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Tidbits #39

Your odds to win at Bingo game boil down to the number of cards you’re playing divided by the total number of cards in play. If there are 100 cards in play, and you’re playing 5, your odds of winning are 5 in 100, or 1 in 20.

This is assuming 5 factors: 1) That no one is tampering with the balls, 2) none of the balls are damaged or dented, 3) the number picker is working correctly, 4) you’re perfectly eagle-eyed, and that 5) you’re not playing a progressive bingo game.

Printing money to satisfy growth of internal market is what Ben Franklin advised 3 centuries ago to help the colonies since they had the privilege of printing their own currency. When there is No growth anywhere, all that printing of worthless currencies (especially in colonial powers) to cover the expenses of Corona lockdown is the main factor that will hinder the resurgence of global trade.

Saudi Arabia earns $8.5 bn per year from pilgrims to Mecca, its second-biggest industry after oil (~$200 billion per year). (10 m x 12 m x 15 m): Dimensions of the Kaaba. 300 kg is the weight of the solid gold door on the Kaaba’s northeastern side, set 7 feet above the ground.

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Copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons sold in its first week than the combined launch sales of all previous games in the series. It’s made the Switch as hot a commodity as toilet paper.

The After Corona trade will mostly be bartering goods among the adjacent countries.

The Corona principle: Il faut attendre l’âge óu on prend conscience que le present est plus interessant que le future

China managed to increase exports amid this pandemic. Shipments increased 3.5% last month, compared to the year before, driven mostly by exports to other Asian countries. And a double-digit drop in imports: Accumulating inventory of more foreign currencies?

Reuters reports that US officials drafted detailed plans—called the “Artemis Accords—that allows businesses to own any resources they might extract in the Moon

For half of a decade, photographer Alison Turner traveled around the United States, visually documenting bingo halls in small towns across America. “Each location I encountered brought in a true sense of community, complete with their own unique set of personalities and characters. A place where emotions of despair and hope come hand and hand throughout the night,” Turner writes.

Mosquito salivate disinfectant where they sting: Not because they don’t want to infect us, but in order Not to be infected themselves

Mosquito sting between two pain receptors: Not because they don’t want to hurt us, but because they need extra seconds to flee before we react violently

“Framing the increased flow of people fleeing war and poverty as a ‘migrant crisis‘ misses the point. It assumes that it is the arrival of these people, rather than the situations they are trying to escape, that is the problem.”

La haine contre le Capitalisme est demeuré théorique: La haine fut détournée sur l’ étranger, l’ apostat, le maitre, l’esclave, le pere, la mere…

We’re more often than Not unknowingly limited in our observations and knowledge, and what we consider within the realm of possibility can change rapidly under the right circumstances.  Example, spotting a Black swan.

The observation of a black swan has 3 attributes: it is an outlier; it has extreme impact; and that, despite its outlier status, people will come up with explanations for its occurrence after the fact.

Ministry of Solitude and isolation? A State institution encouraging and facilitating the job of municipalities to open centers for elderly people to meet and offer them tasks they still have the capability to perform.

Covid-19 purpose? Previous economics were virtual (financial bubble): lots of “worthless” currencies transferred any which way.  The current economics will be base on relations of real production and tangible collaterals. This virtual economy financial bubble needs now to be deflated.

All monarchs in the “Arabic world” are stooges to the USA and colonial powers. As long as their “personal dignity” is saved, “faites comme chez-vous”. Fortunately, Trump wiped all that and trampled the Saudi King, again and again, but the illusions of “dignity” are still strong.

Le germe du capitalism fut révélé’ au début du 18eme siècle: “Que vos vices demeurent prive’, et que vos conduites and opinions en publique soient “vertueuses”, en accord avec la morale dominante.” (Silent Majority)

En Occident, il est moralement plus correct d’aller en guerre que de résoudre un problème par le bakchich dans les pays sous-développé’

 

Pretty late Mama, good evening.

A long time immigrant, bewildered how to erect a State in his country

A couple of poems that I wrote in Arabic in January 1991 and that I didn’t recall writing them in a letter to my parents.

Although I cannot claim that I was in love with my parents, I still recognized their dedication and care as they could master with their little education. I cannot recall, my brother, sister and I had any conversation with our parents. We were Not allowed to join visitors and share in the discussions.

Before 6 years of age, we were all shipped to a boarding school in Lebanon to save us from the deadly African diseases. They were strangers to us as they visited us one summer out of two.

Actually, I was the one who stayed with them till they passed away at very old ages, through mightily hard extended and debilitating illnesses.

Mother, late pretty mama, good evening.

I get furious when people just recall you as a chic woman

A great eye for fashion and designer fingers.

Mother, the cornerstone and guiding rod to father

In all his risky adventures, and later hopeless states of mind.

I know better,

You were afraid for me of people, of this harsh world

A world of no mercy.

Where to go and flee?

Mother, you freed me twice as I decided to immigrate.

Thank you.

I had far more hard days in foreign lands than relaxing ones.

I was one day away from joining the homeless, and feeling the cramps of hunger.

How I survived is the miracle.

The miracle of hundreds of people who felt pity on my conditions.

Free me once again mother.

I am Not complaining: I decided to liberate myself by my own volition

An immigrant who fled the civil war,

And bewildered how to erect a State in his country.

Twenty years out of his home country

In a welcoming country that refuses to be my second home.

A country that decided to liberate Kuwait and restitute it to its tribal Sheikhs.

Children born and Not recognized as citizens

So that oil money remain for its tribal Sheikhs and their descendent,

Their women and their colonial Masters.

Father, the good hearted husband

Who could never refuse to lend, even when he didn’t have any in his older years.

At the instigations of mother when they were in a well-to -do condition relative to the extended families.

But it is father who is remembered as the good Samaritan.

A father who helped generations of physicians, engineers, teachers

Who appreciated him for as long as their feathers grew into powerful wings.

Yes, father passed away, destitute and barely visited.

The same with mother who cried for being left isolated and ignored.

You will Not be ignored anymore.

Rest in peace.

Note: Julie https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/julia/

 

 

 


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