Environmentalism used to be about defending the wild – not any more

Even environmentalism, which was once motivated by a love of the natural world, now seems more concerned with finding slightly less destructive ways of enabling an overprivileged civilisation to carry on surfing the internet and buying laptops and yoga mats than it does with protecting wildlife from its ravenous jaws.

This is very true, the change has been insidious but it happened. Read the full article.

The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

This sounds like something out of a tin foil hat conspiracy but seems, sadly, to be all too real.

There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.

It's a long read but worth it, head over to The Guardian for the full story.

Don’t Connect to a Public Wi-Fi Network Anywhere You Wouldn’t Go Barefoot

You can’t see the gross stuff on the airport floor, but you wouldn’t walk there barefoot. (Would you? Please don’t.) Similarly, you can’t always see the icky things on public Wi-Fi, but often, they’re there.

I'll be using this analogy. I spend my time warning people about public wifi networks, but it's mostly ignored.

Don't ignore the warnings, please.

JG Ballard's daughter on her father's prescience

"Reality is now a kind of huge advertising campaign, selling television’s image of what life is about." That could be a response to recent events, but JG Ballard said those words in 1988. As readers of my father will know, he was fascinated by the way advances in technology and the mass media revolutionised our lives.

How my father, JG Ballard, foresaw our strange present.