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Um, what just happened? Sitting in the UK, the events of Jan 6th in the US and the speed of acceleration of the variant virus in the UK feels like 2021 is just a worse version on 2020 - or at least a bad hangover.
Two things stand out to me. Firstly, the world is more divided than we have ever been before, not just in America, but also elsewhere. It's time to not just pick your side - it's time to try and find conciliatory common ground. The further we are apart, the more difficult the years ahead will be. That might be difficult to fathom, but without balanced mediation between sides, our future is dark and ununited. I may be a liberal optimist, but that's where my hope resides. Secondly, despite the positive success of the multiple vaccines and the speed of vaccination, it feels like it will be worse before it gets better. I'll be stuck in the house monitoring broken shreds of democracy, policing homeschooling, reading while trying to continue to work. It's not how I, and I assume many of you, saw this year. But we're hopeful, right?
For those of you who received my rogue email, I apologise. In my hopes of sorting things out, it all went a bit pear-shaped. I hope that it won't happen again!
This week, I could have just sent you a stream of articles that covered what happened in the Capitol because that is what has dominated my reading over the last few days, but hopefully, there is some variation around that which will be useful to your thinking of the world. If you do want good coverage of what they are calling "the Insurrection", do read A1, A4, T2 and T3. If you're struggling with your sleep, as three people have told me in the last three days, consider A10. My fave piece is regarding Notes on Tech (T7). And finally, if you want my tips on homeschooling you can find my references in the Huff Post Article (A8).
Wishing you much peace in these troubled times.
Onward! - Rahim
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My Reading Recommendations (A)
1. Jan. 6 Was 9 Weeks — And 4 Years — in the Making Link
2. Inside the Covid ward Link 3. Prediction Consensus: What the Experts See Coming in 2021 Link
4. These Are the Rioters Who Stormed the Nation’s Capitol Link
5. Where Is Alibaba Founder Jack Ma? Link
6. Inside the Surprisingly Big Business of Spotify’s Secretive White-Noise Spammers Link 7. A tale of 2020 in 20 McKinsey charts Link
8. How To Homeschool Your Children If You're Still Drained From The First Time Link
9. A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society? Link
10. Are you still tired? The 7 types of rest that every person needs Link
My Tech Recommendations (T)
1. FarmVille Once Took Over Facebook. Now Everything Is FarmVille. Link 2. Not Easy, Not Unreasonable, Not Censorship: The Decision To Ban Trump From Twitter Link
3. QAnon and the storm of the U.S. Capitol: The offline effect of online conspiracy theories Link
4. Answering the techno-pessimists Link 5. Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection Link
6. 10 Exciting Engineering Milestones to Look for in 2021 Link 7. Notes on technology in the 2020s Link
8. Chatting With the Dead Link
9. Xbox: The Oral History of an American Video Game Empire Link
10. Could shrunken heads from the Amazon hold the key to curing cancer? Link
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