The Guardian: Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis.

Good opinion piece for a beginners’ understanding of this: “almost uniquely American crisis driven in good part by particular American issues from the influence of drug companies over medical policy to a “pill for every ill” culture.” There’s a lot there to unpack.

The Guardian: Japan passes ‘brutal’ counter-terror law

Another government pushing for more power. Another people giving up their freedom for the ‘promise’ of safety.


The Guardian: It’s not just the 1%.

It’s a zero sum game: there are only so many good jobs, so many good schools, so many good neighbourhoods. If the poor are to be allowed their fair share, the rich must give up some of what they have. On the level of the individual, it makes sense to want the best for your children. But collectively, it can only lead to inequality. We must change our thinking about the worth or a person.


The Atlantic: When your child is a psychopath

A fascinating and disturbing look at psychopathy in children (and generally) with case studies and looking at the physiological factors and possible treatment during the developmental years.

Read the article here.


The Guardian: A food addiction has defined my entire life. And it is slowly killing me

As someone who doesn’t like eating, this is fascinating and alien. A woman’s struggle with food addiction, or ‘food addiction’, depending on your take on the issue. I have no solid opinion either way.

Read the article here.


NYTimes: Donald Trump: The Gateway Degenerate

Devastating opinion piece. One to file away and return to in 100 years time. Show your grand children. Analyse in history class.

“Republicans, blinded by fear and rage, thirsty for power, desperate for a reclamation and reassertion of racial power, have cast their lot with the great deceiver and all their previous deal-breakers are now negotiable.”

Read the full article here.


BBC: Dissolving the dead

Green-cremation: Just another way to go?

Fascinating to see what you think and feel as you read it. Don’t read it even though it makes you uncomfortable. Read it because it makes you uncomfortable.

Either way, read the article here.


BBC Future: The man who studies the spread of ignorance

Some quotes from the article:

[I]gnorance can often be propagated under the guise of balanced debate. For example, the common idea that there will always be two opposing views does not always result in a rational conclusion. This was behind how tobacco firms used science to make their products look harmless, and is used today by climate change deniers to argue against the scientific evidence.

“This ‘balance routine’ has allowed the cigarette men, or climate deniers today, to claim that there are two sides to every story, that ‘experts disagree’ – creating a false picture of the truth, hence ignorance.”

[I]gnorance spreads when firstly, many people do not understand a concept or fact and secondly, when special interest groups – like a commercial firm or a political group – then work hard to create confusion about an issue.

About the Internet: “While some smart people will profit from all the information now just a click away, many will be misled into a false sense of expertise. My worry is not that we are losing the ability to make up our own minds, but that it’s becoming too easy to do so. We should consult with others much more than we imagine. Other people may be imperfect as well, but often their opinions go a long way toward correcting our own imperfections, as our own imperfect expertise helps to correct their errors.”

Read the full article here.

The Guardian: Free housing should be a universal right

Why should people who are too poor to buy a house (or flat) pay money every month to people who are rich enough to buy multiple houses (or flats)?


BBC: Do you have a pointless job?

Cute little video with more than a kernel of truth. When I’m being hopelessly unproductive at home–making a miniature model of the Sagrada Familia, for example–I think of all the millions of people being hopelessly unproductive at work, contributing not much at all to the betterment of our lives, humanity and the world.

Watch the video here.