I’m going to try picking the three most frightening posts, three most hopeful posts, and three most interesting posts (that are not particularly frightening or hopeful) from February.
3 most frightening posts
- Collapsing oil prices played a big role in bringing down the Soviet Union, and now are likely to cause chaos in societies across Africa and the Middle East. On the other hand, oil prices just might come roaring back.
- 77% of jobs in China may be threatened by automation.
- Drought has become severe in some very populous areas of Southeast Asia.
3 most hopeful posts
- There are some practical ideas for how to develop potentially dangerous technologies more safely.
- There is some solid math behind Bernie Sanders’s economic plan. And a Sanders-Warren ticket just might save us from the next crippling financial crisis.
- A variable carbon tax could be phased in a way that takes advantage of upswings in the economy without exacerbating the downswings.
3 most interesting posts
- The U.S. election season certainly is getting interesting, although not really in a good way. ontheissues.org has a useful summary of where U.S. political candidates stand…what are the words I’m looking for…on the the issues. Nate Silver has an interesting online tool that lets you play around with how various demographic groups tend to vote.
- Fire trucks don’t really have to be so big.
- Titanium dioxide is the reason Oreo filling is so white.