A Vertical Forest Is Growing in the Middle of One of Europe’s Dirtiest Cities. So that’s awesome. Thanks to Jonathan Klein for the link.
Die Like a Man: The Toxic Masculinity of Breaking Bad. Wonderful, wonderful article.
The masculinity described in Breaking Bad is something deeply pernicious, a cultural dogma that damages, warps and limits men, isolating them from their emotions and from others. It promotes violence, retribution, and a hierarchy built upon the backs victims both male and female.
The 10 Stealth Economic Trends That Rule the World Today. I had no idea, about any of these ten things. Good to know, quick to read.
‘Countdown’ Explores the Effects of Our Overpopulated Planet. Cool interview. I’d not heard of the book nor the author, but he raises some really interesting points. I also like that he’s analyzing religion in pragmatic terms, in that their response to birth control or the lack thereof is about balancing the power of their organization vs. the happiness of their followers.
Also, big ups to Italian women:
Italy is a great example of what is the best contraception of all, which is educating women. Italy has one of the highest percentages of female Ph.D.s and females who have graduate degrees anywhere on earth and the Italian women simply know that in order to do something with that education – they want to have kids, of course, but one or two is all they can have and also have the career that they’ve prepared themselves for, which also is financially important for their families.
Perfect for today. No further description necessary.
Finland and Nokia: An affair to remember. Great, great piece. Worth reading through, especially if you care at all about Nokia or Finland. Some key selections:
For a start, Nokia is older than Finland. Much older.
Nokia gave back to Finland with huge tax revenue and an insatiable demand for highly skilled workers. The latter drove changes to an educational system whose schools are now ranked the best in the world.
…the marriage is over. Finns saw it coming, they prepared for it, and in many ways they have already moved on. But like only the most important of relationships, when the time came to break up, it still hurt like hell.
Can Mass Transit Solve City Sprawl? Interesting that the 1960s saw highways destroying mass transit systems. It makes sense, though I hadn’t heard that directly, and it makes me think how life could have been if that had never happened. To me, this seems to be more the future. Self-driving cars might touch towards this, but buses and trains make even so much more sense.