The hypocrisy of the American elite, the dangers of AI, and tech’s dirty secret—in our first-ever Saturday digest.
Links to “read more” aren’t working on my iPad...
Just as many people need to know that electricity does not come from a wall, obtaining lithium, cobalt, etc. does not come from wind-powered mining equipment. If you want to be a true environmentalist, you should never buy a cell phone, never buy high-end fashion and always buy used cars. I have been in the supply chain optimization business for 30 years, and can provide math to back all of that up.
“The irony of our hunger for save-the-world renewables means destroying the fragile environments we never see—and condemning generations of kids to this new slavery.”
But first we need to pay reparations to people who live in San Francisco.
“The Revolt of the Public” by Martin Gurri. The internet information tsunami has enabled us all to discredit authorities in government, academia, media. And they aren’t taking it well. One example I enjoyed was a recount of “Climategate”. The “authorities” Michael Mann et al were exposed for cooking the data by an unassuming Canadian mathematician who posted his work online for all to see. The outrage of entitled academia was delicious. No wonder our government authorities are now censoring and declaring malinformation. They have lost control of the narrative and with it, their power.
Love this!! Just ordered Yeomni’s book before I even finished the excerpt. Am too scared to read about AI. I just can’t handle any more disastrous horror stories of our current situation, but I suppose this one is worth it.
LOVE the Free Press! Thank you for your incredible work!
Ps links aren’t working.
The article (in its entirety) by Yeonmi is perhaps the best thing ever published by TFP. Perspective is the first word that jumped to.mind as I was reading. The second was freedom. The third was democracy ( and how freedom is the essence of democracy while those who shout about democracy being threatened are doing all they can to limit freedom of those who dare not bend a knee and submit to their world view). Lastly, i loved the marbles question. Imagine that one being asked at a political election debate! Happy weekend to all who are privileged to live in this great country.
Wooo Cobalt Red! I thought maybe my review of the book that I posted last week got you to check it out
But it seems like you were already on the case. Most excellent. My respect for the Free Press just keeps going higher. It's awesome that you have such a large platform and use it to get the word out.
I like to ask those who hate Trump (Hollywood elites?) "Was your lile really that bad during his 4 years?" Someone very close to me was married and her husband had a very good-paying job, received bonuses and pay raises, was promoted, she had a baby, healthy, access to affordable healthcare, bought a house in an affluent Chicago suburb, and a new car to haul her three young boys around.
I look at Trump as the plumber I hired to clean sewer backup in my basement. Unless he's sodomizing goats or young children, I don't care about his personal life, what he does in the bedroom, or with whom.....just get the mess cleaned up, and for a reasonable price.
Unfortunately, the bar has been set very low long ago for character and fidelity from our presidents.
Protecting our country and constitution, our freedom of choice, keeping us safe, and picking up the trash is what our elected leaders are hired by us to do. Most everything else is noise.
Nellie, Thanks for shining a light on the Dee family story in Israel. Strength, faith and character were on full display by Rabbi Dee’s response to this terrorist’s action.
Our five grandkid’s are proudly living in this tiny miracle of a country, as they left Milwaukee feeling unsafe ( told by police not to go outdoors wearing their yarmulkes). My 15 yr old granddaughter now quotes Bari to me. Your team is making a difference in this world and we are grateful. Kiss the baby,
I really enjoyed this format of today's post and surfacing up posts worth reading, and related books. Any plans to do the same for the podcast? I'm a regular listener and find I'm regularly jotting down new books, articles, and people to discover from your discussions (which I love!). Thank you.
I like the information sharing of this format. The book selections, which I intend to read, appear to be fact, not political agenda, driven. While I will still, probably, continue to read social media posts, I am astonished on how uninformed many pundits and politicians are about the issues of today. It's easy to have sound bites. Harder to fully discuss the complexities of each issue. Please continue to bring facts, not hyperbole. Thanks
Yeonmi is such an intelligent woman. If you get a chance find some videos of her pine and listen to her. She was on Fox News not too long ago being asked some questions. She's amazing and I love her 💕
Re: Yeonmi Park
What I value most about the Free Press is that it opens our minds by questioning everything. In the same spirit, I want to question Park's story. I feel this could possibly be a bit of Malala meets Anna Delvy. Park's story is horrifying regardless of my critique and I have consummate respect for her struggle and courage. But here are my questions which ring a possibility of non-authenticity: How is it that a bright and vociferous daily reader of the NYT and Washington Post who was now playing with elites, had no idea who Jeff Bezos or Amazon was? How did she move into these circles to begin with? This does not happen to just any traumatized refugee. How is it that she still has photos of her family? She and her mother clandestinely escape North Korea with a giveaway sign carrying the family photos? And, through kidnapping, rape and other horrors, they somehow hold onto them? I read a book called HitLit of all the elements that need to be added to a best seller. She too has all the elements to a hot memoir. Elites. Wealth. Refugees. The questioning of those who question Trump. Critical Race Theory. And then of course, of all people, meeting Harvey Weinstein. I was an adjunct at USC and a consultant to the nonprofit sector. There was a time a few years ago, when on campus, the Phd's to claim status only had to comment on their proximity to Malala at all the conference junkets they attended. And then there were the nonprofit execs who were at the top of the game if they could mention having attended Davos, South by Southwest, Aspen Ideas Conference and others....and then more status if they had met Malala. Park feels as if she is fitting this mode. Her story needs to fact checked and she needs to be questioned. This would be a good story for the Free Press.
I have found The Free Press to be a unique community of very thoughtful people. I read the comments carefully and make comments when I think I can add to the conversation. I have been forced into early discrepancy and a time of contemplation and so I read much and have some deep conversations with friends. I have very much enjoyed the various book recommendations. I have read The Fourth Turning, Douglas Murray, and soon Martin Gurri based on recommendations of this community. I love book recommendations by thoughtful and considerate people. Thank you Barri for this posting.
The broad spectrum of stories covered and the quality and depth of research and writing, would be impressive for any media organization only more so for one still in its relative infancy as TheFP. Same to be said for the great conversations with diverse cast of characters aired regularly on Honestly podcast.And if any of you are yet to check out TheWitchTrials of JK Rowling, you are missing out on Pulitzer quality journalism. Last but not the least, the TGIF column by NellieBowles - the perfect antidote to the troubled, and troubling, times we live in.
So thank you @BariWeiss and the entire team at TheFP and Honestly podcast.
This format is great. Yeonmi Park books should be required reading. Her interview with Joe Rogan was incredible. Going to check out the AI book—love the Free Press! Thank you!