What are we reading? January 17, 2019


Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

We are two years into the Trump administration, and there are at least 50 “unthinkable” events in the presidency. You might have forgotten them, they are so plentiful. - The Atlantic



China is perceived as the ascendant superpower, but does it have the population to assert in this century? Demography suggests perhaps not. - The New York Times



How do we make decisions? It’s not what you think. -The New Yorker



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

In its quest for long-term energy security, China has become one of the main engines driving the global energy transformation. - Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation



And who is going to come up with all the financing required to bankroll that transformation? A U.K. perspective. - The UK Energy Research Centre



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Washington Post writer Greg Sargent on Trump’s “hidden helper,” Mitch McConnell. The U.S. Senate majority leader’s refusal to rein in an out-of-control president isn’t just “passive acquiescence,” Sargent says. “In fact, this is better seen as an active enabling, on one front after another. And we are likely to learn much more about just how damaging this has been soon enough.” - Washington Post



Who’d have thought the cookie business could be so dog-eat-dog? The makers of Hydrox have filed a complaint with the U.S. government that Oreo has unfairly bounced Hydrox cookies from stores to secure shelf supremacy for its own creme-filled chocolate treats. - Wall Street Journal



Hayley Woodin, report:

This story inspires more questions than it answers. (For example: How much business does a "font detective" get? How did someone come up with the idea to investigate the history of Calibri?) Long story short, bankruptcy fraud was foiled because someone used the wrong font. - National Post



Influential Instagram accounts get hacked, hijacked and held ransom. But the social media platform reportedly takes so long to solve these issues that some users rely on “white-hat hackers” to regain access. The story also highlights some of the digital world’s authentication challenges. - Motherboard



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Was curious to read this piece by Isaac Asimov, published 35 years ago, about what he foresaw to be the state of the world in 2019. - The Star



Fascinating response by Jody Wilson-Raybould to what many saw as her demotion to be minister of veterans affairs, after being Canada’s justice minister. - JWilson-Raybould.Liberal.ca



Mark Emery’s January 16 Facebook post response to allegations of sexual impropriety was gripping reading and a very enlightening look into the man. - Facebook



Tyler Orton, reporter:

An ex-FBI hostage negotiator gives his take on what it will take to make a deal amid U.S. government shutdown - CNBC



We heard all the rumblings of foreign talent seeking jobs in Canadian tech in the wake of Trump’s election. Two years later, here’s how the story is playing out. - Washington Post