Weekend Required Reading

  1. Money for nothing: German university offers ‘idleness grants’. Forget the MacArthur Genius grant, this is the one you want because these are the best grant questions of all time. “The application form consists of only four questions: What do you not want to do? For how long do you not want to do it? Why is it important not to do this thing in particular? Why are you the right person not to do it?”
  2. China restaurant apologises for weighing customers. What possibly could go wrong?
  3. Born to Be Eaten. What’s at stake in the fight over development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? A caribou herd, and a culture that relies on it.
  4. Where Did BIPOC Come From? Just when you thought the humble blog couldn’t be any more woke.
  5. Joe Biden’s Secret Untapped Weapon. “By some estimates, nearly 60 percent of eligible Latino voters in battleground states, who tend to view Mr. Trump unfavorably, will sit out the 2020 election. Rallying these voters — most of them young, most of them hostile to Mr. Trump — will be vital to capturing the White House.”
  6. Senator yells ‘f—, f—, f—‘ on live television during DeJoy testimony as Congress still learns how to use videoconferencing tech. You cast the first stone, I’m certainly not going to.

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