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I can fix anything but your broken heart or your organization that is falling apart
I can fix anything but your broken heart or your organization that is falling apart

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Most interesting essay I have read in many a moon. I would say this is a must read/must discuss item. I just wish that I was as optimistic as the author. 50+ years ago it appeared to me that tryptamine-based psychedelics might be part of a healing path - or a key to the doorway to a healing path - that would lead to our (collectively) finding strong enough "medicine" to address the sepsis infecting our collective souls. As far as I can tell, it was not strong enough medicine. Regardless, it is time to talk seriously about what is actually wrong, and this is definitely part of the discussion.

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this is very much in line with how the trainwreck appears to be unfolding, from where I am sitting. 
The news continues to develop almost faster than I can type analyses. But I've tried to round up the most critical updates from the past few hours, together with a discussion of what they mean.

The short version is this: we're seeing the formation of an "inner circle" of government, including Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kushner, Priebus, and possibly Flynn and Conway, who have been taking deliberate steps to hobble the ability of all other parts of government – the rest of the Executive branch, Congress, and most especially the courts – from controlling them. Somewhat unexpectedly, they went straight for an attempt to grab extraordinary physical powers over people (yesterday's Muslim ban), rather than trying to boil the frog slowly; in the context of other moves taken over the past week, this starts to look like a coherent strategy.

Power, including the power to execute every one of the things that Trump promised to do during the campaign, is the primary goal; money, in large, untraceable quantities, appears to be the secondary.

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What's new with me? Well, I am spending most of my time editing chapters of a book on regulatory capture. My greenhouse is pretty much on hold for a couple of months until the daylight returns in February. And in the meantime, I am experimenting with infrared heating film manufactured in Korea. It is called Rexva or Xica and it is manufactured for floor heating. But in my experiments I am using it on ceilings and walls and controlling the temperature of the surfaces using old fashioned lamp dimmers. So far, the results are very encouraging.

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/clam-sank-thousand-ships?platform=hootsuite

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Sometimes the music is at once the only way I can escape, and the only place I can escape to ... this is how we often spend our Monday evenings, daring one another to abandon "then" in the pursuit of "now" ... 

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At the moment I suspect this may be the most important thing I have posted in a VERY long time. You - and I - and everybody who is using gizmos, gadgets and battery powered gee-gaws really needs to understand this. There is NO FREE LUNCH !!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/batteries/congo-cobalt-mining-for-lithium-ion-battery/

"The world’s soaring demand for cobalt is at times met by workers, including children, who labor in harsh and dangerous conditions. An estimated 100,000 cobalt miners in Congo use hand tools to dig hundreds of feet underground with little oversight and few safety measures, according to workers, government officials and evidence found by The Washington Post during visits to remote mines. Deaths and injuries are common. And the mining activity exposes local communities to levels of toxic metals that appear to be linked to ailments that include breathing problems and birth defects, health officials say."

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Just do you know, the big bullies are now using SLAPP suits on environmentalists again ... 
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