Catheter Cowboy: “There’s no shame in quittin’.”

November 16th, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Trump Presidency. (YouTube, 23:50min)

John Oliver talks about three tactics used by Trump that some other politicians and certain media outlets are picking up as well:

  • Deligitimizing the media
  • Whataboutism
  • Trolling

“Look, Tuesday’s results should not make you complacent, they are absolutely no guarantee that the midterms will turn out at all well. That is why, though, you should take these moments of encouragement to help you keep going. Because the Trump presidency is basically a marathon. It’s painful, and it’s pointless, and the majority of you didn’t even agree to run it, you were just signed up by your dumbest friend. And the fact is, we’re not even at mile six right now, or possibly even mile three, so there is a long way to go, and though you’re exhausted, and your whole body is screaming for you to give up and your nipples are chafing for some reason, the stakes are too high for any of us to stop.”

My chancelorette

November 15th, 2017

BBC One: Angela Merkel’s poker face problem – Tracey Breaks the News. (YouTube, 2:45min)

I laughed.

Traveler’s nightmare / Becomes hilarious anecdote / Later on.

November 14th, 2017

Mobile Hermitage:

“Hello! I am Felicity, a photographer / artist / general all purpose disillusioned existentialist socialist middle aged lady and parent of children who are now adults. You have come across the blog of my travels. In April 2017 I quit my job at a used bookstore and decided to spend a year on sabbatical, traveling!”

Right now, Felicity is in Santa Fe, NM.

Racism’s chronic stress likely contributes to health disparities

November 13th, 2017

NPR Health News: You, Me And Them: Experiencing Discrimination In America. “Scientists Start To Tease Out The Subtler Ways Racism Hurts Health.”

“Both studies investigated the impacts of specific, dramatic events — and the results were consistent.

“You could time exactly when it happened,” says Geronimus. “We could measure before and after.”

But she views such events as merely slivers of insight into patterns that may quietly be happening on a much larger scale among many populations. Patterns that are harder to tease out and measure — like the effects of centuries of racism against black Americans, or a persistent series of incidents involving police brutality against minorities.

Maybe, Geronimus says, the cascade of stress that such events initiate sets the stage for health disparities in a generation of children — before they even enter the world.”

Erhöhte Ruthenium-Werte – kein Unfall in einem Kernkraftwerk

November 12th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Französischer Bericht über Nuklear-Vorfall: Erhöhte Radioaktivität kam aus Russland oder Kasachstan. “Ende September hatten Wetterstationen in Westeuropa erhöhte Werte von radioaktivem Ruthenium-106 gemessen. Pariser Experten glauben nun eine Erklärung gefunden zu haben.”

Bericht vom 09.10.2017: Was ist Ruthenium-106? “Seit Tagen werden in Europa winzige Mengen Radioaktivität in der Luft gemessen. Das Ruthenium-106 soll irgendwo aus dem Ural stammen. Einen Atomunfall schließen Experten aus. Es soll harmlos sein. Und sonst?”

Näheres zu Ruthenium und der Immission im September/Oktober bei Wikipedia.

Hintergrund:

Die Zeit: Ruthenium: Leicht erhöhte Radioaktivität aus dem Ural. “Rätselhaft, aber wohl harmlos. Seit Tagen werden in Europa winzige Mengen Radioaktivität gemessen. Strahlenexperten vermuten, dass das Ruthenium-106 aus dem Ural kommt.” Meldung vom 08.10.2017.

“Von den Partikeln gehe keine Gefahr aus. Ihre Konzentration in der Luft sei sehr gering. “Selbst bei konstanter Einatmung über den Zeitraum von einer Woche ergibt sich daraus eine Dosis, die niedriger ist als die, die durch die natürliche Umgebungsstrahlung in einer Stunde aufgenommen wird”, heißt es in einer Mitteilung des Umweltministeriums. Die gemessene Dosis ist 100.000 mal kleiner als jene, ab der Maßnahmen zum Schutz der Bevölkerung notwendig seien.”