To me it seems that to give happiness is a far nobler goal that to attain it: and that what we exist for is much more a matter of relations to others than a matter of individual progress: much more a matter of helping others to heaven than of getting there ourselves.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
As WHO mission into Covid origin begins in China, bereaved son seeks answers NBC (furzy). I am such a moron. The reason for China’s resistance may be that that big official dinner in Wuhah as the disease was starting to get going, and was widely publicized/criticized outside China, may have been kept well under wraps. Any investigation is likely to expose earlier evidence of the disease; the question then becomes whether there were warnings or calls for follow-up that were ignored.
Mary Lou Retton could never. On the heels of her jaw-dropping gymnastics floor routine set to Beyonce that broke the internet last year, UCLA gymnast Nia Dennis has done it again. Dennis' performance infuses gymnastics with odes to Black culture, including a soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and Missy Elliot, working in a power fist, the Superman, and the woah, between triple flips and the splits. If this video does not fill you with glee, you may be dead inside.
US technological leadership is fragile Asia Times
Tech is having a reckoning. Tech investors? Not so much. MIT Technology Review
Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith avoids prison after admitting he doctored email in investigation of Trump campaign
Legal Pressure on Trump Increases With Judge’s Order in Fraud Inquiry New York Times (furzy). IMHO the valuation issue is noise. Any lender does his own due diligence and on real estate, should make his own proformas from the rent rolls. Unless Trump provided copies of tax returns for the relevant entities that weren’t the same as the ones filed, or fake rent contracts, it’s hard to see the problem. Plus as we’ve pointed out with PE, when you have more than one firm investing in the same company, it is not hard to see valuations that differ by 100% or more (as in one fund puts a value on it 2x or more higher than the other fund) and each can offer a very articulate defense of their valuation. But not treating forgiven debt as income? How could Trump’s accountants have signed his tax returns?
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Tyson: Stan's new series Bump enters the pantheon of great Australian TV, with Claudia Karvan, teen pregnancy and diversity
Marinara 10km from Bump aka Glebe
Believe it or not, Glebe based story filmed in 2021 already has a contender for best Australian show of the year: Stan series Bump, which dropped its first season of 10 half-hour episodes on New Year's Day.
Mediterranean diet and the hallmarks of ageingEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Since the Second World War, scientists have understood the human brain as . Is that still a useful metaphor
'The Top 10 'Latvian Literature' events of 2020'
Latvian Literature collects their 'The Top 10 'Latvian Literature' events of 2020'.
Nice to see Alberts Bels' Insomnia featured in one of the cartoons.
'Night of Ideas'
If you need something to keep you busy tomorrow, this year's Night of Ideas -- "a 24-hour virtual marathon event featuring philosophical debate and artistic performances produced in 75 countries around the world" --, with a theme of: 'Closing the Distance', looks fairly promising.