Amazon’s Retiree Workforce, a Basic Income Experiment, & Taking on the Opioid Industry – Link Roundup


  • Meet the Camperforce, Amazon’s Nomadic Retiree Army – I enjoy any insight into Amazon’s warehouse operations. I found it fascinating that “a poster told workers to prepare to be sore” and that they actually provide their workers with free pain relievers, something that screams abuse and liability issues to me. [Wired]
  • Dollar General Hits a Gold Mine in Rural America – Not sure how I feel about this. It’s great that Dollar General fills a void in communities where no one else will go, but their food choices are not so great. [Businessweek]
  • Goodbye Gatekeepers – why the NY Times business motivations wouldn’t allow the Harvey Weinstein story to break in 2004. He could wield his influence to crush a story back then, but not anymore. [Stratechery]
  • The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry – this guy is awesome, I hope he crushes any company that would do this: “from 2001 through 2015, Purdue hosted the website, which promoted ‘the notion that if a patient’s doctor does not prescribe what, in the patient’s view, is a sufficient dosage of opioids, he or she should find another doctor who will.’ ” [Businessweek]
  • How to Block Time on Google Calendar for a Productive Workday – this is a great technique for managing your day. We don’t allow people to book appointments on each other’s calendars so I don’t actually block out time like this on my calendar, but when I’m planning my day the night before I schedule out blocks like this. [Make Use Of]


  • The Basic Income Experiment – I’m really interested to see how this turns out in Finland. We need more experiments like this to figure out what the government’s future role should be in providing safety nets. [Planet Money]
  • Sir Richard Branson – The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire – I find Richard Branson to be really inspiring – he’s overcome a lot, has a super positive outlook, and still has the curiosity and motivation of a young, hungry business owner despite being a billionaire [The Tim Ferriss Show]
  • Expect Delays – a few really compelling stories about delays, like a tiny town in Ohio that survives off of strictly enforcing the speed limit on the tiny stretch of highway that goes through their town. [This American Life]


  • Icarus – wow, this blew my mind. A thrill ride about an amateur cyclist who wants to document himself doping to see how his results will improve and instead accidentally gets caught up in the Russian doping scandal that resulted in their athletes being banned from the Olympics. [Netflix]
  • 13th – wow, but in a completely different way. I’ve become more of a student of history recently, and nothing is more relevant today than understanding our history of racism. [Netflix]

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