What We’re Reading This Week—April 25th

This second edition of “What We’re Reading” contains everything from new executive pay rules, to a change in a significant climate change targeting convention. We highly recommend you read these!

Bloomberg News: How to Hack An Election

Summary: To quote the article, “Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.”

Best Quote: “When Peña Nieto won, Sepúlveda began destroying evidence. He drilled holes in flash drives, hard drives, and cell phones, fried their circuits in a microwave, then broke them to shards with a hammer. He shredded documents and flushed them down the toilet and erased servers in Russia and Ukraine rented anonymously with Bitcoins. He was dismantling what he says was a secret history of one of the dirtiest Latin American campaigns in recent memory.

The Atlantic: The Diseases You Only Get if You Believe in Them

Summary: To quote the article directly, “An exploration of syndromes that are unique to particular cultures.”

Best Quote: “What’s the role of story in all of this? Either the stories we tell ourselves on an individual level or the stories that exist in our culture? Like for example, a lot of people in Hainan where there was an outbreak of penis theft, thought that there was a fox spirit wandering around villages stealing people’s genitals at night.”

Foreign Policy: Under President Sanders, the Planet Will Feel the Burn

Summary: Energy analysts argue in a fascinating piece that Sander’s energy proposals will worsen climate change not mitigate it.

Best Quote: “Third Way crunched the numbers and found that getting rid of nuclear power means U.S. carbon emissions would “go up dramatically,” and in the worst-case scenario, could “wipe out a decade’s worth of progress” and return U.S. carbon emissions to levels last seen in 2005. That’s because retired nuclear plants would almost always be replaced by natural gas or coal. Freed said that when the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant was shuttered in 2014, the electricity shortfall was largely made up by burning more coal.”

Washington Post’s Wonkblog: What your first name says about whom you support for president

Summary: Some really cool data analysis concerning names and political support

New York Times: In an Age of Terror, an Early Start on the Presidential Transition

Summary: The Obama Administration has begun planning for the Presidential Transition and is planning to meet with campaign representatives in order to ensure an orderly process.

Best Quote: “The Obama White House has begun planning for the next transition, a task akin to a giant corporate merger, but one that involves the federal government’s 4,000 senior executives and a $4 trillion budget. And it will all be compressed into the 72 days between the election on Nov. 8 and the Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration.”

New York Times’ Magazine: How Hillary Clinton Became A Hawk

Summary: She’s a realist…sort of. Definitely worth the read

Wall Street Journal: New Rules Curbing Wall Street Announced

Summary: Analysis of new proposed rules to curb executive pay and change pay incentive schemes to promote long term financial stability.

Bloomberg News: Obama’s Brexit Intervention Makes Waves in U.K., Ripples in U.S.

Summary: Analysis of the Brexit debate and of the responses to Obama’s recent remarks on the topic.

Best Quote: “Most people see him in broadly benign terms and so long as he keeps it vague, any intervention might be seen in terms of friendly advice from a concerned neighbor,” said Steven Fielding, professor of politics at Nottingham University. Obama benefits as well in comparison to his predecessor George W. Bush, who was viewed with something between bafflement and horror by Britons.

Bloomberg News: The Half Degree That Will Change Earth

Summary: The 2 degree increase in temperature convention that has been adopted by countries looking to mitigate climate change is woefully inappropriate.

Best Quote: “The difference between the two worlds will be the difference between living at the upper end of our current climate and living in one humankind has never experienced. Monthlong heat waves in a 1.5C world might drag on for six weeks in a 2C world; the rate of sea-level rise would be a third faster; 90 percent of coral reefs may be destroyed by the end of the century, as opposed to 70 percent.”

Washington Post WorldViews: How bad are most of India’s medical schools? Very, according to new reports.

Summary: New develops suggest that India’s medical schools are far worse than we thought they were. All sorts of ethical questions abound as well.


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