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06 Jul 06:18

German Chancellor Says The West Can Support Ukraine ‘As Long As Necessary’

by Niamh Harris

Westers leaders can support Ukraine “as long as necessary” according to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, indicating a much longer and more expensive engagement. Scholz said that Russian President Vladimir Putin has the resources necessary to [...]

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17 May 13:59

Warning Of ‘Significant’ Summer Covid Wave in Europe As New Strains Upgraded To ‘Variants Of Concern’

by Niamh Harris

Two new Covid strains have been upgraded to ‘variants of concern’ amid signs that they can evade immune protection and can even reinfect people who have already had Omicron. Known as BA.4 and BA.5, the [...]

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15 Dec 03:33

Hey friend!

by Admin

Well here we are, my first post! Honestly, I am still not sure what direction this is going, but here’s to just getting started!

My name is Alyssia (pronounced Alissa) and I enjoy writing, but have never before been brave enough to do anything about it, or grow in it. I remember reading blogs constantly, in the days before Pinterest or even Facebook, back when they were truly just online journals. I knew back then that it was something I wanted to do, but all the thoughts came rushing in: What if it’s not good enough? What if nobody reads it? What if people do read it and hate what I have to say? And on, and on. Each New Year it seems that my resolution is always the same- just start the blog already! Until I finally broke down and purchased a domain name, set up hosting and the works….and then life happened and I stopped again. It’s sat here for 2 years waiting for me to start!!

This year, I’m trying something new. I’m not waiting for the new year, or new skills; not putting it off to start on Monday. I’m just starting. I have lots of ideas, some minor information,and a bajillion resources. I’m not going to sit down and try to plan it all out in advance. At least, not until my personal momentum kicks in. I find that I often enjoy the process of planning, but struggle to follow through and so this is my personal experiment/challenge to see how I can adapt, grow, and change some of those perfectionist habits. I am taking a deep dive into facing my own fears, and building bravery.

So, for now, I’m taking it one day at a time. Learning and adapting as I go, and hopefully encouraging someone else to do whatever it is they’ve been dreaming of for far too long! Feel free to follow along, or not…either way thank you for being here!

xo Alyssia

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12 Jul 15:28

The Wayfair Conspiracy is a Hoax

by Paul Joseph Watson

Alex Jones explains how the Wayfair scandal is a mockingbird distraction from what’s really happening.

22 May 14:58

Google’s Read Along App Helps Teach Kids How to Read

by Dave Parrack

Google has launched a new app designed to help teach kids how to read. Called Read Along, the app gives children both visual and verbal feedback as they read stories out loud. Helping them to develop their literacy skills independently.

Giving Kids a Lifelong Love of Reading

Helping kids to learn how to read and write is probably the most important skill a parent can teach a child. Without basic literacy skills, the world is a challenging place to navigate. And if kids take to reading when young, they’ll have a lifelong love for it.

To help improve kids’ reading skills, Google has launched an app called Read Aloud. As detailed on The Keyword, this Android-exclusive app uses Google’s text-to-speech and speech recognition technologies to ascertain how well each student is doing.

How Read Aloud Can Teach Kids How to Read

This feedback is all delivered by an in-app reading buddy named Diya. Who gives positive feedback in the same way a (good) parent or teacher would do. Diya can also help children pronounce any tricky words or phrases they may be struggling with.

Read Aloud offers a range of diverse and interesting stories, with games sprinkled in to add some fun to proceedings. There’s also some gamification involved, with kids able to collect stars and badges as they learn, helping them to focus on the next goal.

Google has built Read Aloud with safety and privacy in mind, so there are no ads or in-app purchases. And apart from the initial download, Read Aloud works offline, with even the voice data analyzed on the device rather than being sent to Google’s servers.

Read Along has been available (as Bolo) in India since 2019. However, it’s now available in more than 180 countries and nine languages, including English, Spanish, and Hindi. Read Along is a free download for Android, but there’s no mention of an iOS version.

Download: Read Along for Android

Other Apps Which Can Teach Kids How to Read

Read Along isn’t the only app designed to teach kids how to read. Google also offers Rivet, a free reading app with gamification elements. And in March 2020, Duolingo launched Duolingo ABC, which is designed to teach young kids aged 3-6 how to read.

Read the full article: Google’s Read Along App Helps Teach Kids How to Read

22 May 14:50

5 Easy and Engaging Ways to Learn How to Dance Online for Free

by Mihir Patkar
Learn how to dance

Yes, you can learn how to dance online for free. From party moves and trending TikTok dances to classic ballroom steps, try these free websites for beginner and experienced dancers.

Online lessons are obviously not going to be as good as going to a professional dance studio. But they are effective nonetheless. Through a series of steps (no pun intended), anyone can learn how to dance online for free. And if you like the basics, many of those in this list offer paid packages for a professional online live dance class.

1. Learn Fortnite, TikTok, and Trending Dances Online for Free at Learn How to Dance

Learn How to Dance YouTube channel has detailed tutorials for fortnite dances, tiktok dances, and other trending dance moves

Social media loves dancing. Gamers love dancing. The internet loves dancing. And Bao from Learn How to Dance is here to teach you how to do the latest viral and trending dances in simple and free YouTube videos.

You can check the most popular videos, but Bao has also divided the channel into a few helpful playlists. There’s a Fortnite playlist for all the dances in the popular game. He updates the TikTok playlist most frequently so you can rock those moves on your social media. And there are tutorials for popular dance moves, hip-hop steps, and other assorted items.

The most common compliment subscribers give Bao is how much time he gives to breaking down the steps. Beginners will find it easy to learn moves from him because of how he demonstrates all angles of the body for each step and suggests easier and harder versions.

Also, like most active YouTubers, he reads the comments regularly. So if you want to learn a step he hasn’t featured yet, write a request and you might soon get a tutorial along with a shout-out.

2. Learn to Tap Dance Online for Free at Tap Dancing Resources

Tap Dancing Resources has everything you need to learn how to tap dance online for free, from tutorials to a dictionary of steps

Tap dancing is all about rhythm. It takes practice, but it’s much more accessible than others for beginners and those who consider themselves to have two left feet. Tap dancer Kathie Walling compiled some of the essential things you will need in one place at Tap Dancing Resources.

Start with the list of tap dancing lessons for all levels. Here, you will find links to several free tutorials online. Walling provides YouTube links to lessons by United Taps, as well as Shelby Kauffman’s excellent series where she breaks down each step. In fact, you can also learn about all the steps at the A-Z of tap dancing steps.

These online videos are the first stage of your tap dancing journey. You’ll also need the right music to tap along to, find surfaces and shoes that can work, warm-ups, and so on. Tap Dancing Resources has it all, along with links to instructors and schools around the world for you to tap the next step.

3. Learn Ballroom and Latin Dance Online for Free at Ballroom Dancers

Ballroom Dancers teaches you ballroom dancing and latin dances for free online

Ballroom Dancers looks and feels a little old, as do the videos in it. But when it comes to the classics of dancing, you don’t really need to jazz it up. When the content is top-notch, the design doesn’t matter.

The website teaches all the major steps involved in ballroom and latin dances like waltz, salsa, samba, foxtrot, rumba, cha cha, etc. Each dance and step offers a video as well a write-up.

The written part dives into the history of the moves, elaborates on the man’s part and woman’s part, and offers tips and tricks on how to gracefully execute the steps. As useful as the videos are, don’t forget to read the text.

You’ll need to sign up to access a lot of the videos, including the weekly variations. Registered users also get the printable syllabus if you’re going to stick to a routine to learn to dance. You can also view the videos on Ballroom Dancers’ YouTube, where you can easily download the videos for offline viewing.

4. Learn to Dance to Any Song at a Party at Move With Colour

Move With Colours teaches absolute beginner dancers how to dance to any song and find rhythm

Do you feel like you have no rhythm and two left feet? Dancer Nathan Short simplifies the whole idea of finding rhythms and grooving to them by making it a visual learning experience. He calls it Colourform, and it’s meant for absolute beginners to learn how to dance.

Here’s how it works. Short divides sound into six frequencies, from low to high. He then assigns them six colors of the spectrum. He also divides the human body into six sections: feet, knees, hips, torso, arms, and hands.

Each frequency, color, and body party forms a group, from lowest to highest. It’s really easy to follow in the video. This simple visualization will help you find the beat and rhythm of any song and dance appropriately to it.

If you’re confident with the basics of dance, try Short’s free 10-minute dance masterclass routines on YouTube. They’re beautifully shot as he teaches a group of students a few moves. You can see the variations people bring, and how a non-perfect dancer performs the same move as Short, which can be a confidence booster if you’re struggling. Plus, they also serve as free live workout classes at home to get fit.

5. Teach Kids to Dance Online for Free (and Learn Yourself Too) at Dance Parent 101

Dance Parent 101 is a repository of free dance resources for kids and parents of dancer children

Adults get conscious about how to dance correctly. But kids? Man, kids are uninhibited and joyful when they get to shake a leg. You can actually start them off at an early age, build up their confidence and skills.

Dance Parent 101 is all about teaching children the basics of dancing through online resources and maybe learning a thing or two along the way.

Blogger Samantha was a professional dancer and tutor. As a mom to two dancer kids, she put together this website that will help children learn dancing even in your home.

You’ll find how to build locomotive skills in toddlers, the basics of dancing for children, ballet tutorials, dancing for teens, fitness workouts for kids, and a whole lot more.

Dance Parent 101 is a repository of useful information for parents of dancers. And you know what? If your child is learning at home, why don’t you join them to pick up a few steps, get fitter, and most importantly, bond with your kid.

Learned to Dance? Learn Music

Dancing and music go hand in hand. Just like you can learn to dance online for free, you can also learn to play music online for free. This includes instruments like the guitar or harmonica, or you can work without equipment to learn to beatbox or sing with the help of online classes. It’s all among the musical skills you can learn online with or without instruments.

Read the full article: 5 Easy and Engaging Ways to Learn How to Dance Online for Free

20 May 05:24

Learning to Not-Hate My Pandemic Beard

by Riley MacLeod on Jezebel, shared by Joel Cunningham to Lifehacker

In March, the week America first started taking coronavirus seriously, a 2017 CDC guide about pandemic-appropriate facial hair resurfaced. Initially, I brushed off the graphic, which advised shaving my beard because it could interfere with the proper fit of a face mask—at the time, we weren’t supposed to be wearing…

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08 Apr 02:29

Resources for free e-books and entertainment stuffs

by Jason Weisberger

Here are two lists of e-books being made freely available on-line. Please add more in the comments!

PublicBooks.org's Public Books Database

This is a list of academic presses making their books and research freely available.

Jim C. Hines' list of Free and Legal Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hines has collected a list of authors providing their work online for free.

Naturally, your public library is a great resource and the Libby app is my best friend for e-books. We will also find that the public library gives incredible access to movies, music, and periodicals via the series of tubes we all know and love.

02 Feb 12:41

Senator Calls For Immediate Shut Down of All Flights From China to U.S.

by admin
Paul Joseph Watson | Tom Cotton says China is lying about the full extent of the outbreak.
10 Jan 05:28

Hollywood Attacks Trump as Iran Fires Missiles at U.S. Troops in Iraq

by admin
Breitbart | Entertainment in Iran, including film, is subject to strict government review and censorship.
18 Jul 16:55

Trump Unveils Immigration and Border Security Bill in Cabinet Meeting

President Donald Trump presented a bill to his Cabinet on Tuesday aimed at boosting border security and overhauling the current immigration system to make it more merit-based, a senior administration official said.
21 Mar 15:53

New Mexico Muslims who plotted jihad massacres linked to CAIR and Democrats

by Christine Douglass-Williams
nealteam

Thanks Obama.

New Mexico Muslims who plotted jihad massacres linked to CAIR and Democrats
“A federal grand jury in New Mexico has indicted five Muslims who allegedly trained children to carry out school massacres on terrorism-related offenses, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping.” The children also lived under abusive conditions. The leader of the group is Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, “the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former board member […]
16 Mar 03:51

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Global Week in Review

An exploration in citizen continuing education.

11 Threats, 12 Policies, 12 Players in One Place

Robert David STEELE Vivas

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Global Week in Review

An exploration in citizen continuing education.

Week Ending Saturday, 9 March 2019

 

 

Threats

  • Moral & Spiritual Decline. To be added beginning next week.
  • Poverty. China and India taking lead with national-scale poverty eradication. Should we pay attention?
  • Infectious Disease. Distrust in vaccine integrity, are infectious diseases making a comeback?
  • Environmental Degradation. Still no clue. “Big data” is fragmented, no one really cares.
  • Inter-State Conflict. Kashmir will not go nuclear. Syria won. Palestine still an occupied apartheid country.
  • Civil War. While Iraq stabilizes, America is moving toward culturally-insane civil war out of touch with reality.
  • Genocide. Force sterilization is a form of genocide. Accountability for colonial genocide emergent.
  • Other Atrocities. Pedophilia is slowly emerging as a deep national security threat. Not there yet.
  • Proliferation. US/UK continue to lie about Syria using chemical weapons and who funded ISIS.
  • Terrorism. White people are more likely to be terrorists in US/UK; Russia has stomped its terrorists out.
  • Transnational Crime. Germany covers up illegal immigrant crime. Hats off to US DOJ on elder fraud sweep.

CVh

  • Agriculture. Biofuels needs to go away; clean agriculture a distant vision; holistic policy does not exist.
  • Diplomacy. US picking fights with India, Turkey, Venezuela, arming Saudi Arabia, perhaps doing well in Korea.
  • Economy. Weak signals of global economic crash. President’s tariff strategy is working.
  • Education. The unstated message: schools suck, not creating critical thinkers who can innovate and adapt.
  • Energy. No one, anywhere, is serious about holistic energy solutions that leverages renewables at low cost.
  • Family. China, Hungary, and India are dong family policy planning supportive of national integrity. We are not.
  • Health. Health care in the USA is too expensive and has too many lies built in. Time to make it a public service.
  • Immigration. Trump is right, Congress is wrong, Supreme Court will have a say, this will be an election issue.
  • Justice. The US justice system is broken – foreign influence, legalized lies, state murder with impunity.
  • Security. US does not have a holistic national security strategy – demography & technology are out of control.
  • Society. Artists merit more respect; aging population cannot be supported as things now stand.
  • Water. Desalination solutions are here, governments are simply not serious about solving the water crisis.

Players

  • Brazil. Brazil merits more respect from the USA – Trump has a chance to craft a new Southern front strategy.
  • China. Xi has bigger problems than Trump does – seems to be more innovative – and is winning the South.
  • India. Most complicated country on the planet, 22 languages, more Muslims than anyone. Next big power.
  • Indonesia. Largest Muslim population in the world, massive natural resources including gold, pay attention.
  • Iran.  Our President needs to stomp down hard on the Deep State forces seeking to wage war on Iran.
  • Israel. Jews and Palestinians, not Zionists, should be working together in peace. Genocide is not working.
  • Korea. Not in the news: this is a done deal guaranteed by China. Trump is the cosmetic closer. Get over it.
  • Palestine. Gandhi had it right: “Palestine is to the Palestinians as France is to the French.”
  • Russia. US is losing arms sales to Russia; Russia is creating the next Internet and US will loser there as well.
  • Syria. Assad won. US should be in international criminal court along with Israel and Saudi Arabia.
  • Turkey. Not in the news: major regional power with Iran, One Belt One Road changes everything.
  • Venezuela. This is very hard to understand. Local corruption plus US arrogance destroying a country.

Threats

Poverty

2019-03-09 Iranian Daily Asia Experts say China’s anti-poverty drive helpful for other countries

2019-03-07 China Military Xi stresses perseverance in fight against poverty

2019-03-06 The Hindu Opposition trying to remove me, while I am trying to remove terrorism, poverty: Modi

2019-03-05 ECNS Li Keqiang: China to forge ahead with fight against poverty

2019-03-03 Indian Express Poverty to vulnerability: Rethinking social protection

2019-03-02 Haaretz Opioid crisis engulfs Gaza as poverty soars

Infectious Disease

2019-03-08 ContagionLive Top Infectious Disease News of the Week—March 3,2019

2019-03-08 The Atlantic Medieval Diseases Are Infecting California’s Homeless

2019-03-03 WCAI The Paradox of Declining Infectious Diseases

Environmental Degradation

2019-03-09 XinhuaNet UNEP plans to create big data platform on environment

Inter-State Conflict

2019-03-09 The Hindu BJP turning Kashmir into a theatre of war: Mehbooba Mufti

2019-03-09 Jerusalem Post Liberman: In two years the situation will be worse than the Yom Kippur war

2019-03-08, Haaretz The Assad regime won Syria’s civil war. Can it survive an Israeli attack?

2019-03-07 National Interest Is Trump Heading Toward War with Iran?

2019-03-07 The Economist India’s government is intensifying a failed strategy in Kashmir

2019-03-07 Pravda The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela

2019-03-06 USA Today Are we headed for a second Cold War with China, Russia? Not likely

2019-03-06, Rising Kashmir Talks with Taliban focus on four key issues to end the Afghan war: US

2019-03-05 Rising Kashmir Northern army commander reviews Kashmir’s security scenario

2019-03-05 The Independent US generals and politicians ‘thinking about possibility of nuclear war’, Russia’s ambassador to Washington says – The Independent

2019-03-04 Outlook India Neither India Nor Pakistan Is Really Prepared To Fight A Conventional War

2019-03-04, Freepress Journal Pakistan will not hesitate to go nuclear in war with India: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

2019-03-04, Al Jazeera India-Pakistan tensions: Who won the war of perceptions?

Civil War

2019-03-07 American Greatness The Democrats Civil War Begins

2019-03-06 Iran Daily Iran hails Iraq’s security situation after Daesh defeat

2019-03-05 Russia Insider American Civil War 2: US Media Will Have Only Itself to Blame if All Hell Breaks Loose

2019-03-02 Washington Post In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war

Genocide

2019-03-08 New York Post Amazon tribe accuses Brazilian military of genocide

2019-03-08 Al Jazeera Amazon ‘genocide’: Brazil tribe waits for compensation

2019-03-08 Breaking Defense Genocide Swarms & Assassin Drones: The Case For Banning Lethal AI

2019-03-06 US News & World Report Lawsuit Against Germany Over Namibian Genocide Is Dismissed in New York

2019-03-05 Phys.Org Forced sterilizations of Indigenous women: One more act of genocide (Canada)

Other Atrocities (e.g. Human Trafficking, Pedophilia)

2019-03-09 News-Herald (Kentucky) Forum speakers: Human trafficking no longer far away issue

2019-03-07 Miami Herald Shedding light on human trafficking in massage parlors

2019-03-06 Agence France-Presse ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

2019-03-06 Vanity Fair Michael Jackson Is Slowly Being Removed from Radio

2019-03-06 Men’s Journal How Photojournalist Essa al-Ragehi Exposed the Atrocities in Yemen

Proliferation

2019-03-08 QZ The last thing India and Pakistan need right now is a mushroom cloud

2019-03-08 The Hill After Warsaw and the IAEA meeting, what’s next for Washington on Tehran’s nuclear file?

2019-03-07 Voice of America Syria Rejects Watchdog Report on Chemical Weapons Use

2019-03-07 Radio New Zealand UK petition calls for West Papua chemical weapons investigation

2019-03-06 DBKNews Nuclear weapons are an inevitable part of our future

2019-03-06 The Nation A case for nuclear proliferation

2019-03-06 Defence Connect Flinders Uni, Canadian partnership to combat biological weapons

Terrorism

2019-03-09 Axios Domestic terrorism suspects arrested more than al-Qaeda or ISIS (USA)

2019-03-07 Independent UK More white people arrested on suspicion of terrorism than Asian people last year, figures show

2019-03-07 New York Times U.S. Peace Talks With Taliban Trip Over a Big Question: What Is Terrorism?

2019-03-07 Bejing Philippines, Malaysia Pledge Cooperation against Terrorism

2019-03-06 Press TV Iran US using terrorism as tool to achieve goals: SNSC

2019-03-06, Meduza-Russia Vladimir Putin says terrorism-related crimes in Russia have declined 110-fold in the past decade. Published statistics say he’s wrong.

Transnational Crime

2019-03-08 The Diplomat Examining Crime and Terrorism Along China’s Belt and Road

2019-03-08 7th Space USA: Justice Department Coordinates Largest-Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

2019-03-07 Associated Press The Latest: War crime reports (by migrants) not investigated in Germany

Policies

Agriculture

2019-03-09 Consortium News Africa’s Sovereignty Over Food

2019-03-09 Newton County Times United States wins WTO dispute finding China provides excessive government support to its grain producers

2019-03-08 Public News Service Report Calls Biofuels Standard an Environmental Disaster

2019-03-08 IEG Policy EU agriculture policy diary (March 11-15): CAP reform, spirit drinks, UTPs

2019-03-05 Bejing Laos, Chinese firm cooperating in clean agriculture

2019-03-05 Indian Financial Farmers wait for ‘acche din’ as agriculture growth slows down to 2.7% 2019-03-02 Washington Times US ambassador to UK slams critics of American agriculture

Diplomacy

2019-03-09 The Guardian UK Trump’s private talks with Putin may contain clues to his Russia romance

2019-03-09 Bejing Walking a Chinese tightrope: Kazakh quiet diplomacy produces limited results – Modern Diplomacy

2019-03-09, Outlook India India Pursues Vigorous Diplomacy To Make Pakistan Act On Terror

2019-03-09 ECNS At new starting point, China’s diplomacy brings certainty to uncertain world

2019-03-08 Iran Daily How Trump can forge a new path towards diplomacy with Iran

2019-03-08 Moscow Times U.S. Says It’s Working With EU to Thwart Russia on Balkans

2019-03-07 NPR A Dark View Of Russia From U.S. NATO Commander

2019-03-07 Iranian Daily Iran, Russia examine legal mechanisms to confront sanction

2019-03-05 Moscow Times Trump Extends U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Over Crimea

2019-03-05 Indian Express Kim Jong Un returns home after failed nuclear diplomacy with Trump

2019-03-04 ECNS Russia says ready to talk with U.S. on Venezuela stalemate

2019-03-03 Washington Times US, South Korea end spring military drills to back diplomacy

Economy

2019-03-06 ECNS Banks should focus on real investment to support the economy

2019-03-06 Press TV Iran Economy ministers of Iran, Azerbaijan meet in Tehran

2019-03-06 ECNS Time to discard growth rate fetish for China’s economy

2019-03-06 Singapore News What a Singapore Strait traffic jam says about the world economy

2019-03-06 Times of China US car tariffs would have ‘bigger effect’ on global economy than US-China trade war, says WTO economist

2019-03-05 Indian Financial China’s economy slows down: Here’s how it is affecting the world

2019-03-05 ECNS Premier admits severe challenges in China’s economy

2019-03-04 War News Canada’s Economy Has Stopped Growing, But No One Is Talking About It

2019-03-04, Google News Erdogan Tries to Ease the Pain of Turkey’s Bad Economy. It’s Still Hurting. – The New York Times

Education

2019-03-09 Forbes Democratic Governors Move To Restrict School Choice, While Tennessee’s Governor Looks To Expand It

2019-03-08 The Atlantic Congress Might Finally Overhaul Higher Education

2019-03-08 Breitbart Parker: AOC’s Policies Are an Indictment of American Economic Education

2019-03-07 Vox Progressives want to go further than tuition-free college — here’s their proposal to make it debt-free

2019-03-06, Singapore News How secondary education will work in Singapore once current streaming system is phased out

2019-03-04 Education Next What Do Racial and Ethnic Wealth Gaps Mean for Student Loan Policy?

2019-03-03 Indian Express Kashmir needs a robust education system, an honest conversation

2019-03-03, Miami Herald Ron DeSantis may finish the K-12 education transformation that Jeb Bush started

Energy

2019-03-09 The New Federalist EU Innovation and energy transition, a winning combination for European industry

2019-03-09 Sputnik Venezuelan Media Report New Electricity Outages as Caracas Blames US Energy War

2019-03-07 Bejing Bosnia Gives Green Light To Controversial Chinese Energy Loan

2019-03-06 The Guardian UK Australia’s energy policy is a tangled mess built on a foundation of lies

2019-03-04 Vox Europe’s renewable energy policy is built on burning American trees

Family

2019-03-09 The Quint India RSS stresses importance of family system

2019-03-09 Raw Story In another blow to Trump, judge rules in favor of ACLU in family separation case

2019-03-08 Hungary Today Survey: Vast Majority Supports Government’s Family Policy

2019-03-04 Brookings Where’s the glue? Policies to close the family gap

Health

2019-03-09 The Hindu Health dept. issues chickenpox alert

2019-03-08 New York Times Trump Administration Targets ‘Secretive Nature’ of Health Care Pricing

2019-03-08 WNPR Connecticut Lawmakers Unveil A Public Option Health Plan

2019-03-07 Miami Herald Is a national health plan a by-product of the Green New Deal?

2019-03-07 Miami Herald Former CPA and chairman of Public Health Trust sent to prison for three-plus years

2019-03-07 USA Today Rich kids like me get great mental health care. With Medicare for All, others can, too

2019-03-06 Washington Times Let states experiment on health care

2019-03-06 AJCM Making Sense of Changes in Healthcare: Lessons From the Academy Health National Health Policy Conference

Immigration

2019-03-09 Market Watch Judge calls Trump administration push for citizenship question on census forms arbitrary, capricious and a threat to democracy

2019-03-07 The Texas Tribune How one migrant family got caught between smugglers, the cartel and Trump’s zero-tolerance policy

2019-03-07 WBUR Kirstjen Nielsen And The Dehumanization Of Immigrant Children

2019-03-06 Miami Times House Democrats tie DACA and TPS together in latest immigration push

2019-03-05 USA Today Trump immigration policy under scrutiny at four simultaneous congressional hearings

2019-03-04 Associated Press Federal Law Enforcement Grants Flow Despite Trump Threats To ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

Justice

2019-03-09 NBC News Pete Buttigieg wants ‘intergenerational justice.’ What’s that?

2019-03-09 OPB.org Democratic Lawmakers Speak On Restorative Justice In Cannabis Crimes

2019-03-09 The Daily Caller FITZGIBBONS: America’s Dual-Justice System Grants Immunity To Ocasio-Cortez

2019-03-09 The Atlantic 6 Reasons Paul Manafort Got Off So Lightly

2019-03-08 Reno Gazette Journal Lawmakers, lawyers clash over sprawling criminal justice reform bill

2019-03-06 New York Times Justice Dept. to Step Up Enforcement of Foreign Influence Laws

2019-03-06 ECNS Trump nominates female Asian American prosecutor as No.3 at Justice Department

2019-03-05 USA Today I vetted judges and senior Justice officials and never came across anyone like Jared Kushner

2019-03-03 Jerusalem Post House Committee investigating possible obstruction of justice by Trump

Security

2019-03-09 Indian Express UN Security Council reform process “contentious” issue: General Assembly Prez

2019-03-08 Los Angeles Times One reason for Trump’s foreign policy fiascoes — his National Security Council is broken

2019-03-08 Just Security Homeland Security’s Intelligence Overreach: Two Cases Illustrate Risks to Civil Society

2019-03-08 Technode Briefing: Germany to tighten security on 5G equipment to avoid Huawei ban

2019—3-07 Associated Press US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies border crisis is not manufactured

2019-03-07 Politico McSally says sexual assault in the military threatens national security

2019-03-07 Rand Strategic Rethink: America’s Security Deficit

2019-03-07 Kuala Lampur Will national security concerns end the globalisation of technology?

2019-03-05 Telangana Today Facebook’s security lapse

2019-03-04 Just Security Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Are Not the Same Thing

Society

2019-03-08 The Telegraph UK From Facebook to Amazon, our digital habits are destroying society

2019-03-07 Daniel Mitchell Blog Individualism and Society

2019-03-06 Iranian Daily Singapore, world’s second-fastest aging society, to up retirement age

2019-03-05 USA Today Facebook, YouTube and social media are failing society. Pull their ads until they change.

2019-03-05 History News Hour Can Artists Remake Society?

Water

2019-03-09 PBS Water costs balloon in cities along the Great Lakes

2019-03-08 Hackaday Graphene Desalinates Sea Water

2019-03-08 American Rivers How the Clean Water Act could become a Dirty Water Rule

2019-03-08 Raw Story Eight years on, water woes threaten Fukushima cleanup

2019-03-06 ECNS New hydrological model developed for water prediction

2019-03-06 National Geographic India is in a historic water crisis. Will diverting 30 rivers solve it?

2019-03-04 South China Morning Post Gone glaciers: ‘Asia’s water tower’ is in danger

2019-03-04 ECNS Chinese scientists develop new material for water purification

Countries

Brazil

2019-03-09 CNBC Brazil’s Bolsonaro set to visit Trump on March 19 to discuss turmoil in Venezuela: White House

2019-03-07 Mercopress Argentina and Brazil markets open Wednesday with steep losses

2019-03-06 Mercopress Brazil posts a fiscal surplus in January, but public finances remain fragile

2019-03-05 Forbes Brazil Bounces Back With A Slew Of New Billionaires

China

2019-03-09 Scroll.in Why ambitious China and isolated Saudi Arabia have found a common ally in Pakistan

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Solid waste imports into China continue to decline

2019-03-09 War News U.S. Keeps Losing Simulated Wars With Russia And China

2019-03-09 War News China Is Worried That President Trump May Walk Away From A Trade Deal When He Holds His Summit With Chinese President Xi

2019-03-09 China Digital Times Huawei and the Law, in U.S. and China

2019-03-09 Times of China China set to vote on new law aimed at levelling playing field for foreign investors

2019-03-08 ECNS China-Africa cooperation grows into towering tree: FM

2019-03-08 ECNS Latin American countries’ rights to develop relations with China must be respected: FM

2019-03-08 Google News China Laughs as U.S. Tries to Stop Italy From Joining One Belt, One Road Plan – Newsweek

2019-03-08 BBC China exports saw biggest fall in three years in February

2019-03-08 South China Morning Post Malaysian Prime Minister says the country is now closer to China than US

2019-03-06 Russia Insider US, China Compete to Build World’s First Nationwide Cyber-Gulag

2019-03-06 Bejing Russia to train over 100 Chinese servicemen for second 2nd regiment of S-400: TASS

2019-03-06 Reuters Bachelet presses China for U.N. access to Xinjiang’s Uighurs

India

2019-03-09, Scroll.in By design and delusion, the project to radicalise Hindu India gains momentum

2019-03-08 CNBC Two factors India investors should watch out for

2019-03-08 India Today India, Russia sign USD 3 billion deal for nuclear-powered attack submarine for Indian Navy

2019-03-05 Fortune It Looks Like Trump Has New Trade War Foes: India and Turkey

Indonesia

2019-03-08 Bensinga Indonesia and Australia sign new free trade agreement

2019-03-06 Asian Review US move to end India trade benefit rattles Indonesia and Thailand

Iran

2019-03-09 Iran Daily US policy toward Iran isn’t working

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Iran, Syria sign academic cooperation deal

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Iran-Iraq annual trade aimed at $20b

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Iran, Turkey offer cooperation for Pakistan railway: Minister

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Official: Iran can find ways to sell oil in defiance of US sanctions

2019-03-06 Press TV Iran Iran, Russia review ways to widen economic relations

Israel

2019-03-09 Sputnik S. Africa-Israel Tensions Simmer as Pretoria Preps to Downgrade Embassy Status

2019-03-08 Washington Times Kuwait: Many in UN oppose Israel action on Palestinian taxes

2019-03-08 Haaretz Hamas knows now is the best time to pressure Israel into concessions

2019-03-08 Haaretz A botched Gaza raid may rewrite how Israel runs its special operations

2019-03-08, Haaretz Ilhan who? In Israel, nobody knows or cares about the Omar anti-Semitism controversy

2019-03-07 Iran Daily American public support for Israel hits decade low: Gallup poll

2019-03-06 Haaretz Israel and Jordan in talks to solve Temple Mount crisis

Korea

2019-03-09 Washington Post Satellite images suggest North Korea planned space launch even before Hanoi

2019-03-09 Voice of America South Korea Proposes Rain Project with China to Cut Pollution

2019-03-08 USA Today South Korea, US sign deal on Seoul paying more for US military

2019-03-08 The Diplomat South Korea’s New Internet Controls Spark Controversy

2019-03-07 Coin Telegraph South Korea Establishes Special Task Force to Prevent Cryptocurrency-Related Crimes

Palestine

2019-03-09 Malay Mail Create Palestine caucus in parliament, says Zuraida

2019-03-08 AA Turkey US plan to give some of East J’lem to Palestine: Report

2019-03-07 Haaretz Israel Forces Palestinian to Raze His and His Daughter’s Homes With His Own Hands

2019-03-05 ECNS Iraqi, Palestinian presidents discuss boosting ties, supporting Palestine

2019-03-03 Haaretz For Arab regimes, Palestine is old news. Now, it’s all about Iran

Russia

2019-03-07 Bejing Six Steps Russia Is Taking Toward Restricting Its Internet

2019-03-07 Moscow Times Russia Compromised 600 Foreign Spies in 2018, Putin Says

2019-03-07 Moscow Times Russia Passes Legislation Banning ‘Disrespect’ of Authorities and ‘Fake News’

2019-03-07 Moscow Times Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

2019-03-07 Meduza-Russia The Real Russia. Today. Russian Internet censorship becomes ‘instantaneous,’ condemning Stalin to Hell, and correcting Putin’s numbers

2019-03-06 Russia-Insider Russia Has The Fastest Hackers

2019-03-06 Russia-Insider Russia Sells Top-Notch S-400 Missiles to Qatar; Saudis Enraged

2019-03-06 Moscow Times Sea Ice Between Alaska And Russia Shrinks at Record Rate in Middle of Winter

Syria

2019-03-09 The Guardian UK Those responsible for Syria’s agony must be brought to book, starting at the top

2019-03-09 First Post India More civilians leave Islamic State’s Syria enclave, delaying final assault

2019-03-09 Iran Daily Iran, Syria sign academic cooperation deal

2019-03-09 Haaretz Burned vehicles, abandoned tents and weapons left behind by ISIS militants in Syria

2019-03-09 Haaretz How Assad defied the odds, won in Syria and pushed the U.S. out

2019-03-07 Bejing Multilateral talks on crisis in Syria held in Tehran

2019-03-07 Bejing Syria Focus of Iran’s Talks with China, Russia, Germany in Tehran

2019-03-07 Haaretz Syria slams watchdog report saying it used chemical weapon in Douma attack

Turkey

2019-03-09 Defense Blog Russia claims process of S-400 delivery to Turkey goes very smoothly

2019-03-09 Today Online Germany tightens travel advice on Turkey

2019-03-09 Hurriyet Daily News Turkey eyes increasing health tourism revenues fivefold by 2030: Minister

2019-03-08 Moscow Times Turkey and U.S. Head for Showdown Over Russian Missile Contracts

2019-03-06 Sputnik European Commission Candidate Insists ‘Turkey Cannot Be EU Member’

Venezuela

2019-03-09 Indian Express As blackout eases, Venezuela braces for rival rallies

2019-03-09 Al Jazeera Venezuela in crisis: All the latest updates

2019-03-08 New York Times Russia Stands With Maduro (While Hedging Its Bets)

2019-03-08 Iran Daily Venezuela plunges into darkness after major dam ‘sabotage’

2019-03-08 Google News Venezuela must pay Conoco over $8 billion: World Bank – Reuters

2019-03-07 Washington Times White House steps up pressure on Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Venezuela by revoking visas

2019-03-07 Pravda The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela

DOC (9 Pages): 20190309 Week in Review

 

28 Feb 16:56

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals “Routine Supression” Of Conservative Content

by admin
Zero Hedge | "I saw things that were going on that I personally found to be troubling."
27 Feb 00:51

Sharia Netherlands: College suspends teacher for insulting Muhammad

by Robert Spencer
Sharia Netherlands: College suspends teacher for insulting Muhammad
“You said that Mohammed was married to an eight-year-old girl, and that in the Netherlands a grown man who marries a girl of eight is seen as a pedophile.” Strictly speaking, the teacher was wrong: Muhammad married Aisha when she was six, and consummated the marriage (i.e., raped her) when she was nine. Hassan’s admission […]
15 Oct 17:22

How to Add an Email Signature in Microsoft Office 365

by Lori Kaufman

If you sign all or most of your emails the same way, you can create an email signature. It shows professionalism in business communications and acts as a digital business card. A well-designed email signature can also serve as a promotional tool for just about anything, like a business, website, blog, or a book.

We’ve discussed how to add an email signature in Outlook for the desktop. But what if you use the Microsoft Outlook Web App in Office 365? In this article, we’ll show you how to add, insert, and change your signature in the Outlook Web App in Office 365.

Step 1: Log Into Microsoft Office 365

To access Microsoft Outlook online, go to Microsoft’s Office site and sign in using your personal Microsoft account. Or you can log in with your business or school Microsoft account.

Then, click Outlook under Apps.

Log in to your Microsoft account and click Outlook

Step 2: Open Microsoft Outlook Settings

Click the Settings gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window.

Then, click View all Outlook settings at the bottom of the Settings pane.

Click View all Outlook settings in the Outlook Web App

Step 3: Access the Email Signature in Settings

On the Settings screen, click Mail in the left pane. Then, click Compose and reply in the middle pane.

Click Mail the Compose and reply in Outlook in Office 365

Step 4: Format Your Email Signature

The Email signature box has a toolbar at the top that allows you to format your signature. You can make the text bold, italic, or underlined, and also change the size and alignment of the text.

When we tested the formatting toolbar, it applied the formatting we selected at the beginning of the signature, no matter where the cursor was. So you may have to put your formatted text at the beginning of your signature and then copy and paste it to where you want it.

Format a signature in Outlook in Office 365

Step 5: Add an Office 365 Email Signature

Enter the text you want in your signature in the Email signature box.

The Outlook Web App does not allow you to insert an image file in your signature. But you can copy an image from another program and paste it into your signature. Any text or images you paste are inserted at the cursor, not at the beginning of the signature, like with the formatting we discussed in the previous step.

Alternatively, you can use a free email generator app to design one and paste it here.

There are two options for automatically including your signature in emails:

  • To include your signature automatically on all new messages, check the Automatically include my signature on new messages that I compose box.
  • To automatically include your signature when you reply to messages or forward messages, check the Automatically include my signature on messages I forward or reply to box.

Because there’s only one signature allowed in the Outlook Web App, the signature is the same for new emails and for replies and forwarded messages. The Outlook desktop app allows you to have different signatures for replies and new emails.

Click Save and click the X in the upper-right corner to close the Compose and reply dialog box.

Create a signature and click Save in Outlook in Office 365

If you use both the Outlook Web App and the Outlook desktop app, a signature created in one will not be available in the other. You must create a signature separately in each app. The web app only allows you to create one signature. But you can create one default signature and multiple alternative signatures in the Outlook desktop app.

Step 6: Automatically Insert Your Email Signature

If you selected to automatically insert your signature into all new emails, you’ll see your signature in the message body when you click New message.

Signature automatically inserted into a new email in Outlook in Office 365

Step 7: Manually Insert Your Email Signature

If you chose not to automatically add your signature to all your email messages in the Outlook Web App, you can manually add it by clicking the menu button at the top of an email and selecting Insert Signature.

The signature is inserted into the email message and the cursor is placed at the beginning of the message body. Just don’t forget to add the recipient(s) and a subject line.

Select Insert signature in Outlook in Office 365

Step 8: Change Outlook Email Signature in Office 365

To change your signature in the Outlook Web App in Office 365, simply go back to the Compose and reply screen in the Settings and change the content in the Email signature box.

Your revised signature will be inserted in all new emails, replies, and forwards from this point on.

Communicate Professionally With an Email Signature

Email signatures allow you to easily and quickly make a good personal or professional impression, personally. Just make sure you don’t make the wrong impression with your email signature.

Read the full article: How to Add an Email Signature in Microsoft Office 365

19 Jun 16:41

LAUSD’s Fiscal Crisis Can’t be Blamed on Charter Schools or Declining Enrollment

by Lisa Snell

Los Angeles Unified School District has lost 245,000 students over the last 15 years. Officials frequently claim charter schools are taking students and causing LAUSD's budget crisis in the process. But a new report shows the district's spending, including its hiring of more administrators as enrollment drops, is to blame.

A new Reason Foundation study finds only 35 percent of LAUSD's enrollment decline over the past 15 years is due to students going to charter schools. In fact, as the district continues to lose students—losing 55,000 since 2013—a smaller percentage of the loss can be attributed to charter school students. Only 13 percent of the district's enrollment loss for 2017-18 stemmed from students choosing charters.

In the last five years, LAUSD's K-12 student enrollment dropped by nearly 10 percent and the number of teachers decreased by more than 5 percent. According to the California Department of Education, LAUSD's per-student revenue went up 33 percent between FY 2012 and FY 2016 so LAUSD should have had more revenue to spend on fewer students.

But, even as it was losing students, the number of total LAUSD employees grew by 5 percent over the last five years, primarily thanks to a nearly 16 percent increase in administrators.

Additionally, the costs of the district's employee benefits have increased 44 percent since 2014. And its spending on outside consulting services rose by 110 percent since 2014. As a result of these decisions, LAUSD's long-term debt liability, which was $8 billion in 2007, tripled to $25 billion by 2017.

Just as troubling, the new Reason study finds that just four years from now, in 2022, the district's spending on pensions, health care, and special education programs will be eating up over 57 percent LAUSD's main operational funding before a single dollar is spent on a regular school program.

A growing number of families across Southern California rightly view charter schools as a high-quality option. They should not be scapegoated for LAUSD's financial troubles because they sought-out high-performing schools for their children. Los Angeles' public charter school students are outperforming students in LAUSD's traditional schools. For example, on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation's Report Card, 8th-grade students in public charter schools outscored LAUSD students in traditional public schools by 26 points in reading and 28 points in math.

Southern California charter schools are also putting their students on a significantly better path to pursue college. Whereas less than half of LAUSD's traditional public-school students in the class of 2015 had passed their A–G requirements—the courses needed to enroll in University of California and California State University system schools—85 percent of Los Angeles charter students completed these courses. Just 13 percent of LAUSD students were accepted to the UC system in 2013 compared to the 20 percent of Los Angeles charter students who earned admission to UC schools.

It makes sense for parents and students to choose charter schools that are outperforming LAUSD in almost every measure, and it won't be surprising if more and more parents select charter schools in years to come. Additionally, the state's Department of Finance projects that over the next decade Los Angeles County will lose another 119,000 K-12 students, more than any other county in California.

LAUSD is going to have to stop blaming its fiscal situation on charter schools and start addressing the root causes of its own financial woes: spending more than it takes in, in large part due to long-term pension and health care costs, and its insistence on increasing staffing levels even though there are fewer students to serve.

LAUSD is going to have to right-size itself—closing some schools and reducing administrative positions to align with falling enrollment. The fiscal crisis will also force it to implement reforms that reduce long-term pension and health care costs Ultimately, the district will have to prioritize and focus on its core mission: educating kids, not providing jobs and retirement income to administrators.

Lisa Snell is director of education policy at Reason Foundation and co-author of the new study "A 2018 Evaluation of LAUSD's Fiscal Outlook."

23 Feb 08:23

The Federal Government's Finances Are a Total Wreck

by Marc Joffe

The federal government's latest financial statements came out last week and they paint a dire picture of our nation's fiscal health. It's not just the annual deficit, which is too large and growing. The new report shows trillions in long-term liabilities that could burden the country for years to come. And it suggests that financial management in large government agencies, like the Department of Defense, is appallingly poor.

The federal government reports assets of $3.5 trillion and liabilities of $23.9 trillion yielding a negative net position of $20.4 trillion. Although this last amount is similar in size to the national debt, net worth is conceptually different.

Federal audited financial statements use accrual accounting, which means that obligations are recognized as they are incurred. For example, the $23.9 trillion in liabilities includes $7.7 trillion in veterans benefits and retirement benefits earned by federal civilian employees. Another $200 trillion in liabilities arise from various guarantees the government has made, including its commitment to backstop private pension plans—many of which are becoming insolvent.

But the biggest federal liabilities of all do not appear on the government's balance sheet. According to a supplemental schedule, the federal government has $49 trillion in Social Security and Medicare liabilities. Although these retirement obligations are just as politically sacrosanct as federal employee pensions and federal guarantees for private pension systems, they receive very different accounting treatment. If these obligations were placed on balance sheet where they belong, the government's negative net position (i.e., its unfunded debt) would balloon to $69 trillion—well over triple the nation's $19 trillion gross domestic product.

As the accompanying chart shows, the federal government's net position has been deteriorating throughout the 21st century. The only apparent bright spot occurred in 2010 when actuaries bumped down Medicare liabilities amidst optimism about Obamacare's prospects for reining in medical costs—a hope that has not fully panned out. The big spike between 2003 and 2004 was largely the result of George W. Bush's unfunded Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Although the government's fiscal year 2017 deficit was an already alarming $666 billion, its balance sheet net position worsened by over $1.1 trillion. Social insurance obligations increased a further $2.3 trillion. So, while the government added less than $700 billion in red ink during fiscal year 2017 on a cash basis, the total bleeding in accrual terms was closer to $3.4 trillion. Just as accountants and regulators insist that corporations use accrual accounting to properly inform investors about their financial condition, we should have similar expectations for sovereigns such as the federal government.

Even worse, the chart doesn't include all federal liabilities. Government financial statements exclude $5 trillion in outstanding mortgage backed securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) were placed under federal conservatorship during the financial crisis. Although the federal government owns 79.9% of each of these entities and would undoubtedly cover any shortfalls they experience with taxpayer money (as they did in 2008), their liabilities are not consolidated onto the federal government's balance sheet.

Finally, it is worth noting that the 2017 federal financial statements—incomplete as they are—received a negative audit opinion, as they do every year. Specifically, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) acting in its role as the federal government's CPA concluded:

The federal government is not able to demonstrate the reliability of significant portions of the accompanying accrual-based consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2017, and 2016, principally resulting from limitations related to certain material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting and other limitations affecting the reliability of these financial statements.

The GAO reported favorable opinions for most of the federal departments it reviewed, but the Department of Defense (DOD) remains problematic. The GAO found weaknesses in the DOD's cost reporting and its accounting for plant, property and equipment.

These findings invite the question of whether the DOD can effectively manage all the new money Congress and the Administration are giving it. If Pentagon accountants don't really know what the department owns and can't document what the military establishment is spending, what assurance do we have that all the extra tax money it is about to receive won't be wasted?

It is unfortunate that each year's federal financial statements do not receive more attention. Any company reporting results like those the government reported last week would face liquidation. Any state or local government reporting such a lopsided balance sheet would lose access to the municipal bond market. While the federal government enjoys a special status because it can lean on the Federal Reserve to buy its bonds with newly created money, that money printing capability can only go so far.

If the bleeding doesn't stop, we should expect investors in Tresasury securities to demand higher rates as the perceived risk of not being paid on time, in full and with uninflated dollars increases. With over $14 trillion in publicly held debt already on the books and trillions more being added in the coming years, federal interest costs will mount placing added pressure on the budget. At some point, the nation could face a sovereign debt crisis with serious global consequences.

06 Jan 14:08

Rationing Underway in UK Hospitals

by admin
Truth Revolt | "It is absolutely not what I want."
15 Oct 22:50

Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin

by Tim Ferriss

“Education is supposed to juice your curiosity, not diminish or sate it.”
– Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) is a professor at Tulane University, and the president and CEO of The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of many biographies I have recommended, including The Innovators, Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography, and his most recent, Leonardo da Vinci.

In this episode, you learn life lessons and tactics from Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, and more. Walter ties it all together beautifully.

We had a lot of fun in this conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Lessons from Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Ben Franklin

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Show Notes

  • Is it possible to be a Renaissance man (or woman) like Ben Franklin or Leonardo da Vinci in today’s world? [05:43]
  • On noticing and marveling at life’s “ordinary” things. [08:58]
  • What is Walter most curious about now? [11:06]
  • What benefit does Walter see in experiencing historical places and artifacts up close rather than just viewing them virtually? [12:50]
  • With so much already on his plate, why does Walter write biographies? [15:54]
  • Walter’s one rule about writing. [19:35]
  • What Walter does between his first draft and first edit. [21:56]
  • Walter talks about going to school in New Orleans with fellow author Michael Lewis. [23:11]
  • Mentors and inspirations. [25:41]
  • On what we can learn from da Vinci and Steve Jobs about blurring the line between the possible and the impossible. [29:28]
  • Was there anything that stood out to Walter when he was going through da Vinci’s thousands of pages of notes? [32:35]
  • What was da Vinci’s workout routine? [35:03]
  • Was da Vinci’s drive to experiment innate or developed? [38:50]
  • On the uses and misuses of education. [40:41]
  • What Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, and da Vinci understood about the importance of building a good team for collaboration. [48:58]
  • Does Walter think da Vinci was fulfilled? [55:30]
  • Ben Franklin’s life hack for gratitude. [57:09]
  • How does someone move from success to significance? [59:58]
  • What writing biographies of others has taught Walter about his own place in the universe. [1:02:57]
  • What has helped Walter get through dark times? [1:05:32]
  • The benefits of having something on paper versus a computer screen. [1:10:16]
  • As an educator, what three books would Walter give to every graduate? [1:12:13]
  • The books Walter gifted the most. [1:16:07]
  • What would Walter’s billboard say? [1:18:30]
  • Parting thoughts. [1:24:07]

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07 Oct 06:35

Rebecca Romney, Rare book dealer

by Kevin Kelly

We have hired an editor to edit the Cool Tools podcast. It costs us $300 a month. So far, Cool Tools listeners have pledged $288 a month to the podcast. Please consider supporting us on Patreon. We have nice rewards for people who contribute! – MF

Our guest this week is Rebecca Romney. Rebecca is a rare book dealer at Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn. She got her start with Bauman Rare Books, managing their Las Vegas gallery. She is known for her appearances on the HISTORY Channel’s show Pawn Stars, where she evaluates books as the show’s only female expert. She recently published a book on books called Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History with HarperCollins.

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mylar
Mylar Film Rolls
“This is an archival uncoated polyester film used by antiquarian book dealers, librarians, and archivists to add a layer of protection to an object for storage or handling. It’s added to dust jackets, cut into sleeves to tuck in individual sheets of paper, etc. “Archival” is a key word here — you have to watch where you’re storing items long term, as high acid content will deteriorate the item over time. This is why taping your books with standard Scotch tape or whatever is so bad — the acid content will eat away at the paper!”

cliplight
Cliplight (both LED and UV)
“In order to see clearly the watermarks and chain lines of a book printed on handmade paper (generally before 1800CE), you need to backlight the paper. Watermarks and chain lines are important evidence of how to identify a book — its format, any repairs, when it was printed, whether it has been messed with by an unscrupulous seller, etc. I use the UV light for things like offsetting of ink that’s normally invisible to our eyes.”

magnifier
Magnifiers
“A good old jeweler’s loupe is great, and I will occasionally use a microscope. But I also use a tool called the Optic given to me by a friend whose business solely relates to autograph authentication. According to him (frankly, I have no idea if this is true), it was developed by the military and used in tanks in Desert Storm, meant to enhance their infrared. What’s cool about the Optic is that it brightens the picture, which offers added clarity.”

White Gloves — The “Anti” Cool Tool
“I would love to take a moment to debunk the myth that I should be wearing white gloves when I handle printed books. From the British Library to the Houghton, none of the major conservators and rare book curators recommend these. And for good reason: with gloves, you lose your tactile sensitivity and are much more likely to damage the book while handling it. Just wash your hands first and you’re fine.”

10 Aug 06:44

Spectacular nighttime volcanic eruption photo wins National Geographic's top prize

by Andrea James

National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year Contest has announced the 2017 winner, and the grand prize went to Sergio Tapiro Velasco for this otherworldly shot of Mexico's Colima volcano erupting at night. (more…)

09 Aug 16:23

Ep 243: Shawn Stevenson – The 9 Rules of Health to Make it to 99

by James Altucher

Shawn Stevenson, host of The Model Health podcast said, “In the lab, they found anti-depressants in the New York City water system.”

Anti-depressants!

Ok, no problem. I’ll drink tap water. Save on therapy costs. In NYC everyone has to go to therapy. It’s a requirement. “This week my therapist said…”

“There’s also these other chemicals in water..” and he was about to list them for me.

“No no no,” I said. “Shhhh!” I put my hands on my ears. “I’m good. Don’t need to know more.”

Shawn is obsessed with health. Every week he interviews the best people in the world on health. He’s interviewed hundreds.

And now I get to ask him for this BEST advice. Don’t abuse what he tells you, James!

Shawn was 200lbs overweight. He could barely get from room to room before collapsing with exhaustion and pain.

He was diagnosed with an incurable spinal condition called degenerative disc disease.

His spine was deteriorating to nothing. The way an old person leans over and over until they collapse dead.

“You have the spine of an 80 year old,” the doctor told him.

“The doctors told me to wear a back brace. I kept getting worse. The doctors kept telling me nothing could be done. I was losing hope. Losing the will to live.”

So he chose himself. He CHOSE his health.

He studied every aspect of health. He created the #1 podcast on health, The Model Health Show.

He read everything he could. He changed his diet. His doctors told him don’t bother. He exercised. His doctors said it won’t help.

“You’re going to die of this.”


When he came on my podcast, he looked like a man in perfect health. He was muscular, glowed with health, had energy. He was something maybe I will never say.

“I’m feeling great every day,” he told me.

And then he started dropping the most amazing health tips on me. I felt overwhelmed. Do I have the discipline to do all of this?

I’ve had many health experts on my podcast. If you don’t have physical health, it’s 1000 times harder to be a success.

The body feeds the mind and the heart. The body reduces stress. The body contains the basics for everything you want to do in life.

You are alive in your whole body. Not just your brain. Not just in your bank account. The entire body has to be nourished and loved.

For some strange reason he asked me to be on his show as well. I was really grateful he wanted to talk to me about how my own lifestyle improved my health.

But more importantly, he came on my show and I was able to drill HIM with questions.

Not that all doctors are bad. But I couldn’t believe some of the things Shawn had to tell me.

I list some of them on this infographic. I already thought I knew things about sleep, water, movement, exercise.

I thought I already knew things about how health worked. About how health led to success.

But he broke it down one step further.

I needed that. I now live by it (we actually recorded this podcast about two months ago) and the results have given me enough energy to create new opportunities in my life that I would not have been able to do before.

I have a formula now: 1% more health equals 100 more possible opportunities.

Shawn! I’m grateful you broke your stupid hip when you were 20 and got Spinal Degenerative Whatever and gained 5000 pounds.

I’m grateful the doctors told you you were going to rot and die. I’m so happy you collapsed, half dead, under the weight of your own bloated body.

I’m really happy you almost died.

Just don’t do it again.

live to 99


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  • We talked about drinking water and how to find the freshest, uncontaminated water and Shawn said you can find a natural spring near you at findaspring.com
  • BPA Free Mountain Spring water (that’s what Shawn was drinking while we did the podcast). He says the minimum requirement is to drink half of your bodyweight in water
  • Sleep is more important than food and movement combined. Shawn has the research to back it up. He told me about a study done at the University of Chicago. They took people and put them on a calorie restricted diet. They monitored their fat loss. The first phase of the study they allow them all to get 8 hours of sleep. The next phase is when they start sleep depriving them. At the end of the study they lost 55% more body fat when they were well rested.   
  • Shawn told me about his insomnia. It turned out it was caused by the medication he was prescribed for his back pain (celebrex). It was causing him restless leg syndrome
  • Shawn recommends using a shower filter to remove toxins and heavy metals. “Your skin consumes more than your drinking,” he said.
  • Shawn mentions Tabata, which is a Japanese high-interval workwork. Shawn writes about it here.
  • One of Shawn’s top recommendations for using your phone at night (although he recommends you stop using technology at least 30 minutes before bed) is the “night shift” tool. He showed me his iPhone (I have an android). He said if you just swipe up, it’s there. “It pulls out the most troublesome streams of light from your screen. Harvard researchers have confirmed that bluelight from our devices suppresses melatonin and elevates cortisol. Those two things screw up our sleep,” he said. You can also use sunglasses that block blue light. 

 

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06 Aug 20:24

A Gorgeous CELLO cover of Chariots of Fire by 2CELLOS [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

A fantastic Cello cover of Chariots of Fire, originally by Vangelis, by the duo from 2CELLOS. Enjoy!

[2Cellos]

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