From Alternautas, a special issue on The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters. Alexis R. Santos-Lozada (Penn State): Time between Death and Funeral Services in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria. Monica Alexander (Toronto), Emilio Zagheni (MAANA), and Kivan Polimis (Max Planck): The Impact of Hurricane Maria on Out-migration from Puerto Rico: Evidence from Facebook Data. Matt Kaneshiro (Customer Analytics), Collin McCarter (Nielsen), Mario Marazzi-Santiago and Alexis R. Santos-Lozada (Penn State): Population of Puerto Rico Not Displaced by Hurricanes (For Now): It’s the Economy. Over a year later, the U.S. and Puerto Rico fight over every dollar of hurricane aid. What Puerto Rico is, and isn’t, getting in disaster relief.

Puerto Rico faces food-stamp crisis as Trump privately vents about federal aid to Hurricane Maria-battered island (and more). Trump’s latest outburst against Puerto Rico, explained. Nearly everything Trump just said about Puerto Rico is wrong. Trump’s new Puerto Rico hate-tweets rest on a very ugly premise. Anjali Vaidya reviews The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein. Andrew Lanham reviews Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, and Empire by Sam Erman.


Gregory H. Shill (Iowa): Should Law Subsidize Driving? Scientists have found a “fossil graveyard” linked to the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. How to stop the opioid crisis: It’s time to expose those who have profited from getting Americans addicted to opioids (and more). The British Parliament is voting on Brexit again — this graph shows where they may end up. How blackface feeds white supremacy. Trump’s decision to cut off aid to 3 Central American countries, explained. Books have become the new “it”’ fashion accessory — is that such a bad thing? Steve LeVine on a country of monopolies. Economics as a moral tale: The development sector set out to summon the magic of capitalism from the ashes of communism — how is it going?

Brooke Duffy (Cornell) and Jefferson Pooley (Muhlenberg): Idols of Promotion: The Triumph of Self-Branding in an Age of Precarity. Why bother trying to persuade anyone? Why we present arguments rather than just asserting our superiority. The mathematical madness behind a perfect N.C.A.A. basketball bracket. Will Russia try to occupy Belarus? Here are the 4 things you need to know about the two nations’ falling out. Carol Hay on who counts as a woman. Confidence in Mueller’s investigation soars after Barr letter. Steve Coll on the media and the Mueller report’s March surprise. A showdown is coming over release of the Mueller report. “Like the Eye of Sauron”: Western Europe’s tallest building planned for tiny Danish town.

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