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27 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Caishen says:

    U.S. index provider MSCI Inc.’s decision to give Shanghai- and Shenzhen-listed A shares their first toeholds, however small, in the New York-based company’s benchmark indexes marks a coming-out party for China’s capital markets on the world stage, market veterans say.
    “With this inclusion, China is effectively open to the world, and investors are going to come in with the bridge that we build,” said Chia Chin Ping, MSCI’s Hong Kong-based head of Asia-Pacific research, in an interview. http://www.pionline.com/article/20170626/ONLINE/170629880/msci-inclusion-moves-china-onto-global-investment-stage The move will see around $17 billion to $18 billion of global assets move into Chinese stocks initially, MSCI executives told reporters, adding that over the long term the full inclusion of the China market could see more than $340 billion of foreign capital flow into the country.

  2. Meanwhile says:

    Researchers at the University of Melbourne have demonstrated a way to detect nuclear spins in molecules non-invasively, providing a new tool for biotechnology and materials science.
    Important research in medicine and biology relies on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, but until now, it has been limited in spatial resolution and typically requires powerful microwave fields. A team led by Professor Lloyd Hollenberg at the University of Melbourne has used a quantum probe to perform microwave-free NMR at the nanoscale. The results were published today in Nature Communications. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/cfqc-qpd063017.php According to Professor Hollenberg, “With these advances in quantum sensing technology, we are opening the door to a new world of scientific investigation that could lead us to gain a better understanding of the smallest building blocks of life.”

  3. Cassandra says:

    “Hackers Are Targeting Nuclear Facilities, Homeland Security Dept. and F.B.I. Say” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/technology/nuclear-plant-hack-report.html “The joint report was obtained by The New York Times and confirmed by security specialists who have been responding to the attacks. It carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for the sensitivity of the threat.”
    See also “Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/technology/ransomware-nsa-hacking-tools.html
    …“We never anticipated that our critical infrastructure control systems would be facing advanced levels of malware,” Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

    • 404 says:

      Hackers have been stealing credit card numbers from Trump’s hotels for months https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/07/11/hackers-have-been-stealing-credit-card-numbers-from-trumps-hotels-for-months/ Guests at 14 Trump properties, including hotels in Washington, New York and Vancouver, have had their credit card information exposed, marking the third time in as many years that a months-long security breach has affected customers of the chain of luxury hotels. The news of the latest cybersecurity attack comes less than a year after Trump International Hotels Management paid $50,000 in penalties to New York state for failing to notify customers immediately after earlier data breaches led to the exposure of more than 70,000 credit card numbers and 300 Social Security numbers. The company also agreed to update its security practices as a result of the settlement. In May, ProPublica and Gizmodo found that a number of Trump properties, including the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, where the president regularly spends his weekends, had less-than-secure wireless networks.

  4. Muckraker says:

    “Trump Is Aggressively and Secretly Scaling Back Government Regulations” https://psmag.com/news/trump-is-aggressively-and-secretly-scaling-back-government-regulations “…the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part out of public view and often by political appointees with deep industry ties and potential conflicts. Most government agencies have declined to disclose information about their deregulation teams. But ProPublica and The New York Times identified 71 appointees, including 28 with potential conflicts, through interviews, public records and documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Some appointees are reviewing rules their previous employers sought to weaken or kill, and at least two may be positioned to profit if certain regulations are undone.”
    See also “Trump Has Secretive Teams to Roll Back Regulations, Led by Hires With Deep Industry Ties” https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-teams-rolling-back-regulations-led-by-hires-with-deep-industry-ties

  5. Saumur says:

    “France’s military may suffer from a poor reputation in American popular imagination, dating from historical events like the rapid fall to Nazi Germany in World War II and the colonial-era defeat at Dien Bien Phu. This is a mistake: The French airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Syria are only the beginning of the counterattack against ISIS, as French officials themselves are promising. And as anyone familiar with France’s military capabilities can attest, when it comes to war the French are among the very best.
    Moreover, whatever France does probably will not look like anything the U.S. would do. There is a French way of warfare that reflects the French military’s lack of resources and its modest sense of what it can achieve. They specialize in carefully apportioned and usually small but lethal operations, often behind the scenes; they can go bigger if they have help from the U.S. and other allies—which they will probably have in any case and know how to put to good use.” http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/11/the-french-way-of-war-213372
    “Football vs. Soccer: American Warfare in an Era of Unconventional Threats” (2003) http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/documents/footballsoccer.pdf See also http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/12/magazine/soccer-model-of-warfare-the.html

  6. Meanwhile says:

    “Lawmakers in both the United States and Israel are ramping up efforts to suppress support for the Boycott Divestment and Sactions (BDS) movement.” http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Bipartisan-US-Bill-Moves-to-Criminalize-BDS-Support-20170720-0001.html
    “The ACLU released a statement this week opposing the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (H.R. 167/S.720), a bill with bi-partisan support seeking to ban support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) for anyone engaged in “interstate or foreign commerce,” imposing penalties of up to 20 years in prison.
    Israel meanwhile, is looking to make Israeli state action against BDS campaigners secret, by exempting these actions from Israel’s Freedom of Information Law which allows Israeli citizens and residents to obtain public information.”
    In a statement released Monday about the U.S. bill, which was first introduced in March, the ACLU said that “The bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies.” https://www.aclu.org/letter/aclu-letter-senate-opposing-israel-anti-boycott-act The measure was drafted with the assistance of AIPAC and has the support of Christians United for Israel. It has 42 co-sponsors from both parties.

  7. Butch says:

    “Trump’s Latest Interview Highlights Four of His Greatest Flaws : The transcript of the president’s conversation with The New York Times throws his shortcomings into greater relief than ever before.” (James Fallows, Atlantic 7/20/17) https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/trump-takes-another-step/534309/
    “A glossary of Trump’s rhetorical shorthand” (Washington Post 7/22/17) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/22/a-glossary-of-trumps-rhetorical-shorthand/
    Meanwhile: “Trump not convinced Russian meddling took place, communications chief says” (Guardian UK 7/23/17) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/23/donald-trumps-legal-team-denies-it-is-looking-into-presidential-pardon
    “There’s plenty of other craziness billowing from the White House: lawyers considering whether the president can pardon himself, the president publicly denouncing his attorney general for failing to protect him. But the clearest portent of a crisis is the president’s increasingly evident desire to be rid of the meddlesome prosecutor, who appears to be doing his job too well.” (LA Times 7/23/17)

  8. Dateline New Mexico says:

    Proposed “Campaign finance reporting changes prove controversial” http://nmpoliticalreport.com/355575/campaign-finance-reporting-changes-prove-controversial/ According to Burly Cain, the New Mexico state director of Americans for Prosperity, the proposed changes to the state’s campaign finance reporting rules are a violation of free speech and comparable to forcing an 80-year-old woman to “wear an armband to say what she believes on her arm.”
    “Americans for Prosperity (AFP), founded in 2004, is a conservative political advocacy group in the United States funded by David H. Koch and Charles Koch. As the Koch brothers’ primary political advocacy group, it is one of the most influential American conservative organizations” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_for_Prosperity

  9. Meanwhile says:

    “Researchers Found Evidence for a Particle That’s Its Own Antiparticle” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/evd95k/researchers-found-evidence-for-a-particle-thats-its-own-antiparticle “In 1937, the Italian physicist Ettore Majorana made a bold prediction: He claimed that certain particles that are their own antiparticles should exist. The first antiparticle had been discovered by accident only a few years earlier in 1932, just four years after the physicist Paul Dirac predicted they should exist. But for the last 80 years, no one has been able to find strong evidence for the existence of an antiparticle-particle hybrid predicted by Majorana—until now. As detailed last week in Science, a team of physicists at UC Irvine, UCLA, and Stanford has found the first strong evidence of such a particle—known as a Majorana fermion—a discovery that may pave the way for more resilient quantum computers.”
    (article includes link to Science July 21, 2017 report “Chiral Majorana fermion modes in a quantum anomalous Hall insulator–superconductor structure”)

  10. Web-footed friend says:

    LA Times (7/23/17): “Sea level rise could bring costly flooding in coastal communities within decades” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-sea-level-rise-20170723-story.html “Conservative estimates range from an increase of about one to four feet in sea-level rise by the end of the century. Experts also warn that people should be prepared for unlikely but extreme scenarios of up to eight feet in sea-level rise, which would cause severe and chronic flooding in hundreds of coastal cities.
    Grappling with this problem would be expensive for local governments. Anticipating the costly possibility, the city of Imperial Beach and the counties of Marin and San Mateo last week filed potentially groundbreaking lawsuits to push large oil and coal companies to foot the bill.” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/environment/sd-me-climate-lawsuits-20170717-story.html

  11. Eschatologist says:

    “Senators on hot mic: Trump is ‘crazy,’ ‘I’m worried’” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/07/25/senators-on-hot-mic-trump-is-crazy-im-worried/ (Includes the infamous photo of Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) in his pajamas with a Playboy Bunny).
    Apropos of: “Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold said it was “absolutely repugnant” that “some female senators from the Northeast” have been a roadblock to the GOP passing a health care bill.
    “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Fahrenthold told Texas radio station KEYS, The Associated Press reported.
    Aaron Burr shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel.” http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/texas-republican-blames-women-senators-failed-bill
    July 25 at 12:50 PM: “GOP leaders close to securing 50 votes on key health-care vote” https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-leaders-press-ahead-with-health-care-vote-in-hopes-of-sustaining-repeal-effort/2017/07/25/2525470c-7126-11e7-8839-ec48ec4cae25_story.html

  12. America's Game™ says:

    “CTE found in nearly 90 percent of brains donated by football players” (ESPN 7/25/17) http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20153831/cte-found-nearly-90-percent-brains-donated-deceased-football-players “Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL, college and even high school.
    It’s the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease linked with repeated head blows.” See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

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