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Monday, August 17, 2020

While the big actor paydays right now are coming from film and series auction deals won by streaming services, hitting the bottle has become a pretty good way for stars to supplement their incomes. Ryan Reynolds is at the center of a deal today where Diageo acquired Aviation American Gin. The deal is an estimated $610 million depending on sales, with a $335 million upfront payment.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power in Iowa and Illinois, and some roads are still impassable, after a powerful windstorm wreaked havoc in the Midwest on Monday. read more

Terry Kielisch was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay $54,960 in restitution to cover the repair costs on a Georgia State Patrol helicopter that was searching for fugitives when Kielisch aimed his rifle at it in 2019, prosecutors said in a news release. Kielisch wasn't a target in that search " but he reportedly told law enforcement "he fired at the helicopter because he didn't like it flying near his home," the release says.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a new wave of public approval for companies that have helped modernize and digitize the American household, according to a new Axios/Harris poll. read more

As presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden prepares to announce his vice presidential pick, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that a majority of Democrats believe that Biden should tap a Black woman to join him on the ticket in November.


It was interesting listening to McMaster last night on 60 Minutes. I think he has some good ideas but I don't know if seeking to NOT be divisive is one of his better ones. I agree with the fact we have to start reconciling in this country and our current political status does nothing but weaken us. I agree with most of what he said. He talked about this a little too.

But back to the topic. Some Truth's are hard to accept and others are for some reason easy to ignore.

- Yes CV-19 is preventable or at least could be greatly reduced. Americans are too narcissistic to care about others and can't unite to do the right thing. Some of us should be greatly embarrassed.
- Comparisons to the Flu are kind of ignorant. Do you compare the flu to Polio? Maybe we should be comparing this to Polio as it is a better comparison. I mean there were a lot of mild Polio cases too right? But who remembers Polio...
- Keep in mind the both Influenza A and B's rate of mutation is much more rapid than CV-19.
- CV-19 killed more people in Michigan by the end of April than the flu did since 2000...
- Then there are the unexplained excess deaths in this country since the outbreak. A month ago that was roughly another 200k - and there were no indicators that number was not going to continue to grow.
- But what the deniers don't talk about at all are the millions left with serious complications not to mention out right disabilities. Hell even the likes of LSU won't let their healthy young football players who have even the most mild cases come back to play without a cardiac work up.

Look it is easy to deny how serious this is, especially if you only get your news from one spigot. The thing is Most other "developed" nations are taking this FAR more seriously than the US. The only exception I know of is Sweden. And yes people are tired of it. I hope the experts are wrong bout this winter.

A Neurology of the Conservative-Liberal Dimension of Political Ideology
...What emerges from this highly variable literature is evidence for a normal right-sided "conservative-complex" involving structures sensitive to negativity bias, threat, disgust, and avoidance. This conservative-complex may be damaged with brain disease, sometimes leading to a pathological "liberal shift" or a reduced tendency to conservatism in political ideology. Although not deterministic, these findings recommend further research on politics and the brain.

A link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism has now been established by scientists (Actual Study here.
A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness"a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness.

With more and more studies like these, one has to wonder if "conservatives" and "religious fundamentalists" should be allowed to vote at all - they are cognitively impaired and being prayed upon by the likes of the Kochs, Trump, etc. Maybe that is a good approach to go after conservatives - abuse of the mentally infirm.

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