In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.”

On overcoming the fears that keep you from doing things. What I learned from going blind in space | Chris Hadfield.

Since I featured a video of Chris Hadfield doing a version of “Space Oddity” on July 11th, his videos have been “suggested” by YT. This one is worth the time. (18 minutes or so.)

Dead Aid – on the reading list

Dead Aid is a book detailing why foreign aid from the West is destroying Africa. The author, Dambisa Moyo, is an African and an international economist. She paints a pretty bleak picture of the effect the aid poured into Africa by the West has had.

The more aid we give, the worse we make things. Though I haven’t finished it, it is a sobering read, even for someone who isn’t crazy about foreign aid.

I first became aware of this book from a TED talk by Ernesto Sirolli. (It is a long talk at 17 minutes, so make sure you have some time and a drink.) He started out working for an Italian NGO, but now supports entrepreneurs around the world. And the talk covers how to support entrepreneurs. Who do you think will solve the problems we face today? Government committees?

I can’t make the embedded video work due to my excessive security/privacy add-ons. If you have a similar problem, the video can be found here, where you can also download it for later viewing.

Intro to the Dark Net

The dark net has been in the news since WikiLeakes and Snowden forced our attention on it. But most people don’t know what it is. Or why they should care about it.

This is a fairly good introduction, and an explanation of why it matters to you. Or should if you care about privacy, escape from censorship and all the other things that we seem to be losing.

The video is long, at just over 14 minutes, so make sure you have the time to look at it.