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In the News 17.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 17.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 17.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the InternetsIn the News 17.11.14 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

 


 

1. Inside Peter Thiel’s mind

“Peter Thiel is best known as the billionaire technology investor who founded the e-payment giant PayPal and the massive data analysis firm (and security contractor) Palantir. Oh, and he also tried to build a libertarian utopia on a giant platform in the open sea. And he pays smart kids to skip college. And he was one of the first investors in Facebook. And he’s the inspiration for the Aspergy venture capitalist on HBO’s Silicon Valley.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Vox

 


 

2. Bonfire of the Inanities

We read into the Styles section as much as we read it. Is it irresponsible bullshit or harmlessly fatuous? An opportunity for indulging one’s schadenfreude or a cause of the paper’s decline? A sociological or anthropological lens on The Way We Live Now, or an elaborate and unselfconscious justification for “the pleasure of rampant consumerism”? The best way to figure that out is to read it.

 
Read the rest of this article at The Awl

 


 

3. The Con Artist Hired To Clean Ebola

When New York City officials needed someone to disinfect the apartment of its first Ebola patient, they found someone who seemed to be made for the job. Sal Pane boasted decades of experience cleaning up extremely dangerous materials, including anthrax in 2001. Ebola was his time to shine. “This is our Michael Jordan moment. The fourth quarter,” he told USA Today. “When everyone else says no, we show up.”
But when Pane and his Bio-Recovery crew showed up at Dr. Craig Spencer’s home, they brought a truck bearing permit numbers that belonged to a dead man. Pane had duped the dead man’s grieving sister into selling that truck, she said, as well as the company name. Pane then claimed the dead man’s years cleaning up anthrax sites and other danger zones as his own — despite the fact that the dead man’s family, friends, and former co-workers said they had never known him to work with Pane.

 
Read the rest of this article at BuzzFeed

 


 

4. The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

“McCabe had spent the last three years of his life thinking about London’s roads and landmarks, and how to navigate between them. In the process, he had logged more than 50,000 miles on motorbike and on foot, the equivalent of two circumnavigations of the Earth, nearly all within inner London’s dozen boroughs and the City of London financial district. He was studying to be a London taxi driver, devoting himself full-time to the challenge that would earn him a cabby’s “green badge” and put him behind the wheel of one of the city’s famous boxy black taxis.”

 
Read the rest of this article at T Magazine

 


 

5. Extreme Wealth Is Bad for Everyone—Especially the Wealthy

“Drawing on the work of Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, West notes that the concentration of wealth in the top 1 percent of American citizens has returned to levels not seen in a century. One percent of the population controls a third of its wealth, and the problem is only getting worse: from 1979 to 2009 after-tax income for the top 1 percent rose by 155 percent while not changing all that much for everyone else. By another measure of inequality, which compares the income controlled by the top 10 percent with that of the bottom 40 percent, the United States is judged to come forty-fourth out of the eighty-six nations in the race, and last among developed nations. But the object of West’s interest is not the top 10 percent or even the top 1 percent, but the handful of the richest people on the planet—the 1,645 (according to Forbes) or 1,682 (the Knight Frank group) or 1,867 (China’s Start Property Group) or 2,170 (UBS Financial Services) people on the planet worth a billion dollars or more. (The inability to identify even the number of billionaires hints at a bigger problem: how little even those who claim an expertise about this class of people actually know about them.)”

 
Read the rest of this article at New Republic

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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