Robert’s Newsletter for August 25, 2019

Once a week I send out an email newsletter with a summary of the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that caught my attention as I try to make sense of the world.

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🧳 Adventure & Travel

» Suddenly, many are considering a visit to Greenland

» US travel to Canada highest since 2007 » Read More…

» Riding the Transcontinental » Nick Van Mead tells of his saddle-sore, self-supported cycle race from the Black Sea in Bulgaria to France’s Atlantic coast. Perhaps the toughest test of its kind » Read More…

» World’s toughest horse race was won by 70-year-old Idaho man named Bob

» Video » The American Wilderness Society’s Guide to Wilderness Survival » Pack light and stay positive » Watch…

» Profile of Portland, Oregen adventurer Colin O’Brady who last December after becoming the first person to traverse Antarctica alone, without the aid of mechanical propulsion, or resupplies » Read More…

» Video » Canadian Astronaut David Saint-Jacques explains how a spacesuit works » Watch…

» Canada announced it’s newest national park — Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. Working together with First Nations, Canada is protecting 14,000 square kilometres of wilderness. I can’t wait to visit » Read More…

 

☀️ Living Better

» To Be Happier, Focus on What’s Within Your Control » Read More…

» To put it simply, our children are not okay. Kids today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at the height of the Cold War. Turns out they many need more unstructured, unscheduled time to free play » Read More…

» Video » The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders » Watch…

» It’s Okay to Be Good and Not Great » Read More…

» A daily pill containing four medicines can cut the rate of heart attacks and strokes by a third. The polypill contains blood-thinning aspirin, a cholesterol-lowering statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. Read More…

» Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Artificial Sweeteners » Read More…

» Should suicide prevention have it’s own 3 digit emergency phone number? » Read More…

 

🌐 Environment

» Video » Plastic snow falling in the Arctic » Watch…

» The Amazon, the world’s largest rain forest is experiencing a record number of forest fires. These fires are compromising the Amazon’s capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the air we breath and produce 20% of Earth’s oxygen. Basically they are the Earth’s lungs and they are on fire. The world’s largest rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate, and deforestation linked to cattle ranching is likely to blame. It’s estimated there are 165,000 in the Amazon, half of which are within Brazil. Still, Brazil’s far-right president has accused environmental groups, without any evidence, of starting the fires » Foreign Policy » Read More… and More…

» Doing your part to help save the planet from ourselves » Cooling your house without air conditioning » Yes you can…

 

😎 Interesting and/or Cool

» The sign in this Newfoundland restaurant reads » “Free meal for the homeless every day from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.” » Read More… 👍🏼

» Video » Nigerian teens make viral sci-fi films with smartphones and green screens » Watch…

» You can see their videos here » Critics Company

» Mass murderers » “One common thread that connects many of them — other than access to powerful firearms — is a history of hating women, assaulting wives, girlfriends and female family members, or sharing misogynistic views online, researchers say.” Read More at the NY Times

 

💾 Tech

» Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are banned in China, but that has not stopped the Chinese government from using these platforms to spread disinformation and fake news in a coordinated effort to advance a differing narrative of the Hong Kong protests and to undermine their legitimacy. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have and continue to removed Chinese accounts intended to “sow political discord” in Hong Kong » Twitter Post » CNBC » Read More… » Video…

» YouTube banned and later restored hundreds of videos of robots fighting. The YouTube algorithm had removed them as they were displaying a “deliberate infliction of animal suffering or the forcing of animals to fight”. Clearly AI has a ways to go before we should allow them to rule » Read More…

 

🤓 Geeky & Nerdy

» Tuesday, August 20th was #NationalRadioDay. As a licences Amateur Radio operator–VE9CDN–and short-wave radio listener, I thought this story about the first commercial radio station in the USA, KDKA in Pittsburgh, which started broadcasting on November 2, 1920 and is still in operation today, was appropriately geeky enough to add to this week’s newsletter » Read More…

» A Topographic Map of the Moon » Link…

 

🔒 Privacy & Security

» The Beijing controlled police in Hong King are using AI and facial recognition technology at the peaceful protests  » Read More…

» Canon PowerShot DSLRs can be hacked and are vulnerable to ransomware » Read More…

» It’s not surprising to see Chinese cities dominate the list of the most-surveilled cities in the world » Read More…

» Why you shouldn’t share your phone number » Read More…

 

🏦 Business

» Dow plummets more than 600 points after Trump orders US manufacturers to leave China. Will he also now get his MAGA hats, Trump shirts and ties, etc. in the USA? More at CNBC…

 

📊 Numbers & Statistics

» Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of slowing. An estimated 1.7 Million. roughly 22 percent of the population, gathered on Sunday August 18, 2019 to show their solidarity against police actions and the ruling government. Many have already faced tear gas and rubber bullets. Torrential rain wasn’t going to stop this mass gathering. » Video…

» Aerial footage shows extent of Hong Kong protest from BBC News » Watch…

» Watch as protesters gather on Sunday August 18, 2019 in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, Causeway Bay for an anti-government protest » Video…

» This is how Chinese officials are framing the Hong Kong protests » Video…

» Top Patreon Creators » Link…

 

📰 News

» This is more than a little scary. White Supremacists in America Want a Nuclear Bomb and the White House is not doing much to stop them » Read More…

» The Swedish Security Service Säpo has issued a warning about a rising risk of extreme-right violence. It says that in western countries, including Sweden, there is a risk of attacks from people on the fringes of the white-power scene, who have been radicalized as more are exposed and inspired their views. More…

» The US military conducted its first test of a medium range cruise missile, which had been banned for three decades under a key treaty with Russia that the current occupant of the White House recently trashed. Tensions are rising » Read More…

» Australia’s military wants to install its technology in Antarctica even though the Antarctic Treaty explicitly forbids such activity » Read More…

» Spain has send a navy ship to round up around 80 asylum seekers stranded for more than two weeks on board a rescue vessel that Italy refuses to allow entry. Six nations have stated they would accept the migrants, however Italy has refused the boat to enter it’s ports for political reasons. The UN has publicly condemned Italy. A dozen migrants have thrown themselves into the sea in a desperate bid to reach dry land. Italy has closed its ports to migrants and refugees coming by sea from Libya. » Spain +100 points, Italy -1 gazillion points » Read More…

» Saudi Arabia wages war in Yemen with the assistance of the United Kingdom » Read More…

 

📖 Something I Just Learned

» Most of us will recognize the “%” punctuation as the Percent Sign, in other words, per 100. Did you know the “‰” punctuation means Per Mille Sign, or per 1000, and “‱” means Per Ten Thousand?

 

👽 Etc.

» Billions of ❤️, 😀, and 🙌🏼 are exchanged daily. More people use emojis than speak the English language. Here’s an exhaustive look at the shorthand images » 📖 More… 

» Video » Based on a 150-word poem, Negative Space is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase » Watch…

» Video » How to Make Sushi » Watch…

» You can buy a house for $1 in Italy, but it probably needs a bit of work » Read More…

» Everything you wanted to know, and more, or not, about the Florida Man » Read More…

» “One secret of the publishing industry is that most American books published before 1964 never extended their copyright, meaning they’re in the public domain today.” Here’s how you can download them free…

» The Hawk » Link…

 

🗒 Opinions

» What Happens in a Recession? » Some of the consequences are appealing » NYT Opinion

» It was hard to take seriously the rumours that the current occupant of the White House wanted to buy Greenland from Denmark. However, Greenland was never for sale and after Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen rejected the idea of selling Greenland to the United States, describing the idea as absurd, the bully in the White House seemed to have taken the remarks personally, had another public temper tantrum, called the PM “nasty”, and cancelled a planned official state visit to Denmark. Danish and Greenlandic politicians, quoted widely in the media, called the cancellation of the visit “disrespectful,” “absurd,” and “insulting” to Queen Margrethe who had extended the invitation to the chief bully of the United States. Then later in the week Trump criticized Denmark for not contributing more to NATO. “The chosen one,” as he has publicly called himself, possesses an especially uncanny knack of insulting and alienating what should be important friends and allies. Trump is a sad sad little man. This is very scary. More in this Video and this Video…

»Video » Just how dangerous and unhinged is this president? listen to what one noted psychologist has to say » Watch… This could get really ugly really fast.

» Meanwhile, former US president Barack Obama will visit Denmark for the second time in 12 months to give a talk in Aalborg at the end of September.

 

❝Quotable Quote❞

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.
~ Mark Jenkins

 


I hope you are well.
Keep Being Yourself!

​Santé,
Robert

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