Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us | Aeon Ideas


Orwell gives us a couple of clues about where telescreens came from, clues that point toward a surprising origin for the totalitarian state that Nineteen Eighty-Four describes. Taking them seriously means looking toward the corporate world rather than to our current governments as the likely source of freedom’s demise.

If Orwell was right, consumer choice – indeed, the ideology of choice itself – might be how the erosion of choice really starts.

The first clue comes in the form of a technological absence. For the first time, Winston finds himself in a room without a telescreen …

Source: Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us | Aeon Ideas

What to expect from the 2018 midterm elections


For the most part, there are two historical truths about the midterm elections: they consistently have a lower voter turnout than the general election and the president’s party loses congressional seats (especially if the president is unpopular).

Source: What to expect from the 2018 midterm elections

When it comes to burnout, YouTube is failing its creators | The Verge


In short, the platform’s lifeblood is suffering, and YouTube’s response to the crisis has been terrible.

Making a living as a YouTuber isn’t easy: videos are a time-consuming endeavor, and many creators like to handle every aspect of production by themselves. And because the product isn’t simply footage, but a personality, as well, it is not enough to simply create a compelling video.

YouTubers have to create a sense of upbeat intimacy that makes viewers feel like their friends, and the emotional labor of always having to be “on” makes creators feel like they have to flatten their humanity to make it on the platform.

Source: When it comes to burnout, YouTube is failing its creators – The Verge

Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal gripping beauty YouTube | Vox


The beauty community was recently rocked by a fight that has nothing to do with makeup and everything to do with racist tweets, backstabbing, and apologies.

What began as an insular, churlish fight among former associates/friends has now blossomed into business-threatening drama after a series of racist tweets were dug up from what were thought to be social media graveyards, followed by a series of apologies of varying degrees of perceived sincerity.

I get it: The online squabbling of professional pretty people might seem like inconsequential, self-perpetuating insider drama. But if you peel back its perfectly primed, bronzed, and highlighted skin, it reveals the inner workings of a highly lucrative and powerful industry, how a devoted community helps enable that industry, and how internet celebrity functions today.

Source: Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal gripping beauty YouTube – Vox

The US and Mexico make NAFTA progress, but where’s Canada?


Fellow Geoffrey Gertz discusses the announced progress on NAFTA trade negotiations between the United States and Mexico as a result of the recent NAFTA negotiations, and predicts how Canada is likely to respond.

Source: The US and Mexico make NAFTA progress, but where’s Canada?

Circular economy: Linking the EU and global agenda – EURACTIV.com

EURACTIV organized this high-level workshop to address global questions related to the circular economy. Questions included:

  • How to promote and create synergies from various initiatives on the circular economy at the global level?
  • Can the circular economy make a significant contribution to the Paris Agreement?
  • How to strengthen links between the circular economy agenda and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and reinforce development policies?

Source: Circular economy: Linking the EU and global agenda – EURACTIV.com

Merk Investments | Merk Research

As part of Merk’s in-house research we regularly evaluate a consistent set of charts covering the economy, equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies.

The aim is to keep our eyes open and to look through the noise of the headlines, avoiding the distractions of sensationalized click-bait.

Source: Merk Investments – Merk Research

Dozens Of CIA Agents Running As Democrats In 2018 Elections

The international socialists report: “One quarter of all the Democratic challengers in competitive House districts have military-intelligence, State Department or NSC backgrounds.

This is by far the largest subcategory of Democratic candidates. National security operatives (57) outnumber state and local government officials (45), lawyers (35), corporate executives, businessmen and wealthy individuals (30) and other professionals (19) among the candidates for Democratic congressional nominations.”

Source: Jimmy Dore Show: Dozens Of CIA Agents Running As Democrats In 2018 Elections

Merk University | The Business Cycle

As part of Merk’s in-house research we regularly evaluate a consistent set of charts covering the economy, equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies. The aim is to keep our eyes open and to look through the noise of the headlines, avoiding the distractions of sensationalized click-bait.

Source: Merk University: The Business Cycle

Wind turbines are getting taller, bigger, and more powerful | Vox


The history of wind power development has been the history of engineering taller and taller turbines with bigger and bigger blades. It’s a tricky and delicate business.

Tall, skinny things, placed in higher winds, tend to bend and flex. When long turbine blades bend, they can crash into the tower, or hub, like this Danish system did in 2008 after its “brake” failed and it spun out of control ..

Source: Wind turbines are getting taller, bigger, and more powerful – Vox