Apparently structure is the only thing that can keep me from writing a lazy 1,200 words every day this week, so here is a numbered list:
6: Things Mark Zuckerberg should do with his $45 billion, according to Sarah Jeong.
4: Good explanations of what’s up with the Bourne Zuckerberg Initiative’s LLC structure.
- John Cassidy on “The Rise of Philanthrocapitalism.”
- Natasha Singer and Mike Isaac (feat. Kendrick Lamar), “Control.”
- Nadia Eghbal suggested it’s about disruption.
- And Robert Frank said yeah it’s at least partly about the tax implications.
Whenever you see the phrase “tax-efficiency” substitute “thieving from the public,” its true meaning.
— Maria Bustillos (@mariabustillos) December 2, 2015
2015: The year The Washington Post’s feel-good “Inspired Life” column had to find a mass shooting angle.
1.05: Mass shootings per day in America as of day 336 this year.
1,900,000+: Gun purchase background checks were performed in October, 2015. The Intercept’s Lee Fang collected quotes from a bunch of gun sellers cheering the profitability of mass shootings.
“(Sighs). I don’t know. What do you want me to say? ‘See previous?'”
-President Obama, 12/2/15
— Ariel Dumas (@ArielDumas) December 2, 2015
400: Days between the murder of Laquan McDonald and the court-ordered release of the video proving that police lied about it. Also the number of times Chicago police have shot civilians since 2007, according to this excruciating account of Politico’s Mike Allen sucking up to Chicago mayor and zombie with no conscience Rahm Emanuel.
0: How many shootings “thoughts and prayers” have ever prevented. Also the number of valid points expressed in this profoundly misguided Atlantic article that confuses prayer with pious platitudes intended to publicly conceal complicity.
1: Excerpt that should be enough to convince you to read all of Eula Biss’s exceptional NYT Magazine essay on white debt and white guilt:
“The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning” is the title of an essay Claudia Rankine wrote for The New York Times Magazine after the Charleston church massacre. Sitting with her essay in front of me, I asked myself what the condition of white life might be. I wrote “complacence” on a blank page. Hearing the term “white supremacist” in the wake of that shooting had given me another occasion to wonder whether white supremacists are any more dangerous than regular white people, who tend to enjoy supremacy without believing in it.
∞: Number of years Transhumanist presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan wants to live, according to the epic Verge profile Elmo Keep was born to write. Bonus: type “zoltan” on the landing page.
100%: How much longer it takes men to pee at a urinal when there’s another man next to them, according to Choire’s disarming (and disrobing) investigation of modern gym locker rooms.
33: The number of minutes Intern José was late with his tabs today.
Today’s Song: Robert Palmer, “Addicted to Love“
~Your heart sweats, your body shakes, another tab is all it takes~
I’m trying something new this month and having guest tabbers come in and do a topical issue on Fridays, so get excited now because tomorrow Sarah Jeong will be here with Law Tabs! It’ll be like 2 1/2 Useful Articles. And I’ll see you next week, 4.22 mass shootings from now, on Fast Company and in your email.
Does “Christ, I forgot how awful that “Bad Blood” video was” count as prayer? ↩