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Vroom vroom goes the scooter
The news: The future of transportation is electric cars, and hopefully lighter, smaller electric cars, but also way, way fewer cars.
Disclaimer: I love my e-bike so much. SO goddamn much. I've had it for 2.5 years, it's this one.
A million new models have dropped since I got mine (more on that below), but before we get too excited about my belt drive, let's talk about what's happening with cars and micromobility in America, the country with eight parking spaces for every car:
Dark Brandon approved 35 state plans to build a network of EV chargers
Ford dropped an ultimatum on dealers to pony up and get certified to sell EV's with non-negotiable pricing
It's possible, it's repeatable. Amsterdam used to be car hell. Japan ended their "Traffic War" by building reliable bullet trains, losing on-street parking, and incentivizing tiny cars and walking — all of which provides for cities far safer for ADORABLE CHILDREN.
⚡️What We Can Do: Our friends at Pique made another fantastic 4-minute short, this time on Statiq, the Indian startup electrifying transportation. Watch it, and then check out Ride Review to find your e-bike or scooter!
The news: As America's few remaining pumpkin spice-fueled teachers barrel towards Halloween and white collar offices start to (for real this time) demand workers come back, it's worth checking back in on Long COVID, and specifically "brain fog" (which disproportionally affects women for some reason):
"20 to 30% of patients report brain fog three months after their initial infection, as do 65 to 85% of the long-haulers who stay sick for much longer. It can afflict people who were never ill enough to need a ventilator—or any hospital care. And it can affect young people in the prime of their mental lives.
It is not psychosomatic, and involves real changes to the structure and chemistry of the brain...it is almost always a disorder of “executive function” — the set of mental abilities that includes focusing attention, holding information in mind, and blocking out distractions.
Most people with brain fog are not...severely affected, and gradually improve with time. But even when people recover enough to work, they can struggle with minds that are less nimble than before."
Ed's entire article, as usual, is worth a read. We can't take care of each other if we don't try to understand how we can help.
Also worth your time: one of the new boosters.
We're doing a shit job marketing them, and an even worse time providing people with the time off to get them, but they're fantastic, and protect you against current variants, maybe future ones, and Long COVID, to boot.
⚡️What We Can Do: If you've got any managerial responsibility whatsoever, give your people the good news, and then give them the time off to protect themselves and each other from both COVID and the flu.
"We need more immigration judges. A lot more...There are 1.8 million pending immigration cases and only 576 judges to process them. That's 3,125 cases per judge, with 715,797 new court cases recorded in 2022 so far. You can do the math."
Anyways! Let's finish this section with a quick rundown on our complex (but delicious) food system:
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"U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says his office was informed this summer that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is building a massive database with content seized from Americans’ cellphones at the border.
Without warrants, the agency permits thousands of employees to search the database “for any reason,” the Oregon senator said.
Wyden, who is a 20-year veteran of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that DHS employees are keeping virtually no records describing the purposes of these searches, an oversight that commonly engenders abuse, and makes auditing the practice impossible."
I have been relentlessly covering data privacy and data ethics for a long time and don't plan on backing off anytime soon.
America's surveillance apparatus, kickstarted by the Patriot Act so long ago and having fueled more than a couple trillion dollar companies, affects every part of our life -- often without our knowledge, much less our permission.
⚡️What We Can Do: Call your senators and insist they support S.2957, Senator Wyden's "Protecting Data at the Border Act" to prohibit accessing digital contents of electronic equipment of a US person at the border without a warrant.