‘You can’t close’: Melbourne’s last video store determined to stay open in streaming era | Melbourne | The Guardian

Picture Search owner Derek de Vreught aims to stick around as browsing for DVDs becomes a niche experience
— Read on www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/19/you-cant-close-melbournes-last-video-store-determined-to-stay-open-in-streaming-era

American Economic Association

Medicaid provides health insurance for millions of America’s most vulnerable people. In 2015, it covered 40 percent of all children at a cost of roughly $90 billion. Some have worried that this price tag is too high. 

But in a paper in the American Economic Review, author Andrew Goodman-Baconasserts that Medicaid coverage for children has more than paid for itself in the long run.

Goodman-Bacon found that Medicaid eligibility in early childhood reduced mortality and disability and increased employment up to 50 years later. As a result, young children in the 1960s and 1970s, who grew up with Medicaid, became healthier adults who paid more work-related taxes and relied less on welfare. 

— Read on www.aeaweb.org/research/charts/childhood-insurance-medicaid-adult-health

Automation can be our friend, but we must not let it turn into a foe | Robert Skidelsky | The Guardian

The growth of mechanisation brings many benefits, yet vigilance is needed to keep it in check
— Read on www.theguardian.com/business/2021/sep/25/automation-can-be-our-friend-but-we-must-not-let-it-turn-into-a-foe

Two disbarred lawyers sued a Texas doctor who performed an abortion. Flustered ‘pro-lifers’ are backpedaling | Moira Donegan | The Guardian

Anti-choice groups are embarrassed that their draconian law is being enforced the way it was designed
— Read on www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/26/texas-doctor-abortion-sued-pro-lifers-backpedaling

A guide to every privacy setting you should change now – Washington Post

From Facebook to Venmo, staying on top of your privacy starts with these key settings.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/technology/interactive/2021/privacy-settings-guide/

Pennsylvania Central York school district reverses book ban after backlash – The Washington Post

The Central York School District in Pennsylvania reversed its “freeze” on a list of anti-racism books and educational resources focused almost entirely on titles related to people of color, including children’s books on Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/09/24/pennsylvania-school-book-ban-diversity/

Epik hack by Anonymous reveals hidden far-right data – The Washington Post

The colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers. Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/25/epik-hack-fallout/

How Sickle Cell Trait in Black People Can Give the Police Cover – The New York Times

Sickle cell trait has been cited in dozens of police custody deaths ruled accidental or natural, even though the condition is benign on its own, a Times investigation found.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/05/15/us/african-americans-sickle-cell-police.html

South America drought: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia suffer climate change – The Washington Post

From the frigid peaks of Patagonia to the tropical wetlands of Brazil, worsening droughts this year are slamming farmers, shutting down ski slopes, upending transit and raising the price of everything from coffee to electricity.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/24/argentina-brazil-south-america-drought/

We Need Software Updates Forever

Consumers have relied on the good graces of device makers to keep our gadget firmware and software secure and up-to-date. Doing so costs the manufacturer some of its profits. As a result, many of them are apt to drop support for old gadgets faster than the gadgets themselves wear out. This corporate stinginess consigns far too many of our devices to the trash heap before they have exhausted their usability. That’s bad for consumers and bad for the planet. It needs to stop.

We have seen a global right-to-repair movement emerge from maker communities and start to influence public policy around such things as the availability of spare parts. I’d argue that there should be a parallel right-to-maintain movement. We should mandate that device manufacturers set aside a portion of the purchase price of a gadget to support ongoing software maintenance, forcing them to budget for a future they’d rather ignore. Or maybe they aren’t ignoring the future so much as trying to manage it by speeding up product obsolescence, because it typically sparks another purchase.
— Read on spectrum.ieee.org/we-need-software-updates-forever