Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The beautiful balance between courage and fear - Inside the cult of crypto

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Israeli Pharma Giant Teva Found Responsible for Opioid Addiction Epidemic in New York TrialSputnik 

The expedition is her own story to tell, and I cannot do it justice by summarising it (watch her fascinating TED talk here!). However, the point is that despite not being able to walk down the Grand Canyon, despite discovering a fear of heights, and despite having to overcome some serious obstacles, she did it

The beautiful balance between courage and fear

WhoWhatWhy’s Best Government Integrity Stories of 2021

“This year, WhoWhatWhy launched a Government Integrity unit to dig into the powerful but poorly monitored functions of the permanent government: health and interior departments and regulatory agencies in Washington and across the country.  Here are some of our favorite stories from that new team…”

Email is an awful online ID that we use for almost everything

Vox: “…Today, Gmail is the most popular email service in the world, which has created a seemingly limitless number of what I collectively refer to as the Other Sara Morrisons: people who share my name and who, for whatever reason, enter my Gmail address when they mean to use their own. Their frequent invasions of my inbox have made me realize how much trust many of us put in a system that wasn’t designed to do some of the things we’ve come to use it for. Email isn’t just a communication tool; it’s also an identifier and a security measure. Companies use it to create profiles of you when you start accounts with them and it often doubles as your username. Your email can also serve as your account recovery tool when you forget your username or password. 

All of this from something that doesn’t require you to verify your ID and that most people get to use for free, provided by a giant corporation that wants to harvest our data. In premium email provider Hey’s words, email is the “skeleton key to your digital life.” Well, I have a skeleton key to a lot of other people’s digital lives, too…”

The Raven, created earlier this year (details here), is “a magazine of original philosophy written for intellectually curious readers with or without academic training in the discipline.” The magazine “aims to revive an essayistic style of philosophy that was more common in academic venues as recently as thirty years ago but has gradually disappeared — that is, to publish contributions to the ‘literature’ that deserve to be called literature.” It is edited by David V. Johnson and J. David Velleman.

The first issue contains pieces by C. Thi Ngyuen, Nishi Shah, Alexander George, Kyla Ebels-Duggan, Lisa Herzog, and Sally Haslanger. You can check it out here.