INTERESTING: Perhaps the “free market” genie is out of the bottle

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2018-Feb-06

https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/01/current_affairs/mass-graves-uncovered-in-myanmar-russia-says-no-cause-for-action-against-iran/45751/

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In 2008, after succeeding his brother Fidel as Cuba’s president, Raul Castro allowed more small scale capitalist ventures to flow into the communist nation. Hotels sprang up, along with nightclubs and restaurants. However, as Castro looks to leave office, he has started to reign in the trend. In August the government announced it was putting a halt on some new businesses.

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Maybe DJT45 will allow free and unrestricted trade with Cuba.

Or even just turn a blind eye to it. Wasn’t it Western music aka the Beetles and blue jeans that brought down the USSR?

If that works on Cuba, then why can’t “we” try it with North Korea?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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INTERESTING: “Women are chimeras”? A unique new viewpoint

Monday, January 15, 2018

https://aeon.co/essays/microchimerism-how-pregnancy-changes-the-mothers-very-dna

We are multitudes
Women are chimeras, with genetic material from both their parents and children. Where does that leave individual identity?

Katherine Rowland is a journalist. Her work has appeared in Nature, the Financial Times, the Independent, OnEarth and other publications. She is the publisher and director of Guernicamagazine, and lives in New York City. 

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When Lee Nelson first began researching autoimmune disorders in the 1980s, the prevailing assumption was that conditions such as arthritis and lupus tend to show up more commonly in women because they are linked to female sex hormones. But to Nelson, a rheumatologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, this explanation did not make sense. If hormones were the culprit, one would expect these afflictions to peak during a woman’s prime reproductive years, when instead they typically appear later in life. 

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The self emerging from microchimeric research appears to be of a different order: porous, unbounded, rendered constituently. Nelson suggests that each human being is not so much an isolated island as a dynamic ecosystem. And if this is the case, the question follows as to how this state of collectivity changes our conscious and unconscious motivations. If I am both my children and my mother, if I carry traces of my sibling and remnants of pregnancies that never resulted in birth, does that change who I am and the way I behave in the world? If we are to take to heart Whitman’s multitudes, we encounter an I composed of shared identity, collective affiliations and motivations that emerge not from a mean and solitary struggle, but a group investment in greater survival.

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I found this to be stunning and paradigm shifting.

How do you make sense of all these factoids?

Not sure what to make of all this.

Very confusing!

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INTERESTING: Peak NFL?

Friday, December 29, 2017

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec17/peak-NFL12-17.html

Have We Reached Peak NFL?
December 15, 2017

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To summarize:

1. The NFL has saturated the potential audience to the point of exhaustion.

2. The potential audience is shrinking as student-loan-burdened Millennials have collectively little interest in spending the money or time required to be a rabid fan of pro football.

3. The cost of attending an NFL game is increasingly out of reach of the bottom 95% of households.

4. TV viewership is declining across the entire demographic spectrum.

5. The wages/income of the vast majority of the TV audience has stagnated, and 95% of the populace has less disposable income than a generation ago.

6. The top 5% with the majority of the disposable income are not big pro sports fans, mostly due to the many demands on their time and the diversity of other pursuits available to them.

How will the owners and managers of the multi-billion-dollar NFL empire handle the league’s decline phase? Managing the decline phase is less fun than reveling in the expansion phase. 

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Was it the interjection of politics or perhaps finding out that the taxpayers were paying for the NFL’s patriotism?

Perhaps, it’s just its time has past.

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INTERESTING: The Deadliest Natural Disaster In U.S. History Was A … … …?

Sunday, December 17, 2017

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/the-deadliest-natural-disaster-in-us-history-was-a/

Forest Fire, Earthquake, Hurricane, Volcanic Explosion?

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But whatever it was it was caused by “global warming”. Right, California Governor Jerry Brown?

Argh!

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INTERESTING: “Everyone Turned A Blind Eye”

Monday, November 27, 2017

https://www.boredpanda.com/domestic-violence-gun-safety-story-katherine-fugate/

Woman Reveals How Everyone Turned A Blind Eye To What Her Stepfather Was Doing
6 hours ago by James Gould-Bourn 

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In the wake of the horrific mass shooting that left 26 people dead in Sutherland Springs, Texas recently, writer Katherine Fugate decided to share her own story.“It starts somewhere. It starts in the home. I know what a mass shooter can look like.

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A stunning indictment of deliberate ignorance.

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INTERESTING: Who discovered “america”?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

http://www.ancient-origins.net/history/chinese-may-have-beaten-famous-voyage-columbus-70-years-009117?nopaging=1

11 NOVEMBER, 2017 – 18:56 APRIL HOLLOWAY
The Chinese May Have Beaten the Famous Voyage of Columbus by 70 Years

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A Christie’s Auctions’ appraiser has allegedly confirmed the authenticity of the map. Historians are also said to have stated the map was written in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Menzies says that the map’s validity can also be used to explain the Chinese names of several towns and regions in Peru.

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Who discovered “america”?

Who cares who discovered “america”?

I don’t really care. 

Other than the minor fact that what I was taught all my life may be wrong.

And, the experts, who poo poo amateur historian Gavin Menzies, just have to explain the map. I never heard of such a map, but I sure have heard of others. That’s “evidence” of educational malpractice.

What else have I been taught that’s wrong?

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INTERESTING: Another blow for virtualization!

Monday, November 13, 2017

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

Real Food, Virtual Restaurants 

If you have ever ordered a burrito through a food-delivery app, you may have been the patron of a virtual restaurant. No, it doesn’t require a VR headset, and the food is quite real. What makes these new restaurants virtual is that you find them only online. Tucked inside industrial parks, commissary kitchens and refitted basements in cities such as New York, Chicago and San Jose, these restaurants have no dining room, no wait staff, no takeout window or sign. Many don’t take orders over the phone and are accessible only through online services such as Grubhub, DoorDash or Postmates. With their low overhead, virtual restaurants avoid the capital-intensive model that kills 60% of new restaurants in their first five years.

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WOW!

That’s an interesting strategy to be in “food”.

I wonder if they can wipe the kitchens out of restaurants.

Hmmm?

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