meanwhile

Yesterday I read the internet for the first time in a while. Some Things for your consideration.

Metiria Turei has an interesting post about inequality in NZ., with a promise of more to come.

Where does New Zealand rank amongst its peers? We’ve moved rapidly from one of the most equal countries in the OECD to one of the most unequal. The OECD now ranks us 23rd out of 30. The UN ranks us 18th out of 23.

Inequality has risen rapidly in the last two decades. The good news is that if inequality can rise this quickly, it can also fall just as quickly if we set our collective minds to it. And there is good reason to. Inequality is both damaging and costly for us all. In my next Inequality in Aotearoa blog, I’ll explore some of the specific costs associated with inequality.

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Turkish archaelogical excavation discovers stone temple that predates Great Pyramid and Stonehenge by 6-7000 years. This pushes back the start of civilisation as we know it a fair whack, and will someday filter down to mess with our origin myths.

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This reminds me of a quote from a guy in 1800s London, before the burroughs had combined, viewing the growing sprawl and realising that one day they would all link up into one city: the world’s biggest cities are merging into mega-regions.

The world’s mega-cities are merging to form vast “mega-regions” which may stretch hundreds of kilometres across countries and be home to more than 100 million people, according to a major new UN report.

Research shows that the world’s largest 40 mega-regions cover only a tiny fraction of the habitable surface of our planet and are home to fewer than 18% of the world’s population [but] account for 66% of all economic activity and about 85% of technological and scientific innovation,” said Moreno.

The cities that are prospering the most are generally those that are reducing inequalities,” said Moreno.

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This is just cool: solarbeat. Music made by assigning each planet a tone and then having each tone sound when it completes a revolution of the sun. You can play with the speed the planets rotate.

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This is bizarre. Introducing: Death Bear.

A shadowy, masked New Yorker relieves people of painful remnants of their pasts: love letters, photos, even underwear. To the man under the giant bear head, it’s performance art.
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The anguished individual had turned to Death Bear, a macabre performance artist who silently walks the city streets in a one-man quest to relieve people of painful remnants of the past: love letters, photos, gifts, dog tags, underwear — a lot of underwear, it seems — anything that might reduce an otherwise well-functioning person to a sniffling wreck.

The mask is what makes it for me.

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And, of course, what you have always wanted from your favourite psychopath hiring private mercenary army contractors bent on holy war: that’s right, a blackwater christmas tree ornament.

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