HEALTH AND WELLNESS
It’s not worth it: why you should ditch life-extending health treatment once you’re over 75 (says a medical professional under 75). On the subject of health, do smart phones alter sexual behaviour? Hmmmm — maybe, but not in the way you think.
Superheroes or losers? Laura La Rosa explores media depictions of fatherhood.
Do you know how many US graduates will never pay off their student debt? (There’s more than $1.5 trillion of it.)
Finally, two books explore the despair and suicide that overtook Germans at the end of World War II as Soviet forces approached.
BEAM ME UP, NEO
Star Trek transporters have always worried me — is the person who comes out the other end the same person or a perfect copy who thinks they’re the same person, and for everyone else is indeed the same person? And what’s the difference anyway? Well, it gets more complicated than that.
Given it’s very likely we’re living in a computer game-style simulation and that a Matrix 4 is on the way (can they send John Wick to kill Neo?) should we try to find out if we’re not real? The arguments for and against. Meanwhile, “randonauts” are trying to glitch the simulation by going to random locations (watch out — there are llamas!).
NOTHING TO SEE HERE, EVERYTHING’S FINE
Celeste Liddle describes a rotten week for Aboriginal rights.
Overseas, Trump allies, in preparation for the 2020 election campaign, are developing smear sheets on journalists who might criticise him. Speaking of preparing for war, the US Army is printing playing cards featuring Iranian armour, in order to familiarise troops with them.
The late David Koch more than pretty much any other individual on Earth helped perpetuate the climate disaster we now face. Donald Trump’s attacks on American Jews illustrate how little he understands Judaism. And the rise to power of Boris Johnson hasn’t done anything to diminish the baleful influence of Nigel Farage.
FROM THE BUSINESS DESK
OVERSEAS IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: THEY DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY THERE
From around the globe:
- Nationalism at home, internationalism abroad: the tension at the heart of Macron’s agenda, and throughout French history.
- A Japanese company is offering an ultraviolet “anti-groping” stamp to counter sexual assault and harassment on trains.
- A quick guide to why the Indonesian government is building a new capital.
- Frustration with Trump’s trade war has created an opening for Democrats in rural America.
- And in response to the trade war and the rise of populism, EU officials want more protectionism, more handouts for European industry, and more competition law loopholes to allow Euro-champion companies. The French should be delighted.
STATIONARY, ETERNALLY IN MOTION, SWIFT
Finally: nursing clams — a pictorial guide. Like everything else, sharks and their rare biting of people are the subject of intense partisanship in the United States. And did you know how amazing the swift is? Amazingly amazing — read why!
Side View is taking an allegedly well-earned break until October. In the meantime, here’s a greyhound and a kitten.