Wednesday, September 29, 2021

How Humans List Their Tails

 I AGREE WITH THIS:  The high-return activity of raising others’ aspirations.

How to Get Things Done When You Don’t Want to Do Anything. This is me today – I could barely even get through this article to figure out how to write this sentence.

The Corrupt System Behind Covid Medical Shortages Matt Stoller, BIG

Jump in Singapore COVID-19 cases despite 80 per cent vaccination

Once the great vaccination success story, the island is under strain amid a new wave of infections, but experts say cases would be far higher without vaccine coverage

Thirty-five fully vaccinated people have now died in NSW's Delta outbreak, with three fully vaccinated patients among the seven deaths recorded yesterday

  Study: Insulin resistance doubles risk for depression, even without diabetes.

You know what fights insulin resistance? Weight training.

Notorious Sydney criminal Arthur "Neddy" Smith has died of natural causes at Long Bay Jail Hospital.

Smith was convicted of multiple crimes in the 1980s.

He operated under the protection of corrupt police officers, including Roger Rogerson who he later gave evidence against at the Wood Royal Commission

Set in 1980s Sydney, this acclaimed mini-series tells the true story of the relationship between corrupt Detective Roger Rogerson and one of Australia's most infamous criminals Neddy Smith.

After rejecting a bribe, an upstanding cop uncovers connections between the New South Wales Police Force and the underworld. Based on true events

Roger Rogerson was once charged with, but later acquitted of, conspiracy to murder police officer Michael Drury. More than three decades later, Drury shares his thoughts on Rogerson and how the murder of Jamie Gao has opened old wounds

His work resulted in charges being laid against Alan Willliams, a drug kingpin.

Williams would later testify in the NSW Supreme Court that he attempted to bribe Drury through Rogerson to get his charges dropped.

Williams claimed that, when the repeated attempts at bribery were unsuccessful, he agreed to pay Flannery and Rogerson $50,000 each to kill Drury.

"I knew 100 per cent it was the Melbourne Job," Drury said.

Blue Murder (miniseries)

He likes strategy. I like execution.

Tom Peters: The You Like, I Like Fifty-Two What A Difference Design Makes!

“and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—” Romans 2:19-20 ESV

What if Czechoslovak born Freud,  Imrich and German born Marx had never lived?

The Good Luck of Your Bad Luck: Marcus Aurelius on the Stoic Strategy for Weathering Life’s Waves and Turning Suffering into StrengthBrain Pickings

Visualizations that make abstract mathematical concepts much easier to understand.

I don't know about you, but I will read any article titled "How Humans Lost Their Tails", especially if it's written by @carlzimmer. "A team of scientists in New York say they have pinpointed the genetic mutation that may have erased our tails."

More truth in this 27-second clip than what most journalists who hate Julian Assange have brought to the public in their entire lifetimes combined. *That* is why they don't care if he rots in prison. He's a mirror constantly reminding them of what they claim to be but are not:

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Julian Assange speaking in 2011: "The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war" #Afghanistan

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald

Oceanographic Magazine has announced the winners of their annual Ocean Photography Awards for 2021. The official site is reeeally slow so you can check out the winners at The Guardianthe BBC, or on Instagram. Photos above are by Hannah Le Leu (top) and Aimee Jan (bottom).

Yes, Music Really Can Be Infectious — Statisticians Apply Epidemiology To Pop Songs

"The pattern of music downloads after their release appears to closely resemble epidemic curves for infectious disease – and electronica appears to be the most infectious genre of all." - The Guardian

Thomas Mann And The Case For Keeping Politics Out Of Art

Thomas Mann was not wrong to worry over democracy’s tendency to enlist art for its own ends, and he was not wrong to call for artists themselves to resist it. - The New York Times

Do You Spend A Fair Amount Of Time On Facebook?

Then you're more likely to fall prey to manipulative tactics. To put it plainly, crowds aren't always wise. - NiemanLab

Is Social Media Like Alcohol Addiction?

To me, it sounds like alcohol—a social lubricant that can be delightful but also depressing, a popular experience that blends short-term euphoria with long-term regret, a product that leads to painful and even addictive behavior among a significant minority. - The Atlantic

Science Works On Explaining How Much Sleep We Need

Although great progress has been made in developing sophisticated models and explaining phenomena such as circadian rhythms, jetlag and details of EEG recordings of the sleeping brain, these advances are belied by the difficulty of developing a general quantitative theory for why we sleep. - Aeon

Researchers Explore What Juices The Echo Chamber

“You really don’t know whether this person making a good-sounding argument is really smart, is really educated, or whether they’re just reading off something that they read on Twitter.” - NiemanLab

Our Notions Of Privacy Are Ancient. Do They Fit In Our Modern World?

The evolutionary biologist E O Wilson once said of the source of human challenges in the 21st century that ‘we have palaeolithic emotions; medieval institutions; and god-like technology’. - Psyche