Wild Times, 33
November 26, 2017
1 – Who Are the New Yuppies? – J.C. Pan @ New Republic
"While a desire to buy organic root vegetables might seem innocuous enough, there is a disquieting side to inconspicuous consumption. Aspirational-class parents reproduce their class position for their children in ways that are even less visible, but far more significant and expensive, than dressing them in artisan-made organic cotton tees. They buy their kids boutique health care, take them on enriching trips to the Galápagos, and—most importantly—equip them with every educational advantage, from high-end preschools to SAT tutors to Ivy League tuition. In 2014, the top one percent spent 860 percent more than the national average on education."
2 – Multilevel-marketing companies like LuLaRoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis – Alden Wicker via Quartz
“I was urged to stop paying my bills to invest in more inventory. I was urged to get rid of television. I was urged to pawn my vehicle. I just had to get on anxiety meds over all of it because I’ve started having panic attacks.”
3 – The Secret Economic Lives of Animals – Ben Crair @ Bloomberg
"Wasps do it, baboons do it. Economics isn’t just a human activity."
4 – In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos – Pam Belluck @ The New York Times
"Scientists have long feared the unforeseen medical consequences of making inherited changes to human DNA. The cultural implications may be just as disturbing: Some experts have warned that unregulated genetic engineering may lead to a new form of eugenics, in which people with means pay to have children with enhanced traits even as those with disabilities are devalued."
5 – The Hijacking of a $100 Million Supertanker – Kit Chellel & Matthew Campbell @ Bloomberg
6 – The Manhole in the Meadow – Karrie Jacobs @ Curbed
"Why Prospect Park, 150 years later, is still America’s premiere example of man-made nature."