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Sunday Reads (2020-01-12)

This first piece is a great read on public discourse and tech monopolies. I’ve read and respected the author Cory Doctorow for many years. You should look for other work by him! – Inaction is a Form of Action

In The Merchants of Thirst, Peter Schwartzstein takes us to Nepal to discover how difficult and costly it is for people to receive water. The dire nature should be a wake-up call for everyone.

This third piece was of particular interest to me because I know Marc Benioff. We can ask the question: is there such a thing as a good billionaire? Chris Colin wrote for Wired magazine The Gospel of Wealth According to Marc Benioff.

My final read for the day is a shorter piece from the NYT opinion pages. Talk Less. Listen More. Here’s How. by Kate Murphy digs into what it means to listen.

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Sunday Reads (2020-01-05)

The long reads for this week cover the spectrum from autism, ethics, hate, peace, to communication. I hope you can enjoy one or two of these reads.

  1. As a parent of an autistic person and also a person with Autistic traits myself, I really appreciated Autism Gives Me Superpowers because it helps to cultivate empathy and a deeper understanding.
  2. Over the past several years, the fantastic research of ProPublica brought a series of articles on Hate. In What We Found in Three Years of Documenting Hate: A Letter to Our Partners, we can see an overview and links to all the resources in one place.
  3. Primarily from the Vajrayana tradition, Ethical Conduct Is the Essence of Dharma Practice takes a deep dive into ethics in Buddhism. Applicable for all traditions.
  4. How we communicate in the workplace or within a large organization, such as Plum Village, Basecamp leads the way with The Basecamp Guide to Internal Communication. Applicable for everyone, regardless of communication tool.
  5. Sometimes it feels truly impossible to practice interbeing and to be a true pacifist. We are so deeply ingrained in the language of violence and war, even when working in the social justice arena. Charles Eisenstein continues to inspire with his Building a Peace Narrative lecture (available both as text and video).
  6. In Buddhism, we often work with mentors or teachers to help us on the path. Each of us may be both a student and a teacher. In The Teacher-Student Relationship, the reader explores more deeply these relationships.

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Sunday Reads (2019-12-29)

  1. A great piece that talks about why Twitter has been good for people of color. Twitter Made Us Better.
  2. Studying digital politics and online activism. On Digital Disinformation and Democratic Myths
  3. Another example of Trump tearing down long-held environment laws. A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths
  4. Something on topic for me this year. What ‘Harry Potter’ Teaches Us About Mental Illness and Empathy
  5. A positive story about my former City, and on a topic that I love. San Francisco’s Sci-Fi Renaissance
  6. How to Start Being Kinder to Yourself
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Sunday Reads (2019-12-22)

Settle in for a few long reads of interest this week.

  1. Excellent piece on how we teach writing to students. I found it thoughtful and reflective. Good for anyone who teaches writing or uses writing in their classroom – Is Writing to Text the Only “High-Quality” Curriculum?
  2. A local (Ojai) piece on the ongoing journey of fires, dams, history and floods – Matilija Hot Springs to be leveled
  3. A deep discussion on mental health and Buddhism from a master. From 1975!? – Make Your Mind an Ocean
  4. This one is definitely making the rounds and I encourage everyone to take the time a read this investigative piece from The NY Times – Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy
  5. Another great investigative piece on where fascism lives both in America and internationally – Transnational White Terror: Exposing Atomwaffen And The Iron March Networks
  6. A short piece for those teaching mindfulness – Why Mindfulness And Trauma-Informed Teaching Don’t Always Go Together
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Sunday Reads (2019-12-15)

Here’s a few stories and articles I’ve been reading this week. Most of these are longer reads, so settle back and take some time – or bookmark for reading later.

  1. “Further Exploration Needed in Women”—the Hidden Sexism in Scientific Research
  2. Is Eating Meat a Net Harm? – includes a good discussion on consciousness.
  3. Modernism’s Not for Everyone—Least of All Penguins: A Cautionary Tale About Universal Solutions + Ideas About Redesigning Poverty – a design article covering zoos.
  4. Why are Librarians Concerned about GetFTR? – one for the professionals in the field.
  5. The Nobel Prize for Climate Catastrophe – do we agree with this economists approach to global warming?
  6. Why American and Britain are Self-Destructing – or why we need Bernie!
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Sunday Reads (2019-12-08)

Here’s some things I read this week.

  1. A record 75-foot wave off California coast was produced by big storm
  2. House Dems refresh Nixon-era impeachment report for Trump
  3. How Chinese SciFi Conquered the World
  4. Everything You Wanted to know about Fire
  5. Meet the Immigrants who took on Amazon
  6. The Abolitionists