Being "alive and healthy" is good for your nation's GDP. / Rodrigo Senna
The Baffler,  May 16, 2016

Daily Bafflements

Who will watch over the self-driving cars?

Being "alive and healthy" is good for your nation's GDP. / Rodrigo Senna
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• Anxiety is on the worldwide march and, according to the Guardian, “Obvious social, cultural and economic factors include the financial crisis of 2008 (. . .) and the subsequent austerity, overwork, unemployment and unaffordable housing.” Gary Greenberg wrote about the callow frame WHO researchers put around this phenomenon on the Baffler blog.

• “When politicians pledge to protect manufacturing jobs, they really mean a certain kind of job: well-paid, long-lasting, with opportunities for advancement. Those aren’t qualities associated with working on a factory floor; they’re qualities associated with being a member of a union.”

• Are you a “vehicle-safety specialist,” a.k.a. a human person? Google’s looking for the likes of you to supervise its notorious self-driving cars.

• “No human investment manager will be able to beat the computer”: robots are taking billionaires’ jobs.

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 September 8

DACA was no DREAM. It was, at best, one of those restless afternoon naps one sometimes takes on a bad day hoping to wake up to something better.

 September 5

Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire, I say, shut up, the lot of you.