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Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and Bartram Canoe Trail - Home to the most diverse set of fauna and flora in the world.


Wikipedia: Bliss Point - in food


USDA Dietary Reference Intakes Calculator  


TYT: What's The Dumbest Thing Trump Ever Said?    


Life as a Vagabond  


6/27/24


MalwareBytes: 'Poseidon' Mac Stealer Distributed via Google ads/Arc Browser     


6/14/24


BBC: Princess Kate Words of Advice for Those Facing Cancer - "“I’m not out of the woods yet…As anyone going through chemotherapy will know, there are good days and bad days…On those bad days you feel weak, tired and you have to give in to your body resting. But on the good days, when you feel stronger, you want to make the most of feeling well…I am learning how to be patient, especially with uncertainty. Taking each day as it comes, listening to my body, and allowing myself to take this much needed time to heal..."

Also there is a video at the end with tips on how to tell your children.


6/3/24


Netherlands Institute: Fungus That Breaks Down Ocean Plastic     


5/29/24


Tom's Guide: Here's How Apple Will Protect User Privacy in 'Apple Intelligence'     


5/26/24


Guardian: Sexual Abuse Within the Spiritual Healing Industry Comes to Light - many surprising and informational links    


5/15/24


Nature: 'Quantum Internet' Demonstration in Cities is Most Advanced Yet     


5/10/24


Guardian: Is AI Lying to Me? Scientists Warn of Growing Capacity for Deception     


4/5/24


Atlas Obscura: 6 Librarians Who Changed History     


4/10/24


New Yorker: The Dumbphone Boom is Real     


4/7/24


NYTimes: The Eclipse That Ended a War and Shook the Gods Forever     


4/6/24


New Yorker: The Day Ram Dass Died - "Change generates fear; fear generates...prejudice, bigotry, and ultimately violence...When we are fully present...there is no anticipatory fear or anxiety because we are just here and now, not in the future.”


4/2/24


Good News Network: New Solar-Powered Desalinator Keeps Producing Clean Water Without Needing Sunshine    


3/26/24


Good News Network: MacKenzie Scott Gives Away $16.5B    


2/26/24


New Yorker: One of the Last Abortion Doctors in Indiana    


1/11/24


BBC: Huge Ancient Lost City Found in Amazon    


1/7/24


Good News Network: Another Study Shows African Psychedelic Plant Ibogaine Treats Traumatic Brain Injury in Vets with 'Dramatic' Results     


12/31/23


Good News Network: New Enzyme Allows CRISPR Technology Target Almost Any Human Gene    


12/25/23


Good News Network: Scientists Find Drug That Could Combat Resistant Infections Like MRSA, Thanks to AI  


12/21/23


Weather.com: Where to see Spectacular 'Snowliage'  


12/16/23


Good News Network: FDA Approves Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease, the First to Use CRISPR Technology    


12/15/23


Guardian: Reading Print Improves Comprehension Far More Than Looking at Digital Text - From the article:

“linguistic quality of digital texts tends to be lower than that traditionally found in printed texts” Implication: Constantly reading digital text makes one less literate over time.


11/22/23


Guardian: Stoicism: 6 Ways to Make Your Life a Little Easier    


10/21/23


Yahoo: Guy Who Stole Billions in Bitcoin - Related head lines: Fake positive reviews of bitcoin are for sale. A good history of Bitcoin and an overly positive description of how it's impossible to steal them. Another example of bitcoin theft, this time $4.6B. Definition of speculative bubble, and an example of the first historical example which closely parallels bitcoin.


10/17/23


Conversation: Why it Space so Dark Even Though the Universe is Filled With Stars  


10/3/23


NYTimes: Without a College Degree, Life in America is Staggeringly Shorter    


10/2/23


BBC: James Webb Telescope Makes "JuMBO" Discovery of Planet-Like Objects in Orion    


9/29/23


NYTimes: Comfort Dishes to Make For Someone Going Through a Hard Time  


9/17/23


Reuters: Letters Show Pope Pius XII Probably Knew About Holocaust in 1942  


7/27/23


NPR: US Recovered Non-Human 'Biologics' From UFO Crash Sites Former Intel Official Says  


7/26/23


BBC: UFO Whistleblower Testifies Before Congress  


7/11/23


Axios: Scientists Say Canadian Lake Marks the Start of the Anthropocene Era  


7/10/23


New Yorker: What to do With Climate Emotions


Why You Should Never Recline Your Seat on a Plane


7/4/23


ARS Technica: One Shot of a Protein Gave Monkeys a Brain Boost  


6/16/23


Visual Capitalist: The Rapid Decline in Global Birth Rates  


6/8/23


Malwarebytes: Warning: Victim's Faces Placed on Explicit Images in Sextortion Scams - FBI announcement concerning DeepFake technology.

5/30/23


Louisville Public Media: 'Emergency Summit' on Churchill Downs Horse Deaths Underway in Lexington


5/29/23


CNBC: Harvard Psychologist: Nine Phrases that Characterize an Emotionally Secure Individual


5/16/23


Malwarebytes: 3 Reasons to Use a VPN


5/9/23


Vox: At the Kentucky Derby, Horses Are Worked to Death for Human Vanity - Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority WHOA

5/4/23


NYTimes: The Link Between Highly Processed Food and Brain Health


5/1/23


NYTimes: Father of AI Warns of Danger Ahead     


4/17/23


The Hill: 10 Key Questions for the Week's Historic UFO Hearing          


4/3/23


MSN: 50 Years Ago, He Made the First Cell Phone Call       


3/13/23


New Yorker: What Conversation Can Do for Us - "Our culture is dominated by efforts to score points and win arguments. But we really talk anymore?"


3/11/23


Very Well Mind: What are the Jungian Archetypes?


3/10/23


NYTimes: 19 Works of Non-Fiction to Read This Spring     


3/1/23


Bill McKibben: Jesse Diggins Wins Gold in the Toughest Winter Sport    Tiktok dance


NYTimes: Exercise and Aging - Five exercises to keep an aging body fit and strong     


2/28/23


Politico: We Have a Real UFO Problem. And It's Not Balloons.     


2/18/23


Guardian: (Canine) Fecal Bacteria Rampant on New York Sidewalks - Que up Frank Sinatra "New York, New York".


News-Medical: Active Compound from Edible Mushrooms Boosts Nerve Growth and Enhances Memory - Lion's Mane     


2/3/23


Wikipedia: Wiki Loves Earth 2022 Winners - amazing photos of nature, all in the public domain


1/20/23


RD: 13 Things Apple Employees Won't Tell You  


1/18/23


NYTimes: Cockfighting in America   - "Game-fowl breeders, she says, “believe so sincerely that they are allowing these birds to express their natural masculinity — which, of course, is the most toxic masculinity possible...They sincerely believe that an evolutionarily senseless level of aggression is the birthright of these birds and self-righteously reject any evidence to the contrary.”

"game fowl are separated from their parents and frequently kept in sensory deprivation and social isolation. Their combs are often shaved off, making them less recognizable to one another (and themselves), and they are rewarded for savagely winning fights. They are not allowed to give up. Although game fowl are made out to be “icons of courage” by the rooster men, Jones wrote, “fighting cocks start to fight because they are afraid.” The aggression is learned, not inherent."

- Pattrice Jones, director of VINE

ASPCA: Cockfighting    

Cockfighting laws in all 50 states.


1/10/23


NYTimes: The Importance of Clearing the Clutter - See entry of 2/21/22.


12/9/22


NYTimes: How to Read a Food Label     


12/6/22


ProPublica: How to Research Your Hospice and Avoid Hospice Fraud    


11/27/22


Guardian: 'Extinction is on the Table': Jaron Lanier: Tech's Existential Threat to Humanity


11/25/22


Visual Capitalist: 3D Map: The World's Largest Population Density Centers    


11/23/22


New Yorker: A French Village's Radical Vision of a Good Life with Alzheimer's  


11/14/22


Guardian: How Has the World's Population Grown Since 1959? - population mythbusting


8/18/22


Time: How to Build Your Heat Tolerance to Prepare for a Hotter World


8/12/22


NYTimes: Balance Exercises to Improve Your Strength


6/28/22


Guardian: The Barkley Marathons: The Hellish 100-Mile Race With 15 Finishers in 36 Years  


6/22/22


The Pudding: Visual Guide to the Aztec Pantheon


6/2/22


New Yorker: The Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Verdict is Chilling


6/1/22


NYTimes: Coffee Drinking Linked to Lower Mortality Risk, New Study Finds  


5/25/22


Physics World: Quantum Teleportation Expands Beyond Neighboring Nodes - Quantum Entanglement and Quantum computing


5/23/22


RD: What to do With Old Cellphones  


5/20/22


NYTimes: Haiti's Lost Billions


5/11/22


Stat News: Transfusion of Brain Fluid From Young Mice is Memory Elevating Elixir for Old Mice


5/9/22


Dazed: Uncanny Valley: Welcome to the Age of the 'Ultra-Realistic' Art Robot


5/7/22


NYTimes: A Knave Competed in the Sport of Kings, and Instantly Became One


4/19/22


NYTimes: They Are the Heirs of Nazi Fortunes, And They Aren't Apologizing  - BMW, Mercedes, Porche, VW - They confiscated industries from successful Jewish industrialists of the 1940's, and sent those Jewish families off to the concentration camps. Then they fully developed the companies to serve the Nazi war effort, using thousands of Jewish slaves. Today these billionaire families, who account for about 10% of German GDP, set up philanthropic foundations, take the tax breaks, and never come completely clean about their past. The German people and government, who constantly tout these so-called symbols of German ingenuity and execellence, are fully complicit.  


4/18/22


NYTimes: The Sky-High Pandemic Housing Market Finds Gravity Does Exist - Remember this date.


4/7/22


AP: Key Particle Weighs In a Bit Heavy, Confounding Scientists - "Maybe dark matter, another poorly understood component of the universe, could be playing a role. Or maybe there’s just new physics involved that they just don’t understand at the moment, researchers said."


The Standard Model of particle physics seemed to be on such a solid footing, but then along come these new measurments. Too bad Standard Model. Too bad Dark Energy. Too bad Newtonian gravity.


4/4/22


New Yorker: The Mystifying Rise in Child Suicide - Dialectical Behavior Thereapy vs. Congnitive BT.


3/14/22


NYTimes: The Peculiar Charm of Coober Pedy, Austrailia's (and the World's) Opel Capital  


2/24/22


NYTimes: Using Science and Celtic Wisdom to Save Trees (and Souls) - Related to this is the neural-network-like mycorrhizal fungi networks that allow trees in a forest to share information and nutrients, using 'mother trees' as the nodes in the network.


2/21/22


New Yorker: A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everything - #declutter

2/10/22


Interesting Engineering: What is the Double-Slit Experiment, and Why is it So Important?     


1/10/22


Sojourners: 'Don't Look Up' Shows Us How (Not) to Pray  - "a society that prefers to ignore scientific evidence and instead be soothed by celebrities, pop culture trends, and feel-good news stories."

“Dearest Father and Almighty Creator, we ask for your grace tonight, despite our pride, your forgiveness, despite our doubt. Most of all, Lord, we ask for your love to soothe us through these dark times. May we face whatever is to come in your divine will with courage and open hearts of acceptance.”


1/6/22


New Yorker: Free Yourself from Literacy, With Emojis

9/30/21


NYTimes: The Beginning of the End for Suprise Medical Billing     


9/28/21


NYTimes: US Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions


9/23/21


NYTimes: Ancient Footprints Push Back Date of Human Arrival in the Americas


9/7/21


Weather Channel: September's Best Celestial Events


9/2/21


CNBC: FAA Grounds Virgin Galactic's Spacecraft During Investigation of Branson Flight Issues


8/10/21


New Yorker: Desantis Losing Support Among Voters Opposed to Dying

8/9/21


The Atlantic: Grief, Conspiracy Theories, and One Family's Search for Meaning in the Two Decades Since 9/11 - Note as you read: Jet fuel fires (max temp: 1500 degrees) cannot melt steel (min temp: 2500 degrees), just saying.


7/16/21


New Yorker: The Unlikely Rebound of Mainline Protestantism - #Evangelical


6/26/21


New Yorker: The Unexplained Phenomena of the U.F.O. Report


6/25/21


Guardian: US Releases Highly Anticipated UFO Report - Don't dismiss the alien hypothesis. Ignorance is not a national security strategy.


5/31/21


New Yorker: How to Negotiate With Ransomware Hackers


5/20/21


Guardian: I've Seen the Saucers: Obama Weighs In As US Interest in UFOs Rises


4/30/21


New Yorker: How the Pentagon Started Taking UFOs Seriously - "If Mick West [UFO skeptic] feeds the stigma that allows a potential adversary to fly all over your back yard, then, cool—just because it looks weird, I guess we’ll ignore it.” Also see Here, Here, Here and Here.


4/15/21


CNN: Defense Dept Confirms Leaked Video of UFO Is Real and Guardian

3/31/21


New Yorker: How to Negotiate Withe Ransomware Hackers

3/4/21


Classic Me: Tallulah Bankhead From Jaded Sophisticate to Humane Survivor - Famous last words.


2/26/21


AJC: Canton Cobbler Passes


2/18/21


Guardian: End of Neanderthals Linked to Flip of Magnetic Poles - "The Earth’s magnetic field has weakened by about 9% over the past 170 years, and the researchers say another flip could be on the cards."


1/25/21


Guardian: Billions of Cicada's Set to Emerge Across Eastern US - Once every 17 years.


1/18/21


New Yorker: Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens? - Facts about Oumuamua on which all astronomer scientists agree:

- It's an 'interstellar object': an object from far beyond our solar system that was just passing through. It's the only interstellar object ever identified.

- It is travelling at about 200,000 mi. per hour - more than 4X faster that any other object in its area.

- It had no tail and there was no evidence of any outgassing. There is no expalnation as to what makes it move.

- "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." But why is that not the standard for dark matter, and dark energy which have never been observed, and string theory and the multiverse for which no empirical evidence exists? Extraordinary conservatism keeps us extraordinarily ignorant.

Carl Sagan: “Look up into the sky some clear, starlit night and allow yourself the freedom to wonder.”


Q&A with Avi Loe.     and an article he wrote for Scientific American.


And yet it deviated.


1/14/21


Popular Mechanics: Why Joe Biden Can't Bring His Peloton to the White House


12/7/20

Weather Channel: December Offers One of Year's Best Light Shows

New Yorker: The Skeletons At the Lake - "The idea that Indo-European languages emanated from the Yamnaya homeland was established in 1956, by the Lithuanian-American archeologist Marija Gimbutas. Her view, known as the Kurgan hypothesis—named for the distinctive burial mounds that spread west across Europe—is now the most widely accepted theory about Indo-European linguistic origins.


It’s long been known that, from around 2500 to 2000 B.C., major new artistic and cultural styles flourished in Western and Central Europe.


the DNA of Iberian skeletons dating from this period of transformation told a different story, revealing what Reich describes as the “genetic scar” of a foreign invasion.


In Iberia during this time, the local type of Y chromosome was replaced by an entirely different type. Given that the Y chromosome, found only in males, is passed down from father to son, this means that the local male line in Iberia was essentially extinguished. It is likely that the newcomers perpetrated a large-scale killing of local men, boys, and possibly male infants. Any local males remaining must have been subjugated in a way that prevented them from fathering children, or were so strongly disfavored in mate selection over time that their genetic contribution was nullified. The full genetic sequencing, however, indicated that about sixty per cent of the lineage of the local population was passed on, which shows that women were not killed but almost certainly subjected to widespread sexual coercion, and perhaps even mass rape.


We can get a sense of this reign of terror by thinking about what took place when the descendants of those ancient Iberians sailed to the New World, events for which we have ample historical records. The Spanish conquest of the Americas produced human suffering on a grotesque scale—war, mass murder, rape, slavery, genocide, starvation, and pandemic disease. Genetically, as Reich noted, the outcome was very similar.


Marija Gimbutas hypothesized, men and women held relatively equal places in a peaceful, female-centered, goddess-worshipping society—as evidenced by the famous fertility figurines of the time. She believed that the nomads from the Caspian steppes imposed a male-dominated warrior culture of violence, sexual inequality, and social stratification, in which women were subservient to men and a small number of élite males accumulated most of the wealth and power."

11/23/20


Weather.com: Winter Solstice Rings in Planetary Treat The World Hasn't Seen the Middle Ages

6/18/20


New Yorker: Untangling Andy Warhol

3/1/20


Guardian: Please be Quiet: My Search for a Noise-Free Life

11/25/19


Vox: HGTV's Most Famous Couple Turned Their Hometown into a Shopping Destination. Will More Places Follow?

11/2/19


Parentology: Study Reveals Which Children Become Successful Adults - those who can delay gratification, which is evidence of self-control


10/6/19


Psychology Today: Forget Me Not: The Persistent Myth of Repressed Memories  


4/9/19


New York Magazine: What I’ve Learned From Collecting Stories of People Whose Loved Ones Were Transformed by Fox News


3/2/19

High Museum: Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads


9/6/18

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

1/22/18


New Yorker: William Melvin Kelley: The Lost Giant of American Literature


11/5/17


Psychology Today: The Joy of Solitude - loneliness is not so much an objective state of affairs as a subjective state of mind


loneliness is the manifestation of the conflict between our desire for meaning and the absence of meaning from the universe


people with a strong sense of purpose and meaning or simply with a strong narrative, such as Nelson Mandela or St Anthony of the Desert, are protected from loneliness regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves


St Anthony sought out loneliness precisely because he understood that it could bring him closer to the real questions and value of life. He spent fifteen years in a tomb and twenty years in an abandoned fort in the desert of Egypt before his devotees persuaded him to withdraw from his seclusion to instruct and organize them, whence his epithet, ‘Father of All Monks’ (‘monk’ and ‘monastery’ derive from the Greek, monos, ‘solitary’, ‘alone’). Anthony emerged from the fort not ill and emaciated, as everyone had been expecting, but healthy and radiant, and expired in his hundred and sixth year, which in the fourth century must in itself have counted as a minor miracle.


St Anthony did not lead a life of loneliness, but one of solitude. Loneliness, the pain of being alone, is damaging; solitude, the joy of being alone, is empowering.


solitude frees us to reconnect with ourselves, assimilate ideas, and generate identity and meaning.


For Nietzsche, those without the aptitude or opportunity for solitude are mere slaves because they have no alternative but to parrot culture and society. In contrast, anyone who has unmasked society naturally seeks out solitude, which becomes the source and guarantor of a more authentic set of values and ambitions:


    "I go into solitude so as not to drink out of everybody’s cistern. When I am among the many I live as the many do, and I do not think I really think. After a time it always seems as if they want to banish my self from myself and rob me of my soul."


Solitude removes us from the mindless humdrum of everyday life into a higher consciousness which reconnects us with our deepest humanity, and also with the natural world, which quickens into our muse and companion.


For the poet RM Rilke, the highest task of a bond between two people is not merely to tolerate but to ‘stand guard over’ the solitude of the other.


solitude, the joy of being alone, stems from, as well as promotes, a state of maturity and inner richness


not everyone is capable of solitude


Dalí's aim was to use its realism to bring him closer to the spirituality contained in all substances and, therefore, closer to the divine.


Hide and Seek


The Meaning of Life


Me: Those without the aptitude for solitude are unable to look within and only experience the pain of the absence of meaning from the universe.

Those who can practice solitude have a strong sense of purpose and meaning. It brings them closer to the real questions and value of life. They know how to reconnect to themselves, assimilate ideas, and generate identity and meaning.

Loneliness, the pain of being alone, is damaging; solitude, the joy of being alone, is empowering.


6/1/17


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.


See also "Is There A Link Between Higgs Boson and Dark Energy?"


4/24/17


BBC: How Many People Can the Earth Support?


1/7/16


NYTimes: Gun Control and White Terror

11/9/15


The Conversation: From Newton to Einstein: The Origins of General Realitivity - #Quantum


5/12/15


New Yorker: Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans


11/5/14


You Tube: Genome Editing with CRISPER  


8/19/14


New Yorker: How to Pick a Good Summer Read - humor


9/26/10


Boston Globe: New England's Hidden History

8/19/10


NPR: Fresh Air: Tracking the Companies That Track You Online


8/15/06


Harvard Courant: Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited From Slavery

5/1/2005


New Yorker: Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus

4/9/2000


Anthony Bourdain: One Day - and One Night - in the Kitchen at Les Halles

6/4/1995


New Yorker: Revisiting the Streets That Spawned Walt Witman's Masterpiece - 99 Ryerson St.


6/5/48


New Yorker: The Case of Eleven Blue Men - "...there is usually a subnormal concentration of sodium chloride in the blood of alcoholics. Either they don’t eat enough to get sufficient salt or they lose it more rapidly than other people do, or both. Whatever the reasons are, the conclusion was all I needed. Any animal whether a mouse or a man, tends to try to obtain a necessary substance that his body lacks. The final question had been answered."


8/23/1946


New Yorker: John Hersey: Hiroshima


5/17/1929


New Yorker: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography - "A feeling that all liquor has been drunk and all it can do for one has been experienced, and yet..."




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