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Weeklinks – Edition 1

This week’s links on the causal relationship between Vitamin D + COVID-19, the vaccine-autism myth,+ PBA cards!

Be Well

Is it time to get rid of daylight savings time? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine would like to and they would “support a switch to permanent standard time, explaining in the statement that standard time more closely aligns with the daily rhythms of the body’s internal clock”. 

Well, I lost this argument. Researchers found women in general, tend to be morning people, while men are more apt to be night people.

Vitamin D nearly abolishes the risk of ICU admittance in COVID-19. Called the “Single Most Important Vitamin D and COVID-19 Study.” Why? “We have been waiting for data that could settle whether the association between vitamin D and COVID-19 incidence, severity, and mortality is a causal one. This study settles the question: yes, it is causal.” Take an early morning walk, step outside for lunch, and get your sun on. “Maintaining 25(OH)D 30-40 ng/mL is likely to be strongly protective against having a severe or fatal case.”

Longevity advice from a Japanese doctor who lived to 105. Hinohara’s diet was spartan: “For breakfast, I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it.” What else does he recommend? Take the stairs (keep your weight in check), break the rules, find inspiration, joy, and peace in art, and as life is all about contribution go out and find a purpose that keeps you busy.

Know More

You have a better chance at successfully moving through life when your brain believes you’re intelligent because you try, not because you were born that way or #iwokeuplikethis.

“One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality.”

“What makes Dweck’s work different, however, is that it is rooted in rigorous research on how the mind — especially the developing mind — works, identifying not only the core drivers of those mindsets but also how they can be reprogrammed.”

Growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts

How Fraud and a Broken Publishing System Fueled the Vaccine-Autism Myth. “What has caused the breakdown of our scientific ideals and systems? Ritchie identifies the four main culprits—fraud, bias, negligence, and hype.”

That and the 1998 Wakefield paper claiming the MMR vaccine was linked to autism, a paper which far from being an honest mistake or an understandable dead end in a tentative line of research, was fraudulent right from the beginning.”

State of the Union

“Full-time minimum wage workers cannot afford a two-bedroom rental anywhere in the U.S. and cannot afford a one-bedroom rental in 95% of U.S. counties, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual “Out of Reach” report. the average minimum wage worker in the U.S. would need to work almost 97 hours per week to afford a fair market rate two-bedroom and 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom, NLIHC calculates. That’s well over two full-time jobs just to be able to afford a two-bedroom rental.”

Very real get out of jail free cards. “The cards are designed to be presented in a low-stakes police encounter, like a traffic stop, as a laminated wink-and-nudge between officers that says, “Hey, would you mind going a little easy on this one?” 

With a few exceptions, PBA cards aren’t a normal part of life for most people in the U.S. Though they do confer some privilege and exclusivity, the cards aren’t exactly a secret. The Police Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, issues these courtesy cards—nicknamed “get out of jail free cards”—to its members on a yearly basis.”

Gaze

‘Composition’, Pablo Picasso, 1948.
“Einstein’s compression is hard to see because it happened in the abstract, but Pablo Picasso showed the same process of compression in concrete form.” — this excellent article titled Expression is Compression.
Magnetic Mountain (1948) by Kurt Seligmann

Listen

https://rachelangel.bandcamp.com/

Discover

Paul Dukes, known as the “Man of a Hundred Faces”, author of An Epic of The Gestapo (pdf here).

“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

— Maya Angelou

https://www.swiss-miss.com/2020/07/dont-complain-2.html

Do Good

If you’re multi-lingual, why not volunteer for crisis translation?

https://www.climatecardinals.org/volunteer

https://www.respondcrisistranslation.org/en/take-action

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That’s all, folks! Hasta la proxima.