Robert’s Newsletter for August 11, 2019

I try for once a week, but it’s more accurate to say that every so often I send out an email newsletter with notes from the week. It’s my view of what I saw and thought was interesting, 😮 as I try to make sense of what’s going on.

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🧳 Adventure & Travel

» Transcontinental Race: Germany’s Fiona Kolbinger becomes first female winner of endurance bike race, cycling more than 2,485 miles across Europe in just over 10 days » Read More…

» Brad Ryan, 38, a veterinarian at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, has been taking his 89-year-old grandmother on road trips for 3 years now. When Grandma Joy was 85 she told him she had never seen mountains or the ocean. Now they are on a mission to visit the 61 national parks in the USA » Instagram… & Read More…

» Video: Higher Ground, a tribute to Mount Blanc » Watch…

» Video: Hiking the Faroe Islands » Watch…

» It’s sad to read that violence, coca production, and drug trafficking have increased along Colombia’s Pacific coast » Read More…

» 80% of Americans want Congress to fund repairs required in the country’s national parks » Read More…

 

☀️ Living Better

» Boredom is highly underrated. Researchers and scholars argue that boredom is an important adaptive function and can be good for us » Read More…

» Here’s how to break out of the procrastination » Read More…

» Updated exercise guidelines » Link…

» Take a nap » Link…

 

👓 Interesting and/or Cool

» Amazing video by National Geographic of a Crack Splitting an Antarctic Ice Shelf in Two » Watch…

» Video » French inventor Franky Zapata has successfully crossed the English Channel from Sangatte, France to the Dover, England on a jet-powered hoverboard. The 22-mile trip took Zapata 20 minutes to complete » Watch…

» A Saskatchewan Air Ambulance took to the skies last weekend with the first all-female crew in the organization’s 73-year history. “One of the most common [responses] was ‘girl power,'” said Jen Rondeau, one of the paramedics. “And ‘good for females in male-dominated industries.’ That was important to us.” » Read More…

» Standard eBooks, carefully produced for the true book lover » Link…

» Millions of books are in the public domain. You can download them free » Read More…

 

💾 Tech

» The tiny, inexpensive, lightweight Raspberry Pi is thriving in some of the most dangerous and extreme environments, from the International Space Station, to Antarctica, in deserts, under water, atop mountains, inside volcanos, a nuclear disaster zone…   » Link…

» One job, many roles. The different skills needed to be a successful CTO » Read More…

 

🤓 Geeky & Nerdy

» Video » Dr. Tamitha Skov, Amateur Radio Call Sign: WX6SWW, posted a new 3-hour space weather mini-course » Watch…

 

🔒 Privacy & Security

» Some of the newest and most popular cars are at risk of being stolen in seconds by exploiting weaknesses in keyless entry systems » Read More…

» A remote-start app exposed thousands of cars to hackers » Read More…

» 6.2 million voter email addresses amassed by Democratic campaign organizers were left unsecured, unencrypted, for 9 years » Read More…

🔐 My Privacy Newsfeed » Private Domain

 

🏦 Business

» Decoy Effect » The trick that makes you overspend » Read More…

» Men aren’t shaving as much. And it’s costing Gillette billions » Read More…

» U.S. restaurants are serving fake guacamole due to soaring avocado prices » Read More…

 

📊 Numbers & Statistics

» Annual cost in the US of lost productivity due to sleepiness is $63 billion

» 33% of Americans get less than six hours of sleep a night

» Norweigan oil fund » Link…

» July was the hottest month recorded » Read More…

» Toni Morrison passed away on August 5, 2019 in New York City. She was 88. She published 11 novels, co-authored 5 children’s books with her son, Slade. In 1993 she became the 1st black woman to win the Nobel Prize » Read More…

» We all love meetings, right? Of the 11 million meetings held daily in the USA, only 50% are considered productive. This piece recommends meetings begin and end on time, and if you limit them to a short amount of time to get a stated goal completed, the overall meeting will be more productive » Read More…

 

📰 News

» The subscription model isn’t working for media companies. Customers are spending less time and money on news » Read More…

 

👽 Etc.

» Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, 19, wins the Canadian Open tennis tournament, the first Canadian to win in 50 years after her opponent Serena Williams was forced to retire from the match early in the first set due to injury » Watch…

» US Dept. of Transportation rules airlines must allow miniature horses to fly as service animals » Read More…

» It’s not surprising that a study has found that someone who cheats on their spouse in their marriage is significantly more likely to engage in misconduct at work as well. It comes down to personal ethics and a person’s values, doesn’t it » Read More…

» The melting arctic heats up the question of who governs the Northwest Passage. The USA rejects Canada’s claim that the Northwest Passage is an internal waterway and subject to Canadian jurisdiction. Just look at any map and you’ll see the majority of the Passage traverses around Canadian islands and land mass » Read More Here… & Here

  • Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated the defence alliance is carefully monitoring China’s increased presence in the Arctic » Read More…

» North Korea’s new stamp features Kim Jong Un shaking hands the 45th U.S. President, another wannabe dictator. Who doesn’t want their face on a stamp. I predict Trump will request a stamp with his likeness on it. He’ll stop at nothing in his attempt to become popular »  👹 Link…

 

🗒 Opinions

» America’s mass shootings are a political choice » Link…

» Americans are much more likely to be gunned down in a public place than residents of any other country in the world. And it’s a choice every American makes when they vote, or don’t. They could elect people who would limit access to military weapons, for example. But they don’t.

Increasingly, these targeted mass killings are linked to the white supremacist/white nationalist rhetoric openly promoted by the president and the Republican party.

This photo pretty much says it all » Trump is accompanied by his wife Melania at a hospital in El Paso. She is holding an orphaned baby boy whose parents were among the 22 people gunned down a few days prior. In the photo, both are grinning. Trump is offering a thumbs-up. Seemingly unaware of how poorly thought out, and deeply unpopular this would appear to be, or they simply don’t care, Melania posted the photo to her official Twitter account.

More about this photo in The Atlantic, CNN

 

❝Quote❞

» “We die. That may be the meaning of life,” she said in her Nobel lecture. “But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” – Toni Morrison


I hope you are well.
Keep Being Yourself!

​Santé,
Robert

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