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Journal 199

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This week — animal cognition, fintech services, corruption allegations in Angola, and urban silence.

If you only read one thing — The New York Times on Rudy Giuliani is worth the time.


The Fog of Rudy | The New York Times | Politics

The eventful career of Rudy Giuliani is examined in this compelling profile, culminating in his role as attorney to Donald Trump. As the author observes - "The real question is perhaps not ‘What happened to Rudy?’ It’s ‘What happened to us?’ Today, anything seems possible for those who are willing to say and do anything.”

A Journey Into the Animal Mind | The Atlantic | Science

This story examines research into animal cognition suggesting that many animals have far richer inner lives than previously thought.

Visa, Plaid, Networks, and Jobs | Stratechery | Business

A piece unpacking what VISA's acquisition of a fintech startup can teach us about the power of networks, and the future of consumer payments.

Revealed: how Angolan ruler's daughter used her status to build $2bn empire | The Guardian | Politics

The story of alleged grand corruption perpetrated by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former President of Angola.

Sound and the city | Curbed | Society

A story examining the lack of silence in urban environments, and its impact on the people living in them.


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