Sunday 5.27.2018 New York Times Digest

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1. Boiling Over

“We are not congratulated for doing what we ought, only condemned for doing what we ought not. And by uniting in outrage against those in that second category, we find perverse satisfaction and reward.”

2. The Places in the U.S. Where Disaster Strikes Again and Again

“Only in the United States do relief programs and subsidized insurance make it attractive for people to move toward disaster-prone areas.”

3. Millions at Top, A Pittance Below.

“A Walmart employee earning the company’s median salary of $19,177 would have to work for more than a thousand years to earn the $22.2 million that Doug McMillon, the company’s chief executive, was awarded in 2017.”

4. Locked Out by Student Debt.

“Homeownership among Americans in their 20s and 30s is hovering near a three-decade low. Just 35 percent of households headed by someone younger than 35 owned a home in 2017, down from 41 percent in 1982, according to census data. Now, they are much more likely to be living at home with their parents or elders. At the same time, the nation’s student loan bill has soared to $1.4 trillion, surpassing credit cards to become the largest source of personal debt outside mortgages.”

5. Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts

“Are pig, cattle and poultry farmers misusing antibiotics, allowing too much of the drug to get into our food?”

6. Aristotle’s Wrongful Death.

“The idea of college as instantaneously responsive to employers’ evolving needs is a bit of a fantasy.”

7. Free Speech Will Not Save Us.

“The idea of free speech is part of a superstructure that can easily be pulled apart from below by contending factions, or crumble when its cultural foundation disappears.”

8. Seeing a City the Old-Fashioned Way: One Step at a Time

“The walking tour is an industry classic, predating smartphones, selfie sticks and status updates. Yet it’s a tour style that appears to be enjoying a bit of a boom, attracting ever more travelers interested in seeing a city in a slow fashion: on foot.”

9. Locked In.

“America has never quite known what to do with the mentally ill, and Roth argues that the latest solution — lock them up! — is the worst option of all: morally wrong, medically wrong and economically wrong.”

10. The Mystery Buffs in the White House

“It’s escapism for the control freak.”

11. Letter of Recommendation: Drinking at Lunch

“Microdosing LSD in order to increase workplace productivity is, in some precincts, more professionally acceptable than having a glass of wine.”

12. How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood

“Among the questions the movie raises is whether black success within capitalism is something to reflexively celebrate or whether the success of individuals who belong to an exploited class serves to ratify and consolidate — rather than thwart or ameliorate — the system doing the exploiting.”

 

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