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“We Followed the President’s Orders”: Gordon Sondland’s Testimony Likely Assures Trump’s Impeachment

Het kaartenhuisje begint te vallen, aldus The New Yorker:

Sondland testified under oath that the President manipulated U.S. foreign policy for his personal benefit, and that the White House is blocking the release of specific documents that corroborate Sondland’s account. For those Republican senators who have tried to maintain some distance from the President, the stakes are perilously high.

Meer bij The Atlantic:

“We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani,” Sondland said. “Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the president’s orders.”

Ik heb lang gedacht dat de uiteindelijke fall guy Rudi Giuliani zou zijn, gezien hij een “externe” is in het Witte Huis en hij overal wel héél hard tussenzit. Deze getuigenis verbindt de opdrachten van de man expliciet aan de president én de vice-president, en dat maakt het des te grootser.

Wisten jullie dat, mochten de president én de de vice-president (de eerste opvolger) uit hun ambt ontheven worden, dat dan de speaker of the house de nieuwe president wordt? Dat is Nancy Pelosi. Ja, die, ja.

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Not Longer Life

Prachtig kunstproject dat stillevens namaakt in de huidige tijd, inclusief belachelijk veel plastic verpakking:

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In China, every day is Kristallnacht

The Washington Post:

Workers in the world of human rights tend to be highly reticent when it comes to Nazi analogies. The Holocaust was a unique event. Yet at the unveiling of the report last week, the Holocaust kept pushing itself into the conversation as the only adequate point of comparison. Omer Kanat, director and co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, noted the Kristallnacht anniversary.

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We need to let go of our misguided devotion to personal agency

Eliza Anyangwe op The Correspondent:

Where do you even start with joining with your neighbours to bring about change in your neighbourhood if you don’t know who your neighbours are? Giving money to a cause, buying Fairtrade roses and sugar, signing an online petition: one can do all these things without having to deal with another person and their thoughts about what is best. Collective agency is a muscle we are leaving to atrophy.

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Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together

Harvard Business Review:

We assume our go-to way for solving problems alone, intuitively, can be effectively deployed to solve problems together. But more often than not, it can’t. Instead, we should hold methodical meetings, discussions that deliberately and explicitly aim to conquer just one stage at a time.

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De Kluis, Sint-Joris-Weert, 11 november 2019

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Adios, PowerPoint. This Simple Document Template Makes Meetings Shorter, Sweeter, and Smarter

Interessant template:

Here’s a six-section template specifically customized for use as a briefing document for an internal meeting that’s intended to drive toward a decision.

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Who Would I Be Without Instagram?

Tavi Gevinson:

I think I am a writer and an actor and an artist. But I haven’t believed the purity of my own intentions ever since I became my own salesperson, too.

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In its insatiable pursuit of power, Silicon Valley is fuelling the climate crisis

Rebecca Solnit:

Though many have used technology to further democracy and participation, big tech doesn’t want us to be citizens. It wants us to be consumers.

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2020 Planner: two zero to zero

Interessant project:

During the current era of global warming, you may be wondering what you can do about it and whether your efforts will make any difference at all. Without being moralistic or taking up a strong position, this organizer discloses facts to raise awareness, provides answers, and offers information that will make you think.