Monday, October 02, 2017

Good Morning, America (or Hello, Goodbye)

Here's the News Roundup (ready).

  Roundup ready is a pesticide or herbicide, possibly made by Mansanto.
  They use it up in West Va where i just was.  Quite a trip.
  I hear UK parliament just banned Monsanto lobbyists from being in there---this may be similar to a 'lockout' done by companies who don't want union organizing in their shops. So, they are denying the right of lobbyists to work.  How are these lobbyists going to make a living, say 500G$ /year if they can't talk to someone else's representatives? Its their job. They  produce laws, and roundup ready produces crops.
   Saw some studies (one fairly recent one by a math biologist in the midwest ) that say either pesticides or global warming is leading to major losses in nutrients in crops.

  OJ got out of jail.  I was going to buy some OJ, but instead got some AJ, and apple cider. (I was at my relatives' place and couldnt sleep so i found some apple cider in frig and had some---decided to buy some after i got out of hospital. They took me there since i thought i might have broken my leg in West Va doing something very stupid---running across a rocky creek at night.  It turned out it was just something like a torn ligament, but it did mean i couldnt walk for almost 2 days. Still limping, and wonder if i always will like i always have.)
  Did OJ do it? or LAPD?

  NPR had a sotry on 'youth sports'. Its a multibillion dollar industry.  They interviewed some parents ---some said they were trying to decide whether it was a good idea to spend 10,000$/yr fo sports gear for their kids, or save that for college tuition. Of course the chance is they can get a free ride (scholarship) if the sports works out.
  I hated sports--a few 'bullying' incidents in elementary school  made me decide  to choose hiking instead. Also i get to see the country and didnt quite see the point of running up and down a field for 2 hours. But that may be like alot of math and music ---- i just dont get it.

   Probably that IQ issue. If you have an IQ (something you are born with, or not) then you know making say 30$Million playing a game is smart --- and you can 'give back'--sit on your knee so others can be free, to go to a casino in Reno (or Las Vegas).  Free at last, no money down. Promote science, by donating your brain so someone getting a PhD can study your CTE.

  Over at Sam Harris.com ('all  new' atheists in old bottles)  there is an amusing 'sh_tfest' about some news story about a judge in France deciding to dismiss rape charges against a 28 year old man involved with an 11 year old girl. Instead of a long term, he just gets 5 years or so for breaking another law. Most of the discussion was about whether this was a 'feminist' issue or an 'egalitarian' or 'human rights' one.

   I was wondering if i should donate to Peurto Rico. On NPR some biologists were down there checking out the 'wreckage' in the forests, and saw after 9 days there is new green stuff coming up.

  Someone writing on Alan Turing discussed some quote of his about consciousness and continuity.  I pointed them to a related discussion www.erikphoel.com   Everything is a limit theorem.


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