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It isn't necessarily Trump, himself that did this captivation...

It’s from many sources of exposure to influence and conditioning;
warping, shaping, grooming, radicalizing. Call it what you will.

It comes from TV, media, peers, and family.

There is a cancer in our culture, I despair of any cure.

If you’ve not watched it yet, you might find some new knowledge and
understanding from Jen Senko’s documentary, the Brainwashing of My Dad.

Inverse: "Brain Study Pinpoints Why Music Can Literally Give You The Chills"

I suspect this reaction to some music, is not the same for everyone, but is tied to possessing certain traits.
Most likely a set of specific emotional traits, perhaps ?

I'm sure many personality types experience zero responses from of any kind of music.
( how sad for them )

Hopefully research into this fascinating direction will continue

ACTIONS THAT FEEL REWARDING typically feel that way because, if we continue them, we are more likely to survive as a species. That's why elements of music puzzle scientists. Music can't make you feel full if you're hungry or help you pass your genes on to the next generation. But music, like all of these things, can still make you feel inexplicably good.

There's something about it that tickles the brain anyway. When that happens, music can ignite literal chills.


Daycares in Finland Built a 'Forest Floor', And It Changed Children's Immune Systems

I've always wondered about the wisdom of raising children in a antiseptic sterile environment.

Given that we so successfully evolved through the millennia closely tied to the soil and a diverse environment, suddenly altering that pattern could be counterproductive.

The Fins might be on to something here...

The experiment in Finland is the first to explicitly manipulate a child's urban environment and then test for changes in their micriobiome and, in turn, a child's immune system.

While the findings don't hold all the answers, they do support a leading idea - namely that a change in environmental microbes can relatively easily affect a well-established microbiome in children, giving their immune system a helping hand in the process.

The notion that an environment rich in living things impacts on our immunity is known as the 'biodiversity hypothesis'. Based on that hypothesis, a loss of biodiversity in urban areas could be at least partially responsible for the recent rise in immune-related illnesses.

"The results of this study support the biodiversity hypothesis and the concept that low biodiversity in the modern living environment may lead to an un-educated immune system and consequently increase the prevalence of immune-mediated diseases," the authors write.


EXCELLENT piece - Bruce Bartlett: Fox News Shares the Blame for Trump's Deranged, Ruinous Presidency

This really spells it all out quite succinctly...

But steel yourself, it won't leave you with the warm fuzzies.

A new book details how the president and his state media partners cash in on their symbiotic relationship while driving the country toward disaster.

But the most influential show is Fox & Friends, which runs from 6:00 am to 9:00 am Eastern time. That’s because Trump is an early riser and a television junkie who gets the bulk of his information about everything from cable news. In lieu of briefings from his advisers or even reports in daily newspapers, Trump relies heavily on oral downloads of dubiously sourced information from Brian Kilmeade, Ainsley Earhardt, and Steve Doocy, the morning show’s three co-anchors. They often establish Trump’s priorities, his interests, and take on the news of the day, as evidenced by his frequent early morning tweets that regularly follow Fox & Friends commentary in real time.

Stelter reports that Trump administration officials must beg for interviews on Fox & Friends just so Trump will see them and in the process get briefed on some subject for which he’s otherwise too preoccupied to reserve office time. Corporations have also learned about Trump’s addiction to the show and exploit it by buying advertising in its time slot. (Unfortunately for them, Trump likes to watch Fox & Friends on delay so he can fast forward through commercials.)
As the same time, Fox & Friends tutored Trump on policy, since Trump himself was a blank slate with no knowledge of any major policy issue. As one of the show’s producers told Stelter, “People think he’s calling up Fox & Friends telling us what to say. Hell no. It’s the opposite. We tell him what to say.”
The fanatic loyalty of Fox’s audience delivers some $2 billion per year of profits into the pockets of Murdoch and his family. The bulk of this comes not from advertising, but from fees paid by cable systems for the right to carry Fox News. Typically, these systems pay Fox two dollars per subscriber per month—well more than what CNN or MSNBC nets. (CNN earns less than one dollar per subscriber, MSCBC only 33 cents, according to Angelo Carusone of Media Matters for America.) And Fox knows that no cable system would dare drop Fox—that would result in the rapid loss of thousands of subscribers and a likely outbreak of picketing and demonstrations outside its offices.

Too many insights to quote here, worth reading the rest...

Actually, the next phase will begin...

It will make the Bush/Gore recount period look like a minor clerical error.

Then will come the pardons for cash.

The riots by the Incel Infantry and Proud Bois will burn the cities.

Then the Orange BLOTUS and entourage will take flight to Moscow.

Then the investigations and trials will begin.

Oh, and the rushed vaccinations will begin to manifest the side effects.

And Covid infections will pass the 10 million mark.

I need a drink.

Google Finally Confirms Security Problem For 1.5 Billion Gmail And Calendar Users

As a rule, one should own and maintain a "banking only" laptop, kept updated, with AV installed - and NEVER used for ANYTHING but accessing your crucial remote online accounts (brokerage, banks, NOT Facebook, Twitter etc).

NEVER used for email, nor apps, nor anything else but the web browser. Make no searches, nor click links or download things.

The sites you visit are never from clicking links, except bookmarks you've MANUALLY created.

Use the native browser, and no added plugins.

Passwords should be maintained in a secure offline password utility. Log into sites by only using the password utility, never save access info in the web browser.

How does the Google Calendar attack work?

Gmail users are finding themselves on the wrong end of a sophisticated scam which leverages misplaced trust through the use of malicious and unsolicited Google Calendar notifications.

Google Calendar allows anyone to schedule a meeting with you, and Gmail is built to integrate tightly with this calendaring functionality. Combine these two facts and users find themselves in a situation whereby the threat actor can use this non-traditional attack vector to bypass the increasing amount of awareness amongst average users when it comes to the danger of clicking unsolicited links.


What we now know - "Sleep Is Your Superpower" (TedTalk)

Very informative discussion on what is currently known and suspected, on the function and importance on sleep.

For example, did you know that every year, at the daylight savings time change, in the Spring heart attacks spike 25% and in the Fall it drops similarly ?

If, during the night, you don't get the right kind of sleep, the next day your capacity to learn will be severely impacted. And much of what you learned the day before will be lost.

Premature death and even Alzheimer's is strongly suspected to be impacted by our sleeping habits.

Some good tips near the end on ways to help.

Note to jury: Please don't delete this. During these politically tumultuous times, we need all the help we can get in dealing with the stress of the monster in the White House.

Bob Weir, the indelible guitarist of the Grateful Dead, will not rest. (GQ piece)

King Weir

The long strange trip lives on.

The music will never stop.

"...Sometime later, he saw a photo of an ancestor. “He had a full-on Yosemite Sam mustache. I said to myself, ‘That's a look that's fallen from favor for the past 150 years or so. I'm just the guy to bring it back.’ ” It is possible that Weir's tongue is in his cheek, but it is hard to tell. On account of all the beard."


Then Weir tells the story about the night Jerry Garcia died. ... Sometime in the early-morning hours, Weir had a dream about Garcia: “He had a real sort of intense look in his eye,” Weir says. “He looked straight at me, and then through me”—and here he adds the new part—“and then he stepped into me.”


He is a living piece of musical and countercultural history, for starters one of the few humans to have been on the bill at the Mythologized Boomer Trifecta of the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, and Altamont. Kesey gave him acid; Neal Cassady gave him driving lessons; the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave him the mantra he still uses to meditate daily.


It's Not Just Measles. What You Should Know About Vaccines For Adults:

I really hate shots, never even gotten a flu shot before.

But I will follow the advice in this NPR piece...


We're used to kids needing lots of shots to ward off lots of illnesses, but what about adults? The CDC recommends (link) that adults get multiple vaccines for conditions ranging from tetanus to influenza to cervical cancer. The shots can be a bit trickier to keep track of, as many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do, but those vaccinations are equally important for staying healthy.

"Many adults are not aware of what vaccines they actually need," says Dr. Pamela Rockwell, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan who works with the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. "That is also balanced by physician unawareness of what vaccines they should be recommending. It's gotten very complicated, and it is difficult to keep up with all the changes."


Thank you for sharing your stream of remembrances and reflections

I guess it's no surprise that we become more reflective and wax philosophical as our turn at life slowly winds down.

I catch myself often doing this more and more lately

So many of the clichés I've heard repeated over the decades, like "youth is wasted on the young" etc - they all make so much sense now lol. But so does realizing the futility of trying to help them young'uns from repeating my own past mistakes.

In the end, we're left with the hope that our species will wise up fast enough to survive the future's challenges awaiting it.

We need a miracle everyday.
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