Tangential Tuesdays #27

Why Renewables Can't Save the planet, Where Warren's Wrong, Immigration, Mueller, Ovitz...

Covering a bit more political related news that usual this week. Hopefully it doesn’t get too spicy 🌶️. Enjoy this week’s newsletter!

Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet

This is a somewhat cynical, heavily bias article, but I think it makes some really strong points. It’s not enough to just pour $$ into renewable energy, we have to be smart and really think hard about how we’re doing it.

“Over an 80-year lifespan, fewer than 200 people will die from the radiation from the worst nuclear accident, Chernobyl, and zero will die from the small amounts of radiant particulate matter that escaped from Fukushima.”

Read the article here.

How much immigration is too much

I enjoyed this wide ranging article written by an immigrant on both the enormous benefits, and perils of immigration.

Favorite snippets:

  • By 2027, the foreign-born proportion of the U.S. population is projected to equal its previous all-time peak, in 1890: 14.8 percent.

  • Of the 122 Americans who won a Nobel Prize from 2000 to 2018, 34 were immigrants.

  • ~1/2 white americans agree with the statement: “Things have changed so much that I feel like a stranger in my own country.

  • Almost half of white millennials say that discrimination is as big a problem as discrimination against blacks.

It’s a long read, but worth it. Lots of fun facts, good arguments, and surprises throughout.

You can read the article here.

Where Warren’s Wrong

A few weeks ago, Senator Warren published this article with the tagline: “It’s time to break up Amazing, Google and Facebook”.

A lot of people had takes on both sides of this statement, but many of them were based mostly on emotion rather than rational thinking.

“I appreciate Senator Warren raising these issues; they are indeed critical not only for the world today, but also the world we wish to create in the future. That, though, only increases the importance of getting things right: the history, the fundamental problem, and the nature of tech.”

Read Ben Thompson’s spot-on analysis here.

Mueller’s investigation is over.

Watching people at work talk about the Mueller trial over the past week is almost like watching people gear up for a sporting event.

Politics and entertainment have more in common than we like to believe.

This article is an interesting take on why Americans should breath a sigh of relief.

Again, I’m not sure I agree with most of the article. But - I appreciate the way it challenges the way many of the people around me reacted.

Read the article here.

More to check out:

👨‍💻Women: Learn to Program this Summer

🛫Boeing 737 Max jet drama

🧳Away on How I Built This

⚛️ Quantum computing for the curious

🌸How to Cook the First Asparagus of Spring [Spring is coming !]


Personal

It’s been almost 7 months since I moved to San Francisco. Moving somewhere completely new can be super hard in the beginning.

First you question if you’ve made the right choice. It takes longer to settle in than you expect.

But by the time you leave you’re always torn in the opposite direction. I have no idea how long I’ll be in SF for, me weekends like this past one make already in love with the city 😍.

That’s all for this week. I hope you have a fantastically tangential day 🤷‍♂️

- Taylor