Daveslist #13: AmazonAir, Puppy Twins, & Psycho Soccer Moms

Ever wonder what would happen if you placed an order on Amazon and it showed up the next day on an Am
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Daveslist #13: AmazonAir, Puppy Twins, & Psycho Soccer Moms
By Daveslist • Issue #13
Ever wonder what would happen if you placed an order on Amazon and it showed up the next day on an Amazon truck? You won’t have to wonder much longer.
Let’s get it on…

Gotta love Werner Herzog.
This is easily the best thing you’ll read this week. This is what journalism aspires to, and it’s so good to see it coming out of the LA Times. I’ve followed this story all week long (they’ve released a new chapter every day), and I’ve literally woken up looking forward to it.
People do some crazy things. When you throw wealth and privilege into the mix (with a healthy dose of suburban angst), otherwise rational people are prone to going off the rails. It’s safe to say that what happened to Kelli Peters is every soccer mom’s worst nightmare.
The best part? You’ll have to check back tomorrow to see how it ends…
Ok, this is super dark but totally worth the read. It’s from Nassim Taleb’s upcoming book Skin In The Game, and it explores how risk aversion drives full time employment, which is really a proxy for modern day slavery. He goes into how the freelance model is the bane of corporatism, and how the only employees who aren’t de facto slaves are those who generate their own P&L. You might not agree with him, but Taleb always gives you plenty to think about. This has me looking forward to the new book.
Amazon is straight taking over the physical world. I’ve read estimates that Amazon makes up almost 40% of shipping revenue in the US (UPS, FedEx, etc). Shipping is clearly Amazon’s largest expense, so it makes sense that they’d want to eliminate the middle man. That’s bad news for FedEx, because Amazon is a lot further down this road than most people knew.
Yikes. I suppose it was inevitable, but it looks like Google is finally going for Uber’s jugular. How? By offering FREE ridesharing through its popular Waze app. You read that right. FREE. You can’t compete with free, and that can have some pretty chilling effects on a market. Whatever happened to Google’s motto, “Don’t Be Evil”?
Did you hear that? Well the Russians sure did. A signal from a star just 95 light years from Earth was received loud and clear last year. They kept it secret from the world (as Russians do), but now the cat’s out of the bag and we’ve got every available radar array pointed at the constellation Hercules.  
It could also delay or eliminate a lot of potential problems, but we won’t go into that. I thought this was interesting because it goes into the mechanics of what actually happens if a candidate dies in the lead-up to the election. Hint: it’s not great for democracy. Something to think about now that we’ve decided to elect fossils.
Humans suck. Washington is gearing up to slaughter 10% of its wolf population to prevent ranchers from taking it upon themselves to do it. 
Sorry for that last post. Here’s a little something to make you feel better. Twins are a phenomenon rarely seen outside of humans (and never before in dogs) so enjoy this moment of dawwwwww.
Remember how easy it used to be create a new identity? Just gin up a fake baptismal certificate, soak it in tea and dry it out in the sun to give it that “aged” look, take it into the DMV and use it to get a new driver’s license and you were off to the races.
What’s that? You don’t remember that?
Yeah, me neither.
Anyway, it isn’t that easy anymore thanks to a little thing called the Internet. Faking your own death (or pseudocide) is a lot tougher in the digital age than it used to be. But it can still be done, as this guide points out. They even share a handy infographic to help you decide if you should fake kill yourself!
That’s it for this week guys. I had a lot of fun putting this one together. Hit REPLY and let me know what you thought about the links this week. As always, feel free to share this week’s issue with anyone else you think might enjoy it.
It’s a holiday weekend here in the States, so be safe and enjoy it!
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