Saturday, April 11, 2020

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

Created by Ray Dalio this simple but not simplistic and easy to follow 30 minute, animated video answers the question, "How does the economy really work?" Based on Dalio's practical template for understanding the economy, which he developed over the course of his career, the video breaks down economic concepts like credit, deficits and interest rates, allowing viewers to learn the basic driving forces behind the economy, how economic policies work and why economic cycles occur.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

How Zero Mass is using solar panels to pull drinkable water directly from the air


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Lauren Goode@LaurenGoode

At some point while standing on the roof of an old car dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona, I noted that it was hot outside. Almost as if on cue, our cameras began to overheat and shut down.
The founder of Zero Mass Water told me that this kind of early November heat was actually mild for the Arizona desert – and that regardless of the dry climate, he and his team were still able to produce water.
Because that’s what Zero Mass does: harvest drinking water out of thin air, using a combination of materials science, solar power, and predictive data. The goal is to use this technology to go from a position of “water scarcity to water abundance,” said founder and chief executive Cody Friesen, regardless of whether you’re in an area where access to clean water is a serious problem, or living in a place where bottled water is often half-drunk and discarded.
Zero Mass’ water-harvesting technology has been in the works for the past six years. It was first developed at Arizona State University, where Friesen was teaching engineering and materials science. Over the past couple years, Zero Mass’ panels — called Source — have been available to specific customers: multi-lateral institutions, recipients of emergency aid, investors, and friends of the company.
But just a couple weeks ago, Source became more widely available to consumers in the US. So for the most recent episode of Next Level Season 2, we headed to Arizona to check out the Source panels and taste the water ourselves.
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The best slow cooker ham and cabbage recipe


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Robin Donovan Recipe Developer

Looking forward to this at  the end of Lent. Hope to cook this. Been off meat all Lent so far.  So so hard but I do love a good stew.

If you’ve got a slow cooker in your pantry, you can always get a delicious home-cooked meal on the table, even after a busy day at work. This recipe tastes like the kind of home cooking that requires hovering over a hot stove all day. The good news is that it’s an easy, set-it-and-forget-it recipe that will win you rave reviews.
With vegetables, meat, and potatoes all cooked together, it’s a great one-pot meal. For added flavor and texture, you can top it with crunchy bits of cooked bacon. If you want to serve something on the side, a crisp green salad is always welcome.

Cooktop Cove
Slow cooker ham & cabbage

4 medium (such Yukon gold) potatoes, cut into cubes
4 celery stalks, diced
4 carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups diced ham
½ head green cabbage, chopped
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to mix.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Serve hot.

Tonic water compounds prevent allergic asthma in mice ( and maybe flu)







Asthma affects around 1 in 12 people in the United States, and this number is on the rise. A new study, however, finds that two compounds added to tonic water may be an effective treatment for the disease.




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Chloroquine and quinine – which are both used to flavor tonic water – prevented airway inflammation and other characteristics of allergic asthma in mice.
Researchers from the U.S. and Australia reveal how chloroquine and quinine prevented the development of allergic asthma in mice by activating the rodents’ bitter taste receptors.
Chloroquine and quinine are compounds that are used to treat malaria, and they are also added to tonic water in order to give the beverage its distinctive, bitter taste.
Dr. Pawan Sharma, of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology in Australia, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports.
Asthma is estimated to affect around 26 million children and adults in the U.S. The most common form of asthma is allergic asthma, which is triggered by exposure to dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, and other substances.
Inhaling such substances can lead to inflammation of the airways, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and chest pain.
While there are medications that can help patients to manage their asthma symptoms – such as corticosteroids and beta2 agonists – Dr. Sharma notes that there are currently no asthma medications that target disease progression.
“Our current research on taste receptors is crucial in identifying new classes of drugs that can be an effective asthma treatment option in future,” he adds.

According to Dr. Sharma and colleagues, previous research found that activating bitter taste receptors on the tongue, called TAS2Rs, led to the relaxation of smooth muscle in the airways of asthma mouse models.

The new study aimed to build on those findings by assessing whether TAS2R agonists – that is, compounds that stimulate the bitter taste receptors – have the potential to reduce some of the key features of asthma.
To reach their findings, the researchers gave mouse models of allergic asthma intranasal doses of either chloroquine or quinine.
Twenty-four hours after administration, the lung function, airway inflammation, and airway structure of the mice were assessed upon exposure to two allergens.
Not only did chloroquine and quinine prevent airway inflammation in the mice, but the bitter compounds also prevented other key characteristics of allergic asthma, including mucus accumulation and structural changes to the airway.

The researchers also tested chloroquine and quinine on human airway cells. They found that the compounds block the chemotaxis, or movement, of immune cells in the airway in response to allergens, which helps to prevent airway inflammation.

Dr. Sharma and team note that further studies are needed in order to identify TAS2R agonists with higher efficacy for the treatment of asthma. “Alternately, existing drugs could be repurposed for asthma therapy,” say the researchers, adding that:
“Advances in medicinal chemistry and computational modeling should catalyze the drug discovery process in exploiting TAS2Rs as novel anti-asthma therapeutic target.”

Monday, March 23, 2020

A Simple, Cheap Remedy for Colds and Flu?



Note: The following is offered as a report of my experience, and not as medical advice.  
You are likely to own a bottle of this purported remedy, because it is 3% hydrogen peroxide, the same H2O2 you have probably used on cuts and scrapes or, as a doctor suggested to me, as drops for ear wax. The strange thing is that to use it to treat an oncoming flu or cold or other infection, you are also supposed to put the drops into your ears, but strange or not, it has worked well for me and my children and grandchildren and friends. Interestingly one client has told me that when she was a child this method was used successfully to treat her ear infections.

IMG_0469-e1446383513771If you research hydrogen peroxide for colds and flu, you will read on various sites (here is a typical one)  that in 1928, a Dr. Richard Simmons theorized that cold and flu germs enter not through the mouth or nose but through the ears, and that putting hydrogen peroxide into the ears would stop the progress of these diseases. I have my doubts about his theory, but, so far, no doubts about the effectiveness of peroxide.

This is what I do if I feel that I am coming down with something: I lie on my side and put a dropper-full into my upward-facing ear. There is a bubbling that occurs and it is said that one should wait until it subsides. Simple and cheap, yes, but also boring, so I read while I’m waiting. I treat the other ear in the same way. In my experience symptoms begin to diminish within minutes, but I have found that in order to become asymptomatic, I need to repeat the process two or three times over the next day or two.

 If the illness is already established, there may be a lesser response or no apparent response at all.
In 2002 Dr. Joseph Mercola posted an article on his popular website about this use of H2O2 and then took it down because he believed the source to be suspect and because no studies have been done on this method. He reposted it, however, after hearing from so many of his readers about how well it had worked for them, and then wrote about it again in 2010, saying that “[m]any patients at my Natural Health Center have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu within 12 to 14 hours when administering a few drops of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each ear.”

I agree with Dr. Mercola that the best way to deal with colds and flus is to try to prevent them by getting enough sleep, avoiding sugar, getting out in the sunshine, etc., but I find it comforting, too, to know that as winter approaches, I have H2O2 in my medicine cabinet.
*Please note that there are other forms and strengths of hydrogen peroxide which may not be safe to use.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Free Bible Study :"The Understanding the Scriptures Podcast"

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