Friday, October 16, 2020

A digital euro is on its way

Covid: how Excel may have caused loss of 16,000 test results in England Guardian

My accidental arrest amid a protest rally exposes a deeper concern: the abuse of state power  By Simon Rice Law Professor 

How The Fear Of Getting Eaten Shapes The World

Ecologists have long known that predators play a key role in ecosystems, shaping whole communities with the knock-on effects of who eats whom. But a new approach is revealing that it’s not just getting eaten, but also the fear of getting eaten, that shapes everything from individual brains and behaviour to whole ecosystems. – Aeon

A digital euro is on its way FT

The arts sector is already suffering. This year's budget just pours salt on the wound | Leya Reid

The Guardian by Guardian staff reporter

The Coalition has demonstrated its lack of interest in helping a job-rich industry hit hard by Covid-19

You can preorder a $100 ‘Trump defeats COVID’ commemorative coin at White House Gift Shop USA Today

Trump Coined $100

WaPo Publishes Paranoid Screed Cautioning Readers Not To Let Russia Make Them Paranoid Caitlin Johnstone 

Global Capital Is the Tail That Wags the U.S. Economic Dog Michael Pettis, Foreign Policy


When Market Logic Comes for the FamilyAmerican Compass


Amazon Study of Workers’ Covid Is Faulted Over Lack of Key Data Bloomberg. “But three experts interviewed by Bloomberg said the data was… essentially useless for employees trying to assess whether it’s safe to show up for work.” That’s not a bug. It’s a feature.

How to Potty Train Your Cat: A Handy Manual by Charles Mingus Open Culture. From 2011, still germane.

Black Hole Scientists Win Nobel Prize in PhysicsScientific American. Very on-brand for 2020

The World Risk Poll is the first ever global study of worry and risk across the world.  The poll was conducted by Gallup as part of its World Poll, and is based on interviews with over 150,000 people, including those living in places where little or no official data exists, yet where reported risks are often high. The World Risk Polls covers the biggest risks faced globally including new findings on subjects such as risks faced by women, safety of food, experience of serious injury and violence and harassment in the workplace, climate change, and online safety. 

The poll will enable businesses, regulators, governments and academics to work with communities to develop policies and actions that save lives and make people feel safer.  This landmark piece of research will be undertaken at least four times over eight years and the weight of knowledge accumulated will contribute in a more significant way than any past research, to making the world a safer place. 

The poll reveals new insights – for example demonstrating that demographic factors are generally a better predictor of risk perception than experience; and new findings that tell us how across the world, different groups of people experience risk in very different ways. The Poll highlights discrepancies between people’s perception of risk and the actual likelihood of them experiencing those dangers. For the first time, we learn how safe people feel; how they perceive risk and what risks they experience everyday. Explore the poll now to discover more about the everyday risks people worry about and face across the world…”