Welcome to Bespoke Brunch Reads — a linkfest of the favorite things we read over the past week. The links are mostly market related, but there are some other interesting subjects covered as well. We hope you enjoy the food for thought as a supplement to the research we provide you during the week.

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Job Postings Requiring Vaccination Climb (Indeed)

Indeed’s Hiring Lab is tracking a sharp increase in the number of job postings on the site that require vaccination. Almost 1250 posts per million require vaccination, versus virtually none earlier this year. [Link; registration required]

Suspected saline switch sparks vaccine stir in Germany (Reuters)

A German nurse is suspected of injecting some patients with saline solution instead of actual vaccine has sparked a call for thousands to get re-vaccinated out of an abundance of caution. [Link]

Risk Appetite

How Millennial Investors Lost Millions on Bill Ackman’s SPAC by Michelle Celarier (Institutional Investor)

Desperate to get in on the next big thing, numerous small investors loaded up on calls tied to pre-deal SPACs, only to be gravely disappointed when no post-deal pop emerged. [Link]

Messi joins crypto craze as gets part of PSG fee in fan tokens by Simon Evans (Reuters)

Former FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi agreed to take part of his fee for signing with Paris St Germain in the form of crypto tokens. The fan tokens allow fans to vote on minor decisions related to clubs that issue them. [Link]

Mother Necessity

In Nebraska, a weekly paper is filling its community’s need for news — and booze by Hanaa’ Tameez (Nieman Lab)

When faced with a lack of revenue and a 30 mile drive to the nearest liquor store, a Nebraska paper decided to start selling hooch. The results keep their neighbors both properly lubricated and informed. [Link]

McDonald’s Pushes Diners to Use Trays as Food Bags Run Tight by Heather Haddon (WSJ)

With most customers getting food to go and supplies of paper bags jammed up, workers are having to explain how trays work for dine-in orders as the company’s locations deal with high demand for burgers and not enough bags to put them in. [Link; paywall]


Higher but still slim odds of asteroid Bennu slamming Earth by Marcia Dunn (AP)

An asteroid with an orbit that brings it close to Earth will come closer than previously estimated on its nearest pass over the next century, but odds are still very low that it will end up hitting our planet. [Link]

There’s An Earthquake Coming! by Zoey Poll (The NYer)

Early warning systems don’t offer much lead time, but the difference between no warning and even a few seconds is enough to save lives and protect critical infrastructure in earthquake-prone regions around the world. [Link]

Green Commerce

How Much Carbon Comes From a Liter of Coke? Companies Grapple With Climate Change Math by Jean Eaglesham and Shane Shifflett (WSJ)

Figuring out just how much carbon is emitted by companies is not as straightforward as it might seem, and the specific kinds of disclosures investors and regulators are looking for aren’t consistent either. [Link; paywall]


Did archaeologists find the Trojan Horse? (The Jerusalem Post)

A scintillating discovery from Turkey: what could be the actual physical remains of one of the most legendary objects of the ancient world. [Link]

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