Six Links Worthy of Your Attention #519

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another: 

  • Simple Sabotage Field Manual. “This since-unclassified document from the US Government’s Office of Strategic Services is intended to help citizens fight oppressive governments. Written in 1963, it is packed with details on everything from how to overheat transformers, to instructions as simple as ‘act stupid.’ A short overview of how to mess with systems, written from a time when destabilizing foreign governments was policy.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Turrets of New York — and the People Who Inhabit Them – New York Magazine. “It doesn’t get more privileged than this. Every time I’m in the Big Apple, I gaze from my hotel room at the strange abutments and turrets that adorn the skyline. Turns out people live there!” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Chiemsee Reggae 1999 – Royal Roots Channel – YouTube. Linton Kwesi Johnson‘s ‘Sonny’s Letter.’” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • Why the octopus brain is so extraordinary – Cláudio L. Guerra – TED. “An ongoing mini-leitmotif of my links is the amazing world of octopuses. It feels like we could all use a bit of octopus intelligence right now.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How – Wired. “If the role of the police is to protect and serve, why do we have police forces that look and feel much more like armies. Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but a militarized police force doesn’t sound like it’s on the side of the community and our most vulnerable/most neglected. In a world where we’re not sure how to solve these big problems, we may want to start here…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. “It seems like every post and article turns into one of politics and social justice. I’m mad. You’re mad. We’re all mad. There are no sides here. There’s only so much our society can take. With that, I am learning much more about myself (my privilege and my prejudices) than I could have ever imagined. It’s time to quiet myself, listen, observe, watch my reactions, my thoughts and think (deeply) about what equality, justice and peace truly means. A friend told me about this book. I’m deep into it.” (Mitch for Hugh). 

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on TwitterFacebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.