TouchStone Reads - February 2nd, 2024


We often set aside articles that are longer, deserve a re-read, are broader in scope…or just for fun — for weekend reading. Below are some from this week — pour yourself a hot cup of coffee & enjoy...

  • Welcome to 2034: What the world could look like in ten years, according to nearly 300 experts (Atlantic Council)

  • $40 billion worth of crypto crime enabled by stablecoins since 2022: Stablecoins like Tether also used for scams and sanctions evasion. (Ars Technica)

  • And the Oscar nomination doesn’t go to … 20 great performances snubbed by the Academy (The Guardian)

  • Why Walmart pays its truck drivers 6 figures: Walmart’s stores are bare-bones - but their truckers’ pay stubs aren’t (Freight Waves)

  • How a Lucky Break Fueled Eli Lilly’s $600 Billion Weight-Loss Empire: The company’s new obesity shot, Zepbound, is expected to be the bestselling drug of all time. (Businessweek)

  • The new architecture wars: Traditionalist and modernist architecture are both mass-produced, industrial and international. Is there an alternative? (Aeon)

  • AI is starting to Rule the Battlefield: There is no going back, it could even help decide this war. (Phillip’s Newsletter)

  • Crime in 2023: Murder Plummeted, Violent and Property Crime Likely Fell Nationally: These trends stand in sharp contrast with polling showing 3 in 4 Americans think crime rose this year. (Jeff-alytics)

  • What Today’s Rainmakers Do Differently. (HBR)

  • Inside the collapsing U.S. political-media-industrial-complex: The silver lining of terrible media coverage of the 2024 elections: “Traffic to political coverage on digital news sites is down compared to the 2020 and 2016 presidential primaries. (Semafor)

What are you reading or listening to?