Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Beautiful Dreamers,

The Less you sleep, the sooner you die. Thanks, Dan.
■ Two-thirds of adults in developed nations fail to obtain the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by the World Health Organisation.
■ An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.
■ A 2013 study reported that men who slept too little had a sperm count 29% lower than those who regularly get a full and restful night’s sleep.
■ If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours’ sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
■ A hot bath aids sleep not because it makes you warm, but because your dilated blood vessels radiate inner heat, and your core body temperature drops. To successfully initiate sleep, your core temperature needs to drop about 1C.
■ The time taken to reach physical exhaustion by athletes who obtain anything less than eight hours of sleep, and especially less than six hours, drops by 10-30%.
■ There are now more than 100 diagnosed sleep disorders, of which insomnia is the most common.
■ Morning types, who prefer to awake at or around dawn, make up about 40% of the population. Evening types, who prefer to go to bed late and wake up late, account for about 30%. The remaining 30% lie somewhere in between.

Peace with North Korea is possible (as is reunification of this ancient culture, occupied by either China or Japan through much of history. Now one half is independent and one half is militarily occupied. As little as we hear about it, reuinification is the obvious goal for all Koreans.)

General McMaster says there are four or five Korean scenarios being electronically war-gamed, "some uglier than others", like the one with global nuclear armageddon, or just the one where all North Koreans get fried, along with most  South Koreans and half of Japanese. What I want to see is the scenario where a peace treaty ends the Korean war, and negotiations begin to end military occupation, concurrent with complete de-nuclearization, and culminating in national reunification.

There is no electricity in Puerto Rico without your own generator, and diesel for it, and no clean water, and it's the hot season. How will we cope when this happens to us. History goes round and round with wars, weather events and fuel shortages. Could you sleep at all? Would you get cholera? Who takes care of whom? Where is water, food and a propane camp stove coming from?

In weird news conference with Spanish President Rajoy, US President Trump says everything is going swimmingly with food, water and medical relief to Puerto Rico, and that he met lots of Puerto Ricans in New York. "They are great people". Also mentioned is $79 billion of defaulted debt, that "unfortunately has to be dealt with". (Some say things are really bad for all those people and hospitals without power and clean water, that the President is bullshitting. How rude of them...)

Puerto Rico needs a major relief effort. Where is the massive US military relief mission? (Oh, secretly preparing to invade Venezuela? OK, that comes first, I guess...)

Holders of Puerto Rican debt respond to massive desolation of lives, economy and infrastructure, by offering loans at improved rates (if the US taxpayers will back them, a much improved position). Since Goldman Sachs and Citibank must always be made whole, a way will be found to do this. Thank God for this crisis!

Is there a Spanish cop left anywhere outside of Catalona? Where are they all supposed to stay? How will they take all the ballot boxes away from everybody without killing people?
“Today we can affirm that there will be no effective referendum in Catalonia,” the Spanish government’s representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo, told reporters on Tuesday. “All the referendum’s logistics have been dismantled.” ... The US president sided with Rajoy, saying it would be “foolish” for Catalans to try to leave Spain. “I think that Spain is a great country and it should remain united,” he said.

Announcement expected that the lowest tax rate will rise, while the highest rates fall. Various deductions dance around. Meet "Middle Class Tax Relief", by Goldman grads. ("Carried interest" loophole not mentioned. Oh, it must have been eliminated, right?)

Russia has to set up a military base near Dier EzZor, Syria to protect the oilfields from all the name-changing, American bankrolled "democratic forces", trying for years to  finalize control, and no longer called ISIS, or Daesh.

Completely drug-resistant Malaria is booming. Global warming will help it move northwards in Europe, and soon expand into the promised lands of North America, (Don't worry, as long as we have AC in our sealed houses and cars we probably won't catch it.)

Sleeping With Mosquitoes 

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