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๐Ÿงณ Adventure and Travel

ยป The most breathtaking national parks around the world, according to National Geographic

ยป Not everyone is celebrating the tourism boom. Residents are question the economic benefits and ecologists point to environmental damage from overtourism. Read More…

ยป Video: Lonnie Bedwell doesn’t let his loss of sight stop him from leading a life of adventure. Watch…

ยป Video ยป Climber Mike Libecki, Loving Life Watch…

ยป Video ยป Crossing Northern Patagonia by Bike. Watch…

 

โ˜€๏ธ Living Better

ยป Being old is a state of mind. You can be old when you are 40, or still full of life well into your 90’s. Read More…

ยป Every female runner knows at least one male who will do most anything not to let her pass. More…

ยป Walking is healthy. But do we really need to walk 10,000 steps per day? Read More…

ยป Employee happiness and business success are linked (Paywall)

 

๐Ÿ‘“ Interesting and/or Cool (… you decide)

ยป 22-year-old Egan Bernal of Colombia won the Tour de France. He is the youngest winner in over 100 years. He is also the first Colombian and first Latin American Tour champion. Read More…

ยป Video ยป Tiny apartments in Tokyo. Tokyo is expensive, and for many, this is what they can afford. Watch…

ยป From mouthwash to cleaning detergents, dehydrated products might be the next big thing. Read More…

 

๐Ÿ“Š Numbers & Statistics

ยป An interesting look at where people in the UK are getting their news. It’s increasingly online. And they increasingly don’t trust what they read. Read More…

 

๐Ÿ’พ Tech

ยป 26% of Internet users are now blocking ads, and the figure is rising. Itโ€™s been called the biggest boycott in human history. Read More…

ยป BlackBerry co-founder Jim Balsillie says we should all be afraid of Google as “big tech” moves more towards surveillance and date-driven economy. Read More…

ยป Microsoft Word passes 1 billion installs on Google’s Play Store – paid and unpaid. The app is free to download and use, but some of the features don’t work unless you have an Office 365 subscription.ย  Read More…

For the true tech nerd ยปย Build a Raspberry Pi powered live train station sign for your desk Link…

 

๐Ÿฆ Business

ยป The Business of Sleep ยป Sleep is the most powerful performance enhancer known to man Read More…

 

๐Ÿ“ฐ News

ยป A record heat wave is melting Greenlandโ€™s ice. That’s bad news. โ€œThese are records we donโ€™t want to see broken.โ€ Read More…

ยป Dozens of San Francisco Chronicle reporters meeting members of the cityโ€™s growing homeless community. What they found was not pretty. Read More…

ยป Video ยป The Trump Administration has formally abandoned yet another treaty. This time the landmark nuclear arms treaty which President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed three decades ago. Watch…

ยป Saudi Arabia finally allows women over 21 to apply for a passport without a male guardian and travel independently,ย  but other restrictions remain. Welcome to the 20th century. Read More…

 

๐Ÿ—’ Opinion

ยป I was saddened last night, before I went to bed, to learn of another mass killing in the USA. This time at a Walmart in El Passo, Texas. The shooter took 20 lives before he was stopped. I wasn’t surprised to later learn that, yet again, this act of terror was perpetuated by an American born white supremacist who drove 9 hours towards the southern border, so he could target Mexicans who were known to shop at this store.

But the nightmare continued after I woke up this morning and learned of yet another mass killing, this one in Dayton, Ohio. This time, another nine innocent lives were taken prematurely, and yes, by yet another white, angry, American terrorist.

There’s a lot of hatred in the USA today. There’s a lot of angry white American men with guns who dislike anyone that doesn’t look like them. And government leaders, particularly those who call themselves conservatives, from the President on down, are failing America, are failing the idea of America, are failing Americans, as they continue to do very little, and mostly nothing, to stop these killings. The evidence is clear. Facts speak for themselves. Thoughts and prayers are not nearly enough! The situation is getting worst

It’s not hyperbole to state there is a gun violence epidemic in the USA today. Nearly 40,000 lives were taken by gun violence in America last year. America has more guns (393 million) than people (327 million). Ohio was their 250th mass killing this year. This year! There are still 5 months left in the year! Today, August 4th, is the 216th day of the year. So there’s been, on average, more than one mass killing a day this year so far. How fucken ridiculous is it to allow this to happen over and over and over again and do nothing to prevent it from happening again. To not even try. To refuse to even discuss it.

โ€œThis attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. โ€ฆ If we can get rid of enough people our own way of life can be more sustainable,โ€ wrote the 21-year-old white Texan terrorist in a manifesto he published hours before the committed the killings. These are also racist, hate-filled words and themes of the 45th U.S. President. And he makes no apology for them. Motivated by popularity, he claims people love it. This is the man that started his walk towards the presidency by calling Mexicans rapists and criminals.

Conservative politicians in the U.S.A. actively incite violence and fan the flames under those gun-toting hate-filled angry cracked heads. Consequently, most everyone in the USA today is living in fear. Americans fear going to Walmart, to the movie theatre, to the coffee shop, to food festivals, to a bar or nightclub, to a concert, to a church or synagogue, to college, to school. No one feels safe anymore.

To do nothing to stop these mass killings is to sanction them. It’s that simple. Those politicians who do nothing are complicit in the murders of each man, woman, and child that lost their lives to these terrorist attacks. Why are these politicians not taking any action except offering “thoughts and prayers”? There can be only one reason. This is exactly what they want.

 

“Quote”

ยป Yes, you can โ€” if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your life, and stop being aimless, stop letting your emotions override what your mind tells you, stop being hypocritical, self-centered, irritable. โ€” Marcus Aurelius


I hope you are well.
Keep Being Yourself!

โ€‹Santรฉ,
Robert

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โ€‹ยป The only thing I know is that I know nothing. โ€• Socrates