Tuesday, July 06, 2021

My health is the main capital

 I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.

~     Ernest Hemingway

Corruption: Concentrated gains, diffused losses.

WELL, GOOD:  5-minute breathing workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs.

Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace - The New York Times – “With people splitting work hours between office and home, it can be a challenge to figure out what tools to use in which situation…I consulted experts on workplace well-being for their advice on how to deal with this new hybrid setup. Using tech (or unplugging from it) to establish boundaries will be of paramount importance to our new home-and-office lifestyles, they said. Despite the popularity of remote-work apps like Zoom and Slack during the pandemic, studies have found that the most effective communication tools are still the most low tech. That means that in the office we’ll probably thrive with more face-to-face interaction, and that at home the phone is usually best. Here’s a guide to how that might play out…”

How ‘buying IBM’ to sort out covid became a monumental fail

Medical Republic by Jeremy Knibbs

Behind the scenes of government contracts to build covid vaccination logistics and booking systems is a story of egregious waste and mutual mistrust.

T-CELLS ARE THE KEY:  Researchers find potential path to a broadly protective COVID-19 vaccine using T cells.


How People Come To Deny Science

People live in information filter bubbles created by powerful algorithms. When those in your social circle share misinformation, you are more likely to believe it and share it. Misinformation multiplies and science denial grows. – The Conversation

The secret afterlives of medieval widows Prospect

Venice in Danger of Losing UNESCO Status AFAR

ERIC AMBLER: A CRIME READER’S GUIDE TO THE CLASSICS Crime Reads. From 2018; I’m linking to this today as Ambler was born this week in London on June 28,1909.

The connection between clearcut logging and Canada’s hottest day on record The Narwhal

Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 27, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Your iPhone’s WiFi will break after you join this hotspot; How to Recover Files in Google Docs and Microsoft Word; The Young Fall for Scams More Than Seniors Do. Time for a Warning; and South Korea’s Nuclear Research agency breached using VPN flaw.

130 countries and jurisdictions join bold new framework for international tax reform


The Market Economy Is An Illusion — Why Neo-Liberalism Is Heavily Subsidized

In reality neoliberalism has depended on huge levels of government support for its entire existence. The global neoliberal economic order could easily have collapsed into a 1930s-level Great Depression multiple times over in the absence of massive government interventions. – Boston Review

Time: Vatican Indicts Cardinal And 9 Others On Fraud Charges

Why Do People Feel Compelled To Correct Others’ Mispronunciations?

Why do people pronounce words differently, why does pronunciation change, and why does so-called mispronunciation upset some people to the point of making it possible (and interesting) to compile a top ten list? – The Conversation

Tumbling rates of smoking, a drop in alcohol consumption and the rise of electric vehicles will punch a hole in the federal budget worth tens of billions of dollars and force the slack to be filled by ordinary taxpayers. There are ...


“The only ones who know are you, the art gallery and God.”
KHRISTA McCARDEN, a professor at Tulane Law School who specializes in the tax code, on the secretive finances of art sales.

New York Times, As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales:

Billions of dollars of art changes hands every year with little or no public scrutiny. Buyers typically have no idea where the work they are purchasing is coming from. Sellers are similarly in the dark about where a work is going. And none of the purchasing requires the filing of paperwork that would allow regulators to easily track art sales or profits, a distinct difference from the way the government can review the transfer of other substantial assets, like stocks or real estate. ...