Weekend Reading (October 25-27, 2019)

Drivers are killing pedestrians at the highest rate in almost 30 years. Pedestrian and cyclist death rates are increasing, as overall traffic fatalities plummet by Andrew J. Hawkins on the Verge Website.

Life in the most drone-bombed country in the world. America’s longest war has turned Afghanistan into an unwilling testing ground for warfare technology. By Ali M. Latifi on the MIT Technology Review Website.

Who tips best on Uber? Economists analyzed 40 million trips. Here’s what they found by Andrew Van Dam on the Washington Post Website.

WeWork Needed a Bailout—But Adam Neumann Still Leaves a Billionaire by Tom Metcalf on the Bloomberg Website.

Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids. Fueled by fears of school shootings, the market has grown rapidly for technologies that monitor students through official school emails and chats. By Lois Beckett on The Guardian Website.

The Obscure Charges That Utility Companies Add to Your Bills. A New Jersey utility sparked outrage for charging customers to subsidize nuclear plants. We checked the bills. Turns out, that was just one of 16 lurking surcharges. By Talia Buford on The ProPublica Website.

A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What Really Goes on Inside: Rape, torture and human experiments. Sayragul Sauytbay offers firsthand testimony from a Xinjiang ‘reeducation’ camp. By David Stavrou on the Haaretz Website.

Sex and cycling: How bike craze aroused passions in 1890s San Francisco by Gary Kamiya on the San Francisco Chronicle Website

The impossible fight to save Jakarta, the sinking megacity. Sea level rise, subsidence and political inertia, could soon see Jakarta become the first megacity claimed by climate change. A last-ditch plan to save the city may not be enough. By Peter Guest on the Wired UK website.

Bresha Meadows Thought You’d Understand. At the age of 14, she killed her abusive father. Before she pulled the trigger, it hadn’t occurred to her that she would go to jail. By Melissa Jeltsen on the HuffPost Website.

‘We do not want war’: Mexico president defends release of El Chapo’s son. Andrés Manuel López Obrador said security forces saved lives by releasing jailed kingpin’s son after his brief capture in Culiacan. By Jo Tuckman on The Guardian Website.

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