Reading Blog: April 2022

The Impossible Country: A Journey Through the Last Days of Yugoslavia (Brian Hall, 1994)

One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger (Matthew Yglesias, 2020)

  • Why ‘one billion’, beyond it sounding cool?
  • On what level could it be politically realized?
  • Will new immigrants have fair treatment in rights and taxes? I’m thinking of a few countries with an immigrant majority but power vested in a few.

Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions — A New Biological Principle of Disease (Stanley B. Prusiner, 2016)

Updates to Previous Reads

  • An abrupt shift to organic farming was a factor in Sri Lanka’s current food and economic crisis, reminding me of Starved for Science (though that was ostensibly about GMOs and Africa).
  • The podcast Damages covers the case Manoomin v. Minnesota, brought by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. The team has specifically placed their wild rice, manoomin, as the lead plaintiff. When asking if a natural resource has standing, the go-to case might be Justice Douglas’s dissent in Sierra Club v. Morton. This case had additional standing because the relevant treaty between the US and Chippewa was mutually understood to include rights to grow crops, catch fish, and use the waterway.




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