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Japan may have beaten Coronavirus without lockdowns or mass testing. But how?

May 25th, 2020 at 4:59 pm » Comments Off

Japan Lifts Coronavirus State of Emergency Nationwide Japan’s state of emergency is set to end with new cases of the coronavirus dwindling to mere dozens. It got there despite largely ignoring the default playbook. No restrictions were placed on residents’ movements, and businesses from restaurants to hairdressers stayed open. No high-tech apps that tracked people’s […]

Coronavirus conspiracy theories about mind control chips, Bill Gates and face masks fuel lockdown protests in Germany

May 13th, 2020 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Police arrest a right-wing protester in Berlin on Saturday. Protests in German cities grow as people demonstrate against the government imposing limits on freedoms. Prominent voices feeding conspiracy theories include a star vegan cook, author, pop star and a cardinal. A celebrity cook who called the coronavirus a government trick to plant mind control chips […]

The one percent are fleeing for New Zealand to avoid COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

“They have all said it looks like the safest place to be is New Zealand right now. That’s been a theory since before COVID-19.”  As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens across the United States, some of the country’s richest citizens have fled for a remote oasis: New Zealand. This is not a new phenomenon; New Zealand […]

Quarantine survey: 3 in 5 adults plan on self-improving during coronavirus lockdown

April 22nd, 2020 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

LONDON — The sudden and mandatory lockdown we all find ourselves stuck in right now is frustrating, to say the least, but it also represents an opportunity to catch up on long abandoned goals, ideas or hobbies. A recent survey asked 2,000 British residents about their quarantine plans, and according to the results there may […]

How Epidemics of the past changed the way Americans lived

April 11th, 2020 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

  Past public health crises inspired innovations in infrastructure, education, fundraising and civic debate At the end of the 19th century, one in seven people around the world had died of tuberculosis, and the disease ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States. While physicians had begun to accept German physician […]

The Fibonacci Sequence is everywhere- Even the troubled stock market

April 7th, 2020 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

The Fibonacci Spiral  The curious set of numbers shows up in nature and also in human activities. On Friday, as the U.S. stock market closed out its worst week since 2008 amid coronavirus-related turmoil (before recovering somewhat early this week), investors were left with a glaring question: Is it all downhill from here? Amid such […]

‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world?

April 5th, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Times of upheaval are always times of radical change. Some believe the pandemic is a once-in-a-generation chance to remake society and build a better future. Others fear it may only make existing injustices worse. Everything feels new, unbelievable, overwhelming. At the same time, it feels as if we’ve walked into an old recurring dream. In […]

Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)

April 1st, 2020 at 1:23 pm » Comments Off

D.C. gets an ‘A’ while Wyoming earns an ‘F’ for following coronavirus stay-at-home advice, based on the locations of tens of millions of phones  Location data firm Unacast identified places where residents are engaging in more social distancing in green — and less in orange. If you have a smartphone, you’re probably contributing to a […]

Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]

How smoking could make you unemployable

March 8th, 2020 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Intrusive ‘wellness’ policies and rules on off-duty behavior are becoming widespread.  Nearly a decade after she stopped smoking, Mabel Battle still has the last pack of cigarettes she ever bought. She keeps it as a reminder of all the gray Ohio winter workdays she spent standing outside her office with the other shivering smokers getting […]

The Bullshit-Job Boom

March 2nd, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind? Bullshit, like paper waste, accumulates in offices with the inevitability of February snow. Justification reports: What are these? Nobody knows. And yet they pile up around you, Xerox-warmed, to be not-read. Best-practices documents? Anybody’s guess, really, […]

What would your ‘future self’ want to do?

February 24th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

  Prepare Yourself, It’s Unlikely To Be Comfortable An internationally acclaimed keynote speaker & bestselling author, grab a copy of Margie Warrell’s fifth book ‘You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself’ (Wiley Publishing) I attend a lot of conferences and regularly sit on panels. One of the more popular questions I’ve seen asked, […]

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