Other Interesting Stuff


Time Well Spent: Center for Humane Technology


NPR: TED Radio Hour: Digital Manipulation - A great podcast. How large corporations like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook have devised ways to manipulate desires and emotions, control elections and sell all the details of your personal life to the highest bidder. The first segment describes how the Brexit election was hacked. I’m not saying this, the experts and NPR are. If you have time you should also listen to the “Unintended Consequences” episode.


Guardian: How an App Made Hiking Easier - With Unintended Consequences


ScienceMag: The Rogue Protein Behind Parkinson’s


MoneyWise: US Cities People Are Most Eager to Get Out Of - ...followed by those that people are most eager to move to.


NPR: 10,000 Steps Per Day? How Many You Really Need to Boost Longevity


NYTimes: ‘Wow, What is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects


Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language - The Dictionary of Body Language, Joe Navarro


New Atlas: Striking Study Reveals How Dietary Fats Enter the Brain and Cause Depression


CBS News: Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship


Wired: You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep - And It’s Killing You


Technology Review: A Quantum Experiment Suggests There’s No Such Thing as Objective Reality - ...we now return control of your tv set...


NYTimes: Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos?


PhysOrg: Dark Matter May Not Actually Exist - And Our Alternative Theory May Be Put to the Test


Science Alert: The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth


NPR: Kate Raworth: How Can We Create a Thriving Economy for Ourselves and the Planet - Just because an economy is growing, does that mean it is doing what an economy ought to do for all of the members of that society? What is an economy for and what does success look like? It turns out that growth just for growth’s sake is not good. It does not create jobs, or reduce inequality, or solve environmental problems.


Reuters: Special Report: Little Known to Many Investors, Cryptocurrency Reviews Are For Sale


TED Radio Hour: Unintended Consequences - About 11:05 into this podcast begins an interview with Yuval Noah Harari. He explains how AI can process very large amounts of data. That combined with breakthroughs in biotechnology, it is now becoming possible to to steer the emotions and control behavior by manipulating the decision making process. Once enough data is collected, then biochemical processes can be easily manipulated. Once you have a system that can decipher the human operating system, it can predict human decisions and it can manipulate human desires and feelings. These methods can be used to hack our behaviors and use feelings to polarize and destroy democracy.

“A dictator may not be able to provide me good health care, but he will be able to make me love him and to make me hate the opposition. He can hack our feelings - not just our email and bank account - and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy democracy. He can make democracy an emotional puppet show.”

He who controls the data controls the people.


UK Guardian: Peru’s Last Incan City Reveals Its Secrets

Inca - west coast S. America, Peru, early 1200’s to 1572

Aztec - valley of Mexico, 1428 to 1521


Brain Pickings: The Woman who Smashed Codes: The Untold Story of Cryptography Pioneer Elizabeth Friedman


PhysOrg: Five Things to Know About Bayer and Monsanto


Tonic: People Are Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria At the Beach. Here’s How Scared You Should Be - Not very. But nevertheless it’s good to know what to avoid and the proper initial treatment protocol. Lots of good information in this article.


NYTimes: New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trials - BAN2401, by Eisai and Biogen


UK Guardian: WHO Launches Health Review After Microplastics Found In 90% of Bottled Water


Science Alert: A Mysterious Anomaly Under Africa Is Radically Weakening Earth’s Magnetic Field


NPR: Digital Weight Loss Programs Help Keep Prediabetes in Check


OA Now: The Complicated History of ‘In God We Trust’ and Other Examples Trump Gives of American Religion


Intercept: The Film the NFL Doesn’t Want You To See


Stanford: Cancer ‘Vaccine’ Eliminates Tumors in Mice


Tattered Cover Books: Do What You Love, And Other Lies About Success and Happiness - “...most of these ideas are lies, and have been co-opted by corporate interests as a way to pay their employees as little as possible, and to strip away the hard-won benefits and protections that wage earners used to enjoy. After all, if you truly love what you do, pedestrian concerns about salary, health care, and retirement savings can take a back seat. Passion and devotion are what matter. Therefore, unpaid internships abound (they're opportunities ), full-time positions are being replaced by freelance and contract work (it's flexible ), and the amount of debt that one has to incur even to get in the game can be crippling.”


BBC: Why Guyana’s Rainforests Are A Scientist’s Dream


Reuters: Tesla Largely Responsible for Slide in US Home Solar Sales


Truth Out: History’s Emancipator: Did Abraham Lincoln Have “a Drop of Anti-Slavery Blood in His Veins”?


Alec Baldwin: Asshole of the Century and Here, and Here - I won’t be watching SNL or anything he ever did or does again.


NPR Fresh Air: How to Fall Asleep and Why We Need More and Here - Very interesting. I bet you have at least one major misconception regarding sleep.

CBTI - cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.

glymphatic system - beta amyloid


need more darkness, blackout

go to bed, get out of bed at the same time everyday

keep it cool 65 - 68

don’t stay in bed if you’ve been awake (for how long?), go to another room, no screens


NYTimes: 4 Things You Should Do About the Equifax Hack


Flipboard: Want to Raise Kids Who Thrive? Science Says Do These 9 Things


Phys.Org: First Genetic Proof That Women Were Viking Warriors - Xena Warrior Princess!! Male archeologists traditionally just assumed that this was a ‘Warrior King’, then a female archeologist decided to question that assumption. Surprise!


AP: UN Says World Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050 - Up from 7.6 Billion today.


Flipboard: 10 I. M. Pei Buildings We Love


New Yorker: Alex Honnold’s Perfect Climb


On Being: Brian Greene: Reimagining the Cosmos - This highly entertaining Columbia University theoretical physicist lectures to lay audiences all over the world regarding String Theory, Dark Energy and the Higgs Boson Particle. As he states towards the end of the interview, there is no empirical evidence of String Theory - as he says, it should be called String Hypothesis - and the only partial evidence for Dark Energy is the existence of the Higgs Boson Particle, simply because it is a spin-less particle and spin-less particles have to exist if current theories of Dark Matter are to be consistent. It’s not proof, but it does add a little weight to the theory.


Psychology Today: 7 Stages of Gaslighting in a Relationship


Psychology Today: 11 Warning Signals of Gaslighting -  It is a common technique of abusers, narcissists, dictators and cult leaders. Know what you are dealing with.


ABC AU: Six Female Scientists Who Changed History - In all but one case, men took all the credit.


TED Talk: Glenn Greenwald On Why Privacy Matters - Even If You’re Not Doing Anything Wrong


UK Guardian: Study Finds Dangers of Chiropractic Treatment Under-Reported


Freakonomics: Days of Wine and Mouses - A break from the serious. Next time that wine snob you know tries to tell you that you shouldn’t drink that cheap wine that you happen to like, cite these studies. It’s a long interview, so if you want you can skip down to the first occurrence of “Robin Goldstein.” This is a writer/lawyer/economist who writes about food and wine.

He performed two now famous economics experiments. First experiment: he paid a $250 submission fee to Wine Spectator as a candidate for its “Award of Excellence.” He made up a fake restaurant with a fake web site, a fake address, a fake answering machine and a wine list made up of expensive wines that Wine Spectator had already rated in the low 60s, describing them as “decayed,” “barnyardy,” and “smells like bug spray.” Result: His fake restaurant got the Award. Conclusion: It had nothing to do with the wine list. It was all about the $250 submission fee. You can’t trust Wine Spectator.

Second experiment: he did a blind test: 500 people (from sommeliers and wine makers to simple wine drinkers), 7,000 observations, 14 wines that varied in price from $1.59 to $150 per bottle. Result: Overall, people like cheap wine better than expensive wine. Even the experts could barely tell the difference between the most and least expensive.

Takeaway: Wine “experts” don’t know squat.


Entreprenur: William G. McGowan, Monopoly Buster - The story of how one man dreamed up the idea of breaking up and then competing with the biggest telecommunications monopoly in history. Prior to McGowan no one had seriously considered breaking up Ma Bell. Not only did McGown dream up the idea, but then he did it. Without him, world telecommunications as we know it today would not exist.

Also see Was Breaking up AT&T a good idea?


Daily Mail: A Step-By-Step Guide to the Gravity-Defying Donald Trump Combover


Frederick Douglas: “What to the Slave is the 4th of July? - “I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.

To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.”

Replace “slave” with “world-wide victims of American aggression and of surrogates using American-provided weapons systems” and you’d have a pretty good summation of where we are now as a country.