Stories of the Week Sept 6th

I read a lot of articles. I’ve been in Pocket’s Top 5% readers for a few years – you might call me an addict. I read several amazing articles a day, and I love to share them, so I thought it might be good to start sharing a summary of my best reads of the week and discuss them from a “Social Rebirth” perspective.

There’s so much interesting stuff happening, and every one of these articles paints the world in a different way. Some are fascinating, some are amusing, some are deeply upsetting. But all are interesting.

Enjoy.

My 4 Months as a Private Prison Guard (Very long read)
It’s been out a while now, but this article took me a couple of weeks to actually get through. It’s an epic account of an undercover journalist working in a private prison. The story exposes the devastating effects of corner cutting due to the greed of corporations and (in my opinion) the stupidity of privatising what is essentially a public health issue. A thrilling, frightening, and eye opening story.

Are we living through another 1930s? (Short read)
There are a lot of parallels between the world today and the 1930s. Economic uncertainty, global unrest, the rise of fascism. But there is one key difference that will hopefully prevent full blown war.

Police Using Journalists’ Metadata to Hunt Down Whistleblowers (Short read)
A lot of governments brought in mandatory metadata retention in a knee jerk and totally inappropriate response to threats of terrorism.  In doing so, they made explicit assurances that the data would not be used to incriminate whistle blowers. Predictably, this is now happening, putting investigative journalism at risk.

The End of Meaningless Jobs Will Unleash the World’s Creativity (Short read)
“Automation certainly won’t mean the death of human work. In the best of all possible worlds, it will mean an end to work that is unfulfilling. For some, that would mean time spent creating and inventing, for others that might mean a lot of time spent playing with all those new creations and inventions”

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS (Medium read)
Ah, those Scandinavians, using common sense again while the rest of the world goes bat-shit crazy.

White Man’s Manslaughter. Black Man’s Murder. White Man’s Riot. Black Man’s Uprising. (Long read)
Do Black Lives Matter? In Australia, not so much.

‘I’ve done really bad things’: The undercover cop who abandoned the war on drugs (Medium read)
“People listen to me because I’m not a hippy.” At last, we’re starting to see some sanity in this area. Although some countries are going in the opposite direction:

Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living (Medium read)
The Philippines seems to have gone on an anti-drug rampage with their new president, who wants to literally kill people for doing drugs, because drugs kill people, and we don’t want people to die…

Chinese businessman complains (Australian) MPs ‘not delivering’ for donations (Short read)
They’re not even trying to hide it. Perhaps they’re trying to normalise it, make it acceptable. It certainly seems like they believe it’s OK to give money to politicians in return for a say in how the country is run. Hello? Has everyone forgotten what democracy is even supposed to be?

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine (Medium read)
Facebook is becoming a significant player on the political stage. See how some people are using this for political (and of course financial) gain.

The Twilight of Fox News (Short read)
Fox News is the bastion of right wing old white men, who will probably die out within a decade or so (unless they find a way to extend their lifespans by drinking the blood of Millennials). What will happen to Fox News then?

 

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About Stuart Dobson

I believe that by pandering to corporate interests disguised as elected politicians we are wasting our potential, and running out of time. We could be so much more, yet we continue to fall for the notion that selfishness is a virtue. I really hope civilisation can move past this self-destructive phase and start exploring the galaxy soon. Follow on Twitter