The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Bean Box coffee, grab a seat on the beach, and get ready for our long-form weekend read:
• Americans are terrible at vacationing. Why are US workers so bad at taking vacation time? US companies are stingy with vacation time compared to other countries. But US workers don’t seem likely to leave the workplace anyway. (grid)
• In Seattle, it’s almost normal: The pandemic may have left some gaps in the urban fabric, but a neighborhood-by-neighborhood rundown of new restaurants and arts events reveals that recovery is underway. (New York Times)
• The family that mined Pentagon data for profit: Freedom of Information Act helps Americans learn what the government is doing. The Poseys exploited this – and became unlikely defenders of transparency. (of wire)
• Tech tool offers police ‘comprehensive surveillance on a budget’ “Local law enforcement is on the front lines of trafficking and missing persons cases, yet these departments often lag behind in technology adoption,” Matthew Broderick, a Fogg managing partner, said in an email. “We fill a gap for underfunded and understaffed departments.” (AP)
• Why Effective Philanthropists Fear the AI Apocalypse A Conversation with Philosopher William MacAskill. (New York Magazine)
• No Promises: Does Alcoholics Anonymous Work? Perhaps the most convincing feature of AA is that it feels terrifying to begin with. Sometimes that feeling doesn’t last through the first meeting. You hear something you can (borrowing from Wallace here again) identify and you’re filled with hope, and it feels like a simulacrum, I’m sorry to say, but it’s better. (plough)
• Your doppelganger is out there and you probably share DNA with them That person who looks like you is not your twin, but if scientists compare your genomes, they can find many similarities. (New York Times)
• Behind the American Rights Fascination with Viktor Orbán: Praise of dictators was once seen as a disorder of the left, but American conservatism has its own disreputable history. (Atlantic)
• This company is about to grow a new organ in a person for the first time A volunteer with severe liver disease will soon undergo a procedure that can grow them a second liver. (MIT Tech)
• Foreign candies put American candies to shame: It is much more than taste. (Atlantic)
Be sure to check out our Masters in Business interview this weekend with Lynn Martin, president of the NYSE, part of the Intercontinental Exchange. The NYSE is the world’s largest stock exchange, with 2,400 listed companies and a combined market cap of ~$36 trillion. He started his career in Global Services at IBM.
How Americans feel about law enforcement and the military
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