Kickoff For November 11, 2019

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Monday Kickoff, a collection of what I’ve found interesting, informative, and insightful on the web over the last seven days.

Instead of me prattling on about whatever, let’s get this Monday started with these links:


Designing new ways to make use of ocean plastic, wherein we’re exposed to new ways in which some people are reusing and recycling plastic dumped into the ocean, and discover that much more can and should be done.

How NYC is protecting people from the deadliest disaster, wherein we learn how New York City’s efforts to shield its residents from the extremes of weather, and the challenges the city is facing in the age of rapid climate change.

Betting the Farm on the Drought, wherein we learn about how some farmers in the U.S. are adapting to, and trying to mitigate the effects of, climate change (which they’re more than a little skeptical of).


Dwelling as Resistance, wherein Nicholas Ferguson takes us into the world of squatters occupying land that London’s Heathrow airport wants to use for an expansion, and discover how a resistance and a community have taken shape there.

The Scale Of What We’re Up Against, wherein Nathan J. Robinson outlines an alternative to the cutthroat, free market vision of libertarians that actually takes people into account.

Across The Field, wherein Jonathan Gharraie talks about the connection and relationship he has with the fields near his home in England, fields he walks almost every day.

Odds and Ends

“Did fire come to Paradise or did Paradise go to the fire?”, wherein we read about the aftermath of one of the worst wildfires in California’s history in the town of Paradise, and about the practices of the greedy and corrupt utility whose negligence helped start that fire.

‘We Have Fire Everywhere’, wherein we hear some very personal, very harrowing stories of people who managed escape the wildfire in Paradise, California.

The American Missionary and the Uncontacted Tribe, wherein we hear the story of how a young American, filled with irrational evangelical verve, embraced the foolhardy belief that he could convert an isolated tribe to his faith, and how that became a fatal mistake.

And that’s it for this Monday. Come back in seven days for another set of links to start off your week.

Scott Nesbitt