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Newsletter 8th November 2020

The "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly" edition


The jotter people win!


In a late bid to maintain interest in working from home we have the suggestion there might be an even better location.

The people peddling these pieces need to take a tip from the writers of articles that truly never go out of fashion: telling managers they are leaders motivated by saintliness.

Another thing that never goes away is people who spend all their time in meetings, never decline a meeting and panic if they are not invited to a meeting constantly moaning that there are too many meetings. Here’s a helpful guide for you to ignore when you accept yet again.

In a turn up for the books it seems those amongst us who turn up for all those meetings with a notebook and carefully note the date and topic at the top of the page are the real winners. And they’ll soon be able to measure their anxiety in their earwax.


Round the the world round up

There are still things happening in the world that don’t involve Covid or the US elections.

Ethiopia could be on the verge of civil war. Which is another blow for the Nobel Peace Prize committee...

Canada is running out of foreigners. There are certainly worse places you could go. (OK, this one is kind of Covid-related.)

Brazilian prosecutors are showing the US the way by charging Bolsonaro’s son. It seems anti-corruption is more about envy than anything else.

Despite all the talk of Putin the puppet-master, sanctions continue to bite and limit his economic rescue plan. (This one is also Covid-related.)

You ain't seen nothing yet

This is a nicely illustrated explanation of how you can catch the virus, or at least the latest scientific understanding. It may have changed by the time you read this.

And if you’ve relaxed now it seems Trump is a goner then you can revitalize your anxieties worrying about new pandemics. Really bad ones, make this one look like the common cold.

If on the other hand you are a Covid denier, there may be a medical explanation for that.

Does nobody want to be the top hat?

Big tech is now so dominant that their monopolies may seem self-evident. However, it’s not as straightforward as it may seem.

YouTube has so far avoided much scrutiny but perhaps deserves more.

"The truth is always..." <THUMP>


This is about the Republicans but it needn’t be, they are just the ones currently exploiting it. It’s about the press in general, in fact any kind of critical analysis. And it’s a handy reminder to thump upside the ear anyone who says “the truth as always is somewhere in the middle”, because that complacency is being gamed.

Odds and a sod

Having liberated Britons from the EU, Farage wants to free them from the financial industry. Because there is nothing about international trade or modern investment that a free-born Englishman can’t master by himself thank-you very much.

Running’s boring isn’t it? But being a secret agent isn’t! That seems to be the thought process behind this app.

Finally, a throwback to a kinder, gentler time: geeks arguing about maps. If only there were a map to get back there.



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