How Cubans live long but yeah at one tenth costs?

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On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan.

The comment came back to haunt Sanders in the wake of Castro’s death. On Sunday on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz played the old clip and then asked Sanders if he was aware that “this was a brutal dictatorship despite the romanticized version that some Americans have of Cuba.” She reminded Sanders that Castro rationed food and punished dissidents, then hit him with the big question: “So have you changed your view of Castro since 1985?”

Sanders said he didn’t exactly remember the context for his comment (being 31 years ago) but that Cubans “do have a decent health-care system.”

Many consider it more than decent. After a visit to Havana in 2014, the director-general of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan called for other countries to follow Cuba’s example in health care. Years before, the World Health Organization’s ranking of countries with “the fairest mechanism for health-system finance” put Cuba first among Latin American and Caribbean countries (and far ahead of the United States).

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Source Credits: James Hamblin in The Atlantic

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The reason why time management ruining us

The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a writer and self-avowed geek named Merlin Mann. Their biggest professional problem was email, the digital blight that was colonising more and more of their hours, squeezing out time for more important work, or for having a life. And Mann, a rising star of the “personal productivity” movement, seemed like he might have found the answer.

He called his system “Inbox Zero”, and the basic idea was simple enough. Most of us get into bad habits with email: we check our messages every few minutes, read them and feel vaguely stressed about them, but take little or no action, so they pile up into an even more stress-inducing heap. Instead, Mann advised his audience that day at Google’s Silicon Valley campus, every time you visit your inbox, you should systematically “process to zero”. Clarify the action each message requires – a reply, an entry on your to-do list, or just filing it away. Perform that action. Repeat until no emails remain. Then close your inbox, and get on with living.

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Source Credits: Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian

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Why Bermuda houses have white stepped roof?

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The North Atlantic island of Bermuda has no fresh-water springs, rivers or lakes. So how did humans ever settle there? The secret is in the design of their houses, and particularly the white stepped roof which is still in use 400 years after it was first introduced.

A British visitor to Bermuda will feel instantly at home, even if the weather is far warmer and sunnier than anything imaginable on the British Isles. Many of the island’s 60,000 residents live in limestone cottages painted in pastel colours of a design familiar from British towns or villages.

But white roofs? With steps? Where did they come from? It turns out they are designed this way to harvest rain. The steps slow down heavy rainfall helping the gutters to collect the water and store it in a tank under the house.

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Source Credits: Harry Low in BBC Magazine

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The Worst Of News For Living Things On Earth

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It’s officially the beginning of the end for life on Earth, researchers say.

Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have passed 400 parts per million — long regarded as the point of no return in the battle against climate change.

Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said the CO2 levels for September will definitely be above 400 ppm — a time when they typically record the lowest CO2 levels of the year. The findings come from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, which has measured CO2 levels since 1958.

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Source Credits: Lauren Tousignant in New York Post

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Killing Nineteen Chinese Get Minimal Reporting

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In a remote Chinese mountain village, 19 bodies were found. Among the dead was a 3-year-old. Hours later, a young man was arrested in connection with the killings.

Had this crime, discovered on Thursday morning, occurred in the United States, it would have ranked as one of the most horrific mass murders in the nation’s history, worse than the killings last year in San Bernardino, Calif., where 14 people died, and the 2012 shootings at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., which killed 12.

But in China, the country’s censors have been hard at work taking down posts about the killings on social media that deviate from the terse, five-sentence account released Thursday afternoon by Xinhua, the official news agency, and dutifully reproduced in print and on the internet across the country.

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Source Credits: Michael Forsythe in The New York Times. Image above is from the city of Kunming.

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Impropriety Of Officers With Women Prisoners

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They should be controlling, but not too controlling; caring, but not too caring. That’s how one corrections official describes the fine line that prison officers must walk in their dealings with inmates.

Veer too far in one direction and you end up with the horrors of Don Dale. Go too heavy on the “caring” and you end up with what is known in corrections parlance as an “inappropriate relationship”, or even a pregnant prisoner.

We still know little about the circumstances around the pregnancy of an inmate at Bandyup Women’s Prison, beyond the fact an officer has been suspended while an investigation continues.

We don’t know if it was too much “caring” by the officer, or an abuse of power, or both, or something else entirely. He apparently denies wrongdoing.

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Source Credits: Sophie Morris in The West Australian

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Iranian Mullah, Saudi Prince And Taqiyah Traps

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Ever since they seized power in 1979, Iran’s ruling mullahs have faced the challenge of forging a synthesis between perception and reality. In almost every case, attempts at replacing reality with the perception of an ideal ends in grief. And in many cases, the ideological regime is prepared to sacrifice reality to perception. What matters is how things look, not how they are.

Iran’s Khomeinist regime is the latest illustration of that. The seizure of American hostages in 1979 ended with a disaster for the Iranian economy, not to mention the nation’s prestige. Yet, the ayatollah declared victory over the “Great Satan.”

In 1988, the eight-year war with Iraq had a humiliating end for the Islamic Republic. But, there too Khomeini crowed about his triumph, and ordered the execution of thousands of prisoners to divert attention.

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Source Credits: Amir Taheri in Asharq Al-Awsat. Image above shows protest against hijab in Sweden by Community Party of Iran and the Organization against Violence to Women in Iran.

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China stalk Indian warships in Japanese waters

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A Chinese naval intelligence ship entered Japanese territorial waters off Kagoshima Prefecture on June 15, just six days after Tokyo filed a strong protest over the entry of a Chinese naval frigate into Japan’s contiguous zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands.

Coincidence? We think not.

These incidents clearly signal China’s intention to achieve its aims while ignoring the security concerns of neighboring countries.

The Chinese government contends that passage of the warship through Japanese territorial waters was legal under freedom of navigation laws. China’s Defense Ministry argues that the Tokara Strait south of Yakushima island in southern Japan is “a strait within territorial waters used for international navigation.”

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Source Credits: The Asahi Shimbun

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Michael Jackson Neverland Pedophilia Institute

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Make no mistake: Michael Jackson wasn’t like the pervert priests who abused and destroyed children in an environment of institutionalized pedophilia. Michael Jackson was a rich and famous freak, so he had his own, private pedophilia institute in order to abuse and destroy children.

It was called Neverland Ranch, where he kept exotic animals in a zoo and exotic children in his bed. That’s what I believe at any rate.

Now one of those kids, choreographer Wade Robson, 33, has brought a suit against his estate claiming that Jackson ran “the most sophisticated child abuse procurement and facilitation operation the world has known.” And I believe that too.

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Source Credits: Linda Stasi in New York Daily News

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Is Being A Lawyer Actually That Good For You?

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That’s easy isn’t it? It’s going to be about stress. Everyone knows too much stress is bad for you and lawyers work too hard. The law’s often complicated and clients frequently stressed themselves, and that makes working with them stressful. For many, work brings them into contact with highly emotional, distressing situations. Others work in intensively competitive markets where the stakes can be extraordinarily high. There’s going to be stress. You can have all the resilience training you want but something’s going to leak through. And anyway, you’ve got pretty good at dealing with it haven’t you?

Well, yes but no. It is about stress, but not just the fact that there’s stress. What’s more interesting, and important, is what happens when we get stressed; how it affects us mentally.

It’s not an accident you became a lawyer, though you may think it is. I used to attribute it to a random conversation with some friends of my parents.

But, actually, I had all sorts of discussions with all sorts of people about what I was going to do. What made that one take seed? What draws certain people to the law? Yes, there’s financial reward, security, social status, intellectual interest – but, it turns out, those can all be available in other careers.

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Source Credits: Jonathan Coppin in The Lawyer. Image above shows two commercial lawyers working.

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