US–Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus ; Australia Dumps 1M Tons of Sludge Near Great Barrier Reef ; and More Picks 2/25

US–Venezuela Aid Convoy Story Is Clearly Bogus (Jeff C.)

According to an op-ed in Truthdig: No one actually buys the prevailing narrative that the US is sending aid to Venezuela as a “humanitarian” gesture.

Australia Approves Dumping of 1M Tons of Sludge Near Great Barrier Reef (Russ)

The author writes, “Although sludge dumping in the area is largely illegal, a loophole in the ban — it does not cover the discarding of waste created during port maintenance work — means [a] new permit can be granted.” 

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain (Russ)

The author writes, “We might someday evolve the correct biological hardware to live in harmony with portable supercomputers that satisfy our every need and connect us to infinite amounts of stimulation. But for most of us, it hasn’t happened yet.”

PG&E to Federal Judge: Impossible to Comply With Wildfire Prevention Rules (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “With roughly 100 million trees located perilously close to its power lines, PG&E just isn’t able to comply with state rules designed to reduce wildfire risks 100 percent of the time — and neither can any utility — the embattled power behemoth stated in court papers on Friday.”

The Important Way the 2008 Crisis Was Worse Than the Great Depression (Reader Steve)

From the Houston Chronicle: “The 2008 crisis is still with us to this very day even though it officially ended almost a decade ago.”