Reading For The Week Of November 17, 2019

Business and Finance

The Daredevil Unicorns: Why WeWork, Juul, and Uber Play With Fire. Lawless startups exploiting the seams of regulation are suddenly feeling the heat—and getting burned. By Steve LeVine on the Medium Website.

Faraday Cage: Can an electric car startup save itself from its founder? By Sean O’Kane on the Verge Website.

Can employee activism change Google? Revisiting the employee walkout one year later. One former employee says allegations of retaliation have been added to claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. By Delia Paunescu on the Vox Website.

Big Business Is Overcharging You $5,000 a Year By Leonhardt on The New York Times Website.


Why do people hate vegans? It has left the beige-tinted margins and become social media’s most glamorous look. But why does veganism still provoke so much anger? By George Reynolds on the Guardian Website.

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, 150 Years in the Making. By Dave and Deb on the Planet D Website.

Health Issues

We Are Running Out of Air. One suffocating city is a harbinger of health crises around the world. By James Hamblin on the Atlantic Website.


James Le Mesurier, White Helmets co-founder, discovered dead in Turkey. On the BBC News Website

Italy Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre under guard amid death threats. On the BBC News Website.


‘It’s honestly hell.’ Hospitals see rare vomiting syndrome in heavy marijuana consumers. By Naomi Martin on the Boston Globe Website.

Politics and Law

The Trump Administration’s Plot to End DACA Faces a Supreme Court Test By Jonathan Blitzer on The New Yorker Website.

They Tried to Save the Lives of Immigrants Fleeing Danger. Now They’re Facing Prosecution By Jasmine Aguilera and Billy Perrigo on the Time Website.

Oklahoma woman imprisoned in failure-to-protect case is free. By Ken Miller and Sue Ogrocki on the AP Website.

Iowa inmate’s claim he briefly died won’t end life sentence. On the AP Website.

‘Fantastic day for elephants’: court rejects ivory ban challenge. Antique dealers fail in high court bid to overturn world-leading blanket ban on trading. By Owen Bowcott on the Guardian Website.

Science and Technology

50 years ago today, the internet was born in Room 3420. Here’s the story of the creation of ARPANET, the groundbreaking precursor to the internet—as told by the people who were there. By Mark Sullivan on the Fast Company Website.

This Science Vigilante Calls Out Bogus Results in Prestigious Journals. With pressure to “publish or perish,” some scientists fake their research results. Elisabeth Bik spends her days correcting them. By Gemma Milne on the One Zero Website.

Social Media

All Right Already. By now, we know where Facebook’s allegiances lie. By Jacob Silverman on the Baffler Website.


The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists. By David Fleming on the ESPN Website.

The Modern NFL Has Never Seen a Draft Prospect Rise Like Joe Burrow. The LSU quarterback entered this season projected to be a fifth-round pick at best. Three months later, he’s being talked about as a top-10 selection. How did he get there? And what does his ascension say about the QB evaluation process? By Robert Mays on the Ringer Website.

Cornhole Is a Pro Sport Now. The American Cornhole League wants to turn a game that’s typically played with one hand holding a beer—and possibly named for an indecent part of the human body—into an international spectator sport. By Eric Barton on the Outside Website.


Seven Wonders of the World for 2019. Only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World remains. Here author Aaron Millar elects a new seven wonders every year: the most awe-inspiring places on the planet for star-gazing, wildlife spotting and astonishing panoramas. By Aaron Millar on the CN Traveler Website.

The 15 Most Charming Small Towns in Italy. By the CNT Editors on the CNTraveler Website.


Tibet Is Still Burning. Over the past ten years, more than 160 Tibetans have committed self-immolation—the act of setting yourself on fire—to protest Chinese occupation of their country. Has this had any lasting effect? In an extraordinary journey to Dharamsala, India, the center of Tibetan culture in exile, a journalist and a scholar talk to family members about the meaning and costs of the ultimate political sacrifice. By Tracy Ross on the Outside Website.

The Balloon Boy Hoax—Solved! Ten years ago this month, the country was captivated by a bizarre spectacle in Fort Collins that was colloquially dubbed the Balloon Boy Hoax. Although Richard Heene, the so-called Balloon Boy’s father, pleaded guilty to charges related to the prank, it was never fully clear whether it was the scam that police made it out to be. For the first time, we reveal the true story. By Robert Sanchez on the 5280 Website.

Skinny Pot: Could Weight-Loss Weed Be Next? CBD has dominated the cannabis wellness market so far — but THCV could be the next contender. By Janelle Lassalle on the Rolling Stone Website.

Massacre of U.S. citizens puts spotlight on Mormon community with deep roots in Mexico. By Jaweed Kaleem on the Los Angeles Times Website.

“A place without family.” Children who cross the border, in their own words. As told to Meher Ahmad and Haley Cohen Gilliland on the California Sunday Website.

Beyond The Sugar Skull — What We Can Really Learn From The Day Of The Dead. By Sara Coughlin on the Refinery 29 Website.

My Time Inside a Group Where Men Confront Their Feelings. Each week, at an apartment in Brooklyn, a small collection of guys get together to sift through and discover some of their deepest feelings—their secret fears, their hidden desires, their private shortcomings—in the hope that they can become better men. It’s a messy, emotional, imperfect project that’s part of a growing movement of men reexamining the expectations of masculinity. And it has changed my life. By Benjy Hansen-Bundy on the GQ Website.

The Long Journey of Charlie Parker’s Saxophone. By Allison Keyes on the Smithsonian Website.

Inside the Haunted Hotels That Inspired ‘The Shining’. All of the hotels that inspired the iconic spots in the book and movie are still functioning and open for your haunted stay. By Joshua Mellin on the Daily Beast Website.

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