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A good time to die (October 16, 2008)

We know by now that decisions for resuming experiments on atomic explosions, in open air or underground, are bad news.  

We know that decisions to leave man out of the loop of programmed launching of guided ballistic missiles are wrong decisions.  

We are learning that the ozone layer is good and protects the living organisms from lethal doses of ultraviolet radiations; that the depletion of ozone over the Antarctic is very bad news.  

We recognize that the increased concentration of CO2 may be causing the “Greenhouse Effect”, melting the North Pole and increasing the Oceans water level.  (Methane increased emission from the poles from the melting of permafrost layer is extremely bad news)

We have this gut feeling that the deforestation of the virgin forests in the Equator is degrading the quality of air and increasing the numbers of tsunamis or cyclones or tidal waves or hurricanes.  

We blame those who still insist on residing around the targeted sea shores as if these cataclysms would disappear any time soon.  

We are less sure how the high tension pylons amidst towns alter the health of children. Active citizens must have learned the lesson to no longer wait for the results of funded research by multinationals and experiments when health and safety are of concern.

We know that our intelligence is intrinsically malignant, but the most malignant are those vicious, lengthy and recurring cycles of the decision processes to settle on remedial plans of actions.

We frequently don’t know the mechanisms to resolve what we initiated and much less these processes that takes decades to recognize the problems and reach agreements to act upon and persevere in our programs.  

Earth has mechanisms to stabilize harms done to it, but it requires man to leave it alone for hundreds and thousands of years.

Every time man creates a problem to earth’s quality and stability we have to wait for a valiant scientist to sound the alarm.  

Then we have to wait for this scientist to affiliate with a recognized international figure to give credit and weight for his discovery.  

Then we have to wait for the convinced scientists and professionals to sign up a manifest and present it to the UN so that the UN might receives a wake up call to take on its responsibilities in order to preserve human rights for clean air, clean potable water, clean environment and human rights for health and safety and security.  

Then we have to wait for one superpower to admit that what is happening is bad, that the level of tolerance, invariably set by unprofessional specialists in the field, is no longer acceptable.  

Then we have to wait for one superpower to unilaterally agree to distance itself from the pack of wolves and actively remediate.

Then we have to hear the complaints of economic infeasibility of regulations to remedial actions and

Then we have to set a period that lengthens to decades to start an effective program that agrees to everyone concerned.

Albert Schweitzer in his book of selected three calls to action “Peace or atomic war” describes the fundamental process that was initiated to put a halt on live atomic explosion experimentations.  

You discover that physicists and not medical specialists volunteer to set levels of tolerances to radioactive emissions.  

You hear Edward Teller, the “eminent” physicist and “father” of the hydrogen bomb say “We have got for our national security to keep testing for a harmless hydrogen bomb”; as if States at war intend not to inflict harms!  

The UN had to wait for 9235 scientists and headed by Linus Pauling to sign a manifest in January 1958 explaining the lethal harm to the next generations of radioactive emissions.  

Then the US Administration gradually stopped financing apologetics in Newspapers that the experiments constitute no tangible harms.

De Gaulle of France sank an entire atole in the Pacific to test His open nuclear bomb. The French operators (in shorts and naked chest) and the people in the adjacent islands were Not warned. Most of them died from Not natural causes.

16,000 US navy personnels on a destroyer were ordered to turn their faces into a direction and cover the faces. They were Not warned that a nuclear test is going to be experimented. The marines could see the bones of their comrades from the X-rays and many were blown off. 15,000 of them died, and Not from natural causes.

After the US, Britain and the Soviet Union were forced to agree on a moratorium to open air explosions they resumed their nuclear explosions in “controlled, secure, and safe” underground testing fields

I never stumbled on a manuscript describing the consequences for underground nuclear testing.  

Usually the consequences are of long term nature and time-line researches are too expensive to follow up.  

My gut feeling is that these underground testing are directly linked to the current drastic increase in large scale seism, volcano eruptions and tidal wave catastrophes.  

Earth may sustain one major destructive factor but it requires more than one main factor to destabilize earth and its environment.

Western colonial powers to dig into its “reserves” of sovereign funds

Implicit sovereign funds of centuries of looted wealth from their colonies

Covid-19 pandemics has forced the colonial powers to start printing currencies in order to cover for the “expenses” of focusing on their crumbling health institutions and lack of the necessary health human services.

They are printing money in the $ trillion, money Not covered my any incoming foreign currencies or export or expanding internal economy.

Fending off mass revolts of serious decrease in standard of living is the price for the creation of inflation at long period. 

A quick overview that condenses the main phases of western colonial powers wealth accumulation.

1) Slave trades:

After Constantinople fell in 1443 into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, all the slave routes from central and eastern Europe stopped. The Europeans colonial powers had to seek slaves from Africa, indirectly from Cairo, Tunisia, Algeria and directly by their own ships.

One third of the slaves died in the crossing of the African desert and as many in the crossing of the oceans.

All the universities and facilities and fancy buildings and institutions were the result of slave trading. And the symbols are falling and the universities are starting to redirect funds for the inclusion of “minorities” into their programs.

Actually, the American colonies revolted against England because the British Empire made it illegal to “import slaves”. Implicitly, England didn’t stop trading slaves but this law was a sword to harass the rich colons who were expanding their business and Not paying enough taxes.

2) First industrial revolution and child labor.

In order to export products to the colonies at exorbitant “added values”, the colonial powers in mainly England and France put children and women to work in sweatshop factories and in the mines.

Generations of youth were lost in shortened life expectancy, uneducated, and a life of miseries and indignities.

These generations were sacrificed simply because the people in the colonies were Not to learn any skills in production or transforming their raw materials into even semi-finished products.

3) Second industrial revolution and mass infrastructure and transport within their countries and in the colonies in order to quicken the exploitation of the raw materials in their colonies and fast transport of moving of their troops.

4) From 1950 to 1980, China experienced 30 years of internal instability, famine and inequities. Millions of Chinese barely survived the many dogmatic pronouncement of Mao that reduced this Nation into stagnation at all level: economically, financially, education, culture…

Millions starved, were dispatched into far away villages and camps, and forgotten there. China just lived in the memory of faked propaganda as the leading fair and equitable communist nation. The western colonial powers had a field day of Not encountering any serious economic competitor.

5) The fall of Berlin Wall and invasion of financial multinationals of world markets.

The US lead the way in concretizing the notion of “World Free Market” by forcing the acceptance of their financial multinationals in the economy and finance and production in the foreign countries.

Financial crisis followed crisis and many countries suffered the movements of faked and fictitious trillion of dollars circulating around the globe, with no fundamental coverage in Gold or real material production.

And what now?

China is in the forefront at all levels.

And still China is the leading country in sweatshop factories, displacing millions to countryside whenever a giga project is underway, and many millions are barely surviving.

Yes, still generation of Chinese are still being sacrificed in order to supply this God of Export, as many generations of the poorer classes in Europe and USA were sacrificed a centuries ago.

And what now?

China is back to re-creating the Silk Road, inland and by sea and is the second most powerful economic power, and by far the the leading creditor nation, if Not the only real creditor nation with $ trillions to spare and buy foreign bonds.

Fact is, almost all States are debtor States, even Japan is the second debt nation after the USA.

Only China and a few of Northern European States (Scandinavian States of Norway, Sweden, Danmark, Holland, Finland…) have “sovereign funds” to rely on in time of major financial crisis.

The colonial powers have to dig into its “reserves” of sovereign funds of centuries of looted wealth in order to fend off mass revolts of serious decrease in standard of living

Note: When all the US liabilities are accounted for, US national debt amount to $135 trillion, Not the official $26 trillion. In this Covid-19 pandemics, the US printed (balance sheet) over $10 trillion. Mind you that during the financial crisis  of 2007, US printed less than one trillion.

No country ever was paid on the principal for US bond purchases. Trump financial blackmail of Saudi Kingdom was of two kinds: Fresh money on useless weapon, and slashing a large portion of Saudi principal, thus reducing the interest to be redeemed.

A few “leaders” are Not about to take Covid-19 pandemics with a high level of seriousness

As COVID-19 surges in the US, are we all willing to take it seriously?: Opinion

We can control the path of this deadly, destructive virus.

In the United States we’ve learned that collective and individual action can slow the spread of COVID-19.

The progress seen in New York — which recently reported zero deaths on a given day — proves we can control the path of this deadly, destructive virus.

Despite these pockets of incremental progress, we’ve also learned that dealing with COVID-19 is a marathon, not a sprint, and that we, as a country,  are falling short of what’s needed to slow the spread of the virus and safely inch back to normal.

Initial shelter-in-place orders helped temporarily slow the spread, but upended our lives, closing schools and workplaces across the country.

Shelter-in-place allowed the health care system to prepare for a surge and was meant to buy precious time to develop and implement an effective contact tracing strategy as well as build a high-volume testing capacity that could have helped limit the virus’ spread.

Most of that, sadly, did not happen.

With the virus surging at ever-higher levels, we are on the brink of blanket restrictions that protect our health but also harm our economies and our psyches.

With nearly 140,000 people in this country dead from COVID-19, and potentially hundreds of thousands more suffering the long-term health impact of this still-baffling disease, can we all finally agree to make the investments needed for America to vigorously respond to this pandemic?

Build the public health infrastructure now

We have to develop a robust public health workforce that will allow us to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Other countries, including New Zealand and Taiwan that have beaten the virus or slowed its spread, already had the teams and infrastructure in place from their responses to past epidemic diseases.

In the U.S., decades of disinvestment created a frayed and disjointed infrastructure that didn’t stand a chance against COVID-19.

The cost to create the public health workforce of high-volume testers, contact tracers, support systems to enable isolation, coordinated lab facilities and vaccinators is unavoidably huge and dwarfed by the economic fallout of a prolonged pandemic that will occur if we do not invest in these solutions now.

Do the advance work

This critical infrastructure is needed right now to stop the spread.

And when a vaccine is developed, it will be needed even more to assist with distribution, administration and further containment.

We are already hearing rumblings about limitations of distributing a vaccine. Will there be enough glass vials to accommodate the billions of doses needed globally, or will they fall short the way testing swabs are today?

Additionally, an effective vaccine does Not guarantee eradication of COVID-19.

Research is now showing that antibody-based immunity may only last for a few months after recovery for some people, leaving victims potentially vulnerable to reinfection.

We must imagine that any vaccine could require periodic booster doses.

What would that look like in the U.S. for a population of 330 million people? We may need to create permanent COVID-19 centers where Americans can receive these frequent injections.

These are the types of issues we need to think about now, so we can get ahead of problems instead of continuing to play catch-up, with devastating consequences.

Communicate honestly

Perhaps the greatest travesty of this pandemic has been the mistrust and skepticism toward the scientific and public health communities sown through politicization and misinformation about the novel coronavirus.

The facts are simple: this disease does not discriminate based on political party, or whether you believe in it. Testing is essential to uncover cases and does not “create” new ones.

For the greater good, we must not only back down from the rhetoric, we have to redirect tremendous resources into communicating to the public the truth about the virus and the effective, proven steps everyone can take to reduce its spread.

Public health campaigns work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.8 million smokers attempted to quit smoking because of its nine-weeks long 2014 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign.

With the viral nature of today’s mass communication channels we can save lives if we can first undo the harm that misinformation has already caused and replace those messages with ones that will save lives.

Think about the power of the ALS ice bucket challenge. Now the message to get out is about wearing masks.

Physical distancing. Washing hands. Staying home if you’re ill. These steps are all slightly inconvenient but simple to execute and hugely effective — if we can convince people to do them.

We should not fool ourselves that COVID-19 may be the last pandemic in our lifetimes.

A functioning society, for the foreseeable future, will necessarily include the public health professionals who can identify, isolate and mitigate this virus and potentially others.

No level of normal will be possible without that vital change.

Dr. Jay Bhatt is a practicing internist, an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow, and an ABC News contributor.

Dr. Bechara Choucair is a physician and chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente. His book, “Precision Community Health: Four Innovations for Well-being,” was published in May.

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Did you breathe the Dawn?

What’s in the dawn?

Birds must be chirping.

Cool breeze must be biting.

Wet thyme must be tingling.

And I am smiling.

 

What’s in the dawn?

Is it raining?

Is it thundering?

Is it freezing?

I am sending a prayer

To the sick, the ill, the suffering from cold and hunger;

To the many at the end of their rope

Curtain drawn

 

What’s in the dawn?

I am breathing fresh life.

In a couple of hours nature dies:

The drama of the day begins

I can’t get used to that drama.

I want my dawn

Any day of the year.

Note: During this Covid-19 pandemics confinement I had to change many of my daily routine tasks and schedule. I started waking up early and take a one-hour morning walk at 5:30 am. I discovered that the chirping of birds can deafen me. It was like walking through a long tunnel, the singing of birds coming from every inch of the tunnel.

The were many periods in Lebanon that we could no longer hear birds, due to civil war, the frequent pre-emptive wars of Israel on Lebanon, or the extensive hunting of the Lebanese (just for fun).

I am glad that Corona showed me new discoveries and opportunity to change my life-style.

Have you been feeling bored? During this pandemics?

Note: Re-edit of “Bored. Boredom. An environment, you got to invent excitement September 18, 2015″

An environment, no matter how hard you look around,

Nothing is to be found to hang on to it,  for any hint of excitement.

Pain is more powerful than death

And boredom is next to pain in power.

 

Too hot to go for a walk.

No car to flee the premises of confinement

The idea of laying down and imagine a hot sexual encounter is too an old trick to sustain

The idea to figure out a day dreaming project is an old hat.

 

You already know that the Witch Wang will Not function

Alcoholic people are bored people.

A few addicted smokers need this break to figure out the next task

To reschedule a general plan for the long day.

 

Housewives keep dusting, vacuuming, rearranging…

Bored. Boredom

Zeh2en. Shi bi zahe2

Kind of feeling healthy with no pains

Any mild pain would do to focus your mind on

One constipation per week that would last a day and a night

A stomach ache once a month, the kind of gases, that no farting will do to alleviate the uneasiness.

 

This feeling that something is rotten inside.

Or the intestines is too dry to absorb extra gases

Just lay down and hope to sleep it off.

 

In downtown, many marches, demonstrations and sit-in.

By youth movements that have gotten fed up of a locked out future.

Treated like chattel by militia/mafia leaders who still control the political system.

 

Even hunger strikers whom the government had ignored for 10 days.

Joining the hunger strikers is a great idea.

Now I need a ride, but no one to volunteer.

Mother would not mind if I joined the hunger strikers,

On condition that I include quitting smoking.

 

7erak madani. 7erak shababi. 7erak for social changes.

Great events taking place, but nowhere to go.

7erak to vanquish boredom.

To imagine hope in the horizon.

To cling to any reform, before illusion sets in.

 

Bored. Boredom. A state when it dawns on you that life sucks.

Lucky the people who die early on.

Before they get convinced that life simply sucks.

Before they experience utter boredom.

 

Living with an elderly mother who would welcome a good storyteller

I know no stories and I’m a lousy story teller. No patience for stories.

No one visiting us to hope that mother will spend quality time.

 

The purpose of the very few who pay us a visit is to raise mother’s blood pressure

And increase her frustration and despair.

Waiting for the night fall so that mother go to bed.

 

The night is my free time and hope for good movies and documentaries to fill the time.

I refuse to get up before 9 am: the days are too long to suffer

I have been mulling a second life change

On another continent and far away from relatives

Never to return, or be in contact with any one I knew.

 

Does life provides a second chance for older people

To try a new life?

Note: This song was posted 5 years before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemics. In January, mother passed away, before the pandemic was revealed. Do you think that the feeling of boredom transformed since then?

A few chaotic glitches in sciences and philosophy?

Note: Re-edit of “Ironing out a few chaotic glitches; (Dec. 5, 2009)”

This Covid-19 pandemics has forced upon me to repost this old article.

Philosophers have been babbling for many thousand years whether the universe is chaotic or very structured so that rational and logical thinking can untangle its laws and comprehend nature’s behaviors and phenomena.

Plato wrote that the world is comprehensible.  The world looked like a structured work of art built on mathematical logical precision. Why?

Plato was fond of symmetry, geometry, numbers, and he was impressed by the ordered tonality of musical cord instruments.

Leibnitz in the 18th century explained “In what manner God created the universe it must be in the most regular and ordered structure”.

Leibnitz claimed that “God selected the simplest in hypotheses that generated the richest varieties of phenomena.

A strong impetus that the universe is comprehensible started with the “positivist philosophers and scientists” of the 20th century who were convinced that the laws of nature can be discovered by rational mind.

Einstein followed suit and wrote “God does not play dice.  To rationally comprehend a phenomenon we must reduce, by a logical process, the propositions (or axioms) to apparently known evidence that reason cannot touch.”

The pronouncement of Einstein “The eternally incomprehensible universe is its comprehensibility” can be interpreted in many ways.

The first interpretation is “what is most incomprehensible in the universe is that it can be comprehensible but we must refrain from revoking its sacral complexity and uncertainty”.

The second interpretation is “If we are still thinking that the universe is not comprehensible then may be it is so, as much as we want to think that we may understand it; thus, the universe will remain incomprehensible (and we should not prematurely declare the “end of science”).

The mathematician Hermann Weyl developed the notion: “The assertion that nature is regulated by strict laws is void, unless we affirm that it is related by simple mathematical laws.  The more we delve in the reduction process to the bare fundamental propositions the more facts are explained with exactitude.”

It is this philosophy of an ordered and symmetrical world that drove Mendeleyev to classifying the chemical elements; Murray Gell-Mann used “group theory” to predict the existence of quarks.

A few scientists went even further; they claimed that the universe evolved in such a way to permit the emergence of the rational thinking man.

Scientists enunciated many principles such as:

“The principle of least time” that Fermat used to deduce the laws of refraction and reflection of light;

Richard Feynman discoursed on the “principle of least actions”;

We have the “principle of least energy consumed”, the “principle of computational equivalence”, the “principle of entropy” or the level of uncertainty in a chaotic environment.

Stephen Hawking popularized the idea of the “Theory of Everything TOE” a theory based on a few simple and non redundant rules that govern the universe.

Stephen Wolfram thinks that the TOE can be found by a thorough systematic computer search: The universe complexity is finite and the most seemingly complex phenomena (for example cognitive functions) emerge from simple rules.

Before we offer the opposite view that universe is intrinsically chaotic let us define what is a theory.

Gregory Chaitin explained that “a theory is a computer program designed to account for observed facts by computation”.  (Warning to all mathematicians!  If you want your theory to be published by peer reviewers then you might have to attach an “elegant” or the shortest computer program in bits that describes your theory)

Kurt Gödel and Alain Turing demonstrated what is called “incompletude” in mathematics or the ultimate uncertainty of mathematical foundations.  There are innumerable “true” propositions or conjectures that can never be demonstrated.

For example, it is impossible to account for the results of elementary arithmetic such as addition or multiplication by the deductive processes of its basic axioms.  Thus, many more axioms and unresolved conjectures have to be added in order to explain correctly many mathematical results.

Turing demonstrated mathematically that there is no algorithm that can “know” if a program will ever stop or not.  The consequence in mathematics is this: No set of axioms will ever permit to deduce if a program will ever stop or not. Actually, there exist many numbers that cannot be computed.  There are mathematical facts that are logically irreducible and incomprehensive.

Quantum mechanics proclaimed that, on the micro level, the universe is chaotic: there is impossibility of simultaneously locating a particle, its direction, and determining its velocity.  We are computing probabilities of occurrences.

John von Neumann wrote: “Theoretical physics does not explain natural phenomena: it classifies phenomena and tries to link or relate the classes.”

Acquiring knowledge was intuitively understood as a tool to improving human dignity by increasing quality of life. Thus, erasing as many dangerous superstitions that bogged down spiritual and moral life of man.

Ironically, the trend captured a negative life of its own in the last century.  The subconscious goal for learning was  meant to frustrate fanatic religiosity that proclaimed that God is the sole creator and controller of our life, its quality, and its destiny.

With our gained power in knowledge we may thus destroy our survival by our own volition: We can commit earth suicide regardless of what God wishes.

So far, we have been extremely successful beyond all expectations.  We can destroy all living creatures and plants by activating a single H-Bomb or whether we act now or desist from finding resolution to the predicaments of climate changes.

I have impressions.

First, what the mathematicians and scientists are doing is not discovering the truth or the real processes but to condense complexity into simple propositions so that an individual may think that he is able to comprehend the complexities of the world.

Second, nature is complex; man is more complex; social interactions are far more complex.

No mathematical equations or simple laws will ever help an individual to comprehend the thousands of interactions among the thousands of variability.

Third, we need to focus on the rare events. It has been proven that the rare events (for example, occurrences at the tails of probability functions) are the most catastrophic simply because very few are the researchers interested in investigating them: scientists are cozy with those well structured behaviors that answer collective behaviors.

Fourth impression is that I am a genius without realizing it.  Unfortunately, Kurt Gödel is the prime killjoy; he would have mock me on the ground that he mathematically demonstrated that any sentence I write is a lie.  How would I dare write anything?

Tidbits #35

I say that people have plenty of time to grow stupid. As kids, they should Not be exposed to any religious teaching or beliefs. Especially, demand from them to participate, attend or share in religious activities and events.

John Cleese says political correctness has gone too far, especially on America’s college campuses. The very essence of his trade — comedy — is criticism and that not infrequently means hurt feelings. But protecting everyone from negative emotion all the time is not only impractical, but also improper in a free society.

Cleese, having worked with psychiatrist Robin Skynner, says there may even be something more sinister behind the insistence to be always be politically correct.

Trolls is supposed to “write provocative and offensive posts specifically to elicit reaction,” claimed a 2012 Guardian article that compared trolls to imps and their behavior to prank calls. Trolling in the 80’s was accepted as normal, if undesirable, even as evidence of its harmful effects—suicides and intense trauma—mounted.

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.

Softboy (Softboi) and its parallel, the softgirl trend is notable because it reflects Gen Z’s ease with the concept of gender fluidity, and the ways in which this generation is already challenging the traditional divides between masculinity and femininity.

Quel est mon avenir? Il reste le champ de l’âme et du rêve. Tu en occupe l’essentiel

Does the US sincerely believe that it can maintain eastern Syria under its control in order to prevent a land highway among Iran, Iraq and Syria? And prevent a gas pipeline crossing these States?

On September 16, 1920, a bomb planted on a red horse-drawn wagon exploded into the lunchtime crowd at Wall and Broad streets. This was just outside the House of Morgan (now known as J.P. Morgan), then the world’s most powerful financial institution. The force of the explosion, which killed 38 and wounded hundreds, was strong enough to lift people off the ground and fling the mangled horse halfway down the road.

USA country’s foreign-born population shrank 5% in March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemics, according to US Census Bureau data. It was the largest one-month decline since June 2001, and helped push the US foreign-born population down to 2017 levels. (Feeling the health systems in their original State is better run and more compassionate?)

Some of China’s early coronavirus patients are still testing positive and that’s happening to a growing number of people after they recovered from Covid-19. It might reflect testing issues, but if not, it could complicate global efforts to lift lockdown measures.

Tout ce petit bric-a brac que l’humanité laisse derrière elle, dans des greniers, des granges… Laisser sur ses rives, a force de couler, a force de mourir, traces de passages… de mille campements evanouis

Les hommes vantars, ne vous font grâce d’aucun detail de leurs prouesses viriles: ils ne vous dit pas ce que les femmes leurs ont fait manger, même des souliers en caoutchouc.

Large firms received $300 million in US taxpayer-backed loans. The Associated Press reports that some of them have thousands of employees and $100 million+ valuations, as well as past penalties. They’re using loans that were created, at least in theory, for small businesses.

Government officials worldwide are shoveling out more than $5 trillion to prevent their countries from dropping into an economic black hole. First the big companies got the initial government loans in secrecy and now the small companies are expected to get the next loan issuing. Except in Lebanon, Parliament of Nabih Berry refused a package help for the non-rich citizens.

EU financial packages: Some countries blocked firms registered in tax havens from receiving aid.

The conglomerate of cells that make up the immune system in Older people, over 65, degrade. There tend to be fewer of these cells, which translates to fewer forces available to fight off a new infection. When they do respond to a pathogen, they’re more prone to setting off inflammatory responses—which can dangerously overwhelm the body, and ultimately do more harm than the virus itself.

How German Nazism spread? From 1919 to 1921, les gens de droite assassinent un gauche tous les 2 jours. La Gauche un tous les 40 jours. La droite commit 345 meurtres contre 19. Tous les coupable de droite reçoivent en totale 31 ans de prison. La gauche 8 peine capitales et 211 ans de prison. Injustice leads to insecurity followed by dictatorship

Nadejda, second wife of Stalin, shot a bullet in her heart at the age of 32. Nadejda is a hero to Humanity, against all the Stalins and stupid Silent majorities that refrain from siding with what is right, fair and equitable

There is No danger for Trump to print worthless $ to satisfy US internal market for liquidity. The problem is forcing a high $ on the rest of the world. Once the US reserves is reduced to 2/3, US will import Saudi Kingdom for almost nothing. US wins at all boards in this pandemics

Thus, Africa during Covid-19 is Not a bunch of States: it is just a continent? Number of Corona in Africa s tabulated on the base of a Continent?

On se sert du language pour mentir. Apprend les languages des gestes, postures, silence et les yeux pour débusquer les mots du Coeur

Life boils down to learn how to take a stand for what is right, fair and equitable, after years of trying to adapt to what behavior and activities that demean and humiliate humanity

Casualties of Iraqis as Bush Jr. invaded the country in 2003:

  1. one million of widowed
  2. 4 million of orphaned
  3. 2.5 million dead
  4. 800,000 disappeared persons
  5. 2.5 refugees (inside and overseas)
  6. 75,000 AIDS (only 4 cases before the invasion)
  7. 4 million cases of divorces
  8. 34,000 incarcerated in unsanitary opened camps
  9. The stealing of most artifacts and destruction of ancient sites

And not counting the horrors the Iraqis suffered during the ISIS (Daesh) occupation. Just to re-conquer Mosul, 50,000 soldiers and government fights succumbed. Not including the civilians and the extremist Islamists.

The Sixth Great Extinction: Massive wiping out of species?

Note: Re-edit of “Sixth Great Extinction? And the human? Could he survive?”

Species are disappearing at an alarming rate, a new study finds. Author Elizabeth Kolbert says that raises questions about our survival.

Apparently, in the last half a billion years, earth witnessed 5 extinctions of its species due to natural calamities.

This current extinction process is mainly due to the human species.

There are very few extinctions that we know about in the last 100 years that would have taken place without human activity.

I have never heard anyone argue, “oh extinction rates, that’s just a natural thing that would have happened with or without humans.” It’s just pretty much impossible to argue that.

The current extinction rate could be more than 100 times higher than normal—and that’s only taking into account the kinds of animals we know the most about.

Earth’s oceans and forests host an untold number of species, many of which will probably disappear before we even get to know them

The new study that’s generated so much conversation estimates that as many as three-quarters of animal species could be extinct within several human lifetimes, which sounds incredibly alarming

What is clear, and what is beyond dispute, is that we are living in a time of  very elevated extinction rates, on the order that you would see in a mass extinction, though a mass extinction might take many thousands of years to play out.

Island species are very vulnerable to extinctions for a couple of reasons.

1. They tend to have been isolated.Humans have been removing the barriers that used to keep island species isolated. New Zealand had no terrestrial mammals. Species that had evolved in the absence of such predators were incredibly vulnerable. A staggering number of bird species have already been lost on New Zealand, and a lot of those that remain are in deep trouble.

2. We brought in invasive species. So, places that have been isolated for a long time are very vulnerable. Species that have a very restricted range, that exist only in one spot in the world, those tend to be extremely vulnerable. They have nowhere to go and if their habitat is destroyed, say, then they’re gone.

We are now changing the climate, very rapidly, by geological standards.

We are changing the chemistry of all the oceans.

We are changing the surface of the planet.

We cut down forests and burn entire forests

we plant monoculture agriculture, which is not good for a lot of species.

We’re overfishing. The list goes on and on.

We dump nitrogen on fields in the Midwest and the fertilizer runs down the Mississippi and into the Gulf of Mexico, and that causes these dead zones.

The sort of fundamental question is: Can 9 billion people be able to live on this polluted planet with all of the species that are now still around?

Or are we on a collision course, in part because we consume a lot of resources that other creatures also would like to consume? That’s a question I can’t answer.

If you give vertebrate species (and we are another vertebrate species) an average lifetime of a million years, and you say humans are 200,000 years into their million years, and you precipitate a mass extinction—even laying aside the question of whether humans will be the victim of their own mass extinction—you can’t expect that same species to be around by the time the planet has recovered.

There are two questions that arise:

One, just because we’ve survived the loss of X number of species, can we keep going down the same trajectory, or do we eventually imperil the systems that keep people alive?

That’s a very big and incredibly serious question.

Second, even if we can survive, is that the world you want to live in? Is that the world you want all future generations of humans to live in?

That’s a different question. But they’re both extremely serious. I would say they really couldn’t be more serious.

Not only the quality of potable water is highly polluted, but even water used for agriculture is generating degraded food. Heck, water is being appropriated by multinational companies from States and costing all citizens the price of drinking.

The quality of air is deteriorating quickly due to traffic transportation and oil burning to generate energy.

It is striking that the advent of this Covid-19 pandemics that spread lockdown of major traffic and industries has cleaned the skies and improved water quality.

The more humans desist from meddling with nature, the better our quality of life will improve.

The main difficulty is how to change this mentality of constant “economic growth” that forces the depletion of earth resources at a gigantic rate?

Nadia Drake, published a conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert in National Geographic , June 23, 2015. news.nationalgeographic.com

Note: I believe that, unless the atmosphere is Not highly toxic, beside the insects and rodents, two species could survive:

1. The owl who can hear a pregnant mice one meter under the snow and 300 meters away and has incredible eyesight at night (100 times that of human) and can sneak on victims listlessly .

2. The hyena who can crush and eat bones and is an excellent hunter individually and as a team.


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