Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Why is drip irrigation so popular while useless at conserving water? “…some of the key players who continually support the ‘zombie idea’ include those who sell water-use efficiency equipment; politicians who prefer simple popularist solutions; and donor organisations who want easy investable options, rather than dealing with hard and unpopular choices.”
  2. Read: Facebook’s quest for profits over society echoes the era when US automakers prioritised profits over lives
  3. Read: Worried that supply chain problems are stopping people from getting essential goods (everything from machines to medicine)? Good, then stop buying useless crap that’s taking space on ships.
  4. The founder of Trader Joes on governance: A deeply troubled company is always the fault of the CEO, the board of directors, and the controlling stockholders who appoint these worthies,” he writes. “It is never the fault of the frontline troops.”
  5. Read: Social media is bad for people because it puts us into too many conversations with too many people — as I said in 2010.
  6. Watch: This deep fake of Dutch PM Mark Rutte explains the climate policy the Dutch should pursue for sustainability. Sadly, short termism and greed are the actual policies. Not wise when your country will be underwater in the foreseeable future.
  7. Read: A case study of lies turning into policy in Montana. Read: How German social workers are helping those caught in social media delusion back to reality. Related: Facebook employees know how to fix the site, but management will not act.
  8. Read: Declining (Covid) antibodies are a GOOD thing.
  9. Read: 20 years ago, the iPod changed the way we listen to music 
  10. Read: Watson and Crick stole credit for discovering DNA from their female colleague.

 

H/Ts to CP and RB

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Author: David Zetland

I'm a political-economist from California who now lives in Amsterdam.

One thought on “Interesting stuff”

  1. Regarding the zombie idea that drip irrigation saves water, the article and research confuse technology (water saving from drip irrigation) with politics (use the water or lose it). If farmers were incented to use less water, say by preserving their allocation of water only by using less than 100%, then drip irrigation would be one of the tools they’d deploy, successfully, to reduce their water use. Farmers are business people and they’ll do what’s good for them, not what’s good for the planet.

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