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commence societal release

Sunday,  05/17/20  11:26 PM

I'm freeWell, this lockdown thing was all very exciting, but I can tell, here in LA people are not having it anymore.  They are out and about, and going back to work and to life.  I get that we were worried about health systems' ability to handle Covid patients, and I get the argument that we need to wait for a vaccine or at least a better treatment regime before we release everyone.  But it's a free society and people are going to do what they need to do.

Which is not to say the new normal will be the same as the old normal.  A lot of things have inflected permanently, including working from home.  I would guess when kids get back to school, a lot of their parents are going to spend a lot more time working from home.

One thing which has definitely inflected is telehealth.  Healthcare is not going back to the way it was.  Yay!

These two companies are changing healthcare as we know it.  Once of them is Teladoc.

Oh by the way, did you notice?  Traffic is way up and the Internet seems fine.  Did we maybe spend too much time debating net neutrality?  Yes.

Alaska: Seward highwayIf you're going to get out, the Discoverer has news you can use: The Best Road Trip in Each State.  Excellent.  The very first is my very favorite: The Seward highway in Alaska.

Alpha Go vs Lee SedolI have a couple of recommendations for you.  You should most definitely watch this video about Alpha Go and the match with Lee Sedol.  An absolutely fantastic accomplishment.  This, far more than Deep Blue defeating Garry Kasparov in chess, was a defining moment for Artificial Intelligence.

Shortly after, AlphaGo learned to play chess in 24 hours, and is now by far the strongest chess player ever.

Planet of the HumansAnd equally as important and thought-provoking, please watch Michael Moore's Planet of the Humans.  I recommended it before and just rewatched it.  On the second pass, it was more powerful for me.  It's not anti-climate-change, in fact, it's quite strongly pro-climate-change, but it's actively and strongly anti-renewable-energy.  Every single current source of "renewable energy" actually depends on fossil fuel.  Wind, solar, "biofuel" (aka logging and burning trees).  The fraud is staggering.

world's largest energy sourcesApropos: The world's largest energy sources.  Keep in mind all the renewal sources listed are really fossil fuel driven.

This job description is excellent.  Makes you want to apply for this job, doesn't it?

Little Richard!So we lost Little Richard.  As much credit as he gets, I think maybe it's not enough.  A tremendous musical legacy.  Watch this awesome track as see how many bands you can name who were influenced by him.

Want a new word?  Just click here to have one custom made.  They're very good.

The man who thought too fast.  Frank Ramsey - a philosopher, economist, and mathematician - was one of the greatest minds of the last century. Have we caught up with him yet?

Onward ... commence societal release!

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