Time to close some browser tabs, but not forget them:
The Next System Project: “The challenging realities of growing inequality, political stalemate, and climate disruption prompt an important insight. When the old ways no longer produce the outcomes we are looking for, something deeper is occurring.”
Invisible Infrastructures: Surveillance Architecture, by the good folks at the Share Foundation.
The UNHCR report on Eastern Europe. To be taken for what exactly it is and no more.
Social cognition in social anxiety: first evidence for increased empathic abilities (2011). Conclusion: “High socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies.” (H/t Eve)
Write Till You Drop, a 1989 NY Times essay by Annie Dillard that is equally applicable now. (H/t Taylor Wallace)
US defense chief says Isis strongholds will be targeted by coalition in 2016, by Spencer Ackerman for The Guardian, maybe the only journalist who could slickly end a piece about ISIS with a quote from Steve Zissou.
The Republic, By Plato. The part about the cave.
Woman who was engaged to police spy sues Met over ‘psychological torture’— Sounds like an Alias plot line but no this really happened: “It is the latest legal action against the Met police over the conduct of undercover spies who infiltrated hundreds of political groups from 1968 onwards. A number of them entered into relationships with the women they spied on. In November the force unreservedly apologised and paid compensation to seven women who had been deceived into forming “abusive and manipulative” long-term relationships with undercover officers.”
And a feel-good to balance it out from my daily self-care reading staple, The Berlin Art Parasites (because emotional intelligence is just as important as the other kind): About The Way We Self-Sabotage Our Relationships And The Guilt That Comes With It— “…the most generous thing to do is to free another being from guilt.”
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