What are we reading? July 18, 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:

It is an American study, but a harrowing one for millennials nevertheless. A large portion of today’s entry-level jobs are jeopardized by emerging technology, and while there are ways to mitigate the impact, time is running out. – McKinsey and Company



The extraordinary fire at Notre Dame Cathedral was nearly catastrophic. An investigation reveals it nearly collapsed, no thanks to bumbling. – The New York Times



An admittedly biased choice of my son’s reflection on walking and its connection to literature. – The Atlantic



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Global trade and business bribery boom keeps getting bigger thanks to Canada and other anti-corruption laggards. Transparency International 



Coming soon to a department store near you: electronic socks. - Wearable Technology Insights



Something else to blame on the rich: climate change. The Guardian



Tyler Orton, reporter:

The insidious way fast-food jobs are leading to severe worker burnout. Vox



The joke goes, “How do you find your way out of an Icelandic forest? You stand up.” After the Vikings razed 95% of Iceland’s forests, the campaign continues to restore the island nation’s former foliage. AFP



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Running a restaurant profitably has always been a challenging task but this piece argues that, at least in the U.S., there are too many restaurants chasing too few consumer dollars, and we are poised for a shake-up in the sector – particularly if there is a recession on the horizon. – Seattle Times https://www.seattletimes.com/business/weve-just-lived-through-the-greatest-period-of-restaurant-growth-in-u-s-history-heres-why-its-ending/


With Pete Buttigieg leading recent fundraising efforts among the many Democratic challengers to be the party’s 2020 presidential candidate, I found this profile of him compelling. It may also have been the headline: Pete Buttigieg’s Life in the Closet, And why it took him until 33 to come out. – New York Times