Geert Veenstra

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Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World – review

George Osborne’s austerity meant treating a large section of the population as cattle whose market value had tanked<p>Every so often, humanity manages genuinely to surprise itself. Events to which we had previously assigned zero probability push us into what the ancient Greeks referred to as <i>aporia</i>: …

Economics

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?<p>Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response.<p>“I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty …

Productivity

How to grow tough plants for tough spots

“I told you so”: these plants fall into this category (bear with me). They are not restrained, they are more than rambunctious, and they are capable of being troublesome if you leave them to dictate their own party. However, they will thrive in those areas in which more gentle sorts will wither …

The hidden healing power of sugar

Doctors are finding one way that sugar can benefit your health: it may help heal wounds when antibiotics fail.<p>As a child growing up in poverty in the rural Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, Moses Murandu was used to having salt literally rubbed in his wounds when he fell and cut himself. On lucky …

Diabetes

I Kicked My Opioid Addiction with Marijuana

As I shivered in misery, I knew I needed something to stop the monkey on my back from screaming: ‘FEED ME!’<p>“Do. Not. Do. This.” It was a miserable …

Jaron Lanier Q&A: ‘We Won, and We Turned Into Assholes’

<i>Over the last few months, Select All has interviewed more than a dozen prominent technology figures about what has gone wrong with the contemporary</i> …

Can’t sleep? Tell yourself it’s not a big deal | Oliver Burkeman

There’s growing evidence that thinking of yourself as an insomniac is a major part of the problem<p>Note to publishers: in my view, there’s an unfilled gap in the “wellness” market for a book on how sleep isn’t really that important. In contrast to the message relentlessly promoted by lifestyle gurus …

How to grow the herb shiso perilla

This herb is far more than a garnish – and once you get a taste for it, you may find you want a ready supply<p>Shiso perilla, better known as shiso in Japanese, tai to in Vietnamese and kkaennip or ggaenip in Korean, is one of those herbs that, if you know of it, you rave about and have myriads of …

Climbing

Drinking an extra glass of wine 'will shorten your life by 30 minutes'

Drinking will shorten your life, according to a study that suggests every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit will cut half an hour from the expected lifespan of a 40-year-old.<p>Those who think a glass of red wine every evening will help keep the heart healthy will be …

University of Cambridge

The Guardian view on Facebook: time to tame the surveillance economy | Editorial

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress told us little new, but his evasions showed that he knows which questions go to the heart of his business<p>The second day of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress answered some important questions: that is to say, it showed which questions the Facebook CEO …

Surveillance

Google cases are a battle between right to privacy and right to know

At the heart of the first high court ruling on the “right to be forgotten” principle in England and Wales is a battle between the right to privacy and the right to know.<p>The cases focus on two businessmen, convicted of offences more than a decade ago, whose criminal backgrounds are the subject of …

May I have a word about … self-driving cars | Jonathan Bouquet

Even without the corporate speak, do we actually believe the latest pronouncement from the Waymo boss?<p>I don’t know whether to be worried or very worried. Last week, it was announced that Google “has no master plan” to garner data from its self-driving cars division. Said John Krafcik, chief …

Autonomous Cars

Artificial Intelligence Will Affect The News We Consume. Whether That's A Good Thing Is Up To Humans.

There are two paths ahead in the future of journalism, and both of them are shaped by artificial intelligence.<p>The first is a future in which newsrooms and their reporters are robust: Thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, high-quality reporting has been enhanced. Not only do AI scripts …

How to do 'the flamingo' – the secret to strengthening your core

Fitness experts say 15 minutes a day of standing on one foot could help build that elusive six-pack. And if you’re not used to doing it, the added brain strain will burn even more calories<p>If you want to improve your balance and strengthen your core then you should try imitating a flamingo – or at …

Trainers

You can (and should) train yourself to sleep on your back

Get back to basics.<p>American adults are in pain. A 2015 study from the National Institutes of Health showed that 25 million U.S. adults cope with chronic pain every day. While everyone’s suffering is different—there are as many sources of pain as people—for many, how you sleep plays a crucial …

Albert Einstein

Enduring pain: how a 1996 opioid policy change had long-lasting effects

A recommendation for doctors to treat pain as a ‘fifth vital sign’, coupled with a profit-driven pharmaceutical industry and a consumer culture created a perfect storm<p>Twenty-two years ago, in 1996, the influential American Pain Society introduced the concept that pain should be treated as a “fifth …

The Hidden Liver Crisis

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects up to a third of Americans, taking a toll on our collective health. Nutrition and lifestyle changes can turn …

The health benefits of spicy food

The spices that add punch and flavour to our food may also have some unexpected health benefits, such as improving our mental health and protecting us against cancer.<p>Many of us cook with common spices such as turmeric and chilli powder without even recognising the good they are doing to our bodies …

Chilli

Be a pioneer – delete Facebook | Jaron Lanier

Quitting means beating the addiction, making a political statement and redefining social life. Are you ready?<p>When I wrote an about-to-be-published book last year about problems with social media, I thought it would be cute to call it Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now. …

It's been a week since I quit Facebook. It feels like liberation | Paul Daley

Facebook was an Exocet into the bunker of my obsessive compulsions

Facebook

This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook

Data misuse is a feature, not a bug—and it’s plaguing our entire culture.<p>After five days of silence, Mark Zuckerberg finally acknowledged the massive data compromise that allowed Cambridge Analytica to obtain extensive psychographic information about 50 million Facebook users. His statement, which …

Social Media

Delete Facebook? That’s as hard as giving up sugar | Dean Burnett

Plenty of people say they’re going to do it, but in the end can’t. So why do social networks have such a hold?

What would be lost if I deleted Facebook? Gratification | Emma Brockes

It may be that a diet of distant relatives’ wedding photos and articles about child murders does not make me well informed<p>By way of an experiment, as I wound down on Facebook after my kids went to sleep, I tried to keep an eye on what I was actually doing. I clicked through to a piece on NPR …

Cambridge Analytica scandal: the biggest revelations so far

Since Christopher Wylie blew the whistle in the Observer, developments have been rapid. Here’s what we know about the analytics firm, Facebook and Trump’s election team<p>On Saturday, the Observer published the account of a former worker at data firm Cambridge Analytica, who lifted the lid on the …

Christopher Wylie

The Cambridge Analytica saga is a scandal of Facebook’s own making | John Harris

This mess was inevitable. Facebook has worked tirelessly to gather as much data on users as it could – and to profit from it<p>Big corporate scandals tend not to come completely out of the blue. As with politicians, accident-prone companies rarely become that way by accident, and a spectacular crisis …

Subsidy-free renewable energy projects set to soar in UK, analysts say

Falling cost of wind and solar will unlock £20bn of investment, Aurora Energy Research says<p>The UK is well on the way to a new era of subsidy-free renewable energy projects that will largely kill off prospects for new gas power stations, according to industry analysts.<p>The falling cost of wind and …

Renewable Energy

MPs summon Mark Zuckerberg, saying Facebook misled them

Facebook founder is called to give evidence after revelations over data use by Cambridge Analytica<p>MPs have summoned Mark Zuckerberg to appear before a select committee investigating fake news and accused his company of misleading them at a previous hearing.<p>The Facebook founder has been called to …

'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way<p>Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as …

Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica may be guilty of hype. But data mining poisons our politics | Gaby Hinsliff

Secret footage of executives boasting about psychological profiling is a red flag – our democracy really is under threat<p>It’s exactly the sort of conversation about politics that one would hope did not exist.<p>Two suits, in a swanky restaurant, blithely boasting about exploiting fears buried so deep …

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts?

Sorry to break it to you, but you are probably a “dumb fuck”. This is according to statements by a young Mark Zuckerberg anyway. Back in 2004, when a 19-year-old Zuckerberg had just started building Facebook, he sent his Harvard friends a series of instant messages in which he marvelled at the fact …

Social Media