This report on sand mining in Mozambique for raw materials in China
let us back to this great little Quartz “
Obsession” piece from last year on the politics and dangerously imagined abundance of sand
. More sand content please.
If you are or have ever been stuck in some flavour of corporate cubicle life where terrible HR practices and bad management speak have made your nights sleepless and sweat-drenched, the WSJ
’s expose (or, ummm, “sunshining”) of the dark management monsters “unencumbered by emotion” stalking the hallways of Netflix
should make for delicious, horrifying Halloween reading. We’ve heard a lot in the past about their ruthless firing practices, but this is next level. Like the best horror, it’ll make you feel better about your own personal hells. [As ever with the WSJ
, the article is paywalled but just Google the headline
and it should let you read the whole thing at least once.]
Today Brazil goes to the polls for what seems almost sure to be an embrace of dangerously homophobic strongman populism under Jair Bolsonaro. If you want a sense of what that’s going to mean for anybody who’s gay in the country, this deeply personal reflection by musician Bruno Capinan
is just a little heartbreaking.
We don’t say often enough just how good The Players’ Tribune
can be, but if you need to be convinced, let Darius Miles and his interjecting editor Q take you “back to when the NBA was still the NBA. Way back when I had the pager with the two-way alert" for the wildly fun and surprisingly gripping read that is “What the Hell Happened to Darius Miles?”
Fine art: “Jesus Tried to Cheer up Paul McCartney -Using a Lambchop Puppet”
, Buy it Now at US $257,000. Have at it.
The Canadian stereotype of politeness is nowhere more true than in our news. TV anchors everywhere have dumb grins and cheerful attitudes, but even our national news magazines seem to beam with pride for the honour of transmitting important news from important people. Why does Toronto society have such an effect on our media? It is because it seems so attainable? In any case, it’s a relief to read the (American magazine) Businessweek
’s cover story on the suspicious death of Toronto billionaires Barry and Honey Sherman. Native Torontonian Matthew Campbell takes a deep-dive into Canada’s underbelly of generic pharmaceuticals, multi-level marketing, and Cheetah Power Surge energy drink.
Finally, a piece that goes beyond the empty police statements, and avoids sinking into reverence for the family’s philanthropy or sycophancy for the Canadian elite.
And not speaking at all of Toronto politeness, we still haven’t read the definitive article on what the hell’s going on at Deciem
— could somebody please write this crazy story so that we can share it?
Why bother with the messy business of business when you can win the lottery and become a billionaire with the full blessing of the state, with all the pomp of a traffic report on the morning news.
Although, apparently, it’s “a terrible time to win $1.5 billion”
so, y’know, don’t feel so bad.
Graphed: “Yearly frequency of colons in titles of academic articles within literary studies.”
How Kit Kats rose to the top of the Japanese candy pile
. Break me off a piece of that.