Robert’s Newsletter for September 1, 2019

Once a week I send out a curated list 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

» Video » The always entertaining Alex Honnold, probably the greatest solo climber of all time, answers rock climbing questions » Watch…

» China has arrested a Chinese-born Australian writer Yang Hengjun in January and have now charged him for espionage, a crime that is punishable by death. Australia’s foreign minister called the allegations groundless » Read More at Sydney Morning Herald…

» It’s  no longer safe to travel to China. The Chinese are arbitrarily arresting citizens of other countries (the Chinese government is currently holding at least two Canadians) and charging them with no evidence, facts, or legal basis. Their conviction rate in China is over 99%.

» Video » Disturbing images of Hong Kong police beating unarmed protesters with their batons during a violent confrontation at the Prince Edward metro station » Warning » Disturbing images…

» The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that tourism enjoys continued growth » Read the press release…

 

☀️ Living Better

» Video » The lifespan gap between rich and poor people in the USA can be as much as 30 years as demonstrated by two Chicago neighbourhoods less than 10 mies apart. A major factor in shorter lifespans is increased stress that is synonymous with lower incomes » Watch…

» New research concludes that when times are good, when people are happy, they spend as much time with friends. They would rather venture out and spend time with strangers.

» Video » Eggs produced in the USA are banned in Europe & vice versa » Watch…

» Video » An increasing number of respiratory illnesses have been linked to e-cigarettes. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is asking American vape-users to watch for symptoms such as coughing, chest pain, or shortness of breath » Watch…

 

🌐 Environment

» Because he’s already doing such a fine job on his own protecting the lungs of the world, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has refused 20 million euro (US$22m) in financial aid from the G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA –  to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest, claiming these countries are trying to gain access to Brazil’s natural resources. Again, deforestation-linked fires are burning at a record rate in the Amazon, Bolsonaro turned down the offer of $22 million to help tackle them. Bolsonaro accused French President Emmanuel Macron. of treating Brazil like a colony and personally insulting him. Under enormous international pressure, Bolsonaro recanted and accepted the funds, subject to certain conditions. The Amazon sprawls for millions of square miles across nine different countries. » More from the BBC…

» Background » The Amazon in South America is the largest, most diverse tropical rainforest on Earth, covering an area of 5.5 million square kilometres (2.1 million sq mi) » BBC

»Meanwhile, more fires are burning in Angola and Congo than in the Amazon rainforest » From Bloomberg

» Listen » Jake Spring, a Reuters correspondent based in Brazil, has reported on the raging forest fires in the Amazon basin from up close » From the CBC

» Video » Canada is sending water bombers and $15 million to help fight Amazon fires » From CNN…

» The Amazon is burning because of human activity

» Great Barrier Reef outlook is very poor » From the BBC…

 

😎 Interesting and/or Cool

» The reckless man-child occupying the White House has suggested nuking hurricanes. Why don’t destroy tropical cyclones by nuking them? Because science…

» María Lorena Ramírez, a Tarahumara woman, won the 50-kilometer UltraTrail Cerro Rojo ultramarathon wearing sandals. Ramírez won “without a hydration vest, special running shoes, Lycra or compression sleeves… Without any of the gadgets used by runners today. Without publishing her kilometers run on Nike or uploading her achievements on Facebook, out of sheer necessity she won.” Read More…

» You Tube Decade » The most popular videos posted to YouTube 10 years ago » Watch…

 

💾 Tech

» Not Food » KFC will soon start testing meatless fried chicken » Video and article from CNN…

» The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, got a taste of what it’s like to be hacked when a hacker compromised his Twitter account » More at TechCrunch…

» Video » iPhone Safari hack that has existed for a couple of years is revealed » Watch…

 

🔒 Privacy & Security

» Dutch Data Protection Agency says Windows 10 still violates privacy » More Here…

» Video » How to truly browse the Internet anonymously » Watch…

 

🏦 Business

» Most Canadians are now better off than most Americans » Bloomberg…

» Google doesn’t want employees debating politics while at work » More…

 

📊 Numbers & Statistics

» “Researchers calculated that the founders’ average age was 42. And for the founders of the 0.1 percent fastest-growing firms, the average age was 45.” Read More at the NY Times…

 

📰 News

» Are Colombia’s FARC guerrillas returning to war? » More at the NY Times…

» Look at what they do and not what they say » UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, at the same time, said he wants a deal with the European Union and has recklessly prorogued Parliament for 5 of the remaining 9 weeks before Britain is scheduled to crash out of the EU on Halloween. Described as a ‘coup’ and a ‘constitutional outrage’, the length of the self-imposed prorogation is significantly longer than normal two or three weeks. Time is of the essence, yet BoJo claims there will be plenty of it to debate the issues and find a solution to leaving the EU when they return. He is attempting to pressure MP’s and the EU to come up with a Brexit solution, but he’s also playing a dangerous game of chicken with the future of the UK. Are these are end game tactics to force Parliamentarians to go along with the PM’s whims. The move was announced while British MPs were on their usual summer vacation. This move has increased the risk of crashing out of the EU on October 31 without a deal, what most economists fear is the worst option. The most optimistic hope BoJo has a trick up his sleeve and not simply the fool he now appears to be. Two former British Prime Ministers, John Major and Gordon Brown, have condemned BoJo’s suspension of parliament. Next week promises to be filled with more drama as Parliamentarians return from their summer vacation for a few days before prorogation takes effect.

» Thousands protest against Boris Johnson’s parliament shutdown – The Guardian

» On September 1, world leaders gathered in Poland to mark the 80th anniversary of Germany‘s invasion of Poland that was the start of World War II. The US President cancelled his visit, sending the VP instead. Trump instead headed to his golf course. Deplorable.

 

👽 Etc.

» At dawn, on September 1st, 1939. the German Reich Nazis invaded Poland, starting World War II » This is the 80th anniversary, 50 to 80 million people lost their lives in that war. We must not forget them, we must not forget the lessons learned, or we will repeat the same mistakes » Video…

» Video » The Occupant of the White House is promoting his own Miami resort for the next G7 venue in an obvious attempt to profit from his presidency, as he has from the start 🥜 » Watch

» Video» Is he ok? I mean, really! » Watch

» China is recruiting American spies on LinkedIn » More…

 

🗒 Opinion

» Civil Unrest » People around the world are increasingly upset, organizing, gathering, and protesting against their own governments » 13th week in Hong Kong » London » Moscow » Indonesia » Kashmir

 

❝Quotable Quote❞

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
—Maya Angelou

 


I hope you are well.
Keep Being Yourself!

​Santé,
Robert

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