Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Canadian border officials looking at GPS tracking as alternative to jailing migrants
“The border agency has been under tremendous pressure for its widespread use of lengthy immigration detention — sometimes in maximum-security provincial prisons where convicted criminals are held — for migrants whose identity is in doubt, who are deemed to be a danger to the public or who may not show up for deportation, even in some cases when they are not considered dangers to the public.”
2. Bitcoin tumbles more than 25% as sharks ‘beginning to circle’
“The world’s largest cryptocurrency approached $10,000 as this week’s selloff entered a fourth day with increasing momentum. It touched a record high $19,511 on Monday. Other cryptocurrencies also tumbled, ethereum dropped as much as 36 percent and litecoin slumped as much as 43 percent, according to composite prices on Bloomberg.”
+1: Coinbase, one of the biggest bitcoin marketplaces, says buying and selling is temporarily disabled amid price rout – CNBC
3. Jakarta is sinking so fast, it could end up underwater
“Jakarta is sinking faster than any other big city on the planet, faster, even, than climate change is causing the sea to rise — so surreally fast that rivers sometimes flow upstream, ordinary rains regularly swamp neighborhoods and buildings slowly disappear underground, swallowed by the earth. The main cause: Jakartans are digging illegal wells, drip by drip draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests — like deflating a giant cushion underneath it. About 40 percent of Jakarta now lies below sea level.”
4. Do Americans not understand how poor their lives are?
“Everything I consume in the States is of a vastly, abysmally lower quality. Every single thing. The food, the media, little things like fashion, art, public spaces, the emotional context, the work environment, and life in general make me less sane, happy, alive. I feel a little depressed, insecure, precarious, anxious, worried, angry — just like most Americans do these day. So my quality of life — despite all my privileges — is much worse in America than it is anywhere else in the rich world. Do you feel that I exaggerate unfairly?”
5. What’s the deal with airline food? An in-flight dining critic explains
“Airline food: butt of jokes, favorite subject of ’90s stand-up comedy routines, butt of jokes about ’90s stand-up comedy routines. It’s also the passion of Nikos Loukas, the primary voice behind the 4-year-old website Inflightfeed.com and its associated Instagram account, a hypnotic scroll of seat-back trays and tiny wine bottles that counts more than 12,000 followers.”