Can’t even touch my core. Great Marathi Poetry by Kavi Grce.

Calligraphic Expressions.... .... by B G Limaye: November 2012

Invisible insulation – Seth Godin Newsletter

Invisible insulation

I didn’t spend any time yesterday worrying about being eaten by a grizzly bear. Or that I would get cholera from the water in my house.

Over time, we’ve built layers of insulation between ourselves and the world.

Shoes make it easier to walk around. We can put one foot in front of the other without constantly scanning for rocks or rusty nails.

This invisible insulation is a form of civilization.

And when it’s unevenly available, it becomes privilege. Just as invisible sometimes, but to make things better, we need to look at it and realize that it’s there and do something.

If other people have shoes, it doesn’t make your shoes less functional. But if they don’t have shoes, then everything else they contribute (to you, to me, to everyone) is going to be different.

We’ve done a shameful job of offering insulation to far too many people. Access to health care. Clean water. Good schools. Freedom of fear from state violence. And the benefit of the doubt, which is easy to overlook. Because it all adds up, every day, for generations.

It’s almost impossible to make a list of all the things I didn’t have to worry about yesterday. We need to work overtime to make that true for more people.

PNUT says about Biden…

“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman thinks about the next generation.” ― James Freeman Clarke
Biden’s Election Strategy: Chillax & Let Trump Tweet Until He Loses

(Dilip Vishwanat via Getty Images)

In all fairness, it would be politically challenging for any president seeking reelection to be dealing simultaneously with a global pandemic, a severe economic downturn and widespread civil unrest. For President Trump, many of his challenges are of his own making. And while the president seems to truly believe he can turn his magical reality-bending powers into political gold this election year, multiple new polls show his support slipping and his challenger’s lead growing.

Nate Cohn’s analysis in the Upshot finds that Trump’s slippage is driven largely by his eroding support among white voters, particularly those said to be his base. Cohn averaged together recent high-quality polls and found that Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s overall lead over Trump has expanded to 10 points, up from six points earlier this spring. Specifically, among non-college-educated white voters, Trump’s lead over Biden has slipped by 10 points, to 21 points versus 31 points earlier this spring.

The latest Washington Post-Schar School poll may hold the answer to why this is happening: There’s a large shift underway in how white voters are viewing the issues underlying protests over George Floyd’s killing. 74 percent support the protests; 69 percent say Floyd’s killing shows broader problems in how police treat black Americans. 61 percent of Americans give President Trump negative marks for his handling of the protests, with 35 percent saying they approve of how he’s responded. Among registered or likely voters, Trump’s approval rating is now a negative 13.2 percentage points, down from negative 6.7 points a month ago. Such a significant national lead places Biden in a stronger position to oust an incumbent president than any challenger since Bill Clinton in the summer of 1992.

Daily Pnut Commentary: There is little doubt that election season is in full fervor now that there are less than five months until the 2020 elections and by the frequency of news coverage about the election. The future is impossible to predict (Exhibit A: this year’s pandemic and Exhibit B: mass protests this year) but given the polling and the vibe of the nation we believe right now that a Trump re-election is very unlikely.

Trump in 2016 won because he was the protest vote. In 2020 it looks like he will lose because he’s on the other end of protest votes. Voters will take their protest from the streets and their shelter in place straight to the ballot box. 2020 is shaping out to be much more a referendum on Trump’s leadership, then it is on whether Biden is a great candidate.

There are just too many states in play that in a normal election year should automatically vote Republican but this year due to Trump’s own undoing are battleground states. Trump was a political insurgent in 2016 and played the part very well. In 2020 he’s battling two political insurgencies (protests and pandemic) and as a counterinsurgent he has failed to make the transition from disruptor to stable leadership. And the political insurgency Trump needs to tamp down to win in 2020 is simply too widespread and impassioned. Every single campaign fundraising dollar Trump raises will need to be spread across too many states thereby diffusing his main advantage of fundraising.

The greatest risk to Biden losing the election is that people who are against Trump assume that his loss is a foregone conclusion, and then don’t actually turn out to vote. The second greatest risk to Biden is if Russia or China are able to leverage Facebook to push Anti-Biden and conduct information operations to influence the American electorate similar to what happened in 2016.

If Trump loses, there will be serious political-economic-social-prestige ramifications for him, The Republican Party, and his supporters. If Trump wins, then the fate of democracy in America will be an open question and we could become a banana republic as Trump’s authoritarian tendencies will likely go unchecked.

I like James Clear Newsletter

3-2-1 Thursday
Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (June 11, 2020)

“Working to deliver the most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

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Welcome to 3-2-1 Thursday,

Let’s get right to it. Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.



“In times of uncertainty, your habits can ground you.

When you feel overwhelmed, practice 1 minute of mindfulness.

When you feel restless, do a 1-minute workout.

When the world seems uncontrollable, focus on what you can control.”

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“The two skills of modern business: Storytelling and spreadsheets.

Know the numbers. Craft the narrative.”

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“People keep reading self-help and revisiting the same ideas because that’s precisely what we need: to be reminded.

The problem is not that information is unhelpful, but that attention is fleeting.

Nobody focuses on one idea every minute of the day. Good books refocus the mind.”

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Basketball star Damian Lillard on hard work:

“If you want to look good in front of thousands, you have to outwork thousands in front of nobody.”

Source: Twitter


Tennis champion and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Arthur Ashe on change:

“Most people resist change, even when it promises to be for the better. But change will come, and if you acknowledge this simple but indisputable fact of life, and understand that you must adjust to all change, then you will have a head start.”

Source: Days of Grace: A Memoir


Which of my current habits serves me most? Which serves me least?

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James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

P.S. Who’s this clown?

Lera Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think | TED Talk

via Lera Boroditsky: How language shapes the way we think | TED Talk

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world — and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language — from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian — that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. “The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is,” Boroditsky says. “Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000.”

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Via WhatsApp University – a True Legend

Martina Navratilova was once asked, “How do you maintain your focus, physique and sharp game even at the age of 43?”

She gave a humble reply, “The ball doesn’t know how old I am”. You need to stop yourself from stopping yourself.

Every game in life is actually played on a 6 inch ground – the space between your two ears.
We don’t live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our mind which is an unlimited area.

Life is great when things are sorted and uncluttered there. Keeping the mind messy with hatred growing on the table, regrets piling up in corner, expectations boiling in kitchen, secrets stuffed under the carpet and worries littered everywhere ruins this real home.

The key factor to performing well in life and in every arena, is the ability to control the quality and quantity of your “internal dialogue”.

Performance is potential minus internal interference. Live in peace, not in pieces.

Some legends know and acknowledge the role mind plays and how it determines quality of life.


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, late 17th century

(exclamation) A word said by magicians when performing a magic trick.


The implausibly easy achievement of difficult feats.

Examples of Abracadabra in a sentence

“The ‘abracadabra!’ was accompanied by a quick puff of smoke from the wand.”

“It seems like a lot of work, but with a little abracadabra we’ll get this garage cleaned out in an afternoon.”

Did you know…

… that today is ET: The Extra-Terrestrial Release Day? On this day in 1982, the world was captivated by this diminutive creature with wrinkled skin and a glowing belly who was stranded on Earth and needs the help of a sensitive little boy. Trivia buffs: TIME Magazine included the fictional alien in its list of candidates for Man of the Year – the first film character to receive that honor.



Check this out from The Times of India

MEA dismisses USCIRF report, says it is biased
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University World Newsletter

University World News
11 June 2020  Issue No: 273
Africa Top Stories
Goolam Mohamedbhai

PHOTOAs PhD enrolment in Africa increases, the need to ensure the quality of PhDs is becoming urgent. In this regard, promising developments in East Africa and South Africa offer a foundation upon which to forge a regional approach for use by quality assurance agencies across the continent.

Wilson Odhiambo

On 2 June a Kenyan marathon runner helped to pioneer a new form of virtual race that allows athletes to compete without having to be physically in the same area. This is one example of how professional athletes have adapted their careers to the new world of COVID-19. But what about ‘student’ athletes who depend on their sporting abilities to obtain access to higher education?

Han Aarts

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect long-term cooperation between universities in the Global North and South as budget cuts force the former to focus on their own needs? The lessons of the current crisis are that mutual cooperation is the best way forward.

Africa Analysis
Foster Gondwe

PHOTOEducational developers are in a good position to act as ‘shock absorbers’ against attempts to impose a standardisation of teaching and learning and corporate models of change that focus on competition and ‘choice’ in education rather than improving teacher confidence, autonomy and curiosity.

Wondwosen Tamrat
Africa Features
Samuel Okocha

PHOTOWhile Nigeria has recently eased its lockdown restrictions, educational institutions, including universities, have remained closed. The country’s private universities have responded by continuing to develop online learning, while many public universities are waiting for their physical facilities to reopen before restarting services.

Africa News
Munyaradzi Makoni

PHOTOThe council of the Academy of Science of South Africa has defended the editorial independence of its flagship journal – the South African Journal of Science – and the right of any academic to submit for publication the results of research in the scholarly journal subject to editorial review processes.

Global Commentary
John K Hudzik

PHOTODual purposing partnerships are the way forward for internationalisation of higher education in a post-COVID-19 world, as they mean partners can leverage each other’s resources into something more than each could do on their own. Developing an institutional culture supporting internationalisation is also key.

World Blog
Andrew Kakabadse

PHOTOLeaders need to be guided, intellectually stretched and coached according to the specific contexts they face, not subjected to online generalised packages. Now is the time to set up more business schools emphasising value-generating leadership rather than greater generalised remote learning.

Global Features
Geoff Maslen

PHOTOThe coronavirus crisis and the resulting government clampdown on foreigners entering Australia have cut earning capacity and created a revenue crisis for universities that has already left the top eight institutions dangerously exposed and is set to deepen, a new report has found.

World Round-up


Part of speech: noun
Origin: Scottish, early 18th century

(humorous) An animal, insect, or germ.


(informal) A vehicle or device of a particular kind.

Examples of Beastie in a sentence

“Watch out for beasties trying to invade your picnic!”

“I hate to carry my big camera, so I bring this little beastie in my purse.”

9. World Day Against Child Labor – 12th June

9. World Day Against Child Labor – 12th June

Child Labour Day

This day calls on the international community to take effective measures to eradicate forced labor, end modern slavery, and put a stop to human trafficking.

Content marketing opportunities:   

  • Article idea: Role of NGOs in the eradication of child labor
  • Infographic idea: X Industries where child labor is rampant
  • Video idea: What is the real cost of child labor?
  • Podcast idea: How can you identify and stop child labor?

Brand campaign that worked:

This short film by Refinery29 explores the child labor that goes into procuring ingredients for makeup and how it affects them.