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"You can’t create stories unless you’re listening to something. You can’t create stories that have any meaning unless the rest of nature can speak to you in some way, or unless you can hear what it’s got to say. Unless there’s an exchange, you’re just humans talking to other humans about humans in a human world. That’s a broken world, actually."

emergencemagazine.org/story/th

A pretty good, very brief, timeline of major climate reports, summits, and government (in)actions. Good for basic bearings on the story so far.

nytimes.com/2018/12/29/opinion

So good! Ezra with Michael Pollan.

"You don’t have to be interested in taking magic mushrooms to listen to this conversation. Most of it isn’t about psychedelics at all. It’s about how we think, how we sense, how we learn, whether spiritual experiences can have materialist consequences, what makes us afraid of death, what our minds filter out in the world around us, and much more. "

art19.com/shows/the-ezra-klein

@maerbear Guessing you are aware of this. If not you might want to check out this remarkable performance.

Hannah Gadsby: Nanette | Netflix Official Site

Australian comic Hannah Gadsby reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.

netflix.com/title/80233611

This is heartbreaking. I don't want to become a merchant of doom, but I think this article correctly places climate change within the larger context of the overall impact of human beings on living systems. Climate change is both symptom and amplifier of a bigger, deeper problem which is leading to biological annihilation.

thenation.com/article/mass-ext

From the poetic justice department: Deer poacher sentenced to watch Bambi in prison.

bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada

@monkey1 "Democracy is an information system."

This Schneier post provides context for the previous. A very interesting take on democracy vs autocracy, the roles of common and contested political knowledge in each, how such knowledge can be abused and manipulated, how it ought to be secured.

Haven't read the actual referenced paper yet.

schneier.com/blog/archives/201

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Isabel Wilkerson on Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and the Great Migration

The former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.

nytimes.com/2018/12/06/books/r

@monkey1 A good essay from Schneier on the problem of common-knowledge attacks, particularly "flooding" attacks aimed at destabilizing public discourse and "confidence" attacks aimed at undermining public belief in elections. How the threat is more insidious from inside (e.g. Trump) than out (e.g. Russia). How the purview of cybersecurity extends to democratic institutions and processes.

schneier.com/blog/archives/201

An example of what is almost entirely absent from the global debate on climate change:

"The relationship between geoengineering and the preservation of capitalism is thus evident: in order to continue with the model of development and industrial production that has caused the climate disaster, high-risk technofixes are proposed so that some can survive while preserving their privileges, even if it implies a whole series of new environmental and social threats for millions of other people."

This weekly Climate Fwd newsletter from NYT is a good place to start to stay informed about climate change. Recommended.

nytimes.com/newsletters/climat

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