinformation.

↩︎ The Washington Post
"There are just so few apartments to be had that Airbnbs make up the majority of [New York City's] available rentals."
Depending on where you are in the world, you're feeling inflation in different ways—e.g., price hikes on sausage rolls in the UK.
Albert Einstein resisted attempts to make money on his image. Today, that image earns around $12 million a year in licensing fees.
Health data can be difficult to communicate.
This op-ed is dully written but ultimately correct: long Covid needs to be discussed, including medicine's uncertainty about it.
One possible future for Covid-19: some people get reinfected many times, and a few experience symptoms for months or years.
Was sabotaging the Dakota Access Pipeline domestic terrorism? An activist appeals her sentence's "enhancement."

Carry your opponent's proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent's statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it. 

Arthur Schopenhauer’s tactics for debate, composed sarcastically, are actually useful suggestions for Twitter arguments.

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