- # 193120 pts - Scout: monstertuckWall Street Journal | Jason Gay | 4 min1 read1 comment7.0Wall Street JournalJason Gay|4 min1 read7.0monstertuck1 week ago
As an avid sports fan that is returning to work after some extended family leave, I feel the same way! The sports were great while on leave, now it isn't my full-time job and I feel like I'm missing games, the action and fandom. Alas...there are apps to track all of that, but good grief how is one supposed to consume it all!
Instead, the strategy was to enforce a lockdown until the virus was eliminated. The elementary school never bothered with more effective but disruptive policies—reducing class size, remodelling facilities, instituting outdoor learning—because the virus was not spreading in Chengdu. And, while the government hadn’t trusted people to set the terms of their own behavior during lockdown, it did depend heavily on their willingness to work hard for various organizations that fought the pandemic.
At the beginning of the pandemic and explosion of cases in the U.S., I certainly had more faith that we would outwit and escape it quickly, often laughing at the 'radical' and 'tyrannical' approach China took. But 170K deaths later in the U.S. makes you wonder if our sense of freedom over life will be the downfall of our 'melting pot' society.
This article was an excellent take from an American inside China. Really loved the perspective, and it certainly makes me want to live abroad as an adult to offer my children the exposure his daughters had.
- AOTD on 8/21/20 - Scout: monstertuck
"Governments can legislate all they want, but prohibiting stuff with eager buyers and sellers is super hard"
Interesting take on gyms during the pandemic, but has applicability to all prohibitions...makes me think about the legalization of drugs and if that perhaps is a better solution than try to continue the war on drugs...I know this isn't a new idea, but having never lived through a real prohibition makes you realize things you never realized before.
- -0 pts - Scout: KapteinBVanity Fair | Katherine Eban | 7/30/20 | 25 min2 reads1 comment9.5Vanity FairKatherine Eban|7/30/20|25 min2 reads9.5
A must read to understand the inner-workings of the U.S. administration, which is missing any semblance of leadership, politicalization of all things and massive failure to put together a disaster response strategy to save thousands of American lives. All things - the UAE contract, the lack of new funding in the relief fund, a departed plan that at least seemed like a start...ahh it's all just incredibly sad and demoralizing. I basically now have no hope of the pandemic getting 'better' until there is either new leadership and a vaccine. I cannot see the current administration recovering to provide effective guidance on how to distribute a vaccine.
- AOTD on 7/23/20 - Scout: SEnkeybellingcat | 7/20/20 | 25 min11 reads4 comments9.6bellingcat7/20/20|25 min11 reads9.6
So much going on in this article, but I like the approach of outlining this not only as an idea but also the mechanisms behind which it would become a reality. I think it is a bit far fetched, but at the same time should that stop us from getting the 'best teachers in front of every student regardless of where they are located?'
I do believe there is a bit lacking in terms of if this is to augment traditional schooling or if it is to rip it down and replace it entirely. There are lots of solid nuggets in here, and as someone with close ties to education and education technology, I think there are several ways this idea could be tweaked to bolster it both as a new realm for Disney and also as a way to transform education overall.
- AOTD on 7/17/20 - Scout: m3industriesThe New York Times Company | Ali Watkins, Michael Rothfeld, Corina Knoll | 7/11/20 | 17 min17 reads6 comments10The New York Times CompanyAli Watkins, Michael Rothfeld, Corina Knoll|7/11/20|17 min17 reads10
First Covid piece that I've sat down to read in awhile. I personally have lost focus on it, but the numbers coming in with the recent surge of positives and hopsitalizations across the sunbelt are alarming. We are going to see more of Dr. Breen's and people like her severely impacted by this for years to come. Incredibly sad. Dr. Breen seemed like an incredibly accomplished professional, it's sad she left us too soon.
As a side note - Dr. Breen seemed to be like many young(ish) professionals trying to do everything. I worry that one side effect of career success, community engagement and personal development is over commitment and burnout. Obviously, for Dr. Breen, it took an unfathomable event to be the 'straw' that broke the camels back, but I fear that too many of us (myself included) run to fast. We need down time. We need rest and reflection. It's okay to indulge in Netflix or say no to work / social engagements to focus on you.
- washingtonpost | Natalie B. Compton | 6/23/20 | 9 min1 read1 comment8.0washingtonpostNatalie B. Compton|6/23/20|9 min1 read8.0
Fun take on how to get through the pandemic with wanderlust...definitely missing travel, but hadn't considered biking somewhere to escape.
As someone that is a huge sports fan, this could have been a little more scathing of the MLB and the MLB players. I'm tired of no sports, I'm tired of only having the UFC to watch on primetime tv, I miss the anxiety of the final minutes of a game and the story of underdogs. However, I have zero, none, zilch sympathy for the MLB owners and players. As the story highlights they are all millionaires or billionaires fighting over millions of dollars while the 30M Americans are filing for unemployment benefits. I really have lost a lot of respect for these guys. Not that I enjoyed baseball much in the first place, but it's the easiest major sport to be socially distant in and they have butt-fumbled their return.
- Marker | ROB WALKER | 6/1/20 | 20 min3 reads5 comments8.0MarkerROB WALKER|6/1/20|20 min3 reads8.0
Interesting two pronged articles with the first part being around the tech and product/market fit that Robinhood capitalized on. The founders did an incredible job of getting to know their customer and then developing a product that met what the customer wanted.
The second element around the psychology of why Robinhood has been successful luring younger investors into investing is interesting as well. As someone that had a Robinhood account and then was forced (by employment reasons) to return to a traditional brokerage, I can say Robinhood made trading so much easier. It really is like click and buy, versus having to go through lengthy buying processes with terrible UI/UX and then paying $20 per trade. It's remarkable that Robinhood is spurring the demise or consolidation of brokerages, but kind of surprising it hasn't brought them all down faster.
Overall - worth a read!
- AOTD on 6/5/20 - Scout: billLondon Review of Books | Eliot Weinberger | 6/4/20 | 30 min8 reads4 comments8.0London Review of BooksEliot Weinberger|6/4/20|30 min8 reads8.0
As my blood simmers under my skin, it's just crazy that Trump's truths are so askew. I actually really appreciated the Tweet analysis...it clearly shows a guy trying to deflect the 100,000+ lives lost, the racial tensions gripping the country and the economy falling out from underneath us. Vote people...I don't know if we'd survive another 4 years of this leadership vacuum.
- The New York Times Company | MUJIB MASHAL | 5/26/20 | 20 min1 read0 comments7.0The New York Times CompanyMUJIB MASHAL|5/26/20|20 min1 read7.0
- Pocket | 4 min1 read1 comment7.04 min1 read7.0
Personally love this song, the original primarily. I've belted it out in countries across the world - where it is surprisingly popular. It's not lost on me through, how far separated it is from the continent, the people and the landscapes of the African continent - which is also just absurd that we think of an African continent rather than the individual countries, cultures, cities, etc. that make up the entirety of the continent. All in all, music is meant to be an escape - whether from heart break, or to escape to a daydream. Thus, I'm not going to stop belting this out when I hear it...in fact I'm going to listen to it right now as I sit locked down inside my home far, far away from Africa.
- Wall Street Journal | Bradley Hope, Alastair Gale, John Lyons | 4/3/20 | 19 minWall Street JournalBradley Hope, Alastair Gale, John Lyons|4/3/20|19 min1 read10
This is actually pretty crazy. I love reading about North Korea. It's such an extreme example of the opposite end of the political spectrum from democracy. It's crazy that there is a rogue vigilante group out there trying to assist/force defections from top DPRK leaders. I feel like if this isn't a movie already, it will be in a few years.
- Wall Street Journal | Ben Cohen | 4/1/20 | 4 minWall Street JournalBen Cohen|4/1/20|4 min1 read10
Not a huge fan of Steph, or the fact that I think we're giving too much attention to athletes right now. But in a world replete of sports currently, this was a surprisingly human article. Also, how crazy is it that he didn't have a basketball hoop at his house???
- washingtonpost | Adam Kilgore, Simon Denyer, Rick Maese | 3/27/20 | 14 min2 reads1 comment10washingtonpostAdam Kilgore, Simon Denyer, Rick Maese|3/27/20|14 min2 reads10
As a big fan of the Olympics, I have to say this reads like an unnecessary political drama. The side agreements, and the AUS Olympic Committee speaking out in advance of the meeting between the two leaders being orchestrated, etc. all seems fanciful. This seemed like an overly apparent decision that had to be made, yet due to the egos of two men it had to play out in a soap opera-like fashion. I understand there are big $$$ behind every Olympics, but come on - athlete and fan health and wellness should have made this an easy decision for the IOC.
- AOTD on 3/16/20 - Scout: bill
I think this question and mentality persist in the corporate world as well, and I’m 100% behind the work smarter not harder. I think leaders are starting to realize this too focusing more on employee experience and well being. However, will be a slow transition as generations transition out of leadership roles.
- AOTD on 3/13/20 - Scout: jbuchana
Appreciate the realist mentality of this article. Also enjoyed the links to many other articles, documents and sources of information. It's becoming clear that even though symptoms are relatively minor, Covid-19 is no joke. I'm personally working from home and trying to minimize social interactions as much as possible. Scary times in the US and not sure we are being as aggressive as needed. My mom and dad both around 60 work in rural Virginia. They see many clients every day and have yet to really adopt any significant precautions, which concerns me. Fingers crossed more people read this article and take it seriously.
- monstertuck10 months ago
I have personally taken to Pelotoning in hotels where the bike is offered. I can legitimately say that I have had all the feelings the author describes. Immediately after my first ride, I texted my wife and told her we needed to get one. We now use the app and both spin, run or do strength workouts multiple times a week. It makes exercise so easy when someone is telling you what to do. I really hope they succeed as a public company and continue to see success into the future. If America Ninja Warrior can do it, why not Peloton?
- AOTD on 10/22/19 - Scout: monstertuckThe New York Times Company | Alex W. Palmer | 10/16/19 | 67 min4 reads3 comments10The New York Times CompanyAlex W. Palmer|10/16/19|67 min4 reads10monstertuck11 months ago
While we don't hear about fentanyl and opiod OD's as frequently as we did a few years ago, this article highlights the challenges of investigating and preventing the epidemic. It also highlights the shady world of secretarial companies in Hong Kong. I know it isn't only a Hong Kong problem, but the fact that it is so openly acknowledged as a standard business practice is concerning in one of the world's largest financial centers.
- AOTD on 9/10/19 - Scout: monstertuckELLE | Jessica Roy | 8/27/19 | 33 min4 reads1 comment8.0ELLEJessica Roy|8/27/19|33 min4 reads8.0
Interesting article that starts with a crazy story. However, I felt that the end of the story kind of just fizzled without a conclusion. The personality description and background of Sam could have come earlier in the article. However, it's a really interesting story about power, terrorism, ideology, personality, and much more. Worth the read.
- AOTD on 7/20/19 - Scout: nisroc
This is crazy. Admittedly, I do not know nearly enough about the history of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and the rest of SE Asia. I feel like what we often hear in classrooms or on TV are stories of a failed war highlighting American heroism. While this article was somewhat similar, it highlighted a little known Hmong movement and General in addition to the perilous story of the Ravens. Really enjoyable read.
- AOTD on 8/7/19 - Scout: monstertuckOutside Online | Rowan Jacobsen | 7/31/19 | 13 min23 reads12 comments9.5Outside OnlineRowan Jacobsen|7/31/19|13 min23 reads9.5
Nobody will miss these shitty little brown things when they’re gone - love this quote.
- AOTD on 6/18/19 - Scout: monstertuckThe Atlantic | William Langewiesche | 6/17/19 | 54 min7 reads1 comment10The AtlanticWilliam Langewiesche|6/17/19|54 min7 reads10
Interesting article, but still leaves us without a plane and answers. Unfortunately, for those of us far removed from the accident, it doesn't hit as close to home as I'm sure it does for the families. I'm glad it is still getting coverage, and hope that one day there is more conclusive evidence to either the motivations or the actual events that transpired.
- Wall Street Journal | Ben Eisen | 1/4/19 | 5 minWall Street JournalBen Eisen|1/4/19|5 min1 read-
Wow, post 2008 mortgage crisis this has red flags written all over it. The author does a nice job point out a few stats that are alarming without signaling things are terrible. It's also interesting to read the titles on the cover of WSJ.com today. You have this article discussing slowing wage growth but another article discussing the booming job growth numbers. You also can see through all the volatility in the markets currently that people are scratching their heads around overall economic health right now. As someone looking to buy a home in the next 24 months, I'm optimistic about prices dropping, but I understand that would likely lead to hardship for these 'risky' home buyers that have bought over the past few years through the different assistance programs.
- The New York Times Company | Walt Bogdanich | 12/30/18 | 12 min2 reads2 comments-The New York Times CompanyWalt Bogdanich|12/30/18|12 min2 reads-
The title might be slightly misleading as it really focuses on a Ukranian oligarch that is accused of bribery in India. Unfortunately for McKinsey, this builds on other recent reports by the NYTimes that paints the company in a bad light. It seems that the NYT might have some sort of vendetta against McKinsey as I suspect there could be similar stories (not just this one) written about other professional services firms. Overall, I enjoyed reading it though as it was a bit of a cross-border, geo-political tug of war between two allies. Will be interesting to see how it plays out...I hope for continued reporting on the case.
- AOTD on 7/16/18 - Scout: monstertuckBleacher Report | Leo Sepkowitz | 7/12/18 | 9 min6 reads3 comments-Bleacher ReportLeo Sepkowitz|7/12/18|9 min6 reads-
Super interesting to see athletes transition from playing fields to business settings. I knew the superstars of the world (LBJ, KD, and Brady) were all engaged in VC and angel funds, but did not know how pervasive it was among other lesser known athletes. Could be an interesting place to look for unique opportunities as a start-up needing cash.
- The New York Times Company | TARIQ PANJA | 5/25/18 | 7 minThe New York Times CompanyTARIQ PANJA|5/25/18|7 min1 read-
As a soccer fan, I'd love to see national teams play more at a high level. However, I worry about a few things if two new tournaments were added on a quadrennial or biennial schedule. First, the players. They are already playing in many games per season with a short off season. Even shorter when there are international tournaments. Secondly, the devaluation of existing competitions and titles. This seems like another potentially sketchy deal involving FIFA, and as their track record shows, they are not above profiteering at the expense of the beautiful game, human rights and fans.
- Wall Street Journal | William Boston | 7/10/18 | 5 minWall Street JournalWilliam Boston|7/10/18|5 min1 read-
Good take on why tariffs will hurt American blue collar workers. While automobiles are an easy target for tariffs across the globe, it will likely impact more marginal workers in U.S. agriculture even more. I cannot see a way that this is resolved that makes either the U.S. as a whole or individual industries better off.
- AOTD on 7/10/18 - Scout: joanneThe New York Times Company | ANDREW JACOBS | 7/8/18 | 9 min10 reads5 comments-The New York Times CompanyANDREW JACOBS|7/8/18|9 min10 reads-
Sad to see such basic issues as healthcare multilateralism overcome by corporate interests - especially in the case of something so basic. Obviously, pharma companies have an interest in maintaining some protection over their research driven drugs, but a promoting basic practices like breast feeding is stooping to a whole new level. What's next, not promoting hand washing or teeth cleaning?
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