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Brussels authorities deny toxic air indicated by their own monitoring stations.

Four years ago, Clientearth and several Brussels citizens took the regional government to court over its lack of any air quality improvement plan. In the final hearing this week, all the government's lawyers managed to do to defend themselves was put the quality of their own pollution measurements into question. It's depressing.

On the contrary, rather than admitting that there is a problem and committing to solve it, the Brussels lawyers in court today have gone as far as discrediting the reliability of air quality measurements carried out by the government’s own environmental agency. In doing so, they expose the residents and workers of this city to unacceptable health risks in their day to day lives.
Linked on the 19th of December, 2020 Details

Discotheques from the French countryside.

Countryside or small town discotheques in France have a particular aesthetic. Photographer Eric Tabuchi has captured many of them. His sites features many other series in the same vein like Chinese restaurants and abandoned fuel stations.

Linked on the 7th of December, 2020 Details

Your brain doesn't work the way you think it does.

In other words, in a process that even Dr. Barrett admits “defies common sense,” you’re almost always acting on the predictions that your brain is making about what’s going to happen next, not reacting to experience as it unfolds.

It turns out our brains predict more often than they react. I just ordered the book referenced in the article to dig deeper.

Linked on the 5th of December, 2020 Details

This blog is 20 years old today. I thought I should mark the moment, even if posting is not as frequent as it used to be and social media has eaten into people's attention spans.

Noted on the 4th of December, 2020 Details

Brexit stems from a civil war in capitalism.

One of the clearest explanations I've seen for Brexit.

Linked on the 29th of November, 2020 Details

“Emily in Paris” and the rise of ambient TV.

They're deliberately creating TV content as a background to people's phone addiction now.

It’s O.K. to look at your phone all the time, the show seems to say, because Emily does it, too. The episodic plots are too thin to ever be confusing; when you glance back up at the television, chances are that you’ll find tracking shots of the Seine or cobblestoned alleyways, lovely but meaningless.
Linked on the 29th of November, 2020 Details