Matt Waldman’s RSP: Reads (August 3, 2018)

Photo by Bill Ingalis/NASA.

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.


LeBron James opens new public school in Akron: ‘One of the greatest moments’ of his life…

If you ask me, the best way to alleviate our nation’s greatest issues is rooted in the support of quality education. When there are active attempts to limit educational opportunities, it’s a sign that a part of society prefers to maintain power that isn’t earned on merit.  Link


Unfiltered: ‘I got death threats from the left … [and] right’

Dwayne Booth — aka Mr. Fish — is a fantastic political cartoonist. He’s a satirist who is an equal opportunity offender. So much so, the headline above is a reflection of it.

Considering the climate of our country, it’s not surprising. I lean to the left on social issues but I have friend and colleagues firmly in that camp whose behavior has become tribalistic in the worse ways.  Whether it has always been or something relatively new, it appears being right has taken priority above valuing the truth.

Anyhow, Mr. Fish’s work is fantastic. Check out the profile or watch the video interview at the top of the article with examples of his work. Link

How can NASA return to the Moon? By making everything reusable, chief says

“We want the entire architecture between here and the Moon to all be reusable.” Link


REPORT: Google is preparing to cave to Chinese search censorship

Google left the Chinese market in 2010 over censorship concerns. Link

“Returning to China would represent a dramatic about-face for a company that pulled out of the country in 2010 over concerns about China’s human rights record…Even if Google decides to accept search censorship as the price of offering a Chinese search engine, that’s unlikely to be the last uncomfortable demand it will face from the Chinese government. It can expect the Chinese government to begin demanding data from Google users—including information from critics of the Chinese regime. Resisting those requests will get harder if Google has a substantial Chinese business and employees operating on the Chinese mainland.”



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