August bits and bobs

06 September 2016, Category: link round up

I was away for a large portion of August, with my phone deliberately turned off. I was in the Isle of Skye and saw amazing things, like the sunset above. As such, I don’t have much this month, but there are a few things I enjoyed:

The anti-PC brigade aren’t angry that they can’t say what they want; they’re angry that when they do say what they want, other people sometimes disagree with them

The article suffers a little from the usual Vice cynicism and fashion critique, but it’s an interesting exploration of a new subculture nonetheless. It’s interesting that a debate that has weighed down internet forums for years is now becoming real gatherings. Also interesting is that the majority of people appear to be white men, among the most privileged in society. Just because people disagree with their views does not remove their right to free speech, it just means people are able to argue with them.

I hope you have stopped choosing abysmally ignorant optimists for positions of leadership. They were useful only so long as nobody had a clue as to what was really going on—during the past seven million years or so

The letter is despairing of the power of nature and our inability to confront the problems it will cause. It’s especially relevant now with the ravages of climate change happening all around us.

That’s it for now. Have a good month.