This weeks links (2019-09-16)

In brief:

* Abbott & Turnbull right on the NBN … for all the wrong reasons (2019-Sep-16) [michaelwest.com.au]

❝ The National Broadband Network is an unmitigated disaster not just for broadband delivery in Australia, but for how it has contributed to the devaluation of a whole industry sector. ❞

* Social media isn’t ruining our national and provincial parks – it’s making the great outdoors more accessible (2019-Sep-12) [The Globe and Mail]

❝ … For people who do not grow up participating in outdoor activities, going into the wilderness – which in British Columbia, is filled with bears and cougars – can be quite intimidating. It can also be dangerous for people who do not understand mountain safety.
But Instagram – which provides the exact location of trail heads and provides hiking tips to users – makes the outdoors more accessible. I recently overheard a woman on the St. Mark’s Summit Trail tell her friend that until a few years ago, she didn’t know these trails existed: She had assumed only avid outdoor folks with the right gear could do hikes. Instagram not only gave her information about where these trails were but also changed her vision about who could do them. While people may be discovering the outdoors because of Instagram, they are not necessarily going outdoors for Instagram. … ❞

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Planet Man – Single Episodes [archive.org]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
This is the fascinating story of Dantro, The Planet Man, troubleshooter for the League of Planets organization, the law enforcement body for peace and justice in the celestial world — whose headquarters and center of operations are situated on the capital of all planets, Planteria Rex.
From Mercury to Pluto, where ever danger threatens the universe, you will find Dantro the Planet Man fighting for fair play.
The Planet Man was a juvenile science ficton series of the 1950’s transcribed and syndicated by Palladium Radio Productions.
The stories are campy and predictable, but silly fun none the less. Good for a laugh or for bedtime stories for younger listeners.

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