Monthly Archives: November 2019

Unbelievable Example of Self-Sabotage

China has pulled itself up significantly, by the “open sewer” definition. But now it is threatening to go backward. Since the late 1970s, China has grown prosperous by allowing foreign investors and corporations to operate inside Chinese borders. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Trump Heavyweight Champ of Hong Kong

Hours after [US President Donald Trump] signed two bills to support human rights in Hong Kong, angering Chinese government officials, pro-democracy protesters in the beleaguered city held a “Thanksgiving Rally” Thursday night to commend him for taking the action. … … Continue reading

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Why Men Have to be Funnier than Women

Scientists Ask: Why Are Men Funnier than Women? Simply by looking at the highest paid and best known comedians, we should all suspect that men are funnier than women. But even among the population of average men and women, men … Continue reading

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What Crawled Up Your @ss?

Something strange is crawling this way. Where it stops, nobody knows. This robot moves like a worm, inching its way up the rectum and around the entire colon… It’s meant to serve as an alternative to traditional colonoscopy, an uncomfortable … Continue reading

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US President Trump Winning Black and Hispanic Voters

Democrats Always Took These Votes For Granted Donald Trump is appealing to people’s pocketbooks, and to their sense of order and tradition — something that US Democrats are disregarding. Unemployment in America is at the lowest level in nearly 50 … Continue reading

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A New Way for China?

An Uncertain Future Hong Kong embraces democracy, rejects Beijing. Worse: Communist party officials deluding themselves — this delusion could lead to civil war inside China. The people of China must follow where the Communist Party of China leads them. Yet, … Continue reading

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Sweden Kills its Own Elderly to Make Way for Violent and Hapless Immigrants

Sweden: No Place for Old Men or Old Women Sweden is importing violence, unemployment, and quasi-genocide. For ideological reasons, Sweden’s elite have opened the door to uneducated, unskilled immigrants from violent parts of the world. As a consequence, Sweden’s municipalities … Continue reading

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A Sugar Miracle and Other Stories

Imagine being able to eat all the ice cream and cookies you wanted without having to worry about your blood sugar or dental decay! The problem is not with sugar per se, but with the type of sugar being used. … Continue reading

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Can Rapamycin Help You Live to 200?

The mTOR pathway is switched on when lots of nutrients are present and it stimulates growth and reproduction. If you impair the pathway, or make it less efficient, an organism will prepare for a situation with less nutrients, and begin … Continue reading

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Fearful China in Trade War With Largest Customer

In China, people at the highest levels are beginning to fear. China’s victory lap around the One Belt One Road was meant to carry it in triumph across the entire occupied globe. But Hong Kong happened. Xinjiang is taking too … Continue reading

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The End of Babies, and Other Misc.

Around the developed world, economic pressures are suppressing birth rates and rates of new family formation. In the US, student loan debt plays a large role. In China and Russia, general economic conditions are harsh. In Europe, a dark malaise … Continue reading

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Perils of “Crisis Thinking”

In a genuine disaster, most people’s brains fail them. Here is a list of ways in which the “crisis thinking” of most people leads them astray: 1. Freezing Though it looks passive from the outside, when we’re paralysed with fear … Continue reading

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“Artificial Intelligence” in Psychiatry

We have come a long way since Joseph Weizenbaum’s 1966 program ELIZA began psychoanalysing students and staff of MIT. ELIZA was a “knee-jerk” therapist, which asked repetitive questions based almost entirely on the students’ comments to it. Follow the link … Continue reading

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A Chinese Tragedy

“Distrust saps the foundation of things.” R.H. Graves _ h/t The Chinese, as individuals, have no friends. China, as a country, all the less so._ Source Nobody Trusts China Certainly overseas Chinese in Hong Kong do not trust China, after … Continue reading

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Green Activists and Politicians are Forcing People into Poverty

Compare electricity prices with renewable energy penetration for European countries. What might you conclude? Activists and politicians are always pushing energy policies that drive up the cost of energy. This is not a problem for the wealthy, but for lower … Continue reading

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Drowning in the Shallows of Distraction?

The following article is adapted and re-published from The Dangerous Child blog. Choosing Between Shallow Distraction and Deep Work Deep Work is the ability to focus intensely on a problem for hours at a time, bringing all of your cognitive … Continue reading

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Energy News

Good News for North American Nuclear Fission Compared to other forms of generating electric power, nuclear fission is safe, reliable, and clean. But for many reasons it costs a lot more to build new fission power plants than competing forms … Continue reading

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Is the US Stock Market on the Verge of Crashing?

A lot of people will claim to be able to predict when markets will crash. But markets are full of chaos — “unknown unknowns” — and will burn the would-be prophets almost every single time. What We Know In the … Continue reading

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Full Employment to Graduates from this Trade School

“With its old-timey rituals, rigorous scheduling, and immersive culture, Williamson has a military-school feel.” But according to the students she interviewed, the prospect of a good-paying career makes the strict rules more than worth it. __ Source “Full Employment” and … Continue reading

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Timeline to Impeachment: A Designed Evolution

The timeline to impeachment presented below is reproduced from The Hill, written by Sheryl Attkisson. It is worth reading as a basic outline of events beginning months before President Trump’s election, leading up to the current political theatre in the … Continue reading

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Emotional Nuance

Many of us shy away from strong emotions. But facing and understanding the things that trouble us — including the emotions inside — can free us from habitual pain and turmoil. Taking the trouble to label the emotion you are … Continue reading

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Jamie Dimon: Most Prosperous Economy Ever Seen

Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was interviewed by 60 Minutes host Leslie Stahl. Ms. Stahl tried her best to draw a pessimistic response from Mr. Dimon. But the dogged reporter could not shake the financier’s optimism. Lesley Stahl: The stock market … Continue reading

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What is Intelligence?

Human Intelligence Intelligence can be defined as a general mental ability for reasoning, problem solving, and learning. Because of its general nature, intelligence integrates cognitive functions such as perception, attention, memory, language, or planning. __ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181994/ Definitions of intelligence tend … Continue reading

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1500 Year Experiment on Effects of Inbreeding

Inbred Islam vs. the Outbred Western World Healthy unrelated parents have an estimated chance of two to four per cent of having a child with a genetic disease, developmental problem or congenital defect. In contrast, in consanguineous marriages the risk … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Magical Transformation of US Courts

The news media shines a light on the trendy political issue of the day. But the truly important trends and events are often left out of the spotlight… While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of CONSERVATIVE … Continue reading

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