Interesting stuff

  1. Read: Indian and Pakistanis are living with “unsurvivable” heat.
  2. Read: George Orwell on Hitler’s Mein Kampf in 1940: “Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a more grudging way, have said to people ‘I offer you a good time,’ Hitler has said to them ‘I offer you struggle, danger and death,’ and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet.
  3. Listen: Yuval Noah Harari Thinks Life Is Meaningless and Amazing
  4. Listen: This podcast is more about citizen governance than big tech, so definitely worth a listen
  5. Watch: Who controls gas prices? (It’s not the president)
  6. Read: The Netherlands has the “least best” surface water quality in the EU. This is mostly due to agricultural pollution (=animal shit) and has been known for years. The Dutch need to decide whether they value their environment or their meat exports. This article [in Dutch] explains how they’ve received two 6-year extensions since the original deadline of 2015 and will probably miss the 2027 deadline. Other EU countries are also having problems, but not as badly as the Dutch, who have natural (peat bog) challenges as well as a very strong pro-pollution lobby (the farmers).
  7. Watch: My colleague Paul gave a great TEDx talk on climate and tipping points.
  8. Listen: Robin Dunbar (of Dunbar number fame!) on why religion keeps evolving
  9. Read: How to minimize hassle and maximize facemask safety on planes
  10. Read: A rising share of humans is exposed to heat stress — and most of them are in poorer countries where relief is out-of-(financial)-reach.

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Author: David Zetland

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

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