Jan 17, 2021

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John McCain’s Apache Land Grab Is Finally Happening

By Nick Martin
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  • Located in what is now the Tonto National Forest, the area of Oak Flat, known as Chi’chil Bildagoteel, is a sacred place that, since time immemorial, has hosted the Apache tribal nations’ Sunrise Ceremony, a traditional rite of passage for Apache youth.
  • The rider accomplished what the Arizona Republican had been trying to do through standalone legislation since 2005—hand over 2,400 acres of sacred Apache lands to the mining company Rio Tinto, which has long eyed an area known in the English tongue as Oak Flat for the massive deposits of copper that rest miles beneath its surface.
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The Incredible Power and Learned Helplessness of Twitter and Facebook

By Jacob Silverman
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  • Deplatforming is the most effective way to stop popular social media users from using the organizing and broadcast tools of big platforms to spread hate, conspiracies, and lies.
  • (Promising yet-to-be-realized AI solutions, Facebook has become notorious for outsourcing content moderation to overworked human contractors traumatized by the horrific material they must monitor.) For years, Facebook has known that its algorithms push people toward extremist groups and misinformation, but it didn’t cause concern because it produced more user engagement.
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The Dream Job That Wasn’t

By Clio Chang
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  • Some dream job listings go viral, like the one from San Francisco’s East Brother Light Station, which advertised an opening for a couple to live and work in a historic lighthouse-turned-inn for $130,000 (total) per year.
  • It’s a relatable impulse, but I imagine most dream jobs are more like running a lighthouse bed-and-breakfast for 40 paying guests than a paid vacation.
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Transcript: The Future of Telecommuting

By The Politics of Everything
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  • Laura Marsh: If you do an office job, there’s a good chance you spent a lot of the last year staring at your colleagues on Zoom, working at a table somewhere in your home, maybe wearing sweatpants.
  • Laura: We’re coming up for nearly a year of a lot of people taking part in this kind of unprecedented experiment of working from home, and I think we’ve learned a lot.
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How a Democratic Senate Can Ease the Coronavirus Crisis

By Melody Schreiber
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  • Congress will likely take up pandemic relief bills immediately, potentially addressing everything from social safety nets to health infrastructure and even the Affordable Care Act.
  • Crucially, a Democrat-controlled Congress could put more funding toward key public health initiatives: rolling out the vaccine, expanding testing and contact tracing, and creating a national genomic surveillance program for the virus to track possible mutations.
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Post-Work Migration and the End of America

By Felipe De La Hoz
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  • But the nature of work is changing in ways that we haven’t fully grasped, supercharged by a global pandemic, an automation horizon that could banish entire industries, and a climate crisis that will create new demands on labor while environmental catastrophe pushes people out of their homes, upending the lives and jobs they once knew.
  • In the United States, where much of that migration is currently directed, there were more than 28 million foreign-born people working as of 2019, collectively comprising more than 17 percent of the country’s entire workforce.
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