What are we reading? October 1, 2020

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

 

Glen Korstrom, reporter

There’s some excellent journalism in the New York Times’ long read about U.S. President Donald Trump’s business losses, tax avoidance and tax returns. – New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html?referrer=masthead

 

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall on what the debacle of Trump’s shockingly infantile – even for him – debate behaviour signals for this U.S. election:

“Rage, narcissism, self-loathing, fear – each vividly on display. We got a clear view last night of something very basic about this moment. The country isn’t so much facing an election as a hostage negotiation. Trump is losing, probably not just the presidency but just as critically his immunity from the law. Does he come out peacefully? Or is he one of those degenerates who kills his wife and kids on the way out?” – talkingpointsmemo.com

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/downfall

 

Russell Smith on the outsized influence of artificial intelligence on journalism, and how algorithms lowered a curtain of digital invisibility over his longtime Globe and Mail column. – The Walrus

https://thewalrus.ca/how-algorithms-are-changing-what-we-read-online/

 

Donald Trump says Canada wants to hurry up and reopen its border to the U.S. Sez you, says Public Safety Minister Bill Blair. – The Star

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2020/09/25/donald-trump-says-canada-wants-to-reopen-its-border-with-the-us-not-so-fast-says-bill-blair.html

 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

OK. This really is the tipping point for serious climate change action: a looming global beer shortage. – How Stuff Works

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/conservation/issues/goodbye-to-beer-if-climate-change-continues.htm?utm

 

Next up in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic's second wave: a test for Neanderthal genes. Judging by the current level of political discourse, expect long lineups. – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/sep/30/neanderthal-genes-increase-risk-of-serious-covid-19-study-claims


 

Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

Jesse Kline: How conspiracists could prolong the pandemic – possibly indefinitely. Kline contends the “tin-foil hat crowd” is a group we can no longer afford to ignore. – National Post

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/jesse-kline-how-conspiracists-could-prolong-the-pandemic-possibly-indefinitely