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Tidbits #20

The economy has changed. Education hasn’t. Still Student Debis rising across the industrialized world. And in the US it now tops $1.64 trillion—8% of the country’s GDP. The Brookings Institution, 40% of borrowers will default on their student loans in the future, defined as not making a payment for more than a year.

It is urgent to compare two Info-graphic covering the entire world: comparing the Corona pandemic victims and the traffic accidents after the onset of the pandemics, including the handicapped traffic accidents

In ancient Rome, purple snail dye was worth its weight in silver. At L’Escargot Montorgueil in Paris, the cheapest snails are six for $15. And a snail facial will set you back $250 in Tokyo.  For example, the French consume each year 30 million kg of escargot

I suggest citizens need to keep a card in their wallets that confirm: “I, Adonis…, testify that if I am infected with one of the pulmonary Corona viruses, and if the medical teams are Not equipped with efficient masks and the hospital lacks respiratory machines… then I want to be euthanized and my body cremated” Wa haik. We are meant to die.

Funny. A conference on coronavirus is cancelled due to coronavirus. Virologists wanted to set a good example at the Nidovirus Symposium.

Soldiers in colonial power States, particularly in the USA, are subjected as cobays to all kinds of vaccines and medical treatments. I conjecture many US soldiers were vaccinated to kinds of Coronavirus types and dispatched to hundreds of military bases in all continents. The flaw  in the procedure is that the  “cured” Corona victims or vaccinated one can still contaminate others. and needs to be contained for another month.

In 1966, Nursing student Lupe Hernandez combines alcohol and gel to create a sanitary hand cleaner for when soap and water aren’t available.

Globally, 70% of the health and social workforce are women. Many of them are nurses and midwives.

Corona pandemics is the deepest revolution in this century: As fear subsides, the spirit of a new civilization will shine.

Chinese government apologized to the doctor’s family Li Wenliang .As he saw infections surge in December, Li Wenliang warned friends over social media, and was reprimanded. He later died from Covid-19.

In 1998, three researchers build the first quantum computer, a 2-qubit machine that only works for “a few nanoseconds.” In 2011, the D-Wave, arguably the first commercial quantum computer, goes on sale. In 2013, the University of Bristol in the UK puts a 2-qubit quantum computer online for anyone to use.

Quantum entanglement”? It means that intertwined particles are inextricably related to each other, so that you can’t change one without the other changing as well. Spooky action at a distance

The all-time freest spirit: Humanist Montaigne

The French essayist Michel Eyquem, known as Montaigne (1533-1592), died a century after the Americas were “discovered”:  He read and heard eye-witness accounts of what pains, suffering, and crimes against humanity the America Indians have been submitted to.

He wrote in his Essays (Book 3):

“Everyone labels barbarian behaviors, customs not of his own usage or habit observed in other tribes or new people.”  This is pretty relevant in all generations, in all ethnic people, and in all religions.  This is valid for the European, the Americans, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the German, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Russians, the Catholics, the Moslems… in every decade and century, all the way to our “modern time”.

Every colonial power imposed their own customs and system of beliefs on “barbarians” they invaded and then exploited to replenish empty crown treasuries.

Montaigne was the eldest of five boys and three girls and inherited the estate of Montaigne. In this 16th century, smack in Europe Renaissance and religious wars between the Protestants (Calvinists, Anabaptists, and Huguenots of France) and the Catholics of papal Rome, the French humanist Montaigne wrote:

”I try to get moving.  Life is movement of matters and bodies; it is an imperfect action of its essence and deregulated.  I work at serving life.  I brag to meticulously embracing the commodities of life and I find but wind.  But are we not partners of the wind?  The wind howls, is agitated, does not desire stability or solidity.  Vanity is the wisdom of the wind and mankind.”

In 1571, Montaigne decided to retreat from politics, the court, and social responsibilities but the isolation was short-lived:  In 1572, the regent of France, Catherine of Medici, fomented the religious massacre of St. Barthelemy against the Huguenots all over France.

Bordeaux in the Perigor province was the bastion of the Huguenots Protestants.  Catholic Paris clamped down on the Huguenots several times.  Montaigne wrote:

I am Christian in the same title as I am from Perigor.”

Montaigne didn’t give religious belief any weight surpassing the reality of existence and communication among people and daily trade.  King Henry IV, the contemporary and friend of Montaigne converted to Catholicism in order to be crowned King of France. Historians coined this phrase to Henry IV: “Paris is worth convertin.”, but it is not true that he said it

Montaigne tours Europe for a year in 1580.  He travelled in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy and had to cut his trip short as he was elected mayor of Bordeaux for two years.  Montaigne said in the introduction of his Essays:

I do not teach; I tell stories.”

What follows are a few quotations from Montaigne that demostrate his humanistic tendencies:

Mankind has no communication whatsoever with his entity

“Human eyes perceive things only through the forms of their knowledge

“I like my friend La Boetie (Montaigne’s colleague in the Bordeaux city parliament) because he is what he is; because I am what I am…”

“He may be as wise as he wishes to be; but finally, he is a man:  That he is more archaic, more miserable, and more of the void.”

Wise principles cannot impress upon our natural conditions

Note:  Leonor was the only daughter of nine who survived to beget Montaigne’s grandchild named Francoise de la Tour Montaigne in 1591, a year before he died.


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