What are we reading? April 28, 2022

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


Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

The labour shortage in this country has gotten so bad, even the espionage sector is hurting. – CBC



Elon Musk has a long, antagonistic history with Twitter. Now that the Tesla boss is buying the social media giant, many Twitter employees are nervous. Not all, though. According to an informal poll of about 200 employees on Blind, “27 percent hated Musk, 27 percent loved him, and 44 percent were neutral.” – Daily Beast



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

An insightful and sobering reality check for the net-zero-by-2050 brigade. – The Conversation



If you want to know where the real work is done to repair all the damage done to the Earth over the past century, here it is: under the hot sun, out in the field. – National Geographic 



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Bitcoin is now legal tender in two countries thanks to the Central African Republic following El Salvador’s lead. This article hints at the strangeness of one of the poorest countries in the world, with 71 per cent of people living below the poverty line, adopting a currency that requires the Internet for buying, storing and selling. The IMF has also weighed in by warning that developing nations adopting cryptocurrencies could “undermine domestic policy objectives.” – Barron’s


One saga I’ve been following is that of the Vancouver actor and wellness guru who is to be deported from Bali for dancing naked on a sacred mountain. No airline has yet agreed to fly him out because he is not vaccinated. (He has been living in Bali since 2019.) His tearful apology was widely panned. – News.com.au