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Monday, December 22, 2014

SOME MOSTLY GOOD NEWS

I continue to collect potential posting issues, and this Monday morning will present some of them here, with a thought that a few could someday warrant a full focus:
  • Tunisia just had its first "free" presidential election, and the winner was Beji Caid Essebsi, who is all of 88 years old.  Tunisia, slightly smaller than the state of Wisconsin, is located in North Africa between Algeria and Libya.
  • The Pantone Color of the Year in 2015 is:  MARSALA.  Pantone is a color company in New Jersey.  Surely you missed it, but Radiant Orchid was the trend in 2014 and Emerald in 2013.  

The logic of these selections reminds me of those arcane terms at wine tastings which are mostly meaningless:

I look for ascending color trends, colors that are being used in broader ways and broader context than before… In this case, Radiant Orchid descends from the purple family, which is kind of a magical color that denotes creativity and innovation. Purple is just that kind of a complex, interesting, attracting kind of color… 

[The] back-story to purple is that it inspires confidence in your creativity, and we're living in a world where that kind of creative innovation is greatly admired. In the world of color, purple is an attention-getter, and it has a meaning. It speaks to people, and we felt that it was time for the purple family to be celebrated. That's why we chose the particular shade called Radiant Orchid.
  • Honestly, now, how many of you knew that the countries on our terror list are Iran, Sudan (and only marginally so), Syria and Cuba?  Cuba will soon be removed, but North Korea might be thrown back into the dungeon for their supposedly dastardly deed with respect to The Interview.  Our State Department determines who belongs.  Not sure what blue means, but the dark green ones are the bad guys and light green countries became better world citizens:

  • This must be good news: From the American Bar Association, first year Law School enrollment is at a 40 year low, and total enrollment is at a 27 year low.  There are now 204 accredited law schools.  In 1973 there were 151.  This past year there were 37,924 full-time and part-time law students beginning their studies.  In 2010 there were 52,488.  The drop was not due to law schools raising their standard of admission.  Law jobs are hard to get.
  • Ibuprofen apparently shows potential for increasing your life expectancy by 12 years.  However, don't go out and buy a large bottle, for early studies by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California and Texas A&M University only extended the life span of yeast, worms and fruit flies.  Ibuprofen is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve pain, fever and inflammation.  For the record, aspirin and metformin (an anti-diabetes pill) also show this quality.  I might add that ibuprofen has been known to aid in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  The speculation is that these drugs interfere with the ability of cells to absorb tryptophan, an amino acid.
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