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Reading, writing, trying to focus on the bigger picture, as you are doing. Music too, dancing alone while making dinner. When none of the above work, i try sleeping, gaming or general avoidance until forced back into society.
The general tone of the article aside, the fact still remains that Putin holds the key to the valve of the fuel- pipes to a great deal of Western Countries, not to more than enough liquid and business assets/ agreements to destabilize the European economy if he is willing to play this hand. The current economic climate will ensure caution rather than wild- West rhetoric from neighboring countries. The US will have a hard time finding allies willing to burn themselves in a fight close to home.
That and perhaps a secondary goal that is way more sinister. By getting people to realize they are being watched all the time, perceived surveillance, their actions are going to change, complying more towards perceived 'normal' behavior. It will get to self- censorship at its worst.
I personally experienced that working uninterrupted in short productive bursts is way more effective than spending hours idling behind a desk. The stress and the mental drain of long hours and forced social interaction while working results in burn- out, subquality work and too many lost hours.