Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Story Of That Viral Image Of Ruby Bridges And Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris


Saturday’s good reading and listening for the weekend 

What people in other forums are saying about public policy Continue reading 

The Story Of That Viral Image Of Ruby Bridges And Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

The idea came from a 62-year-old Black man, the art from his collaborator, a 23-year-old white woman. “Not long after the photo illustration went viral, Bridges shared it with a comment on Instagram. ‘I am Honored to be a part of this path and Grateful to stand alongside you,’ she wrote.” – Los Angeles Times

Isaac Newton’s ‘Principia’ Wasn’t Just A Scientific Landmark, It Was Surprisingly Widely Read When It Was New

“Historians have discovered that the first, limited edition of the seemingly incomprehensible book in fact achieved a surprisingly wide distribution throughout the educated world. An earlier census of the [1687] book, published in 1953, identified 189 copies worldwide. But a new survey by two scholars has found nearly 200 more — 386 copies in all, including ones far beyond England.” – The New York Times

The Pandemic Has Leveled The Playing Field For Smaller Theatres

How did a theatre in West Yorkshire get Derek Jacobi, Stephen Fry, Alfred Enoch, Rebecca Front, Celia Imrie and Griff Rhys Jones? Well, streaming makes some things a little easier. It even snagged a review in The New York Times. And it’s not alone: “With live performances either difficult or impossible since March, many other agile theatre-makers have also been experimenting with recorded audio and video works that blur the traditional boundaries.” – BBC

Rome’s Infamous Graffiti Artist Is No Longer Anonymous

And Geco isn’t seen with the same, let’s call it reverence, that many give Banksy. Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi: “‘He has soiled hundreds of walls and buildings in Rome and other European cities, which had to be cleaned using public funds.’ She posted a photo of ‘hundreds of spray paint cans, thousands of stickers,’ and other tricks of the trade that she said investigators had confiscated from the apartment of Rome’s most-wanted graffiti painter.” – The New York Times

Scientists Create a Buzz With the First Ever Global Map of Bee Species Smithsonian (original). The original is worth a look because it’s structured in a way that makes it easy to pick out the (human-readable) high points. Thank you, Current Biology!

Millennium Seed Bank celebrates 20 years of preserving plant heritage Euronews

How hedge fund traders known as the SPAC Mafia are driving an $80 billion investment boom with a no-lose trade. Forbes

Why Google Dominates Advertising Markets (PDF) Dina Srinivasan, Stanford Technology Law Review

Judge smacks down Ernst & Young’s aggressive tax strategies for audit client Coca-Cola Francine McKenna, The Dig. Deck: “It’s not enough for auditor EY to be in the spotlight for frauds at Wirecard, NMC, and Luckin. EY is also defending dubious tax avoidance schemes in court.” 

1 big thing: Small-town home runs Felix Salmon, Axios