Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

Fintan O’Toole in de Irish Times: The blooding process has begun within the democratic world. The muscles that the propaganda machines need for defending the indefensible are being toned up. Millions and millions of Europeans and Americans are learning to think the unthinkable. So what if those black people drown in the sea? So what […]

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

Opvallend onderzoek: When we look closely at the data, a striking pattern emerges. The benefit of having a highly competent boss is easily the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction. Even we were surprised by the size of the measured effect. For instance, among American workers, having a technically competent […]

Why Donald Trump Suddenly Decided to Talk About the Environment

Bill McKibben in The New Yorker: By now, we are used to Trump’s big-lie technique. Even by that standard, however, the claim that “we are working harder than many previous Administrations, maybe almost all of them,” on environmental protection will be believed by exactly no one for whom words have not yet lost their common-sense […]

De Verenigde Staten zijn wereldkampioen voetbal

Sports Illustrated: “Unflappable. Unapologetic. Unequaled.”: We’ll go there. Muhammad Ali is a singular figure in American life. But there are elements of a modern-day Ali in Rapinoe’s stance toward sports and social activism, to say nothing of her ability to turn the glare of publicity—much of it controversial—to her advantage. Who else would say with […]

London, 2019, dag 3

De laatste dag in Londen begonnen we met de Fly Emirates skilift van aan ons hotel naar de O2 Arena oftewel de Millenium Dome. Daar het grote verlaten winkelcentrum bezocht en dan via het mooi klinkende “Thames Path” te voet naar Greenwich. Een vieze, vuile wandeling. Halverwege was er een brouwerij die ik al langer […]

‘Je kunt geen samenleving bouwen als je het volk beledigt’

Eentje om over na te denken, dit interview met Christophe Guilluy: Al die plekken hebben één ding gemeen: er is weinig economische dynamiek. Als je erdoor rijdt, zie je vooral gesloten winkels. Het zijn de plekken “waar het niet gebeurt”. En de mensen die er wonen, zijn verdwenen van de radar van de politiek, de […]

Bernie Sanders is winning the internet. Will it win him the White House?

Geweldig artikel op Vox.com over de halve grassroots campagne van Bernie. Dat blijft toch geweldig, zo’n dingen. Soon after, Sanders’s campaign and online grassroots supporters, including ones in a behind-the-scenes Slack group devoted to his support, began to spread a #NoMiddleGround hashtag across the internet, and it started trending. By Monday, volunteers in that Slack […]

No flights, a four-day week and living off-grid: what climate scientists do at home to save the planet

Interessant in The Guardian: One of the best things you can do to address climate change is go down to a four-day working week. This would take some of the heat out of our ever-expanding economies, reduce our capacity and urge to consume, and create space to live a more balanced life.