The Putin Show
+ When extreme becomes normal, Hidden carbon footprints, Trillions of 🌳 (#395)
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1. The Putin Show
A day in the media reality of an ordinary Russian citizen. The Economist lets you see the war in Ukraine as state-controlled media in Russia portray it. Key quote: «Where propaganda once sought mostly to breed passivity, cast doubt on reality and discourage political participation, it increasingly seeks to mobilise popular support for Mr Putin’s war.»
2. My Neighbor the Suspected War Criminal
This podcast episode weaves multiple highly interesting stories together: How Sri Lanka ended up with a corrupt war criminal as President and why US immigration forms somewhat curiously ask you to tick a box whether you've ever committed genocide.
3. So, Have You Heard About Monkeypocks?
For the time being, it is probably a good idea to read exactly one article about this new viral outbreak and make it this one by Ed Yong.
4. Can You Even Call Deadly Heat ‘Extreme’ Anymore?
For a few weeks now, I've been looking for something that puts the extreme heat wave in India and Pakistan into context. This one by David Wallace-Wells (author of «The Inhabitable Earth») is your must read on the issue. His point: We need to grapple with the fact that heat waves like this one are no longer all that extreme, but part of the new normal we created for ourselves. At the same time, he warns against falling for «shifting baseline syndrome», accepting ever deadlier heat as normal.
5. Mechanical Watch
Mechanical watches are little wonders of technology. Do you know how exactly they work? This fantastic interactive explainer takes you into the inner workings of a watch, one step at a time.
- When not even war can curb your creativity: Kyiv's Department of Tourism has launched a Virtual Museum of War Memory.
- 1992 ad for Microsoft Excel.
- Watch the best music videos before they reach one million views: Here Before A Million. One million? How about zero? Before inflation hit, there was Forgotify.
- Learned a new word: apartners — «committed romantic partners living apart».
- Number of trees on the planet: ~3 trillion.
Thanks for your time, I hope you found something to spend even more of your time with. Have a nice weekend. See you next Friday!