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Muji just made a driverless shuttle bus, and it’s a minimalist wonder on wheels

Vanaf maart in de straten van Helsinki, aldus Fast Company:

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Fight Fire With Fire, or Be Civil With Trump? The Obama Coalition Is Unsure

The New York Times ging mee op campagnepad met oud-president Obama:

“There’s something at stake in this election that goes beyond politics,” Mr. Obama said in Milwaukee last week. “What is at stake is a politics that is decent. And honest. And lawful. That tries to do right by people and that’s worthy of this country we love.”

Soms vrees ik dat we met dat hele rechtse legertje – Trump, Orban, Bolsanaro, Francken – in een neerwaartse spiraal dreigen terecht te komen, waarbij op links ook zo’n strongman moet opstaan om de honger van de massa te stillen. En dat er dan aan de progressieve zijde overdreven en roeperig moet gedaan worden, omdat de mensen dat zouden verwachten.

Het is volgens mij niet ondenkbaar dat de pendel van rechts terug naar links zwaait, maar dat hij nog extremer uitzwenkt. En dat zou daarom niet beter zijn.

En dus vraag ik me ook vaak af of je de pestkop-op-de-speelplaats moet blijven aftroeven, want da’s intellectueel makkelijk en je haalt er eenvoudig de krant mee. Of hou je een lijn als “if they go low, we go high” aan, die moeilijker en genuanceerder is en net daarom misschien nooit kan plakken.

Ik weet het ook niet, maar ik weet wel da’k de arrogante extremen der alphamannetjes grondig beu ben.

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I live among the neo-Nazis in eastern Germany. And it’s terrifying

Een Duitser op The Guardian:

You’d think Germany’s history would be enough to ensure that fascism and nationalism are denied even the slightest encouragement. That should matter to everyone, shouldn’t it? Unfortunately that’s not how things are.

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The Internet Will Be the Death of Us

Frank Bruni:

I don’t know exactly how we square free speech and free expression — which are paramount — with a better policing of the internet, but I’m certain that we need to approach that challenge with more urgency than we have mustered so far. Democracy is at stake. So are lives.

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Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt

National Geographic:

The new study estimates that the average adult consumes approximately 2,000 microplastics per year through salt.

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Wij zijn de Malinwa, en zij hebben het vergooid

Matthias-van-de-voetbal in De Morgen:

En toen kwamen zij. Ze hadden alles: geld en eigendunk, geld en roemzucht, geld en de vaste overtuiging dat de club hen toebehoorde en het instrument was van hun wanen. Ze hadden alles, behalve het enige dat telt: liefde en eergevoel.

Ik slaap er al enkele nachten niet van en wou er ook iets over neerpennen, maar beter dan hem kan ik het nooit.

Trots op onze kleuren, al zijn ze deze week wat vervaald.

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Google Suppresses Memo Revealing Plans to Closely Track Search Users in China

The Intercept, enkele weken geleden:

The Dragonfly memo reveals that a prototype of the censored search engine was being developed as an app for both Android and iOS devices, and would force users to sign in so they could use the service. The memo confirms, as The Intercept first reported last week, that users’ searches would be associated with their personal phone number. The memo adds that Chinese users’ movements would also be stored, along with the IP address of their device and links they clicked on. It accuses developers working on the project of creating “spying tools” for the Chinese government to monitor its citizens.

Crimineel.

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Here’s the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump’s rise

The Guardian:

Threats lead to a desire for stronger rules – and obedience to leaders who promise to deliver a tight social order. Our research confirms that the strongest Trump supporters, as well as the supporters of Marine Le Pen in France, believe their country is threatened, whether by terrorism, illegal immigration, natural disasters or disease. They felt their countries were too loose, and they wanted tighter rules and stricter leaders. Fearful voters also drove the UK’s Brexit decision and the candidacies of far-right or autocratic politicians in Poland, Russia, the Philippines, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and Italy.

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Inbox is signing off: find your favorite features in the new Gmail

Awoert, Google!

As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019.

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Brett Kavanaugh turns in a disqualifying performance

Nancy Gertner, voormalig federal judge, in een opiniestuk in The Boston Globe:

With this performance, Kavanaugh became Trump’s version of what a judge should be, not unlike Trump’s version of what his attorney general should be. They were both supposed to be Trump partisans, not neutrals, and above all, ready for central casting.