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Monday, February 28, 2011

THE LATEST INTERESTING FACTOIDS

My three SIMPLE SOLUTION books provide a million of these factoids, but to bring you up to date:

1.  We all know this, but here is an article suggesting that you reduce your salt intake and, in general, eat less.  In fact, just about a month ago in this blog I said "Sleep More and Eat Less for Breakfast."  Read "How to Fix the Obesity Crisis."



Check it out to see if you are obese.  Simply, find your height and see which box crosses your weight. If you are in the orange, you are too fat, and if in the red, than morbidly so.  What then to do?  See your doctor.

2.  According to China experts, Hu Jintao (a civil engineer) was almost a decade ago selected to head the country to build up their undeveloped sectors, primarily in the West.  Well, the latest announcement is that China will build 45 new airports within the next five years at a cost of $230 billion.  It is reported that 130 of their 175 existing airports are already losing money, but the prime motivation for the new ones appears to be so that farmers can air freight their products to major cities and gain some needed revenue to balance the economy.  The next leader, Xi Zinping, apparently has a PhD in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, but perhaps under somewhat dubious circumstances.  Yet, he has assumed crucial roles, including taking over Shanghai, and has yet to be implicated in any scandal.   So what will be his task?

3.  Barack, Hillary...say it isn't so.  I read where America is doing exactly what Colonel Gaddafi idiotically ranted about last week, that we were going to attack Libya.  Apparently, the USA is, indeed, getting ready to send arms for sure, but even, perhaps advisors (call them troops) into that country.  Incidentally, someone mentioned that I had misspelled Gaddafi's name.  Well, here is the current list of how his name is spelled


Moammar Gadhafi: CNN, MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, AP:
Muammar Gaddafi:CNBC, BBC, Financial Times, Time Magazine, Reuters:
Muammar Gadaffi: London Times (usually):
Moammar Khadafy: NY Post, NY Daily News:
Muammar Qaddafi: Christian Science Monitor, FOX News:
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi: New York Times

And you thought there were too many ways to write Al-Qaeda.

Add Oman to your list of countries now in jeopardy.

4.  Oh, oh...our country is beginning to get somewhat serious about geoengineering solutions to global climate change.  That's Stephen Salter's cloud maker to reflect sunlight.  Can the Blue Revolution be the ideal solution?  Actually, nearly three years ago I wrote a Huffington Post article entitled:


Geoengineering of Climate Change



Don't get too excited, as these scientists and I only advocate doing some exploratory research to develop strategies just in case something like The Venus Syndrome brings the potential for imminent doom.

5.  Have our college students shifted attitudes over the past 40 years?  Yes, and alarmingly so.  In 1969 only 42% of freshmen wanted to be very well-off financially, while today, 78% do.  In 1969, 85% of these students wanted to develop a meaningful philosophy of life, while only 48% do now.

Well, tomorow I begin my Spring adventure for Planet Earth and Humanity, plus possibly finalizing my tribute to Pearl.  Countries to be visited include Thailand, Singapore, Japan, China and South Korea.

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The Dow Jones Industrials jumped up 96 to 12,226, with world markets also mostly increased.  Gold added a buck to $1411/toz and Brent crude is at $112/barrel, with NYMEX petroleum at $97/barrel.

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