Public Transit Paradise
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Tim Harford | timharford.com
'There is a gap between people’s objective circumstances and how they feel about those circumstances. By studying that gap, we can hope to make better, more responsive policies'
Feelings matter. That is obvious enough. Less obvious is what social scientists and policy wonks should do about it. (4 minute read)
Nathan J. Robinson | Current Affairs
'Why do you want to get on something with a lot of other people, that doesn’t leave where you want it to leave, doesn’t start where you want it to start, doesn’t end where you want it to end? And it doesn’t go all the time'
We can build effective mass transit. But this requires ending the dominance of the automobile. (9 minute read)
Vladimir Tismaneanu | Quillette
'Putin’s Russia is a Fascist regime, a secular theocracy inspired by a revolutionary eschatology. It is rooted in revanche, rancor, and resentment'
Putin is the offspring of a political culture based on insuperable adversity to democracy. (4 minute read)
Carmen Ang | Visual Capitalist
'Because of its dominant market share, Google holds a vast archive of keyword searches that, when analyzed, provide an interesting glimpse into the key themes that have captured the world’s attention'
Today, Google processes about 3.5 billion searches per day. (6 minute read)
Victoria Gill | BBC
'People tend not to realise that all these seemingly insignificant items have a lot of value and together at a global level represent massive volumes'
Precious minerals not extracted from waste electronics, such as the copper in wire or the cobalt in rechargeable batteries, have to be mined. (2 minute read)
📺 Video: Nature’s Supercomputer Lives On Your Dog | Big Think | 9 Min
🎙Podcast: Resilience | A Productive Conversation | 40 Min
A dive deep into what it really means to be resilient, what it isn’t, where the confusion may lie and how confusion can rear its ugly head. Robin busts some old myths and how emotions are an important factor.
🤔 Wisdom: 'Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly' - Tim Ferriss