CHRISTMAS WINDOWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
The New York Times has a beautiful collection of department store Christmas windows from around the world:
Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City:
10-YEAR-OLD UNLOCKS MOM'S IPHONE
When the Apple iPhone X was released a few weeks go, a big deal was the facial recognition to indentify the owner and unlock the phone.
Apparently, it is not quite as secure as advertised as the parents explain:
”We were sitting down in our bedroom and were just done setting up the Face IDs, our 10-year-old son walked in anxious to get his hands on the new iPhone X. Right away my wife declared that he was not going to access her phone.
Acting exactly as a kid would do when asked to not do something, he picked up her phone and with just a glance got right in.”
Here's a re-creation of the event with mom and the kid:
More explanation at the Wired magazine story.
AMERICAN ELDER HEALTH CARE VERSUS OTHER COUNTRIES
According to the 2017 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults 65+ in 11 nations finds those in the U.S. are the sickest and most likely to face economic hardship.
The survey focuses on the challenges that adults 65 and older face in 11 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Here's the salient chart:
Even with Medicare for this age group in the U.S.,
”A disproportionate share of U.S. elderly face economic challenges,” states the report.
“One-quarter reported they often worry about having enough money to buy nutritious meals or pay for necessities like housing. Rates of economic vulnerability are lowest in Norway (3%) and Sweden (4%).”
See more of the health discrepancies among the 11 countries at the Commonwealth Fund website.
THAILAND'S AMAZING, DANGEROUS RAILROAD MARKET
As the YouTube page explains,
”In Samut Songkhram, about an hour outside Bangkok, is Maeklong Railway Market, one of the largest produce and seafood markets in Thailand. But beyond the selection of fresh fruit and fish, the market has become infamous for one thing—the train that runs directly through it.
“In 1905, the Maeklong Railway built a commuter train line through the center of the popular market. But rather than move, the vendors adapted to the new conditions, working around the train that passes through eight times a day, seven days a week.”
Here's a video of it:
INTERESTING DISCUSSION OF TRUMP'S BEHAVIOR FROM BRAIN SPECIALIST PHYSICIAN
There has been a lot of agonizing in the news medis among psychiatrists about whether they are allowed to diagnose President Trump without examining him in person.
It seems to me that one doesn't need a medical degree to know something is not right with the president, but then I ran across this article not by a psychiatrist, but a physician who is a neurologist, a specialist in the diseases of the brain.
Here is part of his overview:
”In turning my attention to the president, I see worrisome symptoms that fall into three main categories: problems with language and executive function; problems with social cognition and behavior; and problems with memory, attention, and concentration.
“None of these are symptoms of being a bad or mean person. Nor do they require spelunking into the depths of his psyche to understand. Instead, they raise concern for a neurocognitive disease process in the same sense that wheezing raises the alarm for asthma.”
Read the whole article at Stat.
WHY DO WE KISS UNDER MISTLETOE?
The biology and mythology of the Christmas mistletoe tradition from TEDtalks.
WILDLIFE IN DECEMBER
This doesn't need an introduction – just enjoy.
THE POLITICAL POWER OF JOHN OLIVER
When the big threats to net neutrality emerge every now and then, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight show, John Oliver, has stepped in with a forcible rebuttal:
“Oliver’s net-neutrality pieces speak to one of the HBO comedian’s strongest qualities: his ability to inspire passion even around the most arcane of subjects,” writes Laura Bradley at Vanity Fair. “Oliver’s explanations,” she continues, “always replete with humor and gimmicks like the creation of the Web site “gofccyourself.com,” help combat apathy. That might be why he and his viewers have seemingly managed to crash the F.C.C.’s website both times he addressed the subject.”
That's just one short take from Bradley's about the renaissance in 2017 of late-night talk shows – much to the betterment, in my opinion, of needed public political discourse.
Read the whole article at Vanity Fair.
From the YouTube page:
”This is just an awesome rescue of a raccoon by some kindhearted individuals who came across him on a Jeep Club outing.
“It appears that the raccoon got trapped when a tree fell and pinned him to the ground. They used the jack from their jeep to raise the tree and free the raccoon. The raccoon appears to OK as he scampers off and climbs another tree.
Here's the video:
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