In an unmissable talk, journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union.
Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks:: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?
Why you should listen
Carole Cadwalladr is a journalist for the Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom.
She worked for a year with whistleblower Christopher Wylie to publish her investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with the New York Times.
The investigation resulted in Mark Zuckerberg being called before Congress and Facebook losing more than $100 billion from its share price.
She has also uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit.
Her work has won a Polk Award and the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019.
Of her award-winning work, judge Sir David Bell wrote: She "deserves high praise for the quality of her research and for her determination to shed fierce light on a story which seems by no means over yet. Orwell would have loved it." Watch the Video
The compass and the map - by Seth Godin
Wouldn’t it be great if we always had a map? A set of step-by-step instructions on how to get from here to there, wherever we were and wherever we wanted to go…
Steve Pressfield relates this magical story:
A Ghurka rifleman escaped from a Japanese prison in south Burma and walked six hundred miles alone through the jungles to freedom. The journey took him five months, but he never asked the way and he never lost the way. For one thing he could not speak Burmese and for another he regarded all Burmese as traitors. He used a map and when he reached India he showed it to the Intelligence officers, who wanted to know all about his odyssey. Marked in pencil were all the turns he had taken, all the roads and trail forks he has passed, all the rivers he had crossed. It had served him well, that map.
The Intelligence officers did not find it so useful. It was a street map of London.
I love this story.
Happy endings come from an understanding of the compass, not the presence of a useful map.
If you’ve got the wrong map, the right compass will get you home if you know how to use it.
Where are you headed?
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Make small wins work for you
The internet has changed how we see ourselves as successful.
Anything that doesn't bring "instant" wealth is a failure.
We've all heard the old saying: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
We should change that to read: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single win.”
Our success begins when we make small wins every day.
Start small and build from there.
A series of small wins will get you that big success.
Another saying: "Rome wasn't built in a day" Remember that one? How easily we forget.
Everyone is going after the "instant wealth" idea. Microwave everything.
The combination of a large number of small wins over time will bring that "overnight success" in the end.
It will seem like an overnight success. The penny only drops right at the end.
One small win leads to another, then another and another. Culminating in one Big Win.
If one wants to save a million Rand, for instance. It isn't done in one week or even a year.
Break it down. R1 million over 25 years means you have to put aside R40 000 every year.
That's R3 333.00 per month. Or R150.00 per week.
R30.00 every day sounds a whole lot easier than R3 333.00 per month, doesn't it?
Put it in the bank every day, you won't even miss it.
Some banks even have a "save your change" system linked to the account.
You can always add more, if you want.
Do that and you'll have plenty saved in no time. Without even realising it.
The trick of course is never to touch that savings account.
Rather put it into some other kind of investment every month.
Not difficult when it's out of sight and out of mind. Let it grow.
It's easy to cut back on luxuries you don't need. Eat out twice a month, not once a week.
Do you need that new cellphone on a contract every two years?
Or the new car every four or five years. On credit.
Make it last and put the monthly payments into your savings.
Most of our problems arise out of our inflated expectations.
We don't have to keep up with the van der Merwes or Sitholes.
Or anybody else for that matter.
Make do, and be grateful for what we have.
There's a whole lot more value in peace of mind than having a whole lot of money.
Teach your children how to save, so they don't fall into the peer pressure trap later in their lives.
People like Richard Branson, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet didn't become billionaires overnight. Despite the Internet.
It took them many years to reach their goal of financial independence.
And that's exactly what it is. Independence.
Not who has the most. Or the biggest car. Or the beautiful Mansion.
They worked and lived in garages at home.
Mr Buffet still lives in the same house, with the same wife, he bought fifty years ago. Paid Cash.
He still flies economy class. Can afford his own jet, but chooses to be "normal".
He gives most of his wealth to charity. Now that's being very rich.
But, he started with nothing and built his wealth one dollar at a time.
The Beatles played in sordid nightclubs for years, before they hit the big time.
They wrote hundreds of songs which "failed".
Until they recorded "Love me Do" in 1964. Then everything exploded and they became very, very wealthy young men.
But it was a huge struggle in the beginning.
Thest tips have been around for many years. How many of us listened? Not too many of us.
Don't let your future become spoiled for the want of instant gratification.
We don't have to live like paupers. But, we need to slow down a bit and do the little things more often.
Before we can live like Kings.
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Meet Major Mandisa Nomcebo Mfeka, a Combat Pilot in the South African Air Force.
She is regarded as the world’s first Black African female fighter pilot and hails from South Africa!
Mandisa, who was born in Ntuzuma Kwazulu-Natal grew up in Malvern. She says she realised her love for aviation when she was about five years old when her mother and grandmother used to take them to airshows in Virginia Airport.
Due to the inability to afford the entry fee, Mandisa says her mom would park outside the airport and they would watch the displays from there.
Growing up she thought she wanted to be a doctor but when she was in grade 10, she started researching careers that used math and science. As a result, she discovered aeronautical engineering. She decided to apply to different universities to study exactly that but she came across an article for the South African Air Force and after seeing that she exceeded the requirements of entry, plus she could become a pilot, she was immediately sold.
“From the moment I discovered the SAAF, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and since then I haven’t looked back.”
In 2008 she joined the South African Air force (SAAF), and in 2010 she started at the Central Flying School in Langebaan; in 2011 she got her wings.
Mandisa says her journey as a Combat Pilot really shifted her perspective about what aviation and what being a military practitioner looked like. Nonetheless, she believes that becoming a combat pilot has been an amazing experience.
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So your future plans are all coming together for you?
You've reached the age when you are about to enjoy the fruits of all the years of toil?
You have enough stashed away to take care of all your life issues for the next 20-25 years.
How much is enough?
Are you secure enough in your present job to ensure you can still save a little more to retire on?
Covered every contingency?
Working overtime to make more? No time for yourself?
Will your qualifications carry you through?
It is a known fact that 80% of people reaching the age of 65 will never be able to "retire" in comfort. Probably more than 90% in fact.
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New Lawn / Turf
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This is a labour intensive exercise. Dethatch the lawn and rake out all the dead stuff. Plug cut or hollow tine. Mix 500-800g of Aqualock per cubic meter of topsoil or lawn dressing. Spread evenly and rake into plug holes to make a mini-reservoir of food and water.
Home Vegetable or Flower Garden
It is very simple to apply Aqualock to home gardens and veggie patches. It is easiest to apply before planting seedlings. If you have an established garden, you may need to remove the plants first. Mix in the Aqualock at 5g per square meter before planting or replanting.
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15-30Kg per hectare if you are tilling between 80-100mm deep.
30-50kg per hectare if you are tilling between 150-200mm deep.
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Tunnel or Green House
Adding Aqualock to Tunnels or Greenhouses will make it even more waterwise. Aqualock encapsulates water. Plants are not lying in waterlogged ground where they can get root rot or other diseases. Water is only released to the plant when it drinks. Aqualock is a 100% pure potassium based product which will biodegrade into root food.
Individual Tree Planting
A tree's chances of survival improve by 50-70% when using Aqualock around the roots. Or mixed into the soil around the root zone.
Existing Trees or Orchards
Dig down to the root zone. Mix 10g Aqualock crystals for a small tree. 20g for a medium size tree. 30g for a standard fruit bearing sized tree with between 3 and 5 liters of water. Apply around the root zone. Cover the opening with soil and water the tree.
Aqualock in Silviculture
In the replanting of forests Aqualock will reduce the need to water. Or rely on infrequent rain. The addition of Aqualock will reduce the rate of saplings dying from lack of water by up to 50%
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I know there are a lot of people who think about their retirement with trepidation.
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Agricultural Bio-Stimulants include diverse formulations of compounds, substances and other products that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological [Physiology: The study of how living organisms’ function, including such processes as nutrition, movement and reproduction.] processes, thus making them more efficient.
Bio-Stimulants act on plant physiology through different pathways to improve crop vigour, yields, quality and postharvest shelf life/conservation.
These products are increasingly used in crop production around the world.
Plant Bio-Stimulants [The bio in Bio-Stimulant means life. A stimulant is something that quickens some vital process or the functional activity of some organ or part of a living organism.] are a diverse group of substances such as microorganisms, certain plant extracts, humic acid [Humic acid is a group of molecules that bind to, and help plant roots receive, water and nutrients.] and amino acids.
ZeaGro can be applied as a foliar spray or to the seeds or roots of plants.
Bio-Stimulants foster plant development in several demonstrated ways throughout the crop lifecycle, from seed germination to plant maturity.
They enhance the plant’s ability to assimilate nutrients and to develop completely.
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Bio-Stimulants act on plant physiology through different pathways to improve crop vigour, plant efficiency and plant resilience.
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The elegance of Nothing by Seth Godin
The red sole of a Louboutin shoe, or the elegant tag on a pair of Tom’s?
The sweeping fenders of a Porsche 911 or the needless complications of a fancy watch…
Today, a certain kind of customer is using a Muji notebook, or wearing a plain Everlane t-shirt. Is this what we’ve come to?
One might come to the conclusion that consumers have rejected all the effort that designers and marketers have produced in a statement that rejects design. Not so fast.
Design is the new marketing. It is the product itself, not the ads or the slogan. Design is the supply chain of Patagonia, the ethics of Purple Carrot and the customer service at Union Square Cafe.
It’s design, not advertising, that turned Apple into the most valuable luxury brand (and the most valuable company) in the world.
But design requires a point of view. The confidence to make an assertion. And the skill to turn that assertion into something that resonates with the person you seek to serve.
It’s probably easier to create heavily adorned mash-up than it is to produce a Field Notes notebook. Stripping away the artifice doesn’t always leave something pure. It often creates banality, the simple commodity that’s easy to buy cheaper one click away.
The elegant nothing brands aren’t about nothing. Not all.
They merely have a different, more difficult sort of artifice. The artifice of no artifice. The elegance of leading with utility as its own form of style.
And what is a brand? It’s not the logo, certainly. I have no idea what Everlane’s logo is.
The brand is our shorthand for the feelings that an experience creates, the promises that a product or service brings with it.
If Nike announced that they were opening a hotel, you’d have a pretty good guess about what it would be like.
But if Hyatt announced that they were going to start making shoes, you would have NO IDEA WHATSOEVER what those shoes would be like.
That’s because Nike owns a brand and Hyatt simply owns real estate.
For a company that stands for few details to become a brand, then, there needs to be a promise associated with what they make and what you’ll get if you engage with it instead of buying the cheaper commodity.
In most cases where brands have been built, the brand has:
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Good things happen - sometimes, not always
Bad things happen - sometimes, not always
Deliveries are delayed - sometimes, not always
People get sick - sometimes, not always
Trucks break down - sometimes, not always
Computers freeze up - sometimes, not always
Load shedding happens - sometimes, not always
Cyclones and Tornadoes happen - sometimes, not always
We have good days - sometimes, not always
We have bad days - sometimes, not always
Our plans work out perfectly - sometimes, not always
We have a failure - sometimes, not always
We have a success - sometimes, not always
We're unhappy - sometimes, not always
We're happy - sometimes, not always
We stress over everything - sometimes, not always
We're calm, cool and collected - sometimes, not always
Wi-fi goes on the blink - sometimes, not always
But, life goes on - Always.
Have a good day.