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Tidbits #5

Identifying a new virus can be done incredibly quickly. Coronavirus researchers may already be en route to a possible vaccine. Apparently, Russian scientist already created a tool to identify patients.

You can actually see atoms bonding and separating. The tiny event has long eluded researchers, and they have captured it on camera for the first time.

According to the survey by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors,  of 200 wealthy, charitable families in 28 countries, donation ranged: education-related causes made up 29% of philanthropic dollars spent over the past 12 months, followed by health (14%) arts, culture and sports (10%) and lastly, environmental causes (8%). See more results from the report at the link in our bio

Zionist education system: the hatred & brainwashing, the arrogance, the insane impunity from international community of systematic persecuting and dehumanization of Palestinians

The Davos organizers unveiled a revamped manifesto this week, saying a company’s purpose (shareholders) should be to “engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation.” Truth is “stakeholder capitalism” has been in the forum’s mission since 1973. And the risk is that it will continue to be nothing more than woke-washing.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) measures are finding their way into portfolios at major asset management firms: You cannot do any accounting if you can’t measure 

In a 1788 essay entitled Federalist No. 65, Alexander Hamilton explained the reasoning behind impeachment: It’s about political offenses and doesn’t only apply to crimes, he explained, and the prosecution is not meant to mirror a criminal trial.

Europe “organized white-collar crime of unimaginable magnitude, : A convoluted scheme that produced two refunds for dividend tax paid on one basket of stocks. That scheme, writes David Segal in the New York Times, led to some $60 billion being drained from 2006 to 2011.

One “eight-hour” bird video designed for cats has earned over 7 million views.

Purchasing-power parity? This notion of PPP theory, is that, in the long run, exchange rates should move towards the rate that would equalise the prices of an identical basket of goods and services in any two countries.⁠ China is by far ahead of every nation: $24 trillion

Coronavirus is one of 7 known viruses that affect humans. Four cause the common cold, and the remaining two are SARS and MERS, which caused two major epidemics. SARS broke out in 2002; MERS spread across the world in 2012. Late in 2019, a third deadly coronavirus began to radiate out from Wuhan, a city of 11 million: 2019-nCoV

“When you play a game you are taking on a problem that doesn’t exist, and trying to solve it.” Game designer Ian Bogost

The world’s oldest asteroid impact might have ended an ice age. The crater is 2.2 billion years old, and is in western Australia.

 

Tidbits #2

Raising children by valuing play and education over work, turned children into consumers in their own right.  And Advertisers took notice, before TV invention.

Frankly, I feel lucky that I lived long enough in this century to realize that books of females authors are far more interesting than their gender’s counterparts

Elon Musk’s firm intentionally destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket in a test to show how it would keep astronauts safe in a failed mission. SpaceX’s first crewed flight test could take place as soon as March.

Single-use plastics: Plastic bags will be banned in big cities, and plastic straws will be forbidden in restaurants, both by the end of this year. The prohibition will expand to all Chinese cities over the next two years.

Inequality is a public health issue: Just look at the link between the minimum wage and the suicide epidemic in the US.

Nitrogen oxide, a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide, is emitted everywhere something is burning. That usually means humans are at work

GM sold around 20 times as many cars as Tesla in 2019, while Ford sold more than six times as many. But it’s Tesla that is now by far the most valuable car company in America. Does it have to do with China market and the electric cars?

By 2050 Europe will have one person over 65 for every two of working age. Spain and Italy are expected to lose more than a quarter of their workforce. ⁠

50% of European Union citizens identify climate change as one of the three biggest challenges facing their country right now, ahead of access to healthcare and unemployment.

About 1.1m school pupils live in New York City. They are mostly non-white, and attend some of the most segregated schools in the country.⁠

“Wild dogs” do share a common ancestor with wolves and they might be renamed “painted wolves” for their coat markings. This species is endangered

A new lithium-ion battery is invincible: It can work despite being cut, bent, soaked, shot, and lit on fire.

Florida has no income tax or estate tax, letting some homeowners potentially shave tens of thousands from their tax bills. Over 600,000 US citizens flock in from other States each year.

Thailand’s annual road-death rate is almost double the global average and more than seven times the rate in nearby Singapore, a wealthy financial hub.⁠ The problem is acute in poor countries. Deaths are thought to have risen by 40% since 1990 in countries that the World Bank defines as low-income, such as Afghanistan and Malawi.⁠ road-death is more than the combined deaths in malaria and Aids…

The theme of this year’s jamboree in Davos is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.” The impulse to cohere with fellow humans will be tested by slow-moving security lines, a strict badge hierarchy, and arbitrary event guest lists, but the intention is admirable

In Davos 2020, everything revolves around the roughly 2,800 official delegates and their entourages.  At the top of the Davos hierarchy, there are 53 heads of state or governments attending the forum, roughly the same as last year.

In geopolitical power—there are only three leaders of G7 countries, and none from the BRICS and 119 billionaires. 

Again, What’s the purpose of companies? Of the six thematic tracks that guide the Davos official forum program, the most sessions are devoted to “Society” (89) and the least to “Economy” (27).

Aside from public letters and speeches of CEO for concern to climate change priority, in its latest global survey of CEOs, PwC found that climate change did not even make it into the top 10 threats the executives see to growth prospects.

China confirmed human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus. 

About 60% of Americans play video games and a third globally. And as the global gaming industry grows, it’s influencing much more than how we spend our free time.

Sperm donations from dead men should be allowed: no differently than organ donation.

A survey of 34,000 people in 28 countries found that no institution is considered both ethical and competent.

More than 50% of young adults surveyed by the Red Cross think a nuclear attack will happen in the next 10 years.

Tidbits and notes posted on FB and Twitter. Part 171

Note: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. I pa attention to researched documentaries and serious links I receive. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains a month-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

At a packed dinner held by the Global Business Blockchain Council, few hands went up when the moderator asked how many people worked in crypto, 5 years ago. That could make it the richest room at Davos this week; bitcoin is up more than 200,000% since then. (Since then, bitcoin is down in value)

Tammy DuckworthA US senator, will become the first sitting senator in history to give birth later this year. The Illinois Democrat, a double amputee, was a helicopter pilot in the Iraq War and has slammed Trump for being a “5-deferment draft dodger.”

“I loved justice and hated iniquity. Therefore I die in exile”

Uruguay was best country to live in recently, until the Israelis took over the illegal activities in a society soft on diversity.

Never mind the earthquakes: New Zealand is still best country for social progress

“After climbing a great hill, you only finds that there are many more hills to climb – Nelson Mandela.”

WordPress.com yearly review: Comments closed? What of individual yearly Monkey Stats? Too big to care for the early users?

Will the issue of Palestine/Palestinians be brought up in Davos? Especially the economical hardship that Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza are suffering from? In the refugee camps of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan?

About time to consider the Palestinians as people on this map of rich people abusing of the humiliation and indignities of apartheid systems

We are finally engaged in a slow cruising speed in our daily life (elder mother and eldest son): I’m adapting to her doing whatever she want to do and taking care of her suffering at the end. And her is trying to admit that I should be doing whatever I want to do. In moderation.

The door is constantly open. Yet, no one come in to tell her hello. Mostly, they come and leave without us noticing. All she is asking is a couple of minutes a day is for the visitors to listen to her babbling.

Turkey of Erdogan incursion into Syria Kurdish territory of Afrin is claimed to secure a “buffer zone” from terrorist activities. Fact is, unintentionally, Syria is currently enjoying a buffer zone from Turkish aggression and infiltration of terrorist factions from Turkey. 

The Syrian army has two main tasks up north its frontier with Turkey in the coming year: 1) controlling the province of Edleb and 2) closing the gap between the Kurdish provinces of Afrin and Kameshly to terrorist factions infiltrated by Turkey.

Turkey is controlling and supporting 8,000 terrorists that came from Chechnya, Dagestan, Turkmenistan and China Ouigour. 

Russia knows that the current military incursion of Turkey into Afrin province will be short lived, even if it enters and occupies this Kurdish/Syrian canton. This incursion is to give Turkey more time to find a pragmatic alternative to her failed policy toward the political settlement in Syria.

World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega (Spanish fashion chain Zara), Warren Buffett,  Carlos Slim Helú, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison and Michael Bloomberg

The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.

In a report published to coincide with the start of the week-long World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Oxfam said it was “beyond grotesque” that a handful of rich men headed by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates are worth $426bn (£350bn), equivalent to the wealth of 3.6 billion people.

The development charity called for a new economic model to reverse an inequality trend that it said helped to explain Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

Oxfam blamed rising inequality on aggressive wage restraint, tax dodging and the squeezing of producers by companies, adding that businesses were too focused on delivering ever-higher returns to wealthy owners and top executives.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) said last week that rising inequality and social polarisation posed two of the biggest risks to the global economy in 2017 and could result in the rolling back of globalisation.

Oxfam said the world’s poorest 50% owned the same in assets as the $426bn owned by a group headed by Gates, Amancio Ortega, the founder of the Spanish fashion chain Zara, and Warren Buffett, the renowned investor and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway.

The others are Carlos Slim Helú: the Mexican telecoms tycoon and owner of conglomerate Grupo Carso; Jeff Bezos: the founder of Amazon; Mark Zuckerberg: the founder of Facebook; Larry Ellison, chief executive of US tech firm Oracle; and Michael Bloomberg; a former mayor of New York and founder and owner of the Bloomberg news and financial information service.

Last year, Oxfam said the world’s 62 richest billionaires were as wealthy as half the world’s population.

However, the number has dropped to eight in 2017 because new information shows that poverty in China and India is worse than previously thought, making the bottom 50% even worse off and widening the gap between rich and poor.

With members of the forum due to arrive on Monday in Switzerland, where guests will range from the Chinese president Xi Jinping, to pop star Shakira, the WEF released its own inclusive growth and development report in which it said median income had fallen by an average of 2.4% between 2008 and 2013 across 26 advanced nations.

Norway, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Iceland and Denmark filled the top five places in the WEF’s inclusive development index, with Britain 21st and the US 23rd.

The body that organises the Davos event said rising inequality was not an “iron law of capitalism”, but a matter of making the right policy choices.

The WEF report found that 51% of the 103 countries for which data was available saw their inclusive development index scores decline over the past five years, “attesting to the legitimacy of public concern and the challenge facing policymakers regarding the difficulty of translating economic growth into broad social progress”.

Basing its research on the Forbes rich list and data provided by investment bank Credit Suisse, Oxfam said

the vast majority of people in the bottom half of the world’s population were facing a daily struggle to survive, with 70% of them living in low-income countries.

It was four years since the WEF had first identified inequality as a threat to social stability, but that the gap between rich and poor has continued to widen, Oxfam added.

“From Brexit to the success of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a worrying rise in racism and the widespread disillusionment with mainstream politics, there are increasing signs that more and more people in rich countries are no longer willing to tolerate the status quo,” the report said.

The charity said new information had shown that poor people in China and India owned even fewer assets than previously thought, making the wealth gap more pronounced than it thought a year ago, when it announced that 62 billionaires owned the same wealth as the poorest half of the global population.

Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB, said: “This year’s snapshot of inequality is clearer, more accurate and more shocking than ever before. It is beyond grotesque that a group of men who could easily fit in a single golf buggy own more than the poorest half of humanity.

“While one in nine people on the planet will go to bed hungry tonight, a small handful of billionaires have so much wealth they would need several lifetimes to spend it. The fact that a super-rich elite are able to prosper at the expense of the rest of us at home and overseas shows how warped our economy has become.”

Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank, said:

“Once again Oxfam have come out with a report that demonises capitalism, conveniently skimming over the fact that free markets have helped over 100 million people rise out of poverty in the last year alone.”

The Oxfam report added that since 2015 the richest 1% has owned more wealth than the rest of the planet.

It said that over the next 20 years, 500 people will hand over $2.1tn to their heirs – a sum larger than the annual GDP of India, a country with 1.3 billion people.

Between 1988 and 2011 the incomes of the poorest 10% increased by just $65, while the incomes of the richest 1% grew by $11,800 – 182 times as much.

Oxfam called for fundamental change to ensure that economies worked for everyone, not just “a privileged few”.

Note: Wealthiest 62 persons own half the global wealth or $3.6 trillion
1% of the richest own 99%o of global wealth or $7.6 trillion.

Question 1: what the wealth of the 62 person represents to the 1% richest?
Question 2: How many of the 62 families represent of the number of multinational companies?

Cannes, the French Riviera (May 18, 2009)

 

The yearly film festival held in Cannes, the Mecca for transacting movie rights and distribution contracts, is eminently a style fashion show for the Superclass, especially women.  Producers, directors, actors, actresses, fashion designers, promoters of all kinds of products and services converge to transact audio-visual services, luxury items, and mostly young flesh.

 

Since the advent of TV the movie industry has faced frequent crisis.  Every now and then you read “Cinema is sick, dying, finished, or dead” but it keeps transforming and cutting expenses, except on promotional budgets that steadily increase. Heavy money are invested in promoting the actors and actresses in magazines, fashion, and charity events; cooked up marital problems and cheating adventures are sneaked into tabloids just to keep them in the spotlight.  The video and DVD revolution has kept families and the adults of over 35 homes but the new generation has to be out and gather in large facilities.

 

Trend adapter consultants evaluate their ideas of what the new generation (people aged 20 to 30) wants and desires. The new generation is navigating the internet and communicating their interests. The gathered information is statistically analyzed by the trend adapter researchers.   It is the new generation that will be spending money on fashions that suit their characters: fashion on display in luxury shops are already out of fashion and have generated the cow cash. Mostly profit is in luxury accessories from belt, to shoes, to necklaces, and shawls.

 

A few renowned actors/actresses are wealthy but most of them are subsidized by the industry to look rich and glamorous; the industry pay the rent of the mansions, luxury cars, hotels, cloths, and diamonds just to keep their stars in the spotlight for their fans.  Most of those who walk on the red carpet are paid pittance for many years until they pay off their dues to be set free for reconsidering initial contracts.  The same goes for directors who meet with new young promises on luxury yachts that do not belong to them.

 

Producers of movies usually wage on one successful movie out of ten failed ones to stay in the active life.  A producer read a book; he is interested in the story, sort a wonderful idea that suits a movie strikes his imagination.  If the right of authorship is available for purchase then he contacts the author and tenders the lowest offer.  Mind you that 60,000 books are published yearly just in the USA and fresh authors crave recognition; especially if their books might be screened. 

Generally, the new author who spent five years writing his “master work” is satisfied with $10,000 that the producer pay as option to reserving the rights for three years. If the book is screened then the author would be paid an additional one hundred thousands dollars plus 2% of the net benefice that never materializes because accounting in Hollywood is designed to show deficits.  The producer needs the signature of the author on the contract so that “THE STUDIO” might consider seriously extending credits for a movie.  The producer makes the round of the studios that he previously worked with.  Most of the times the producer calls up the author asking him to mail back the contract because the time for his ingenious idea has not come.  In the rare occasions that a studio gets excited for an idea then the next phase is for the producer to hire a screen writer, the cheapest ever.  Many drafted scenarios are mailed to the producer and never to the author.  All political connotations in the scenarios that might offend the conservative strata of the public are eliminated.  More love encounters and sex scenes are added; the viewers should be shedding tears, the loved one has to disappear and then be found.  What was a brilliant idea reverts to what it should have boiled down in the first place: a man loves a woman; a man loses a woman; and then a man recovers a woman.  Otherwise, the story has to compensate in more violent actions, car chases, visual, and sound effects.

            The studio has many ready projects to shoot but has to deal with distributing the ended films as widely as is feasible to movie theaters worldwide. The producer has to wait or locate an “independent” distributor.  Independent distributors make money if one out of ten movies is a hit.  In general, distributors are second order producers who decided to be front for “dirty money” investors who need to “clean” their money and generate legitimate income.  It is a costly investment to purchase chains of movie theaters around the world and those with deep pockets of “dirty money”, generated from illegal or illicit transactions, don’t mind taking calculated risks. For example, the famous actor Robert Redford turned producer and then director; he had to break the distribution roadblock by creating “Sundance Film Festival” to encourage independent directors.  Redford has failed to enter wider countries such as Europe and India.  Distributors do not invest a dime in the entire process of producing a movie and yet they make most of the profit.

            The tightly closed club of two thousand billionaires that meet once a year in Davos, Switzerland, under the name of World Economic Forum is formed of very few who acquired their wealth legitimately.  And yet, those powerful figures think that they are endowed “legitimately” to resolving world poverty and instability.

 

The French Federation of Fashion Designers is very powerful.  Not many competitors can join the Federation and powerful political contacts are needed to enter this sacro saint association.  It was established in 1868 and has registered the trade mark “Haute Couture” and fights savagely anyone who uses this expression without its consent.  There is this ceremony every six months (that is the time span of fashion) of “Premiere Vision” (First Viewing) closed to the public. This tradition lasts three weeks and starts in London, then Milan, and ends in Paris. The French Federation has the exclusivity of publishing the catalogue of the two major yearly events (ten thousands copies), of selecting the two thousands journalists and photographers, the mega buyers, and the place for the events.

note: most information from Paulo Coelho.  i feel he did his research.


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