Thursday, April 25, 2019


Notre-Dame ablaze, a Mongolian nomad and a storm in Kansas: Stunning entries to the 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest keep on coming

Heavy flooding puts cars deep underwater at the Dallas airport

Babies and toddlers should spend NO time looking at screens and under-fives be limited to one hour a day, World Health Organization tells parents

Researchers at St. Mary's Hospital in London had been stumped how 10 British men had contracted a rare virus called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1.?? The men weren't intravenous drug users and hadn't had transfusions; none of them displayed any symptoms, but doctors had identified the virus through bloodwork.?? Dr. Divya Dhasmana, co-author of a study published March 13 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was eventually tipped off to the source of the infections when she saw scars on one of the men's back: The men participate in blood-shedding religious rituals, such as cutting or whipping themselves.?? 
The rituals the men reported include striking the forehead with a knife, then passing the knife to other men; or striking the back with a chain of blades.?? Dr. Dhasmana told the Associated Press that one infected man told her the blades were soaked in a bucket of antiseptic solution between uses, but that didn't prevent the virus' spread.?? "Our message is not 'Don't do it,'" said Dr. Dhasmana. "Our message is, 'If you do it, don't share equipment.'" [Associated Press, 3/13/2019] 

Medicare for All Isn???t What Europe Offers
See the third Wall Street Journal article, below.

AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump ???racist,??? questions his mental stability

What Your College Isn???t Teaching
See the second Wall Street Journal article, below.

Almost everything you thought about the famed Fall of Saigon photo isn???t true

Demoted and sidelined: Google walkout organizers say company retaliated (Well duh !!!?? I wonder WTF these snowflakes expected.)

Arctic's Melting Permafrost Will Cost Nearly $70 Trillion, Study Finds

Germany???s Dirty Green Cars
See the first Wall Street Journal article, below.

Lion Country- Tracking the elusive Mountain Lion - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals

Ancient Guatemalans crafted massive sculptures using lightning and magnetism

How Nest, designed to keep intruders out of people's homes, effectively allowed hackers to get in

Dems charge ahead on immigration

Dozens of Chilean 'tourists' tied to robbery spree in Southern California, police say

Democratic Leadership Can???t Find Its Backbone on Impeachment

Trump effort to stonewall faces thorny legal challenge

The Democrats Get a Taste of Their Own Medicine

Monty Python meets Mueller Dems

Kamala Harris Changes Tune About Letting Terrorists Vote In Less Than 1 Day

The Bakshish Primary

"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end ??? 
which you can never afford to lose ??? with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

Germany???s Dirty Green Cars

Berlin and Brussels stifle innovation by picking ???winners.???

April 23, 2019 6:16 p.m. ET

A Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric automobile recharges at a charging station in Amsterdam, April 1.
 Photo: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News
Germany???s worst industrial scandal in recent memory arrived when auto companies fiddled with emissions tests to make diesel cars seem greener than they are. Now a new study suggests that electric cars touted as a diesel alternative also aren???t so great for the environment.xxxxxxx. Better to heed the report???s authors, who suggest allowing room for a range of possible auto technologies to blossom and compete.
Appeared in the April 24, 2019, print edition.

What Your College Isn???t Teaching

Students explain what their university educations have been missing.

April 23, 2019 6:19 p.m. ET

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Editor???s note: This Future View is about what colleges aren???t teaching. Next week, we???ll turn to Sen. Elizabeth Warren???s new policy proposal and ask: ???Should the government forgive student-loan debt???? Students should click here to submit opinions of fewer than 250 words before April 30. The best responses will be published that night.

IKEA Gives More Direction
We force undergraduates to take plenty of entry-level classes, but where???s the one on practical financial responsibility? How about a test on setting a budget? My concern extends to my classmates on the less quantitative side of campus, but even as a finance major, I could benefit from this sort of education. My coursework deals with hypothetical $100 million bond issues, but this doesn???t help me figure out how to negotiate my credit limit or how much of my income I should be comfortable spending on rent. If university education is going to saddle us with years of debt, can it at least come with an instruction manual? xxxxxxx

Medicare for All Isn???t What Europe Offers

Regina E. Herzlinger and Bacchus Barua overlook the indispensable participants: physicians and surgeons. What if your physician or surgeon can???t afford to keep you?

April 23, 2019 4:03 p.m. ET
Regina E. Herzlinger and Bacchus Barua???s ???Europe???s Alternative to Medicare For All??? (op-ed, April 17) overlooks the indispensable participants: physicians and surgeons. What if your physician or surgeon can???t afford to keep you? There are four parts to the physician keystone of the ???Medicare for all??? machine not reflected in any other country on earth: U.S. physicians purchase their own education, which is not subsidized by government; U.S. physicians bear the significant financial burden of complying with state and federal mandates; physicians practicing in the U.S. are personally exposed to a shameless and unrestrained legal tort industry; Medicare rates do not reimburse enough of the overhead for a U.S. physician to sustain his or her practice. Medicaid, the ready implementation mechanism for Medicare for all, reimburses even less.xxxxxxx

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