How to live like Caligula for $100 a month.

Happy Saturday, y'all! It's been a busy week for Daveslist, so let me start by welcoming all our new
How to live like Caligula for $100 a month.
By Daveslist • Issue #33
Happy Saturday, y'all! 
It’s been a busy week for Daveslist, so let me start by welcoming all our new readers. No matter how you found your way here, we’re glad to have you.
I’d like to call particular attention to our first article this week. You might read it and think, “So what? I’ve got nothing to hide.”, and you’re probably right. The problem with that is that most of us manage major aspects of our lives with our phones today (banking, social media, etc), and odds are you’re connected in some tangential way to someone considered unsavory (six degrees of Kevin Bacon). 
The fact is that countries are well within their rights to refuse your entry if you don’t unlock your phone for them, and once you do you open yourself up to all kinds of liability. If you know you have a border entry in your near future (especially a US border entry, unfortunately), it’s best to just leave your phone at home. You be the judge.
Let’s get it on…

Their savagery knows no bounds.
Their savagery knows no bounds.
I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.
You may have seen the news this week that an American citizen who works for NASA was detained upon entry to the US and forced to provide the password to his encrypted phone, which contained highly classified NASA data. This is wrong on so many levels, but we have to accept that it’s the new normal. If you travel internationally, leave your phone at home.
Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data
In another disheartening instance of the “new normal”, there appears to be a blossoming war on scientific data. Thankfully, the Internet isn’t having it. Hundreds of coders, hackers, and other genius-level malcontents have joined forces to rescue and archive the data before it can be destroyed or modified. You can’t stop the signal, Mal.
Want Fitter, Healthier, And More Productive Kids? Just Start School Later
As a parent of teenage boys, I see what they’re like early in the morning and it ain’t pretty. I mentioned this article to a friend of mine who’s a child psychologist and he told me the science behind it has been proven time and time again. We need later start times for school. And let’s eliminate homework while we’re at it.
What is the best experience you have had with a police officer?
For the first time in Daveslist history, I’m going to recommend that you not only read this article but that you also save it to your bookmarks. Trust me, anytime you need a pick-me-up you can come back to this and read a story about a cop going above and beyond the call of duty to make someone’s life better. Cops have had a rough couple of years in the press, and a great deal of the criticism is well deserved, so it’s important to remember what a noble breed of men and women are drawn to that profession. These are some of the stories of their everyday heroism.
National Geographic's 'Origins' is like 'Cosmos' but about the nature of human civilization
If you didn’t catch the Cosmos reboot with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, you should probably spend this weekend binge watching it. Because starting next month, Jason Silva (of Brain Games fame) is launching a similar documentary series on the origins of human civilization, and it looks fantastic.
Microsoft calls for a 'Digital Geneva Convention'
Speaking of documentaries, the wife and I just watched Zero Days. It tells the story of the Stuxnet virus, and it was frankly terrifying. State sponsored malware designed to cause critical infrastructure failures are bad enough, but once these things are in the wild there’s no getting the genie back in the bottle. Microsoft stepped up to address this problem this week by suggesting this long overdue Digital Geneva Convention. Computer viruses can be weapons of mass destruction and need to be controlled as such.
The Company You Work For Is Not Your Friend
They don’t call it Human Resources for nothing: you’re a resource like any other, and just as easily replaced. If you approach your career as a free agent rather than an employee, you’ll be less vulnerable to the slings and arrows of fragile economies, capricious business cycles, and the “bad boss” that’s present in almost every situation. 
I Lived Like a Baller for a Month in Venezuela on Just £75
While you’re working out your free agency plan, keep in mind that location independence is a big part of your quality of life. This is just one example (albeit an extreme example) of how little you need to live comfortably in some parts of the world. 
A 24-year-old made $345,000 by beating Kickstarters to market
This feels a lot like cheating, but you gotta respect the hustle. This guys cruises Kickstarter and creates knockoffs of the most popular products, often beating the inventors to market. Again, probably dirty pool, but he found the grift in the system.
Here’s a recommendation for another great newsletter. It’s called Recomendo and it’s curated in part by Kevin Kelly (founder of Wired magazine). Each week Kevin and his crew send you 6 recommendations for things that can genuinely improve your life. It gave me a good chuckle last week when they revealed how to ensure that the middle seat next to you on a Southwest flight will always be empty.
That’s it for this week, y'all. If you enjoyed this week’s links, feel free to share far and wide. If you’d like to discuss any of them or just feel like giving me a piece of your mind, hit REPLY and fire away.
Have a tremendous weekend (it’s the first real weekend of Mardi Gras down here in the Big Easy), stay safe, and I’ll see you next Saturday!
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