Stories of the Week Sept 22

Most links are pretty short this week.

Nazi Who Originated Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Analogy Was Hanged at Nuremberg
DONALD TRUMP JR.’S tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles has deep roots. The concept dates back at least to 1938 and a children’s book called Der Giftpilz, or The Toadstool, in which a mother explains to her son that it only takes one Jew to destroy an entire people.

The extraordinary cost of keeping asylum seekers in detention: over $500,000 each
Australian article but no doubt relevant to any country receiving refugees. If we can’t appeal to the goodness of people, maybe their wallets?

A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature
An absolute must see diagram that shows the average temperature of the Earth since the last Ice Age. When people say “the temperature has changed before”, this is what they mean…

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless
The more frightening the economic outlook and the more floodwaters rise, the more the public conversation is turning toward individual fulfillment as if in a desperate attempt to make us feel like we still have some control over our lives.

There Is No Island of Trash in the Pacific
“The environment” is too vague for humans to connect with. We need myths, such as the hole in the ozone layer, and the great pacific garbage patch.

The Age of Apple Is Over
It seems to be the fate of innovative companies, for whatever reason, to become “too big to fail”, and switch from society-transforming-stars to “safe investments”, with no appetite for risk.

How Elon Musk Started
If you want to change the world, there are some lessons that can be learned from Elon Musk’s life. I think the most important are to dream big, and don’t let society limit you.

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About Stuart Dobson

I believe our social problems can and should be solved by experts, not politicians and political parties. This system is destroying the fabric of our society as well as our habitat. I really hope civilisation can move past this self-destructive phase and start exploring the galaxy soon. Follow on Twitter