PRESIDENT OBAMA ON CRITICISM AND FERVOR
Shortly before he left the presidency, Barack Obama sat down for an extensive interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss what it is like to be a symbol of power and the recipient of people's anger and excitement.
This short excerpt stands out, in contrast to our new president, for its thoughtfulness, charm and intelligence.
Read Coates's full interview at The Atlantic.
HOUSE OF CARDS SEASON 5 TRAILER
The latest season of House of Cards starts streaming at Netflix on Tuesday 30 May. Is it possible that Kevin Spacey's president is scarier than the one we have? It seems so in this trailer.
AGRICULTURE ROLLS BACK SCHOOL LUNCH NUTRITION GUIDELINES
Most of you, and certainly I, are old enough to remember the guffaws when the administration of President Ronald Reagan tried to name ketchup a vegetable in nutritional regulations for school lunches.
Now there is the Trump Department of Agriculture under Secretary Sonny Perdue lowering nutritional requirements put in place at the behest of First Lady Michelle Obama:
”As his first major action in office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Agriculture Department will delay an upcoming requirement to lower the amount of sodium in meals while continuing to allow waivers for regulations that all grains on the lunch line must be 50 percent whole grain.
“'By forgoing the next phase of sodium reduction, the Trump administration will be locking in dangerously high sodium levels in school lunch,' Wootan said.”
You can read more at the Washington Post.
In other political food news, a Republican Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama offered an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would ”...require sicker people to pay more in insurance costs than people 'who lead good lives,'” whatever that means.
Who ARE these people? Talking Points Memo has more detail.
IT'S NOT JUST OLD PEOPLE – THE DOORWAY EFFECT
Pretty much everyone complains about walking into a room and forgetting why they are there. It's mostly old folks who get tagged with that shortcoming but this research contends that memory isn't the difficulty, doorways are. See what you think.
Thank laura and her daughter Sara for this item.
FINLAND'S WEIRD HOBBY HORSE REVOLUTION
My friend Wendl Kornfeld sent this – a very strange teenage girl fad from her ancestral homeland. Take a look:
Did you watch until the end? Did you see that his video is a trailer for the a full-length movie? There is even a whole website about it – the fad, not the movie. I do not know what to say about this. You can read a little more here.
TRICORDER BECOMING A REALITY?
If you were and/or still are a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, you certainly recall the tricorder, a hand-held medical instrument used by those future fictional physicians to diagnose disease and collect health information by just waving it over ther patient's body.
Now, there may be something similar for us in the not too distant future. It's called DxtER (pronounced Dexter) and is, according to a story in Salon,
”...a tablet-based system that uses several biological sensors and analytic software that can track vital signs and uncover medical conditions — 34 in all, from diabetes and pulmonary diseases to tuberculosis and Hepatitis A.”
The inventors, a seven-member team of friends and relatives from Pennsylvania, just won a Qualcomm international contest that gives them
The “tricorder” is even more impressive than I have indicated. Take a look at this:
You can learn a lot more about it in the Salon story.
LAST SILENT PLACE ON EARTH
As the YouTube page explains, Gordon Hempton, a “soundtracker” is on a personal quest to preserve silence in nature. Twelve years ago, Hempton resolved to find the quietest place in Washington's Hoh rainforest, itself a haven of silence. Take a look:
THE DEPRIVATIONS OF THE PRIVILEGED
You may have noticed that a book by First Daughter Ivanka Trump was published this week. It has been pretty well trashed in many reviews and this item was every critic's favorite revelation:"'During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else,' Trump writes.
"'Honestly,' she continues, 'I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care. I wish I could have awoken early to meditate for 20 minutes and I would have loved to catch up with the friends I hadn’t seen in three months, but there just wasn’t enough time in the day.'"
You can find the quotation all over the web including here.
BABY LAMBS AND BUNNIES AND PIGLETS
What could be better, especially after that last item:
Edgar’s Mission is a not for profit sanctuary in Australia for rescued farmed animals that seeks to create a humane and just world for humans and non-humans.* * *
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