Driving Blind: Let Them Eat Amazon Coins!

Derek Thompson outlines the striking disparity between finance and labor coming out of the 2008 collapse. He explores three possible explanations for why.

How do you market death? Or more precisely: funeral services?

Mat Honan urges Google to unify. I for one would love to see the company find a cogent way to integrate its range of cloud-based pseudo-Microsoft services, mobile apps, and Chrome web browser.

John Timmer reviews a competition between quantum computers and traditional ones. Challenges included mapping the optimal route for visiting up to 20 different cities.

Nathan Heller pens a can’t-miss overview of MOOCs and what those in higher education make of them.

When’s the last time you heard of a group of teachers beating someone to death? On the other hand it seems sadly all too easy to find instances of the police doing it.

Christopher Higgs has a wonderful reading list for conceptual literature (compiled for a course he’s teaching this summer). Entries include Kept Women by Kate Durbin and Lucy R. Lippard & John Chandler’s “The Dematerialization of Art.”

If you troll Amazon as much as me, you might also have noticed some weird coins popping up on the homepage. Currently, they’re only for in-game purchases (known as microtransactions), but how wonderful would it be if the online retailer would partner with employers to start paying workers in Amazon coins instead of Benjamins?

You can now read Neil Gaiman’s 2012 commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts in a book designed by Chip Kidd.

Stephen Hawking boycotts Israel, the Boston Globe endorses his position, and Scott McConnell at The American Conservative defends it.

Finally, Corey Robin rounds up the first wave of criticism of his “Marginal Children” essay at The Nation.

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6 thoughts on “Driving Blind: Let Them Eat Amazon Coins!

  1. The tale of the man getting beaten to death reminds me of this tale.

    Stuff like this should not happen in a free country. I suppose I could say that the police do not have the power or right to needlessly take a life, but that is a lie. The President, Congress, the SCOTUS, (and the cowed American people) have chosen to grant the police that power by not doing anything to curb it when events like this happen.

    We tell ourselves the lie, that “Stories like this are horrible, but they could never happen to me”.

    I’m sure David Silva kept the same lie in his heart.

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  2. “wonderful would it be if the online retailer would partner with employers to start paying workers in Amazon coins instead of Benjamins”


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  3. Stories like this make me hate the police so much.

    Then I remember that I only need to hate corrupt cops, and I feel better. Until I start wondering how many are corrupt.

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  4. As I commented on the Derek piece, the Bartels study is pure partisanship. It assumes that there is no debate on how various government actions will harm the poor. For example, it assumes opposition of minimum wage increases is anti poor. In reality the arguments against minimum wage increases are that they will harm the poor, young and unskilled. In other words, Bartels has snuck in his preferred answer to an open question, and then used his sleight of hand to impugn the motives of his opposition. Bad form!

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