Historian Tom Holland claims that Martin Luther would have rocked it on Twitter! He repeats the idea that Luther exploited the medium of print to great effect. Holland writes that “Luther… displayed a breathtaking command of all the qualities required to flourish on social media: a genius for aphorism, for invective, for denouncing fake news, for spreading fake news, even for publicly doting on pets. (‘Oh, that I could only pray,’ he once exclaimed, ‘in the way that my puppy stares at meat!’)”
All joking aside, Holland’s final point is worth considering. He writes that very few of us in the West exhibit Luther’s “readiness to risk death in the cause of holding true to his conscience.” It’s certainly not easy to stay steady while enduring a tweetstorm, but the example of the good Doctor, under the threat of death gives us courage.
Farmers have staged a weeks-long protest blocking streets in Delhi, India. India’s farmers represent about 50% of the population and new regulations introduced by the government, leave room for large corporations to move in and dominate markets. One spokesman said the farmers “have the resources to mobilize support, and to continue the protest for a long time. They have also been very successful in keeping the protest really focused.” Looks like they cook up a storm too…
Bill and Melinda Gates own the most American farmland.
Rare earth metals, which are used extensively in fuel cells and batteries, have become a key component in a lot of modern tech gear. Rare earths have become a bargaining chip in international trade wars, with China supplying around 80% of the global demand. Mining companies have been putting pressure on the Biden administration to ramp up production of rare earths in the US to reduce dependence on China, but “green” groups are not happy about it.
Soil sequestration of carbon may not be the silver bullet climate activists claim it is.
A shiny new tunnel has just been completed under the sea in the Faroe Islands. The islands, which lay between Iceland and Norway, are home to many small communities. It is hoped that the tunnel will cut travel time for folks who work in the capital, enabling them to continue living in remote towns.