INNOVATION: This Library In Minecraft Was Built By 24 People To Fight Censorship Across The World

Most of us live in countries where freedom of speech is considered a fundamental human right and it would be hard to imagine living in a different state than that. However, not all of us are blessed with this sometimes overlooked right as there are a number of countries in this world where governments actively censor their citizens, especially those whose profession is to report facts.

In a number of places around the world, journalists are banned, jailed, exiled, and even killed for their words. In order to make their message heard and reach the places where they’re banned, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) opened a special type of library that could reach millions. They built it in Minecraft.

Source: This Library In Minecraft Was Built By 24 People To Fight Censorship Across The World

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What an innovative way to bypass censorship!

#TruthFindsAWay

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INNOVATION: Sacramento building $5.6M tiny-home community for homeless

“Our community is very special, and we have a lot of homeless here, just like everybody has them,” Pastor Larry Joyner told KCRA, “but we’re willing to help ours.”There will be trailers on site for bathrooms, showers, and community space for counseling and social services inside the church building, where meals will be provided.

Source: Sacramento building $5.6M tiny-home community for homeless

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First thing I thought of — tiny homes — when I first heard of “homelessness”!  That and ending “rent control”.  And, reopening the mental hospitals.  Also, ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” shifting resources from prisons to treatment.

If we had more tiny homes neighborhoods, then the problem could be solved.

But, the Gooferment prevents entrepreneurial people from figuring how to solve the problem and make a few bucks out of it.  Remember — “no margin; no mission”!

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INNOVATION: Forget leap day, there’s a serious plan to replace it with an extra week

At a glance, having a permanent calendar that’s the same year to year makes sense, and February has arguably been getting short shrift for far too long. But what about those extra weeks every few years? How does that even work? Unless companies are going to report earnings for a special seven-day period, it seems most logical that we just shut everything down for those days and hit the beach.And as if all this weren’t enough, the duo also propose doing away with both daylight savings time and time zones in favor of Universal Time (essentially the UK’s time zone) being used worldwide, everywhere.

Source: Forget leap day, there’s a serious plan to replace it with an extra week

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I can certainly agree with the elimination of time zones!  They are just dumb.

A new and improved calendar is worth considering.  (imho)

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INOVATION: Juul’s next e-cigarette may come with age-proof lock

Juul Labs is reportedly developing a new e-cigarette with an age-proof lock to help convince the feds to let the company keep selling its products in the US.The San Francisco-based vaping giant plans to present regulators with a new device that will initially be locked and cannot be unlocked until the user proves he or she is at least 21 years old, the legal age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes, according to the Wall Street Journal.Juul will submit its next-generation device to the US Food and Drug Administration as part of an application to keep its products in the American market amid a regulatory crackdown on vaping, the paper reported Monday.

Source: Juul’s next e-cigarette may come with age-proof lock

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No indication how that’s done.  Maybe an iphone app?

Clearly, they don’t believe in the Libertarian principle that “the individual owns their own body and can / will put whatever they want into it”.

That’s why all drugs should be “legal”.

People have to bear the results of the choices they make.

After all “they” can’t keep drugs and other stuff out of their prisons.  So how do they control a “free” society.

End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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INOVATION: A Bird Meme – Futility Closet

In the early 1900s, blue tits and robins had easy access to cream from the tops of open milk bottles left on humans’ doorsteps. After World War I, the humans began to seal the bottle tops with aluminum foil. But remarkably, by the 1950s the entire blue tit population of the United Kingdom had learned pierce the foil to reach the cream, while the robins hadn’t.The difference lay in cultural transmission: A blue tit can learn a new behavior by observing another bird performing it. Robins generally can’t do this — while an individual robin might learn to pierce the foil, it has no way to pass on this discovery to other robins. Young blue tits are reared in flocks in which they can observe one another, which is an advantage; robins are territorial and have fewer such opportunities. Unfortunately for both, the milkman is now extinct.

Source: A Bird Meme – Futility Closet

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So what can we humans extrapolate from this?

Other than don’t become dependent on a “milkman”?

Maybe “learn from each other” and “being territorial” are contra-survival.

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INOVATION: Start New Year’s Eve resolutions on April Fools Day?

https://lifehacker.com/start-your-new-years-resolutions-in-april-not-january-1821952289

Start Your New Years Resolutions in April, Not January

Tim Donnelly
Friday 9:30am Filed to: NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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So consider this: if you still prefer the resolution model of self-improvement, in which you adhere to specific challenges that begin on a specific date, don’t start those resolutions in January. Start them on April 1st instead.

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Seems like a great idea to me.

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INOVATION: No-frills micro hospitals emerge

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/02/no-frills-micro-hospitals-emerge-as-a-new-way-to-cut-health-care-costs.html

No-frills micro hospitals with as few as 8 rooms emerge as a new way to cut health-care costs

  • Micro hospitals are emerging in some suburban and urban markets as a backup to community facilities — or in regions where there is not enough demand for full-sized hospitals.
  • Also called neighborhood hospitals, these facilities can provide lower-cost care for patients compared with traditional community hospitals.

Berkeley Lovelace Jr. | @BerkeleyJr
Published 1:14 PM ET Fri, 2 March 2018  Updated 2:13 PM ET Fri, 2 March 2018

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Micro hospitals, also called neighborhood hospitals, have cropped up in states such as Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Saint Luke’s Health System in Leawood, Kansas, recently opened its own 17,000-square-foot micro hospital, no bigger than an average CVS Health store.

Hennum at Dignity Health St. Rose-Dominican told CNBC these facilities are not meant to replace larger hospitals or emergency rooms but can provide a kinder, more personalized level of care.

Hennum said the micro facilities can treat things like gunshot wounds and high-risk pregnancies, adding patients usually wait no longer than 11 minutes, on average, from entering the door to seeing a doctor.

“We only transfer 5 percent, or sometimes in other locations, 4 percent of our patients,” Hennum told CNBC. “We treat or discharge the vast majority of patients we see. … And we brought additional jobs to our community. I’ve interviewed more than 250 people.”

Larger hospitals still have their place, however. Mega hospitals have the resources to perform intensive and complex procedures whereas micro hospitals tend to be less surgical, Zane told CNBC.

For example, a person experiencing a stroke or in need of certain cancer therapies will be treated by larger facilities or specialized centers, Zane said. Micro facilities can do routine surgical care like a knee replacement that would only require a doctor and an assistant, but nothing like a liver transplant, Zane explained.

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Finally some “free market” innovation.

Want to bet that the Gooferment diktats interfere with this “trend”.

I’m sure that the SEIU (unions) will oppose these since they are cheaper and have self-described “no frills”.

And the use of digital services should be encouraged. Imagine the savings of not having to transport folks long distances for urgent care. Remember the “golden hour”?

Hope more are created; I think they will save lives.

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