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Thomas L. Friedman:

We are in the middle of not one but three climate changes at once to which government must help citizens respond — and Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue and China does.

It’s amazing that people still think they can text (or use their phone in any way) and drive!

California is offering itself up as a laboratory on how to fight climate change. I hope the rest of the country watches closely and adopts similar policies. NYT

Quite a sobering piece about one of the many ways we are irreversibly changing our planet:

From the 1950s to today, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced, with around half of it made since 2004.

And most isn’t recycled:

Most of the plastic that has been made is no longer in use — about 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been thrown away since 1950. About 12 percent of that has been incinerated, which is the only way to permanently dispose of plastic; 9 percent has been recycled, which only delays final disposal; and 60 percent — about 4.9 billion metric tons — is in landfills or scattered in the environment.

After being off the grid for a week, thoughts are brewing for some blog posts…

Three electric Volvos and two Polestars between 2019 and 2021? Maybe some competition for Tesla! They will also not launch any new cars with gasoline engines starting in 2019. Quartz

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It ★★★★★

Day One Premium and the Future:

It's free apps forever. 10 years after the iPhone, I think we are seeing where it's headed – Apple-made apps with an endless supply of third party coin-grubbing games.

Not what anyone wants to think about, but sadly could be true.

I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People:

Poverty should not be a death sentence in the richest country in the world. If you’re okay with thousands of people dying of treatable diseases just so the wealthiest among us can hoard still more wealth, there is a divide between our worldviews that can never be bridged.

If you still haven’t figured out how to make Drafts your go to tool for text capture on iOS, Gabe Weatherhead wrote another great article with some examples of why it is so great (make sure you check out the posts linked in the footnote as well).

2015 and 2016 showed record increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, with the trend continuing into 2017 (even though emissions have stabilized). We need to make sure we keep funding climate science so monitoring can improve to help in the study of this concerning trend. NYT

“So I still hope that there are enough Republicans in Congress who remember that public service is not about sport or notching a political win, that there’s a reason we all chose to serve in the first place, and that hopefully, it’s to make people’s lives better, not worse.” Barack Obama

Working on a list of weather apps that use Weather Underground data. Which one do you use?

I’ve been using F-Secure FREEDOME VPN as well and I agree with Ben. It’s the fastest and most consistent one I’ve tried.

Great podcast with the founder of Mizzen + Main: Loose Threads with Kevin Lavelle of Mizzen + Main. Haven’t given their shirts a try yet, but they are definitely on my list.

A very thought provoking episode: Waking Up with Sam Harris: #79 — The Road to Tyranny

Getting a dog has made for even less TV watching. I go to look for a bundle price with just basic cable, and it’s the same price as what I’m paying for my current package (not counting cable box rental fees). Go figure.

I’m really buying into the idea of Micro.blog, so I’ve decided to self-host. Seems like the best of both worlds. I get to own my content while still being part of a great network.