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Unraveling Roe

The United States Supreme Court looks ready to dramatically curtail the right to have an abortion. What’s the context? Why is this happening now? What’s likely to happen next? Vox has a good 20-minute explainer in their podcast Today, Explained.

From Weekly Filet #373, in December 2021.

    The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe

    If you live in Europe, you should take the time to read this. If you don’t live in Europe, you’ll still want to read it. a) because it’s terrific reporting and b) because it covers a global issue that will only get more pressing as climate change will force millions more people to migrate. Is this really the rich part of the world’s answer?

    From Weekly Filet #373, in December 2021.

      Omicron: Uncertainty, uncertainty, uncertainty

      In highly uncertain contexts, as a rule of thumb, I trust those who are uncertain. Since the new coronavirus variant was first discovered last week, a lot of commentators’ favourite exercise has been jumping to conclusions. It’s an understandable reflex (fuelled by anecdotes and confirmation bias), but it’s really not helpful. Answers will emerge, in due time. So, as so often with this pandemic: Stay calm, play it safe, read Zeynep Tufekci.

      From Weekly Filet #373, in December 2021.

        Books we love

        Delightful, as every year. NPR’s collection of the best books of the year, grouped into helpful, somewhat opaque categories like Seriously Great Writing, Eye-Opening Reads, or It’s All Geek To Me. Enjoy browsing!

        From Weekly Filet #373, in December 2021.

          25 amazing journeys for 2022

          Maybe I’m overly pessimistic, but I’m not yet convinced that there will be a lot of travelling in 2022. (One good thing about having small kids during a pandemic — there aren’t many — is that FOMO is reduced, as you already factored in missing out on a lot of things). So, rather than taking this piece as inspiration for near-future travels, I’m using it as an opportunity for a bit of virtual globetrotting.

          From Weekly Filet #372, in November 2021.

            How Africa will become the center of the world’s urban future

            The numbers are staggering: By 2100, Lagos is predicted to be home to 80 million people. A city ten times the size of current New York City. Of the 20 most populous cities in the world, 13 will be in Africa. This piece by The Washington Post offers an excellent deep dive into urban development, with portraits of five megacities (Lagos, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Mombasa, Abidjan).

            From Weekly Filet #372, in November 2021.

              The most important number you’ve never heard of

              When we talk about carbon pricing, we usually refer to an actual price paid for emitting a tonne of CO2. That price can be fixed as a tax or be the result of permit trading. So, mostly politics with a bit of economics. The «social cost of carbon», is an attempt to define the real cost of carbon emissions, both for current and future generations. Money quote: «The social cost of carbon was needed because otherwise the benefits will always be measured in tonnes of carbon, and the costs in dollars, and the dollars will always win.»

              From Weekly Filet #372, in November 2021.

                What Is The Future Of Gender?

                It’s progress that in more and more contexts, people can opt out of stating their gender, or are given options beyond the traditional male/female dichotomy. But why do so many forms and documents ask for a gender in the first place? Good food for thought from a (somewhat older) episode of the Flash Forward podcast.

                From Weekly Filet #372, in November 2021.