Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

Opinion | Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’ – The New York Times

Here’s a sobering thought: The older we get, the harder it is for us to learn, to question, to reimagine. This isn’t just habit hardening into dogma. It’s encoded into the way our brains change as we age. And it’s worsened by an intellectual and economic culture that prizes efficiency and dismisses play.

— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-alison-gopnik.html

A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/

The vanishing billionaire: how Jack Ma fell foul of Xi Jinping | Financial Times

Alibaba founder’s dramatic rise and fall illustrates China’s wary embrace of tycoons who power economic growth
— Read on www.ft.com/content/1fe0559f-de6d-490e-b312-abba0181da1f

Alexei Navalny, desperately ill in jail, is still Putin’s nemesis | The Economist

An open letter demonstrates the international support he enjoys | Europe
— Read on www.economist.com/europe/2021/04/16/alexei-navalny-desperately-ill-in-jail-is-still-putins-nemesis

Brazilian Cerrado savanna: miners descend on Indigenous reserve

The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state covers 1.75 million hectares (4.32 million acres) along the nation’s border with Venezuela and Guyana. It is home to 26,705 Indigenous people.

The territory has been under pressure from invaders for decades, even after being demarcated in 2005. But illegal incursions are reaching a new peak now, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 gold miners operating in the reserve.
Incendiary speeches by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emboldened the miners, say experts, while attempts to crackdown on wildcat mining in the Yanomami Territory in the Amazon rainforest may have pushed illegal miners operating there into the Cerrado savanna where most of Raposa Serra do Sol is located.
— Read on news.mongabay.com/2021/04/brazilian-cerrado-savanna-wildcat-miners-descend-on-indigenous-reserve/

Who’s the Most Popular YouTuber in Every Country?

This interesting graphic gives an overview of the world’s most popular—and the highest paid—YouTubers in 187 different countries.
— Read on www.visualcapitalist.com/worlds-most-popular-youtubers/

Kim Potter Will Be Charged With Manslaughter in Daunte Wright Killing – The New York Times

Kimberly A. Potter, who resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, was arrested on Wednesday.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/us/kim-potter-charged-daunte-wright.html

Opinion | My Police Union Holds Bad Cops Accountable – The New York Times

The Ethical Society of Police isn’t afraid to speak out against police misconduct.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/opinion/police-officer-unions.html

Police Told to Hold Back on Capitol Riot Response, Report Finds – The New York Times

Despite being tipped that “Congress itself is the target” on Jan. 6, Capitol Police were ordered not to use their most powerful crowd-control weapons, according to a scathing new watchdog report.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/capitol-police-riot-report.html