The primary effects of spending 10 min on Twitter:
Significant increase of stress, tension and confusion.
The primary effects of spending 10 min doing Qigong:
Significant reduction of stress, tension and confusion.
"Three of the largest social networks have said they will join forces with fact-checkers, governments and researchers to try to come up with a new way of tackling misinformation."
#Comment: The great "firewall" of the west is becoming minimally more visible. How long until all of the world's (China, India, US, EU, etc) primary databases (Biometrics, Location, Finance, Transport, etc.) are merged?
Amazon launched its Amazon Pharmacy service on Tuesday, meaning it is now selling prescription medications in the US. Amazon said Prime members would get perks including two-day delivery and big discounts on generic and brand-name drugs. Prime members can get discounts of up to 80% on generic drugs and 40% on brand-name medications when paying without insurance, the company said. This is Amazon's latest push into healthcare.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc BRKa.N said on Monday it has begun investing in the stocks of four large drugmakers, betting on an industry that could benefit when the world begins emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Pharma giant Pfizer has now announced what they claim were spectacular results in initial human tests. They use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.
Signal or Noise? Who knows..
Daily coronavirus cases in the US are starting to look exactly like a dramatic tension map in traditional storytelling
Red Cross says the world has been hit by more than 100 climate change-related disasters since the WHO declared the pandemic.
Wealth transfer during the pandemic
“All the Buddhas of all the ages have been telling you a very simple fact: Be — don´t try to become. Within these two words, be and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.” - Osho
In April, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), members of which include Shell, Exxon, Total, DuPont and Dow, proposed investments in recycling in Kenya, provided that the recipient country accepts US plastic waste. Kenya would get about 500 million tonnes of plastic waste exports from the US per year.
Until January 2018, most of the world’s plastic waste was sent to China. Beijing decided that the environmental risks were not worth it and refused to continue. That led to plastic exports to Africa quadrupling in 2019.
But lack of infrastructure and rapid urbanisation mean Africa faces challenges just in managing its own solid waste. Researchers led by Jenna Jambeck have estimated that Africa’s total mismanaged plastic waste may more than double from 4.4 million metric tons in 2010 to 10.5 million metric tons in 2025.
Cultivating mushrooms produces a lot of waste. For every kilogram of mushrooms produced, about three kilograms of soil-like material containing straw, manure and peat is left behind. In the EU, this results in more than 3 billion kilograms of waste per year.
Are they even mushrooms? This was the question Rohhaan Gawde frequently encountered from people he introduced to oyster mushrooms in 2014. Rohhaan, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur, had just quit his job in the mushroom growing industry and started his own venture – The Mushroom Company. Six years later, Rohhaan is one of the biggest sellers of oyster and gourmet mushrooms in Mumbai, is expanding to other states, and earns Rs 4 Lakh a month.
The well-known South Korean Seon (Zen) monk and best-selling author, Venerable Haemin Sunim, 46, has stated that he will step back from public life after his appearance on a reality TV program led to a public outcry. The strongest criticism of Haemin came from Krocadile Choi, singer for a South Korean heavy metal band: “He is the greediest person that I’ve ever known,” said Choi.
“His meditation app requires in-app purchases. He is making money by ripping off those who are emotionally hurt with sugarcoated words that are far from supportive. All the content in the app is very low quality.” Haemin’s mobile app, Kokkiri, was launched in August 2019 and quickly gained more than 330,000 subscribers.
Hyon Gak, an American monk who lived and studied in South Korea for a number of years before returning to the United States, said of Haemin that “He is merely an actor . . . a parasite who will end up in hell for selling Buddha’s teachings for profits.”
"Running a casino to launder illegal cash is so 1940s."
Global criminal activities generate trillions of dollars in profits. Estimates range from $2 trillion to $11 trillion (about 2-12% of the global GDP), but nobody really knows, since crooks don’t report their incomes. It’s safe to say that counterfeiting, drug sales, gun running, human trafficking and even illegal trade in wildlife generate a massive mountain of cash.
Trouble is, all that cash isn’t really fungible. Illegal cash has to be laundered before it can be used, that is, its illicit origin has to be hidden. And for that you need an accountant.
The electromagnetic weapon, which cooks the human tissue of enemy troops, 'turned the mountain tops into a microwave oven' ... While the US has also developed microwave-style weapons, China’s alleged use of them may be the first against enemy troops anywhere in the world. Also envisioned for use in crowd control, the sensation was once described in a medical journal as equivalent to touching a hot lightbulb.