– How Would Jesus Drive? – A reminder that we make a ton of tiny moral decisions every day.
– Take control of your phone (from Time Well Spent) – this is an interesting set of recommendations. I haven’t followed a lot of these but I’m trying to follow the spirit of them by being more thoughtful about jumping into my phone. One positive change that I’ve made is using Gmail’s Inbox app for my mail. I only get a notification on my phone if an email is deemed “important”, which is mostly emails from people I know (and about house stuff, these days…), and it automatically bundles low priority for me. It makes it easier for me to keep my inbox low and lowers my stress level because I’m not looking at notifications for emails I don’t care about all day. (thanks for the recommendation, Mary!)
– I was a lobbyist for more than 6 years. I quit. My conscience couldn’t take it anymore. – so, this sounds pretty bad. But politicians of both parties begging for money, while unfortunate, is not hypocrisy; it’s a necessary part of getting elected to Congress. You can support campaign finance reform of some sort, but that doesn’t mean you have to unilaterally disarm to be moral!
– A Radical New Scheme to Prevent Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise – I am seriously all for geoengineering projects like this. Technology got us into this climate change mess, technology can get us out of it!
– What Putin Really Wants – very good (and long) Atlantic article.
– What Serena Williams’s scary childbirth story says about medical treatment of black women – nothing good! In her case it was clearly an issue that she wasn’t taken seriously because she’s a woman and black. (since she’s both rich and famous…)
– Physicians who refuse to accept Medicaid patients breach their contract with society – food for thought.
– Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark – Uber doing something unethical? *drops monocle out of shock*
– The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry – yeah, I didn’t even read that many baby books but there was still plenty of conflicting advice…
– Sarah Silverman’s response to a sexist tweet is a much-needed ray of hope – wait, it’s not what you think! I mean, I don’t know what you think, so it’s possible it’s what you think. But probably not!
– Guess Who’s Coming to ‘Peanuts’ – neat! This is something I’ve talked with David about for a while – if you go back and look at old “Will and Grace” episodes, for example, I’d imagine the gay characters look pretty stereotyped today. But for its time, having a gay character as the star of a primetime network show was a very big deal! (see Joe Biden on gay marriage: ‘Will and Grace’ helped educate America) So you do have to judge things in context.
– The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed – this is…weird. Not sure how much value these people are adding?