Update on our favourite topic, those sonic weapons in Cuba (and China)—we still don’t know what’s going on. And the scientists are getting frustrated.
Epic sale at Taschen books
(ends today) just thought you’d wanna know.
What if draining the swamp just leaves a bunch of stinky gunk sitting out there in the open? The Supreme Court ruled the SEC’s unelected, circularly unaccountable judges to be unconstitutional, in a big win for… the shady loan shark that brought the case. Matt Levine wanders from this story into a couple others that reveal the fundamental farce of finance
. What's left if we all stop believing?
Tesla fans are facing the same question. One such devotee, Martin Tripp, heeded the call of the disruptor in chief and moved to Nevada to work at the Gigafactory. Now he's blowing the whistle about Tesla’s troubling manufacturing practices
and being labelled a hacker / terrorist / sore loser / “horrible human being” by Musk himself.
MoviePass had to have known the cinema chains would steal its business model, as AMC has now done.
MoviePass may have called the inevitable future of the industry, but that was the easy part. They should have used their head start to build a user base dedicated to something other than unsustainably low prices. Trying to partner with Netflix, Amazon, or even Rotten Tomatoes would have been smarter than pestering the industry incumbents to join forces.
The New York Review of Books has a great series of World Cup essays
going throughout the tournament, the best of which so far has just gone up, in which Mona Eltahawy draws the threads between the timid turnout of the Egyptian team and the country’s repressed soul, the Russian adventure both “the mirage we endlessly chase and the uncomfortable reflection of questions we refuse to confront.”
Pat Grant’s work-in-progress The Grot
is one of the best comics we’ve read in years. Stinky, funky, post-apocalyptic fermented grifts on the slow side of Fury Road. While we wait for its conclusion, he’s just put the first 128 pages online for free
And, speaking of brilliant Australians, if you have Netflix and haven’t yet watched Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette
, that’s what you need to do with your next hour. It’s the kind of comedy set that turns you inside and out, leaving you wondering what comedy is, who you are, why any of us are.