The Problem of Choice in a Post-Pandemic World

Then the pandemic struck, which made it even harder to find a next step at his level. He suddenly felt more desperate, even though he had savings to help carry him. Jack felt that however badly he’d felt already was now made much worse — “How am I supposed to recover when I’m emotionally wrecked […]

German far right infiltrates green groups with call to protect the land

“We discovered a significant number of environmental groups who had contact with far-right ideologues,” said Daniela Gottschlich, one of the political scientists who conducted the survey for the Diversu thinktank. “We discovered many felt unable to cope with the challenge and ask for support.” As such, attempts to use green issues to smuggle far-right ideas […]

More migrants cross Channel to Britain as political tension rises

Many of the migrants seeking to reach Britain come from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and countries in Africa, fleeing poverty, persecution or war. Some stand a chance of being granted asylum, while others, considered illegal economic migrants, are unlikely to be allowed to remain in Britain.

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

When Karen Bass, a Congresswoman from Los Angeles, emerged in late July as a serious contender to be Joe Biden’s running mate, interest in her Wikipedia page exploded. By that time, the entry had grown to 4,000 words, been worked over by more than 50 different editors, and drew a weekly readership of 360,000. During […]

Exclusive: Germany and France quit WHO reform talks amid tension with Washington – sources

Reporting by Elvira Pollina in Milan, Andreas Rinke in Berlin, Jeff Mason in Washington, Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; additional reporting by Marisa Taylor, Giselda Vagnoni, Guy Faulconbridge, Thomas Escritt and Tangi Salaun; Writing by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; editing by Timothy Heritage

Universal Basic Income: Finland shows how salary for all works

UBI has attracted praise from both the political left and right, as well as across sectors; tech CEOs like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, and politicians like Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell are all interested. To its critics, UBI is hopelessly utopian and naïve.

Beirut explosion: Lebanon PM to resign within hours – as entire government steps down

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Peter Diamandis Is the Latest Tech Futurist Betting on Anti-Aging Stem Cells

The catchphrase might be new, but the idea isn’t. In the ‘90s it was dubbed “gero-technology”; in the aughts, “regenerative medicine.” For the last two decades, dozens of companies have tried (and failed) to turn stem cells into a miracle cure for age-related decrepitude. To be sure, hundreds of clinics around the US will inject […]

Looking for a Job During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has made “plans” of any sort seem tentative, but within that massive sphere of limitation one still has to try. Trying is an important, even essential, aspect of being resilient. As Shakespeare said in King Lear, “Nothing will come of nothing.” One’s own best resource is often oneself. I encouraged Margery to write letters […]

Letters Reveal Young Darwin Had Stinky Feet

Before Charles Darwin’s squeamish stomach forced him to quit medical school, before sailing aboard the HMS Beagle and before penning his masterwork “The Origin of Species,” the future father of evolutionary theory was a child who had bad spelling and stinky feet. “I only wash my fett [sic] once a month at school, which I […]