What are we reading? June 13, 2019

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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:

The field of Democratic candidates for president has grown to 23. This political writer wonders: Do any of them have a clue about what they’re doing? – The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/magazine/democratic-primary-candidates-iowa-caucus.html

 

Parents, be happy: The clothes you bought your teens are being resold by them online and helping them gain social media influence. – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/06/depop-live-selling-clothes-influencers/591595/

 

Doris Burke is the NBA’s best television analyst. Players trust her questions and provide her the most sincere answers. – The New Yorker

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/in-praise-of-doris-burke-basketballs-best-tv-analyst

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Interested in the rapidly expanding size of the human footprint in urban settlements worldwide and what is getting stepped on in that expansion? The European Space Agency has got it mapped using radar and optical satellite imagery.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Mapping_our_global_human_footprint

 

China's debt problem will be the world's debt problem sooner than later, as will the slowdown in the country's economy. The growth of its private companies, which are major contributors to China's GDP, has stalled along with their access to bank credit. – Petersen Institute for International Economics

https://piie.com/blogs/china-economic-watch/chinas-private-firms-continue-struggle

 

Graphene to the rescue in the race to improve energy storage. – IDTechEx

https://www.idtechex.com/en/research-report/graphene-2d-materials-and-carbon-nanotubes-markets-technologies-and-opportunities-2019-2029/669

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Here’s a humourous piece that discusses rampant caffeine use in society in a way similar to how many articles discuss cannabis and other drug use. – Filter Magazine

http://filtermag.org/2019/06/10/if-we-wrote-about-caffeine-like-we-do-other-drugs/

 

If only more Metro Vancouver transit stations were like New Westminster’s Plaza 88 development. It’s amazing to me that there is not more retail immediately adjacent other stations. Christopher Cheung does a good job here exploring the evolution of the station and how it is different from others. – The Tyee

https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/06/10/New-Westminster-Plaza-88-Transit-Development/

 

Donald Trump could win in 2020 by doing what he appears to be doing: using a campaign strategy that worked for Obama, says a former Obama campaign operative. – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/trump-could-win-2020-heres-what-democrats-can-do/591265/

 

It’s always interesting to see Vancouver through an outsider’s lens, and that’s the case here with this examination of the city. – NPR

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/05/726531803/vancouver-has-been-transformed-by-chinese-immigrants