26 November, 2021

It's a big truism of our times that Wikipedia and Google have democratized knowledge and made it easy to find out about all manner of things. But there's also a danger that the easy searches flatten our curiosity so that we don't look deeper, seek out books in real libraries, etc. I sometimes worry that only the superficial knowledge captured in Wikipedia will remain. Where I live, it's hard to gain access to good libraries, so I'm grateful whenever I find someone going to the trouble of making deeper layers of knowledge readily available, in journals or blogs. Now I was reading an article in The Guardian about Britain's early 18th century recession and the terrible winter of 1709. In seeking to learn more about that event, I found an interesting blog about 18th century France: a labour of love and personal interest by a writer who keeps herself fairly anonymous. Over seven years, she has written over 500 posts in a personal site on Blogger.

Link Stream

✭ Revealed: Trump officials rush to mine desert haven native tribes consider holy | Environment | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/24/trump-mining-arizona-holy-land-oak-fla
"Last month tribes discovered that the date for the completion of a crucial environmental review process has suddenly been moved forward by a full year, to December 2020, even as the tribes are struggling with a Covid outbreak that has stifled their ability to respond. If the environmental review is completed before Trump leaves office, the tribes may be unable to stop the mine."

✭ India bans 43 apps: China warns of 'damage' to relations - CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/25/tech/india-bans-chinese-apps-hnk-intl/index.html

But
 China bans not just apps but an even larger number of websites. The list includes most major news companies, from all around the world. It's hard to find any popular website or journal that isn't banned.

✭ Introducing Vivaldi Mail in Technical Preview | Vivaldi Browser
https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-mail-technical-preview/

Nice
 work. I previously used Opera's M2 Mail at various times. I would not go back to it today because I wouldn't like to grow too dependent on a single browser. I have tried to use Vivaldi several times. On the last occasion it inexplicably stopped working so I went back to Palemoon or Firefox.

✭ Trump's coup failed – but US democracy has been given a scare | US news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/25/trumps-coup-failed-but-us-democracy-has-be
"The president pulled every lever to stay in power. It didn’t work, but how would the US handle a closer election?"

American "democracy" doesn't count for much anyway. If simply not installing dictators means democracy, that's a very low bar.