From Tesla and SpaceX to animal protection endangering humans, Rich Jackson presents TBS readers the internet’s #longreads worth reading this week.


Will art save our descendants from radioactive waste? – Matt Langione (JSTOR Daily)

So we, as in humanity, has all this left over radioactive waste, which is obviously incredibly poisonous and harmful to pretty much all forms of life, so we need to safely store it away to protect ourselves and other animals. However, the radioactive waste will outlast whatever form of storage unit we create, so how do we warn future descendants or creatures (humans could be extinct by then) of the danger of this waste? How do we create a sense of doom and peril in a construction, as we would lack language as a commonality factor?


Elon Musk’s space dream almost killed Tesla – Ashlee Vance (Bloomberg Business)

This article takes us through the gargantuan struggles and pressures that Elon Musk faced as he set up SpaceX and Tesla. I get stressed out doing my tax-back, so can you imagine the strain he faced, and the strength of will it took to create a rocket company? In the article though, I most appreciated hearing snippets of his thoughts on the necessity of both SpaceX and Tesla, and felt assured for some reason that these now successful companies were for a noble purpose.


The ecotourism industry is saving Tanzania’s animals and threatening its indigenous people – Jean Friedman-Rudovsky (Vice)

As the title suggests, a slightly more nuanced take on the idea of a Western commercial venture ruining a traditional way of life. The thing is though, the Western company is well-meaning, as they are trying to protect the endangered wildlife. So the reporter, Jean Freidman-Rudovsky, heads to Tanzania to see how this eco-company has managed to embroil itself in a conflict with the indigenous people – a conflict that has involved harassment, shootings and “whispers of government conspiracy and murder.”


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A border town built for vice – Brendon Hong

In the no-man’s land that isn’t quite China and is neither Myanmar, sits a strange town where strange things happen. Welcome to Mong La, where the residents of this strange limbo live trapped between the two worlds in something akin to the frontier of America’s old Wild West.


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