The end of social mobility is a problem because the more our elites draw from a narrow segment of the population, the less they look like everyone else and that raises problems of legitimacy. You only have to look at our politicians and the general antipathy towards them to know why this matters.
From All that is solid
A theme park based on The Hunger Games is opening in Dubai, giving residents the chance to imagine a world with massive economic inequality where the wealthy ruling class kills the poor for their own entertainment.
Imagine! (Via Nerdist)
“Insects make up about two-thirds of all life on Earth [but] there has been some kind of horrific decline,” said Prof Dave Goulson of Sussex University, UK, and part of the team behind the new study. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land inhospitable to most forms of life, and are currently on course for ecological Armageddon. If we lose the insects then everything is going to collapse.”
Well, that’s not terrifying at all. From The Guardian.
Canada’s talented and prolific Steve Eggers returns with a new album on October 26th. Last year’s Alejandro’s Visions was a very good, nearly great, collection of songs loosely tied together by a concept. Eggers’ voice has always reminded me a bit of Andy Partridge’s, but on the new single I’m Lucky, it’s hard not to hear shades of Paul McCartney, both in the sound and the melody. Not that I’m complaining.
It’s unfashionable these days to care about quantified self services like Strava. It has, in some parts, a bad reputation for those who can only see the segment-chasing alpha males. But for the majority of us who’ll never see a KOM or QOM and whose only competition is ourselves, Strava is a ledger of quiet achievement.
Andrew Travers | Running and not running
Technocrats make mistakes, it’s true — many mistakes. Brain surgeons also make mistakes. That does not mean I’d be better off handing the scalpel to Boris Johnson. Better a flawed expert than a flawed amateur. Democratically elected politicians are not well placed to do technical work and neither are voters. Where democracy is not up to the job, we turn to technocracy instead.
From Undercover Economist