Kickoff For August 23, 2021

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.

Let’s get this Monday started with these links:


What’s Behind the U.S. War on Science?, wherein Vincent Ialenti examines why so many Americans not only distrust science and scientists, but also why they have lost faith in expertise itself.

The Lithium Mine Versus the Wildflower, wherein we learn about the fight, spearheaded by a pair of passionate botanists, to save a rare plant species, one literally sitting on top of a mineral that can help fight climate change/

What is daydreaming? Parts of the brain show sleep-like activity when your mind wanders, wherein we learn that mind-wandering seems to happen when parts of the brain fall asleep while most of it remains awake.


Tagging is Broken, wherein Tiago Forte explains why using tags to organize information is inefficient and counterintuitive.

Wanting More Time for Your Meaningful Work, wherein Leo Babauta offers some simple, yet powerful, advice that can help you make the time and space to do what you really want to do.

Multitasking is a menace – it should come with a health warning, wherein Emma Beddington concludes that multitasking is a necessary evil, but that we shouldn’t lionize those who seem to be able to do it.


The Bank Robbers Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight (Or Do Anything Right, Really), wherein we learn about a trio of hapless would-be gangsters who chose the wrong English bank to try to rob.

The Lazarus heist: How North Korea almost pulled off a billion-dollar hack, wherein we learn how hackers from the secretive communist regime tried, and very nearly succeeded in digitally robbing the national bank of Bangladesh.

The Sky Thief, wherein we learn about Beebo Russell, who stole an Alaska Air passenger airplane from Seattle’s airport and what happened afterwards.

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

Scott Nesbitt