On Cory Doctorow’s Pluralistic

++ This is the first pandemic ever experienced by a society that understands how pandemics work, and other insights from Renaissance historian and science fiction writer Ada Palmer.

++ You can raise a person’s IQ 25% by getting that person out of poverty, as that person no longer has to devote attention to jugging bills all day, Palmer says.

++ Gig economy companies are massive Ponzi schemes. A restaurateur fights back by arbitraging pizza.

++ England’s storks have returned for the first time since 1416.

++ The case for universal broadband.

++ “Platform coops” are gig economy services where the workers own the platform.