Matt Waldman’s RSP: Reads (July 27, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s RSP: Reads (July 27, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views is back in a slightly new form. This post is devoted to recommended reads of the week. 


If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  For years, I used to post links to pieces that I’ve found personally compelling or to content I hope will eventually scratch that itch when I get around to reading it.

After a two-year break, Reads Listens Views returns. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

I’m a fan of ProPublica — especially its series where it explores a story from every angle. “Killing The Colorado” and “A Sick System” are good examples.


Burgler wakes up couple to ask to use their Wi-Fi network

Burglar said he needed network access because he was “out of data.” Read..


Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts

Hunter-gatherer societies may have a bigger ecological impact than we thought. Read.


YouTube comes down on Alex Jones for hate speech, child endangerment content

As Facebook figures out how to treat inflammatory content, YouTube cracks down harder. Read.


The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News

Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. Read.

Why Russian Spies Really Like American Universities

If the charges against Maria Butina are accurate, she’s only the latest in a long line of Russian agents to go undercover on U.S. campuses. Read.


Killing The Colorado

The Colorado River is dying — the victim of legally sanctioned overuse, the relentless forces of urban growth, willful ignorance among policymakers and a misplaced confidence in human ingenuity. ProPublica investigates the policies that are putting this precious resource in peril.  Read.

A Sick System

Decades after the nation moved away from long-term commitment for people with mental illness, the state of Oregon has freed some people found “guilty except for insanity” in violent crimes, and they later attacked again. Read.

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