Tuesday, August 03, 2021

From the ‘Secret War’ Against Communism to Olympic Gold: Sunisa Lee is a Hmong American Champion.

15 Rumi Quotes on Spirituality and Love | Inspiring Quotes.

YES SHE IS: From the ‘Secret War’ Against Communism to Olympic Gold: Sunisa Lee is a Hmong American Champion.


More here: “YouTube said Sunday it had barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for one week, citing concerns about Covid-19 misinformation. The move comes after a review of posts uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel, which has a substantial online presence.”


Sky News needs to put together a special unit investigating Google, YouTube and — especially — their top executives.

Bitcoin crypto-mining operation uncovered at Polish police headquarters

Oh of course Google scientists have demonstrated a genuine "time crystal" for the first time ever. "The consequence is amazing: You evade the second law of thermodynamics."

The next month or two is a really great time to see Saturn in the night sky (esp. if you have a telescope).

The US poverty rate is expected to be *cut in half* this year due to pandemic relief efforts from the federal government. Presumably after those efforts end, poverty levels will go back to "normal".

What if the Unvaccinated Can't Be Persuaded? ~15% of Americans just won't do it unless forced and it'll take many months (if not years) of education & outreach to reach another 15% who aren't. *sigh*

The ship of Theseus image is from Brooks Sterritt and Magritte’s pipe is from Noah Veltman.

Surrealist stock illustrations.

The always excellent Margaret Sullivan on how the media is "equalizing the unequal": "Our democracy is under attack. Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual."

As employers deepen their focus on mental health, many may still be missing one of the most important conversations in this space: the positive one. While addressing stress, burnout, and mental illness is critically important, flipping our lens to promoting well-being can highlight new opportunities to move forward. Organizations should ask the question: how can we make the workplace a center for the resources, skills, and connections that workers need to thrive? Beyond avoiding negative impacts, how can work proactively help employees improve their well-being?

Bringing A Positive Lens To Workplace Mental Health

Earlier I had reported incorrectly that one in five Covid patients developed subsequently mental health problems.  Here is the original paper, and a more accurate rendering of the result is this:

“In the period between 14 and 90 days after COVID-19 diagnosis, 5.8% COVID-19 survivors had their first recorded diagnosis of psychiatric illness (F20–F48), compared with 2.5–3.4% of patients in the comparison cohorts. Thus, adults have an approximately doubled risk of being newly diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder after COVID-19 diagnosis.”

That is still a lot of mental health problems, but much smaller than the original claim.

For a pointer on the econometrics I thank Patrick Collison.

And here is a new paper Discussion of Mental Illness and Mental Health by NBA Players on Twitter