Robert’s Newsletter for August 18, 2019

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🧳 Adventure & Travel

» 50 US National Parks that don’t charge an entry fee » Read More…

» Bled, Slovenia – When you need a break from it all you might want to consider the birthplace of nature healing » Read More…

» Tourism Taxes for the worlds most popular destinations. The White House can show them how to slow down the economy or anything else by increasing taxes » Read More…

» British travellers may be subject to new rules and require new passports if Brexit happens » Read More…

» Czech Foreign Ministry reported record number of visa applications, 13% over last year, thus far » Read More…

 

☀️ Living Better

» Scientists announced an Ebola cure » Read More…

» Elephants and whales could give us the cure for cancer—unless we keep killing them » Read More…

» Video » The Wisdom of Pessimism – The less you expect, the happier you will be » Read More…

 

🌐 Environment

» This is not good » Scientists have even found microplastics all the way up in the Arctic » Read More… and More… and More…

» Greenland’s massive ice melt wasn’t supposed so happen until 2070 » Read More…

» Is the world population about to decrease? Much of the world is experiencing sudden contractions in birthrates or absolute population. This may spell bad news in economic terms: A shrinking population will consume less. However, this could be good news for the environment. “If humanity can get through the next 20 to 30 years without irreversibly damaging the ecosystem, the second half of the twenty-first century might be considerably brighter” » Read More…

» The End of the Beef Industry. Alt-beef burgers offer more protein and less fat. Fast food chains are now serving them. “Baby Boomers are going to stick with beef right up to the point where their dentures can’t take it any more. Gen Z will find the stuff as embarrassing as dad jeans” » Read More…

» The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea » Read More…

 

👓 Interesting and/or Cool

» The long and surprising history of Roller Derby » Read More…

» Video » Why are music festivals so expensive? Watch…

» Video » First drive of the all electric Porsche Taycan » Watch…

 

🤓 Geeky & Nerdy

» Why a NULL vanity license plate might not be such a bright idea after all » Read More…

 

🔒 Privacy & Security

» The Wall Street Journal reports employees at Capital One Financial Corp. expressed concerns about to the company’s cybersecurity prior to its data breach reported last month where the personal data of over 100 million people in Canada and the USA was compromised. A lack of staffing and software upgrades were noted as major concerns. Meanwhile a Capital One spokesperson said, “Safeguarding information is essential to our mission and to our role as a financial institution. We’ve invested heavily in cybersecurity and will continue to do so.” » Read More (pay wall)

» Facebook hired workers to listened to “private” Messenger conversations and then transcribe the voice recordings. The practice was stopped only a week ago » Read More…

» Microsoft updated its privacy policy and revealed that employees and contractors may listen to recordings gathered by Cortana devices and Skype. Read More…

» More than a million fingerprints and other sensitive data have been exposed online by a biometric security firm. You can change a password, but it’s much more painful to change your fingerprints. Suprema, a security company that doesn’t appear to take security seriously » Read More…

» Continuously updated privacy news at PrivateDomain.ca

 

🏦 Business

» The Waltons, the world’s richest family, increases their personal fortune at a rate of $4 million per hour.  That’s $96 million per day. $3.5 Billion a year. Meanwhile, their Walmart employees make $11 an hour, if that, and they are fighting to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour » Read More…

 

📊 Numbers & Statistics

» World stocks fall as recession fears grow. The main stock indexes suffered their worst day of 2019 on Wednesday. The spread between 2-year and 10-year US Treasury yields turned negative for the first time since 2007. The yield on 30-year Treasury bonds fell to 2.0139%, the lowest level ever. Dow Jones plunges 800 points (down 3%), the broader S&P 500 also dropped 3% (and is now more than 6% off its July peak). The TSX composite index closed down 305 points, for the largest single-day decrease since last October. Many are blaming the always turbulent occupant of the White House for the flaccid performance, pointing to his overly aggressive trade tax policies, being out of touch with what is really happening, and the uncertainty and fear he creates and thrives on daily. This is not going to end well » Read More and More…

» Video » Are we heading for a global recession? » BBC Newsnight

» Video » Does the inverted yield curve predict the next recession? » The Economist

 

📰 News

» OECD report states Canada’s Immigration System is a ‘Role Model’ “Canada’s system for recruiting skilled immigrants is elaborate, functions well and might hold lessons for other countries that want to use immigration to help fuel economic growth, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report released Tuesday.” » Read More at the WSJ

» Video » Greenland is not for sale, but the arrogant occupant of the White House wants to buy it » Watch…

 

👽 Etc.

» Dildo, the town in Newfoundland, is getting some love from late night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel » More?

» How narcissists, including a certain occupant of the White House, blame and accuse others for their own shortcomings » Find Out More…

» iPhones Are Hard To Use » Read More…

» The Texas Gun-Smuggling Ring that is arming the Mexican Cartels » Read More…

 

❝Quotable Quote”

» If things were simple, word would have got around.
~ Jacques Derrida


I hope you are well.
Keep Being Yourself!

​Santé,
Robert

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