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The Atlas Of Redistricting

FiveThirtyEight

If you’ve never heard of gerrymandering or never quite understood what it means, this is the place to start (and it really is an important issue you should be aware of). If you do, however, know what gerrymandering is, this is a great piece to go deep and explore in detail how re-drawing districts in various ways affects long term winning probabilities.

Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

Stratechery

The trouble with filter bubbles, we often hear, is that they give us more of what we know and like, and create ideological silos by shielding us from opposing views. I don’t think this is entirely true. We do get to see opposing views, but through the lens of people who share our beliefs. And thus we hardly ever get the opposing side’s best arguments. So, as a strong believer in net neutrality, stumbling upon this keen case against it was refreshing.

The 2nd Amendment is 145 characters. How would you rewrite it?

Los Angeles Times

Sadly, massacres like the one in Las Vegas this week, are always followed by the exact same cascade of reactions and non-actions. If you followed the news, you have – once again – learned how unique the USA is in terms of gun violence, you’ve heard the calls for action and the pushbacks referencing the 2nd amendment. It’s almost numbingly predictable. Here’s where I think the LA Times had a good, novel idea: The 2nd amendment is 226 years old – and deemed outdated by some (because arms looked a little different back then…). So the Times asked their readers: How should it be rewritten?

Published in Weekly Filet #250