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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

America is afflicted with a deleterious disease: Loneliness

What are they? Over time, I've grown to believe that the root cause of all these maladies lies in a simple word: loneliness.

via theweek.com

America. Trump. Problems! Crisis! Dislocation, poverty, bad stuff, personal stuff. Loneliness. French stuff. De Tocqueville. No De Tocqueville quote though. Civil society stuff. Boy Scouts! Baseball! Lodges! Lodges? Lodges! Bowling Alone. Putnam. NSF study. Distrust. Anger. Anger! Lonely white working class people. On drugs! No, not on drugs. African-Americans. Church! Substance abuse. Depression. African-Americans. Lonely people support Trump. Mormons don't support Trump. Mormons aren't lonely. Grievance. Anger. Fear. Fear of other! Church. Russia. Common sense. Shouting. Republicans. No one listens.

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The global network has become dangerously unstable - The Boston Globe

Far from spreading truth and love, the network excels at disseminating lies and hate, because those are the things we nasty, fallen human beings like to click on. If Zuckerberg seriously intends to turn Facebook into the vanguard of liberal world government, then he is on a fast track to joining George Soros at the top of Steve Bannon’s Most Hated list.

via www.bostonglobe.com

This is by Niall Ferguson. I'm not sure it's any good. You'd have to do some detailed study to show that the, uh, world, I guess he's saying, is an "unstable network." I don't see any evidence of detailed study.

I own some of his books; this makes me wonder if they're worth reading. Still, I suppose he got his $5-10K for writing this.

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Venezuela Is a Ticking Time Bomb | RealClearWorld

Over the last two decades, the now-deceased Hugo Chavez and his handpicked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, have wreaked havoc in Venezuela. Socialist economic policies and government corruption have destroyed a once-thriving economy sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves.

via www.realclearworld.com

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The Mystery of the Ukraine Peace Plan - The Atlantic

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that two associates of President Donald Trump, including Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, presented a sealed envelope to then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn containing a secret peace plan to resolve the three-year conflict in Ukraine. The plan, according to the report, would have Russian forces pull out of eastern Ukraine, and have Ukraine conduct a referendum on whether Crimea would be leased to Russia for 50 or 100 years. It also outlined a way to lift sanctions on Russia.

The reported plan raised hackles in Kiev, and not just because it would, in one form or another, recognize Crimea as part of Russia. “It’s nonsense,” Ukrainian parliament (Rada) member and former investigative journalist Mustafa Nayyem told me on Monday. “I don’t think anyone here in Ukraine would accept such a plan. It’s the banal bargaining over territory, and the time for that has passed.”

via www.theatlantic.com

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Heat Wave Breaks Records in Australia : Natural Hazards

Heat waves are not unusual in Australia. A subtropical belt of high pressure that flows over the continent regularly delivers pulses of hot, dry air to the surface in the summer. Yet even by Australian standards, the intense heat wave of February 2017 has been remarkable.

via earthobservatory.nasa.gov

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DHS Outlines Crackdown on Illegal Immigration - NBC News

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday began rolling out President Trump's plans for a wider crackdown on people coming into the United States illegally.

The moves, outlined in a pair of memos signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, include an end to the policy of releasing people caught at the borders pending deportation hearings, hiring thousands more federal agents, sending more judges and officers to deal with asylum claims, enlisting more help from local police and speeding up removal proceedings for a larger number of people who are in the country illegally.

via www.nbcnews.com

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Exposure to junk food causing obesity in Siberian tribes | Daily Mail Online

A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything. 

via www.dailymail.co.uk

Rammen noodles are surprisingly slurpilicious.

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Fat-shaming columnist gets booted from Fergus Falls newspaper - StarTribune.com

"Last Friday, his column was about sitting next to a larger person on an airplane," the board wrote. "In the column, he called the person 'fat' and went on to describe a lack of sympathy for the man's weight issue.

via www.startribune.com

Two-thirds of Americans are over-weight, very over-weight, or very, very over-weight. Which reminds me, You’re so fat, if you got your shoes shined, you’d have to take their word for it.

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Russia to rely increasingly on non-nuclear deterrent

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will continue to see the development of its nuclear forces as a top priority, but the military will rely increasingly on conventional weapons to deter any aggression, the Russian Defense Minister said Tuesday.

via hosted.ap.org

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Dozens fired after skipping work to participate in 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests

Across the U.S. employers fired hundreds of protesters who skipped work to participate in rallies.

via www.cnbc.com

And the day after that without jobs.

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