Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France’s Pyrenees Mountains : NPR

Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France’s Pyrenees Mountains : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/15/713561484/microplastic-found-even-in-the-air-in-frances-pyrenees-mountains

‘Our Planet,’ A Nature Documentary Where The Real Predator Is Human Impact : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/15/713585983/our-planet-nature-documentary-addresses-the-800-pound-gorilla-human-impact


“Forbidden Cities”

Why Rent Control Doesn’t Work (Ep. 373) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/rent-control/

The Return of Rent Control : Planet Money : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2019/03/05/700432258/the-return-of-rent-control

Oregon’s Experiment In Statewide Rent Control : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/30/708302378/oregons-experiment-in-statewide-rent-control


Inside The Panama & Paradise Papers : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2017/11/20/565497763/inside-the-panama-paradise-papers

Prosecutors File First U.S. Charges Stemming From 2016 Panama Papers Leak : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/06/673781386/prosecutors-file-first-u-s-charges-stemming-from-2016-panama-papers-leak

David Rothkopf on Twitter: “Something broke in America this week. We have been spiraling downward since Trump’s election, but this week, we crossed a line. The President and his men began asserting that they were above the law–and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them.” / Twitterhttps://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1116811681462616065

Wow, that is some Twitter-thread.

I think the system of checks and balances and power-sharing are under duress right now, strained. But, hope is not lost.

The Mueller report needs to be released in its entirity, unredacted if possible, leaked completely if necessary.

“A government of Laws, not of Men” I think is the saying. A lot of “Men” are confusing a “Man” with the importance of the Office in which he’s been entrusted on the behalf of We the People of the Republic.

Facts in context, revealing Truth. Use it as Light to burn away the Shadows of this “Game of Thrones”/”Merchants of Doubt” activity. Keep from collapsing into a corrupt, kleptocratic oligarchy.

American Businesses Stayed Quiet On Chinese Hackers, Amid Concerns For Profits : NPR

American Businesses Stayed Quiet On Chinese Hackers, Amid Concerns For Profits : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/12/711779130/as-china-hacked-u-s-businesses-turned-a-blind-eye

Understanding Pregnancy Basics Could Make Childbirth Safer : Shots – Health News : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/02/18/693635055/scientific-duo-gets-back-to-basics-to-make-childbirth-safer


Standards Needed For Editing Of Human Germline : Shots – Health News : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/12/13/675567314/gene-edited-babies-claim-is-wake-up-call-for-world-leading-scientists-say

Radiolab | Radiolab Presents: Gonads | WNYC Studios: https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/radiolab/projects/radiolab-presents-gonads

A Baby Born With 3 Parents’ DNA Looks Healthy So Far : Shots – Health News : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/08/523020895/a-baby-with-3-genetic-parents-seems-healthy-but-questions-remain

9 Months That Made You | PBS: https://www.pbs.org/show/9-months-made-you/

“Electoral College”

Amendment XII – The United States Constitution: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/amendments/amendment-xii

So, I was reading up on the 12th amendment to the Constitution, at the link above, both the text itself, and the articles about its effects.

Got me thinking about the Founders, and about the “Great Man” theory, and the “Best Men” notions [the twist on the “Great Man” theory that our Founders seem to have had, about “the best and brightest men of merit and character” being elected by We the People of the States and sent up to Federal level to represent and problem-solve and so on]; about how originally the thought seemed to be that the Electoral College would somehow forstall or negate formation or influence of political parties [it didn’t]; about how the person recieving the most Electoral votes would become President, and the “runner-up” would become Vice President, and that any political opposition they had against one another would be a kind of “check and balance”, part of the practice of government; how that didn’t work out so well, necessitating the 12th amendment making changes to the Electoral College and made it possible for political parties to put forth President/Vice President tickets.

Kinda no wonder then, how we’ve “boiled down” to a two-party political system [with a bunch of outlier lesser political parries that can’t get much if a foothold, and a nebulous number of “Independent” politicians that nevertheless have to ally themselves with either of the two big parties to have any influence], a “Duopoly” that encourages itself to become more and more polarizing. Worried that at some point, we might “flip” or “collapse” into some sort of one-party system.

Revisting: “America’s Hidden Duopoly” (Ep. 356) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/politics-industry/

I’m wanting to try “ranked choice voting” for electing persons to office, from local, to state, to federal. I keep hoping it would help for the emergence of a “three party plus Independents” system, enhance the principles of “checks and balances”, “power-sharing”, and “problem-solving compromise in the Public’s interest” I think the Founders were going for.

Would “ranked choice voting” require additional changes to the Electoral College system, or elimination of it? I mean, the existence of it and the way the country originally selected its President and Vice President almost seems like a proto-“ranked choice voting” experiment that needed refinement….?

Don’t know. I’m just a blue-collar tax-paying shlub. Would like to see something improve. And it seems like it’s time the “Grand Experiment” of the United States tried a couple more experiments, maybe using the Amendment system, to break out of its Duopoly gridlock, without collapsing into a single-party system…?

I mean, to me, it seems like the Founders recognized that people would always have certain fundamental differences of opinion and philosophy about how society would/could/should work, but the key was to accept they’d have those differences and instead work to recognize and solve common problems. Just reread The Preamble to the Constitution (the “mission statement”, as I like to think of it)…

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

… or that bit from the beginning of the Declaration of Independence…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

[Sidebar: “Happiness” and “Pleasure” aren’t exactly the same thing. Just pointing that out.]

Anyway, I think “ranked choice voting” POTUS, and maybe VPOTUS, might help.

Of course, I also wonder if we should make sure that persons elected to the offices of POTUS and VPOTUS can’t serve as the “head” or “defacto head” of any political party while they hold the office. Not saying they can’t declare themselves members of a political party. Or align themselves with one. Or raise money for one while in office (I’m flexible on that one).

But, it might be in the nation’s best interest if, while in office, they didn’t seem to *have to* both run their political party and the government. I mean, seems like the Founders really tried to avoid the influence-peddling and pissing-matches they saw in Britain’s political parties dominating their Parliament, right?

Our POTUS isn’t exactly a Prime Minister, nor a King. Just one of the “Best Men [or Women]” of several, having to work with others to get things done. Right?

How A Lawsuit Challenging Obamacare Could Affect People With Pre-Existing Conditions : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/28/707722585/how-a-lawsuit-challenging-obamacare-could-affect-people-with-pre-existing-condit

We Need A Clear Replacement To Obamacare, Sen. Braun Says : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/03/28/707529131/we-need-a-clear-replacement-to-obamacare-sen-braun-says

[OPINION: “Obamacare” was actually a good start toward healthcare reform, but it was only a start. The bullshit over repealing or repeal/replace is just worthless “duopoly politics”, and of Conservatives wanting to erase the Black President from history, unthinkingly, hatefully, a bit of banal evil. Healthcare has problems, so work the problems.]

The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted (Ep. 333) – Freakonomics Freakonomics [Healthcare, Medicine, and Medical Checklists] http://freakonomics.com/podcast/atul-gawande/

Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Ep. 268 Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-1-story-rebroadcast/

Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Ep. 269 Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-2-drug-trials-tribulations-rebroadcast/

Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis (Ep. 270 Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/bad-medicine-part-3-death-diagnosis-rebroadcast/

For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges : The Salt : NPR

For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges : The Salt : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/03/24/706004242/for-a-healthier-planet-eat-these-50-foods-campaign-urges

[Food and Long-Term Resource Management.]

Governor DeWine Makes Major H2Ohio Announcement at Impact Ohio Toledo Regional Conference – Impact Ohio: https://impactohio.org/governor-dewine-makes-major-h2ohio-announcement-at-impact-ohio-toledo-regional-conference/

U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods | Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-agriculture/us-farmers-face-devastation-following-midwest-floods-idUSKCN1R12J0

When Nazis Took Manhattan : Code Switch : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2019/02/20/695941323/when-nazis-took-manhattan

“A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN” | Season 2017 Episode 11/20/2017 | MetroFocus | PBS: https://www.pbs.org/video/night-garden-qh6mme/

This happened: Feb. 20, 1939.


First Draft 8.18: Charlottesville Rally and White Supremacy | BackStory with the American History Guyshttps://www.backstoryradio.org/shows/first-draft-8-18


History Behind the Headlines: White Stories of Black Lives | BackStory with the American History Guys: https://www.backstoryradio.org/blog/history-behind-the-headlines-white-stories-of-black-lives

China Isn’t Recycling Tons Of U.S. Plastic Trash Anymore : Goats and Soda : NPR

China Isn’t Recycling Tons Of U.S. Plastic Trash Anymore : Goats and Soda : NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/13/702501726/where-will-your-plastic-trash-go-now-that-china-doesnt-want-it

I don’t believe banning productiin of plastics gets us anywhere.

I do believe that having federal, state, and local laws requiring private companies, preferably manufacturers of plastics, create processes and create sustainable systems of infrastructure for breaking plastics back down into chemical resources for reuse in manufacturing is the way to go.

No more of companies saying it’s someone else’s problem or fault. No more shipping the plastic waste overseas to make it someone else’s problem.

My opinion, anyway.

celestial mechanics: definition from Dictionary.com: the branch of astronomy that deals with the application of the laws of dynamics and Newton’s law of gravitation to the motions of heavenly bodies https://www.dictionary.com/browse/celestial+mechanics

astronomy: definition from Dictionary.com: the science that deals with the material universe beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

Author Bob Berman On ‘Hazards To Life In Our Universe’ : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/24/697481379/author-bob-berman-on-hazards-to-life-in-our-universe

Israel Launches Spacecraft To The Moon : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/21/696694642/israel-set-to-launch-spacecraft-to-the-moon

How Do You Preserve History On The Moon? : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/21/696129505/how-do-you-preserve-history-on-the-moon

Trump Pushes Ahead With ‘Space Force’ Despite Hurdles : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/695930668/trump-pushes-ahead-with-space-force-despite-hurdles

‘Every Day Is A Good Day When You’re Floating’: Anne McClain Talks Life In Space : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/17/695536882/every-day-is-a-good-day-when-you-re-floating-anne-mcclain-talks-life-in-space

Opinion: Good Night Oppy, A Farewell To NASA’s Mars Rover : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/16/695293679/opinion-good-night-oppy-a-farewell-to-nasas-mars-rover

Matthew 5:5 – Wikipedia

Matthew 5:5 – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Interesting to read the interpretations.

Especially fascinated by the possibilty of “meek” referring to either “the powerless” or to “wielding power without harshness”. [Hinges on how to interpret the original greek word that was used in the scriptures.]

“With great power comes great responsibility”?

Even though “power corrupts”?

Those seeking power often do so ruthlessly, seeking “Greatness”. Whatever good intentions they have are dirtied, undercut by the evils small and large they do, or get others to do for them, either on thier way to getting power, or when they are exercising what power they’ve gained.

IMO, anyway.

Worth a re-listen:

Faith in Fantasy [& Sci-Fi][Excellent “round table” involving discussion of religion, morality, and ethics and visions of Humanity in sci-fi and fantasy fiction, discussed by a Christian Pastor, Jewish Rabbi, and a Muslim Imam. : https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/faith-in-fantasy.html

How Can This Possibly Be True? (Ep. 236) [The “I, Pencil” episode. Global supply chains, Globalism, Capitalism.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/i-pencil/

Two (Totally Opposite) Ways to Save the Planet (Ep. 346) [The “Environmental-Conservationist “Prophets” versus the Techno-Optimist “Wizards” episode.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/save-the-planet/

Is the Government More Entrepreneurial Than You Think? (Ep. 348) [The episode reminding us that government programs involving defense, energy/communication/transportation infrastructure, and funding scientific research/education have been hugely beneficial to the private sector and the public.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/mariana-mazzucato/

Yes, the American Economy Is in a Funk — But Not for the Reasons You Think (Ep. 240) [Good “thumbnails” covering the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd “Industrial Revolutions”, where we are now, where we might be headed.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/american-growth/

Why Is This Man Running for President? (Ep. 362) [Andrew Yang: a private sector entrepreneur I’d actually vote for if he ran for President.] – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/andrew-yang/

In Praise of Maintenance (Ep. 263 Rebroadcast) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/in-praise-of-maintenance-rebroadcast/

Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It? (Ep. 307) – Freakonomics Freakonomics: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/thinking-expensive-who-pay/


Green New Deal FINAL [a resolution, general guide] – Document Viewer : NPR: https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5729033-Green-New-Deal-FINAL

Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/08/692508990/despite-few-details-and-much-doubt-the-green-new-deal-generates-enthusiasm

U.N. Climate Report Offers Grim New Forecast : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/08/655360909/grim-forecast-from-u-n-on-global-climate-change

Midwest Farmers Will Bear The Brunt Of Climate Change, Federal Report Says | Here & Now: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/11/28/climate-change-midwest-farmers

As Rates Rise, Cleveland Water And Sewer Grapples With Affordability | News | ideastream: https://www.ideastream.org/news/as-rates-rise-cleveland-water-and-sewer-grapples-with-affordability

He Started Puberty When He Was 2 Years Old. Now, He’s Sharing His Experience | Here & Now

He Started Puberty When He Was 2 Years Old. Now, He’s Sharing His Experience | Here & Now: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/01/29/puberty-testotoxicosis-patrick-burleigh

Nothing weirder than reality.

Sidebar: the way the superhero genre plays with turning science into sci-fi, I wonder if such a real world “mutation” could be ret-conned onto an existing character? The two I’m thinking of specifically are Marvel characters Wolverine and Rage.

Just an interesting notion.

EDIT: Supplemental: Central precocious puberty – Genetics Home Reference – NIH: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/central-precocious-puberty

Forks Over Knives | The Documentary Film: https://www.forksoverknives.com/the-film/

Foods That Cure Disease [IMDb] Foods That Cure Disease:

Two very enlightening documentary movies. FOK is older but has the most science and relevant information. FTCD is some interviews with people involved in FOK and some updated information, but has a huge amount recipes.

Again, I’m still a “carnivore” and the wife is a “Vegetarian-trying-to-go-Vegan”.

Although I still consume some cheese and butter, I’ve severely reduced my cow’s milk intake, reduced my dairy intake overall. Along with getting more fiber and nutrient in my diet via plants, I’ve felt healthier.

Still got work to do. Need to stay away from the snack machine at work. Apple for lunch has been a good thing, but probably not when paired with cheetos…

Have to say, switching to primarily unsweetened iced tea or water years ago, getting away ftom high-fructose corn syrup soda drinks has also helped a lot. Wish I vould stop with the diet soft drinks, but I’m not into coffee, and i need a caffeine kick every once in awhile.

Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says : NPR

Concern About Global Warming Among Americans Spikes, Report Says : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/22/687487496/concern-about-global-warming-among-americans-spikes-report-says

U.N. Climate Report Offers Grim New Forecast : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2018/10/08/655360909/grim-forecast-from-u-n-on-global-climate-change

NASA Satellite Uses Lasers To Help Scientists Understand How Quickly Polar Ice Is Melting | Here & Now: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/09/20/nasa-icesat-2-satellite-ice-melting

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans : NPR

Trump Unveils Ambitious Missile Defense Plans : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/17/686169529/trump-unveils-ambitious-missile-defense-plans

Hi. I’m a lowly blue-collar tax-paying voter and self-identified “Purple Republican”.

I didn’t vote for Trump and never will.

I disagree with much of his shenanigans.

Do agree with: Space Force and Missile Defense. Pushes innovavtions in STEM here at home. “Trickle-Down Economics” has always been a hoax proliferated by wannabe-oligarchs, but human civilization has always benefited from “trickle-down effects” of STEM breakthroughs into business.

(Sidebar: fear of automation is overblown. We need it. Automation is a system of tools. Tools have no use without us.)

Block-Chain Markets & Environmental Solutions (??)

A Small Plastic Package Is A Big Culprit Of The Waste Filling Oceans : NPR: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/15/685252092/a-small-plastic-package-is-a-big-culprit-of-the-waste-filling-oceans


So where did all this plastic come from? Well, let’s go back to the 1940s. …. Plastic for consumers was growing in popularity. Manufacturers raced to find ways to fashion it into things people would buy. Plastic was lightweight, inexpensive, flexible. …. But much of it could not be recycled, and people in the industry knew that. At the first National Conference on Packaging Waste held in San Francisco in 1969, some executives wondered, where is all this plastic going to end up? One marketing consultant said that wasn’t their problem. Difficulties with plastic waste, quote, “are not the responsibility of those who produce materials, fabricate packages or package goods” – unquote. Rather, he said, it’s the consumer’s responsibility. So manufacturers just urged people not to litter and kept pumping out new kinds of plastic with yet more uses.


Personal blue-collar tax-paying voter opinions:

Was thinking about plastic waste. Was thinking about how amazing it is, modern technologies and manufacturing, how we can make all this.

Was thinking about how — in business thinking throughout Human History — “makers” and “job-creators” want to make and sell, and the responsibility of the waste or pollution produced is someone else’s problem. It has to be, in order to be profitable in the market.

Was thinking about some of the Freakonomics Radio episodes I like re-listening to.

The “environmentalist prophets versus the techno-wizards” is a favorite.

The recent one with Andrew Yang is another.

I don’t like BitCoin or other “crypto-currencies”, as they aren’t backed by the “full faith and credit” of We the People, or any People. Love the security possibilities of Block Chain, though.

And Andrew Yang’s twist of combining a crypto-currency with the “checks and balances”/power-sharing/”full faith and credit” of the goverment backing of a “time bank digital credit system”.

The Market ™ is usually only concerned with The Dollar and the profits it needs.

Human Civilization has more needs to fulfill, stuff the profit-seeking markets find no value in, but which need to be managed nonetheless.

Yang’s “time bank digital credits” tjing is one “currency system” that could help. Emphasis is on person-to-person, community-level needs.

Running parallel to that, maybe at the “state and national needs” level, another crypto-currency system could be set up? For companies and institutions? More robust than “simply” a carbon-credits system? One to set up a parallel economy to help not “simply” recycle, but to “unmake” that which was made, turning waste back into useable resources?

Worth thinking about? Worth experimenting with? Carefully?

We, the U.S. of A., pride ourselves on dynamic innovation. The States are supposedly Laboratories of Freedom and Innovation. Our Pioneering Spirit and sense of competition took us to the moon once.

Have we become so “conservative” that we can’t experiment anymore?

Seems like civilizations die, resting too comfortably on their laurels…..