Tuesday, September 26, 2023

26: Canada

Bill Gates gets real about climate change: Planting trees is ‘complete nonsense’ but the end of the oil and gas era is finally in sight

Innovation, Not Trees. How Bill Gates Plans to Save the Planet. He has billions to donate for crises from coronavirus to climate change, and more hope now that Trump is out of office.

Latest Prompt Engineering Technique Chain-Of-Verification Does A Sleek Job Of Keeping Generative AI Honest And Upright

Centrist Dems and McCarthy’s allies are in secret talks to strike a deal Any Democratic participation in a plan to stop a shutdown — let alone save the speaker’s gavel — would have huge conditions attached.

Sam Altman tracked how quickly people responded to his texts and emails to distinguish between 'great and mediocre founders'

‘A jealous god’: China remakes religions in its own image

Sunday, September 24, 2023

It Will Start In Nepal: Shankaracharya

Bill Gates gets real about climate change: Planting trees is ‘complete nonsense’ but the end of the oil and gas era is finally in sight

Bill Gates: Planting Trees to Solve Climate Crisis Is ‘Nonsense’ his money only goes to climate solutions proven by technology, not untested approaches such as planting trees. ....... I don’t use some of the less proven approaches. I don’t plant trees,” Gates said ........ many people believe, if we just plant enough trees, it will take care of the climate issue altogether. ......... After a brief, awkward silence, Gelles quipped he was going to call his friend, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and ask what he thinks. In 2020, Benioff and his wife, Lynne, started an initiative to plant a trillion trees on Earth by 2030 as part of his solution to the climate crisis. ............ Climate scientists have found that simply planting a lot of trees would have a minimal effect on halting global warming because it takes a long time for trees to reach maturity and absorb enough carbon to make a difference. An analysis earlier this year by MIT and the nonprofit Climate Interactive found planting a trillion trees would prevent only 0.15 degrees Celsius (0.27 Fahrenheit) of warming by 2100. ........... Climeworks’s carbon capture plant can capture up to 4,000 tons of CO₂ from the air annually on a 0.42-acre land; that’s almost 1,000 times more effective than trees on the same land ......... Gates argued for a tech-driven approach to tackle climate change. .......... “I’m the person who is doing the most on climate in terms of the innovation and how we can square multiple goals,” Gates said. ........... “I believe we should spend a lot of money on climate change. I believe we should have very high carbon taxes. But the political realities are such that, without innovation, it’s unlikely, particularly in middle-income countries, that the brute-force approach will be successful,” Gates said.

Bill Gates gets real about climate change: Planting trees is ‘complete nonsense’ but the end of the oil and gas era is finally in sight The threats, while severe and acute, have solutions and therefore won’t lead to the end of the world, he says. “There’s a lot of climate exaggeration,” he said earlier this week at a separate event, the Earthshot Prize Innovation Summit, which he attended with billionaire Michael Bloomberg and Prince William of the UK. “Climate is not the end of the planet. So the planet is going to be fine.” ......... “There are effects on humanity, the planet less so,” Gates said. “It’s a fairly resilient thing. But the reason I'm engaged is because it affects human welfare.” .......... “It’s pretty clear we’re not going to go to extreme scenarios,” Gates said. “Emissions will peak and then start to go down. They won’t go down as fast as we want them to and so the temperature will continue to rise and once the temperature has risen it doesn’t go down very quickly, unless you do massive carbon removal.”

Friday, September 22, 2023

22: North Korea

US Housing Starts Drop to Lowest Since 2020 While Permits Rise Multifamily starts plunged to lowest since onset of pandemic ...... Single-family permits accelerated to fastest pace since 2022 .......... The drop was largely driven by a sharp decline in multifamily construction. .... ..... Permits to build one-family homes accelerated to the fastest pace since May 2022, indicating optimism about future demand....... The recent pickup in mortgage rates has helped drive housing affordability to record lows, suppressing demand. Mortgage applications for home purchases are now at levels not seen since the mid-1990s, and it’s not clear when borrowing costs will subside.

Trudeau’s Mega Pipeline Promises to Redraw Global Oil Flows Trans Mountain project to bring 600,000 barrels to new markets ...... China, India among possible top destinations for crude

Centrist Dems and McCarthy’s allies are in secret talks to strike a deal Any Democratic participation in a plan to stop a shutdown — let alone save the speaker’s gavel — would have huge conditions attached.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

नया जातीय व्यवस्था

Special session: Modi introduces women's bill in new India parliament The Indian government has introduced a bill guaranteeing a third of seats for women in the lower house of parliament and state assemblies........ The contentious bill, first proposed in 1996, has been pending for decades ........ Its revival is expected to boost the governing Bharatiya Janata Party's fortunes in general elections next May. .........

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

20: Bramha Kumari Shivani

20: Gary Vaynerchuk

Paul Krugman’s Economic Advice to China: ‘Live a Little’ The Opinion columnist explains why the Chinese government needs to boost consumer spending to prevent an even worse economic situation.

Macron’s slow but bold U-turn on Ukraine He missed his ‘Churchillian moment’ at the start of the war, but France’s president is now swinging behind Ukraine’s NATO and EU future......

Caste System

20: Bramha Kumari Usha

20: Jawan

20: Shankaracharya

America Can’t Stop China’s Rise And it should stop trying. ....... The United States remains the most dynamic and prosperous economy in the world. ....... the Biden administration has tried to increase the pressure on China by banning the export of chips, semiconductor equipment, and selected software.

Inside the Next Republican Revolution Whether Trump wins or not, the GOP plans a renewed assault on his nemesis, the “deep state.” Can conservatives train enough loyalists to actually get the job done? ........ Trump himself “added $8 trillion to our debt”

20: Canada

Thursday, September 14, 2023

14: New Economics

'New economics': the way to save the planet? the endless pursuit of economic growth is devouring the foundations of life on Earth, and no country – rich or poor – can expect to escape dire consequences if things go on as they are. ........ The vision: a new relationship between the state, local communities and nature aligned behind a more holistic notion of progress than gross domestic product (GDP), the established yardstick for economies as different as those of the United States and Mozambique. ......... Laurie Laybourn-Langton, an associate fellow at London’s Institute for Public Policy Research and lead author of a new report on environmental breakdown titled This Is A Crisis........ Laybourn-Langton, 30, and other champions of ‘new economics’ argue that it is time to acknowledge that the state must play the central role in marshalling a response to looming systemic environmental shocks....... the Green New Deal........ the U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that only a profound economic transformation would allow the world to curb carbon emissions quickly enough to limit global warming........ On Monday, a parallel 130-nation scientific study said industrial society has pushed a million species to the brink of extinction. Plants and animals are vanishing tens to hundreds of times faster than during the past 10 million years, the 145 expert authors found....... an international civil disobedience campaign by Extinction Rebellion ........ Katherine Trebeck, an Australian political scientist who co-founded the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, a network of academics, businesses and social movements. .......  Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of global investment manager GMO

5 ChatGPT Prompts To Feel Invincible At Work "When I'm doubting myself, I tend to say things like [list the negative things you say to yourself] to myself. How can I rephrase these into positive affirmations that make me feel unstoppable? Give me some alternatives for each one, from gentle reminders to tough love." ................ "I avoid taking risks because I fear [describe your specific fears]. This has led to [describe missed opportunities or setbacks]. What are some actionable steps to conquer these fears and seize opportunities?" ............... Athletes don’t often miss out on championship titles because of technique, strength or ability. They miss out because they lose the mental game. Because something gets to their head. The crowd, the pressure, or the competition. It plants the seed that they might not be capable, and this affects the maneuvers they’ve made thousands of times in training. ............. "When faced with setbacks, my initial reaction is [describe your emotional response]. How can I develop mental resilience to bounce back stronger and feel invincible? Give me some tactics to incorporate into my day." .............. Find similar people to never feel ostracized again. See how your business can grow when you support each other to achieve. .......... "I feel most supported when [describe situations or people that make you feel supported], but lack support when [describe when you feel unsupported]. How can I build a strong support network to make me feel invincible?"

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