Saturday, June 23, 2018

A different advertising campaign

Domino's Pizza is giving twenty cities and towns $5,000 each to be used in fixing their streets. The asphalt patches must be emblazoned with Domino's logo and the phrase “Oh yes we did.” $100,000 seems like a small outlay which should get  a good response. 

How good is our healthcare system?

The Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, thinks it's the worst although the most expensive. 

The limited insurance coverage is one problem. The Fund has found, “The literature on insurance demonstrates that having insurance lowers mortality. It is equivalent to a public-health intervention.” About a tenth of our population was uninsured in 2016; that's not the case in Europe. The variety of insurance plans is another. Different insurance plans cover different treatments and procedures, forcing doctors to spend a lot of time coordinating with insurance companies to provide care. A third problem concerns primary care. We don't invest in things like home visiting, better housing, and subsidized healthy food, which could extend the work of doctors and do a lot to improve chronic disease outcomes.

Plastic kills birds in the ocean

Friday, June 22, 2018

Looking for an investment?

Magazine Covers of 2018

Not exactly a role model

The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, has been indicted for fraud and breach of trust. The charge - she instructed her staff to order about $100,000 worth of gourmet food and hired private caterers on 15 occasions — paid for by the state. This was done event though, according to Israeli law, Netanyahu is not allowed to order outside food when there is a cook on staff at the prime minister's official residence.

This is not her first encounter with the law. In 2016, a court ruled that she abused a former employee and had to pay him $42,000 in restitution

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Another problem with climate change

Rice, the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world, could lose much of its nutritional value.

Scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States have conducted field studies in Asia analyzing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins. They found that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. Research by others shows that rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries. About 600 million people — mostly in Southeast Asia — get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A strange Burger King ad

Burger King in Russia has apologized after offering women a reward of $47,000 and free Whopper burgers for life if they got pregnant with a World Cup player's baby. From the ad "Women who manage to get the best football genes will promote the Russian team's success for generations to come."

Trade war results?

The nose of an elephant

Is Texas a good sample?

Are these the words of our President or a hate-monger?

"Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!"

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in—and we’re stopping a lot of them—but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals."

The above quotes come from The Atlantic emphasis mine

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Females in charge..

..in the world of the spotted hyena. They live in sub-Saharan Africa and do the majority of the hunting, dictate the social structure, and raise cubs as single mothers. Even the highest-ranking male in the group is subservient to the most junior female. Perhaps because of female superiority, male spotted hyenas are comparatively diminutive, weighing about 12 percent less than females.

Spotted hyenas are quite interesting. They are fiercely loyal to their packs, cooperating in everything from child care to distributing shares of food. They hunt at least 50 percent of their meals and have no tolerance for waste, consuming even the hooves, bones, and teeth of prey.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Aah - for the old days



Courtesy of our Cape Cod correspondent

Another problem water spot -

- India. The Indian government has released a report that India is experiencing the worst water crisis in its history. Some 600 million Indians, about half the population, face high to extreme water scarcity conditions, with about 200,000 dying every year from inadequate access to safe water, according to the report. By 2030, it said, the country’s demand for water is likely to be twice the available supply. 

Ignoring whether or not the population is using their water sensibly and conservatively, the country faces rising annual temperatures and dwindling rain and snowfall. Last year was the country’s fourth hottest since record-keeping began in 1901, with rainfall down by nearly 6 percent from 2016, according to the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Sequoias at Yosemite



After three years of restoration, the Mariposa Grove, the home of about 500 mature giant sequoias, is open again. One of the trees, called the Grizzly Giant, is estimated to be 1,800 or so years old. The typical sequoia there measures nearly 100 feet in circumference, one-third of a football field’s length, and has bark more than one foot thick and high levels of tannins. 

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