Read — 2018/01/11

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. No college kid needs a water park to study“, by James V. Koch (NY Times). Agreed. Interestingly, I don’t recall the author once addressing students’ mental health…which they do need to study.
  2. In France, some say #MeToo has gone too far“, by William Horobin & Sam Schechner (Wall Street Journal).

    “Insistent or awkward pickups aren’t a crime…This fever for sending ‘pigs’ to the abattoir [slaughterhouse], far from helping empower women, in reality serves the interests of the enemies of sexual liberation.”

    I don’t agree with the letter (English translation), but I respect its authors for calling attention to an aspect that they must realize will make them unpopular. See also this response by Caroline De Haas, which argues that flirting and harassment is not a difference of degrees but a difference of nature (with this I strongly agree. But how is nature measured? By the solicitor’s testimony? This may not be honest… By the response elicited? This may not be fair…); CNN’s article (CNN); and “French feminists blast Catherine Deneuve & Co over #MeToo slam“, by Nancy Tartaglione (Deadline).

  3. Bigger companies once meant much bigger pay. No more.“, by Theo Francis (Wall Street Journal).

In a separate pen, today’s selection of articles on crypto-assets:

  1. Bitcoin plunges as South Korea crafts cryptocurrency crackdown“, by Eun-Young Jeong & Gregor Stuart Hunter (Wall Street Journal, 2018-01-11).
  2. China quietly orders closing of bitcoin mining operations“, by Chao Deng (Wall Street Journal, 2018-01-11).
  3. It’s only a matter of time before China lifts crypto exchange ban, entrepreneur says“, by Dan Murphy (CNBC, 2018-01-03). To be determined. The entrepreneur is Bobby Lee, CEO of crypto-wallet company BTCC. So he presumably knows the market, but he also has a personal interest in his statement becoming (or at least being viewed) as true.
  4. China’s interference on bitcoin tests currency’s foundation“, by Chao Deng (Wall Street Journal, 2017-09-18).