Sunday 7.10.2016 New York Times Digest


1. A Struggle for Common Ground, Amid Fears of a National Fracture

“Even as political leaders, protesters and law enforcement officials struggled to find common ground and lit candles of shared grief, there was an inescapable fear that the United States was being pulled further apart in its anger and anguish over back-to-back fatal shootings by police officers followed by a sniper attack by a military veteran who said he wanted to kill white police officers.”

2. Deep-Pocketed N.B.A. Has Short Arms When Offering a Hand Up

“The owners and the players’ union should collectively bargain an agreement that would finally pay a fair working wage to players at the developmental level and, even better, enact much-needed cultural change by disavowing the practice of forcing high school graduates into the clutches of the exploitive N.C.A.A.”

3. How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down

“The everyday sexism I saw, and participated in, during high school and college was nothing compared with what I witnessed on Wall Street.”

4. Solving All the Wrong Problems

“Every day, innovative companies promise to make the world a better place. Are they succeeding?”

5. A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline

“Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it.”

6. Silicon Valley-Driven Hype for Self-Driving Cars

“The sad reality of autonomous car technology is that the easy parts of have yet to be proven safe, and the hard parts have yet to be proven possible.”

7. The Paradox of Disclosure

“It often has the opposite of its intended effect, not only increasing bias in advisers but also making advisees more likely to follow biased advice.”

8. Peter Doig Says He Didn’t Paint This. Now He Has to Prove It.

“This has become about much more than Peter’s painting. It’s about authorship. It’s about being forced to put your name on another artist’s work.”

9. Checking In at Trump Hotels

“Are Trump Hotels as big, brash and over the top as the man for whom they’re named?”

10. What It Is Actually Like to Be in the Engine Room of the Start-Up Economy

“This is a place, he points out, where people take their laptops into a toilet stall and keep typing as they do what they came to do. If that strikes you as unseemly or unnecessary, you’ll never make it in Palo Alto.”

11. Two Books Recount How Our Postal System Created a Communications Revolution

“He offers a host of interesting anecdotes, including one about an Idaho family who sent their child 75 miles by parcel post because it was cheaper than going by train.”

12. Letter of Recommendation: Pen & Pixel

“Its gaudy, dreamlike album covers were like crass, lunatic vision-boards, offering vibrant Photoshop collages of palm trees and pineapples, Hummers and helicopters, skulls and city skylines and diamond-studded goblets. There were nearly always Champagne bottles, lightning bolts and pastel-colored luxury cars, all of it arranged carefully in graveyards or deserts or swamps, on the lawns of palatial estates or on the moon. The fonts tended to be three-dimensional, seemingly cast in gold or other precious metals.”

13. Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff

“Joy is the only goal, Kondo said, and the room nodded, yes, yes, in emphatic agreement, heads bobbing and mouths agape in wonder that something so simple needed to be taught to them. ‘My dream is to organize the world,’ Kondo said as she wrapped up her talk. The crowd cheered, and Kondo raised her arms into the air like Rocky.”

14. Should the United States Save Tangier Island From Oblivion?

“An excruciating question is how we will decide which coastal communities to rescue and which to relinquish to the sea. But a number of other difficulties attend those decisions. How do we re-engineer the land, roads and neighborhoods of the places deemed worthy of salvation? How do we relocate residents whose homes can’t (or won’t) be saved?”

15. How a $2 Roadside Drug Test Sends Innocent People to Jail

“Police officers arrest more than 1.2 million people a year in the United States on charges of illegal drug possession. Field tests like the one Officer Helms used in front of Amy Albritton help them move quickly from suspicion to conviction. But the kits — which cost about $2 each and have changed little since 1973 — are far from reliable.”

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