Atul Gawande is a man I watch. Try wiki for his probably fairly factual biography. Given what I've read by him, I am intrigued that he is now CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care as well as … Continue reading “Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande (books that matter to me)
Month: August 2018
How will we have enough food if humans can no longer gather the crops?
This problem won't be easy to solve. When the combination of air temperature and humidity are high enough, people will die when exposed to outside air for long enough. This is simply the math for human tolerance of heat. In this case, however, altho I definitely feel for these workers, this is the leading edge … Continue reading How will we have enough food if humans can no longer gather the crops?
Remember the Greater Fool theory? Miami a prime example
Every mania or unsupported rise in prices (so many examples in the stock market) relies on the Greater Fool Theory. The idea is that you will be able to get out of the market (whatever it is) by selling at the peak to someone else who doesn't know it's about to crash. But you're both … Continue reading Remember the Greater Fool theory? Miami a prime example
Miami likely to be the first US city to die because of climate change
My friend Paul Zuckerman was so eloquent about this: "It is ironic that many of the states that will be most impacted by global warming are the states that continue to elect people who deny it is happening." https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-29/miami-s-other-water-problem Miami Will Be Underwater Soon. Its Drinking Water Could Go First The city has another serious … Continue reading Miami likely to be the first US city to die because of climate change
If all US energy is subsidized (which is true), why not pick the best ones for our future?
Altho I have zero doubt that Rick Perry's honesty about all energy being subsidized is without thought or calculation, he is correct -- the government determines winners or losers in the energy field by directing funds their direction. Unfortunately, most partisan statements concentrate only on the subsidies being paid to alternative energy providers while ignoring … Continue reading If all US energy is subsidized (which is true), why not pick the best ones for our future?
Thank goodness the Honey Crisp apple is about to replace the Red Delicious
If you grew up long enough ago, you had two choices: glossy, shiny, crispy, tasteless Red Delicious apples and the all the other ones that never looked as good, but tasted so much better. Turns out there's a wonderful story there. One of my favorite podcasts, NPR's Money, has the explanation of how that's changed, … Continue reading Thank goodness the Honey Crisp apple is about to replace the Red Delicious
Helping banks protect seniors against fraud
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/business/banks-financial-fraud-seniors.html Helping Banks Flag Fraud Against Seniors Image Judith M. Shaw, the administrator of Maine’s Office of Securities, had an idea: Train bank employees to recognize suspicious activity, like sudden large transfers, in exchange for greater protection from legal liability for reporting it.CreditCreditGreta Rybus for The New York Times By Elizabeth Olson Aug. 18, 2018 Dawn … Continue reading Helping banks protect seniors against fraud
Latest from Bloomberg/Business Week about upcoming Apple product announcements
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-27/apple-to-embrace-iphone-x-design-with-new-colors-bigger-screens for video Apple to Embrace iPhone X Design With New Colors, Bigger Screens By Mark Gurman and Debby Wu August 27, 2018, 5:00 AM EDT Updated on August 27, 2018, 9:26 PM EDT Two high-end OLED models focus on speed and camera upgrades New iPad Pros, Apple Watches with larger screens also coming The world’s most valuable … Continue reading Latest from Bloomberg/Business Week about upcoming Apple product announcements
“The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz (books that matter to me)
The Paradox of Choice: How the Abundance of Choice Robs Us of Satisfaction by Barry Schwartz talks about how we make everyday decisions: how will we invest our 401(k) (if we're lucky enough to have one), how will we choose which car or house to buy, which jam will we buy from a display. Turns … Continue reading “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz (books that matter to me)
If you’d like a smile a day without fail
Follow Sandra Boynton on Facebook or any other platform on which she appears. She's a humorist and cartoonist. Take my word. Wonderful.
Banning plastic straws more complicated than it appears
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/25/plastic-straw-ban-california-people-with-disabilities 'People need them': the trouble with the movement to ban plastic straws In California and beyond, lawmakers are taking action for the environment. But advocates for people with disabilities say the bans create yet another hurdle to dining in public Vivian Ho Sat 25 Aug 2018 06.00 EDT The reporter Vivian Ho tests different straws for … Continue reading Banning plastic straws more complicated than it appears
20 Strange cat behaviors explained!
Will avoid posting cat or dog videos that just demonstrate what we already know -- mammals, particularly baby mammals, are often cute. But occasionally there are informative videos that you can, of course, always not watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yt3mMBmm3M