Chernobyl, World War II Bombs, and the Tiananmen Protests

Weekend Reads: June 7, 2019

GM’s Hands-Free Driving Feature to Work on 70,000 Additional Miles of Highways This Year

Sean O’Kane | The Verge | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot feature, GM’s self-driving technology can only be activated on highways that GM has laser-mapped and approved for use. Their latest expansion is a big step forward.

Why HBO's "Chernobyl" Gets Nuclear So Wrong

Michael Shellenberger | Forbes | Retweeted by Adam Thierer

Some critics of HBO’s mini-series lament the fact that it sensationalizes nuclear power, but the show’s creator argues his intent is to show that lying, arrogance, and suppression of criticism are dangerous.

Post-It Note War over Flowers Deemed ‘Most Middle-Class Argument Ever’

Lucy Middleton | Metro | Shared by Tyler Cowen

On a street in London, a passive-aggressive note asking neighbors to not pick flowers kicked off a war of notes and a viral social media post.

World War II Bombs Still Pose a Threat to German Cities

Feargus O’Sullivan | CityLab | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok

Germany’s housing shortage has led to an increase in construction, but undetonated bombs from World War II have the potential to cause destruction, injury, and death across the country.

Online-Privacy Laws Come with a Downside

Bernhard Warner | The Atlantic | Tweeted by Brent Skorup

While the essence of the General Data Protection Regulation is already flawed, some countries are using it to curb unfriendly press coverage.

Dismantling Free Markets Won't Solve Biodiversity Threat

Matt Ridley | HumanProgress | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

Capitalism and the spirit of free markets has the potential to bring new life to the biodiversity movement, as it helps to recover species and cut down on waste.

‘Food Doesn’t Grow Here Anymore. That’s Why I Would Send My Son North.’

Nicholas Kristof | The New York Times | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

In Guatemala, drought and winds have destroyed crops. The only option for many is to migrate, although it poses significant risks.

What I Learned Leading the Tiananmen Protests

Wang Dan | The New York Times | Retweeted by Michael D. Farren

The leader of the Tiananmen Square protests believes the current trade negotiations between the US and China could be used to liberalize Chinese college students.