[Link]: Wendy Grossman, The Most Dangerous Game

An under-discussed aspect of the gap between politics – Beltway or Westminster – and life as ordinary people know it is that for many politicians and media, making preposterous claims they don’t really believe is a game.

All these posturers score against each other from comfortable berths and comfortably assume they are beyond repercussions. It’s the same dynamic as the one at work among the advocates of letting the virus rip through the population at large, as if infection is for the little people and our desperately overstressed, traumatized health care workers are replaceable parts rather than a precious resource.

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The 7 Day Habit Challenge [NYT]

“The friction you set up or remove in the environment is going to have an effect long after you’ve gotten discouraged and are less excited about the new behavior,” said Wendy Wood, a research psychologist at the University of Southern California and author of “Good Habits, Bad Habits.” “That’s why friction is so powerful. It persists.”





Reasons To Be Cheerful: 2020 in Review

Amidst the damage wreaked by a virus, it’s easy to get buried under tons of bad news hitting us from everywhere.

Reasons To Be Cheerful was one of the better finds online for me.  This recent posts from the good folks there chronicles 112 uplifting stories from 2020.

Here’s a few that I found fascinating:

Young writers produced over 1,000 publications through the help of youth writing organizations.

More than two-thirds of all the money being invested in energy is now going to renewables.

Lesotho’s Premier League club is the first in the world to fund its men’s and women’s soccer teams equally.

Worth a scan at the very least.