This Week in Upgrades: August 1

Good day! Here we are in August already. Are you in disbelief? I am. Just weeks away now from fall and the holiday season. Though, given NOAA’s three-month forecast of above average temperatures for the entire United States, it may not feel like fall as we know it.

Did you watch the Democratic National Convention? What’d you think? Here’s a pretty great breakdown of the major speeches: Bernie Sanders, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton.

Some contrasted the DNC as being more “hopeful” than the Republican National Convention, which is certainly true rhetorically. But we should definitely talk about the fact that hope has been privatized. Where is the “we” in modern America–the actual “stronger together” beyond the campaign slogan? Our main virtue is competitiveness.

In another political link from this week, this interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald on Trump, Brexit, American journalism, and more is a must read. We need transparent, truth-telling journalism, and we’re definitely not getting it.

Is this election, or anything else, making you angry? Here’s a compelling read on what to do with your anger.

In other interesting things from this week:

The EPA finally acknowledged that jet exhaust endangers human health and the health of the planet. Will this start a push for greener air travel?

Maybe we should take stock of where we’re at with climate change. This is a pretty good summary.

Do you catch yourself saying “um” and “ah” a lot?

Where does it go? We need to rethink garbage.

Some of the most stunning space photography of 2016. Wow.

Have an excellent week!

This Week in Upgrades: October 24

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Starting to see more sniffling and sneezing. Why do germs spread in the wintertime?

This presidential election is less about Democrats versus Republicans and more about the future of Capitalism. A good listen here.

Now’s a good time to start aging your eggnog for Christmas. Definitely making some this weekend.

Do you count your social media followers as friends? The number of friendships a person can sustain.

Speaking of friendship, what does it mean to have friends in adulthood?

How America compares to the rest of the world for paid leave.

At the federal minimum wage, you need to work 93 hours a week to afford basic well-being. Yikes.

Is it better to eat grass-fed beef?

How have glaciers changed over the last 100 years? Why should anyone care?