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  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by weekendhobo
    +19 +2

    As Naughty Dog Crunches On The Last Of Us II, Developers Wonder How Much Longer This Approach Can Last

    One Friday night last month, some artists at the video game studio Naughty Dog were working on their latest game when they heard a crash. A large metal pipe had fallen from above them and landed right next to their desks. If it had dropped a few feet closer, the consequences might have been dire. It was late, past 9 p.m., and the construction workers above had perhaps recklessly assumed that nobody was there. But at Naughty Dog, people were always there.

  • Expression
    4 months ago
    by TNY
    +23 +3

    Real estate for the apocalypse: my journey into a survival bunker

    The long read: Doomsday luxury accommodation is a booming business, offering customers a chance to sit out global pandemics and nuclear wars in comfort – as long as they have the money to pay for it

  • Expression
    4 months ago
    by sashinator
    +16 +3

    What Do We Do With Feelings Now That They Don’t Matter Anymore?

    Sarah Miller thinks about climate change and other current horrors, and what it’s like just being sad forever.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by distant
    +30 +12

    The untold origin story of the N95 mask

    It’s hard to think of a symbol of COVID-19 more fraught than the N95 respirator. The mask fits tightly around the face and is capable of filtering 95% of airborne particles, such as viruses, from the air, which other protective equipment (such as surgical masks) can’t do. It’s a life-saving device that is now in dangerously short supply. As such, it has come to represent the extreme challenges of the global response to COVID-19.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +19 +5

    This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation

    You might not want to spend your quarantine in a city. But the rural places many Americans treat as playgrounds, and the workers who keep them running, will suffer for it.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by zritic
    +17 +3

    The Million-Dollar Scammer and His Many Mormon Marks

    As a kid growing up in northern Utah, Chet Olsen would often take his older brother’s shotgun shells, empty out the pellets, and spread them across a flat surface. He would then guide the pellets around, pretending that each one was a sheep he had to tend to. Olsen, now 62, has a salt-and-pepper mustache that accents his serious demeanor, and his boots display telltale signs of a lifetime of hard, hands-on work.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by timex
    +21 +3

    The Lawyer Whose Clients Didn’t Exist

    In 2010, Dung Nguyen, a 39-year-old Vietnamese fisherman living in Dickinson, Texas, decided to take his boat out early in the season. Peak shrimping in Texas’s Galveston Bay wouldn’t begin until mid-August, but Nguyen was saving to send his three children to college, so in April, he began heading out for four or five days at a time. Nguyen was accustomed to long days; he had come to America as a refugee in 1992 and had saved for years to buy his first boat.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by baron778
    +16 +6

    Here's What It Really Costs To Own Or Charter A Private Jet

    One of the ultimate symbols of luxury and affluence is private jet travel. From the dawn of the Learjet-era to today’s ultra-long-range large-cabin jets, the most wealthy people in the world enjoy the unparalleled freedom and privilege that private jets provide. For such an intriguing and vaunted domain, there are a lot of misconceptions about it and the finances required to play within it. With this in mind, we dive into what traveling on and even owning one of these flying 'time machines' really costs and why they are so popular.

  • Analysis
    3 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +19 +4

    How the truth became whatever makes you click

    Just like our education and healthcare systems, our information supply has been heavily commercialised in the past decades. Truth has become a product, aimed at satisfying a need. The advent of digital capitalism turned truth into whatever makes you click.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Nelson
    +17 +3

    "Get the hell off": The Indigenous fight to stop a uranium mine in the Black Hills

    Regina Brave remembers the moment the first viral picture of her was taken. It was 1973, and 32-year-old Brave had taken up arms in a standoff between federal marshals and militant Indigenous activists in Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Brave had been assigned to guard a bunker on the front lines and was holding a rifle when a reporter leaped from a car to snap her photo.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandsalami
    +13 +3

    Sears’ Headquarters Was Supposed to Turn a Sleepy Suburb Into a Boomtown. It Never Happened.

    To lure Sears into a Chicago suburb, officials crafted the largest tax break package ever awarded to a company in Illinois. It resulted in revenue shortfalls, disappearing jobs and unexpected tax burdens, a Daily Herald and ProPublica review showed.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by cone
    +12 +2

    The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?

    In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dynamite
    +3 +1

    An outbreak at Harris County Jail was the 'nightmare scenario.' Then it actually happened.

    Raul Razo and three buddies were knocking out their daily situps and pushups in their 72-man tank at the Harris County Jail in late March when they were overcome. All four were gasping for air. “Uno por uno. Uno por uno,” Razo told his wife in a phone call punctuated by dry coughs. One by one they’d abandoned their workout and slogged off to their bunks.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by jackthetripper
    +4 +1

    How RuneScape is helping Venezuelans survive

    Venezuela used to be one of the richest countries in South America, but it has spent the last 10 years engulfed in a political and economic crisis. What started as the gradual crumbling of the country’s economy in 2010 snowballed into a devastating avalanche of crime, corruption, and mass starvation, leaving millions of people in the country unable to feed themselves or access basic medical supplies. Ninety percent of Venezuelans are now living in poverty, and one of the most extreme and sustained periods of hyperinflation ever recorded means that people working minimum wage jobs are earning the equivalent of $5 a month.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by sasky
    +4 +1

    Racism Is Killing the Planet

    Last week, my family and I attended an interfaith rally in Los Angeles in defense of Black life. We performed a group ritual in which we made noise for nine minutes to mark the last moments of George Floyd’s life. My wife, my oldest daughter, and I played African drums to mark those nine minutes with the rhythm of a beating heart. Da-dum, da-dum, da-dum, over and over again.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +3 +1

    The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now

    The impact of ­COVID-19 on the physical health of the world's citizens is extraordinary. By mid-May there were upward of four million cases spread across more than 180 countries. The pandemic's effect on mental health could be even more far-reaching. At one point roughly one third of the planet's population was under orders to stay home. That means 2.6 billion people--more than were alive during World War II--were experiencing the emotional and financial reverberations of this new coronavirus.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by doodlegirl
    +4 +1

    The time is right to reclaim the utopian ideas of Keynes – John Quiggin

    Ifirst became an economist in the early 1970s, at a time when revolutionary change still seemed like an imminent possibility and when utopian ideas were everywhere, exemplified by the Situationist slogan of 1968: ‘Be realistic. Demand the impossible.’ Preferring to think in terms of the possible I was much influenced by an essay called ‘Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren,’ written in 1930 by John Maynard Keynes, the great economist whose ideas still dominated economic policymaking at the time.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dynamite
    +2 +1

    Where is Tampa’s missing ‘Tiger King’ millionaire?

    Last weekend, a boat with cadaver dogs and sonar puttered around a small lake in Seffner, searching for the body of Tampa multi-millionaire Don Lewis. The search was organized by a group devoted to solving his disappearance. Video of the search, posted to Facebook, showed a black German shepherd barking animatedly in the middle of the lake as a crew filmed for Netflix. But divers plumbed the murky brown water and didn’t find anything.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jasont
    +3 +1

    How Dollar Stores Became Magnets for Crime and Killing

    When Jolanda Woods was growing up in North St. Louis, in the 1970s and early ’80s, she and her friends would take the bus to the stores downtown, on 14th Street, or on Cherokee Street, on the South Side, or out to the River Roads Mall, in the inner suburb of Jennings. “This was a very merchant city,” Woods, who is 54, told me.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TheSpirit
    +3 +1

    What makes people stop caring?

    “If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will." These are the words of a woman whose acts of charity and kindness earned her sainthood – Mother Theresa. They exemplify one of the most baffling aspects of the human response to the plight of others. While most of us will see a single death as a tragedy, we can struggle to have the same response to large-scale loss of life. Too often, the deaths of many simply become a statistic.