Monday, August 17, 2020

Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your At-home Workouts

Three science-backed ways to keep moving and see results — without leaving your living room.


Jopwell’s CEO Porter Braswell on the Money Advice He’d Give His Younger Self

The co-founder of the leading career advancement platform for people of color on generosity, budgeting, and spending money as a parent.


5 Ways to Make Time for Things That Bring You Joy

Finding your happy place may feel like a luxury in these tough times, but research shows it’s essential for your well-being. 


Practicing Daily Gratitude Keeps Me Grounded During the Pandemic

Here’s how it can help you, too.


Bumping Into a Friend Helped Me See Old Wounds In a New Light

A brief moment reminded me to lead with compassion.

M O R E   G R E A T  R E A D S 

How to Connect With Your Kids as They Grow Into Teenagers

Jopwell’s CEO Porter Braswell on the Money Advice He’d Give His Younger Self

How Some Stress Can Be Good For You

3 Strategies to Help You Find Your Balance

How to Deepen Our Bonds With Loved Ones During a Crisis

COVID + Conspiracy: Two Viral Diseases

COVID + Conspiracy: Two Viral Diseases(John Rudoff via Getty Images)QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged “deep state” against President Trump and his supporters. The movement spawned from a series of posts that began appearing on social media during the 2016 election cycle that made outlandish, salacious, and false claims against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. After the election, posts on the anonymous imageboard 4chan were made by purported government insiders who professed to have information on wild plots against the incoming president. In October 2017, a post appeared from a user identifying himself as “Q Clearance Patriot” who claimed to have top level access to highly classified information involving the Trump administration and its opponents. The original Q post was disseminated across multiple media platforms through a network of people intent on building internet followings for profit.2020 has seen peoples’ lives upended by COVID-19, and the president has exploited the crisis by purposefully eroding confidence in medical experts and science-based recommendations. The resulting confusion and fear has heightened divisive conspiracy theories, enabling QAnon to spread its cosmic web of baseless and unhinged precepts with vocabulary closely related to the religious concepts of apocalypticism and millenarianism. Experts who study radicalization say a distinct behavioral pattern has evolved during the pandemic: People with time on their hands, looking for answers, are led down a radical path by niche interests and the internet’s tendency to feed their darkest curiosities. Shannon Foley Martinez is a reformed neo-Nazi who now works to deradicalize extremists. She has great insight into why so many people have climbed aboard the conspiracy train during this pandemic. “I believe that we actually are living amidst another pandemic — a trauma pandemic,” she said. “America right now is very unstable. It feels precarious. People are carrying huge amounts of stress, both financial, and personal.”When overly-stressed people feel abjectly disempowered, Foley Martinez says, they yearn for a definitive path, a direction with “very clear rules [and] a very clear definition of enemies; friends and foes.” Finding a simplistic roadmap with clear direction creates order out of chaos, and gives traumatized people a sense of empowerment. “There’s an allure to it,” she added.In a QAnon world, where those enforcing mask mandates are perceived as part of a movement that includes Satanic child sacrifices, that good-versus-evil narrative can provide a strange sort of comfort. Doing the opposite of public health advice can give conspiracy theorists a sense of control, especially when Facebook and Twitter groups reward them for throwing viral tantrums in public.Additional Conspiracy ReadsQAnon Promotes Pedo-Ring Conspiracy Theories. Now They’re Stealing Kids. (Daily Beast)The Week QAnon Went Mainstream (NYT, $)A Church. A Viral Video. A Campaign To Discredit Black Lives Matter. (Buzzfeed)A college kid created a fake, AI-generated blog. It reached #1 on Hacker News. (MIT Tech Review)


“History is much more the product of chaos than of conspiracy.”― Zbigniew Brzeziński“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson


“History is much more the product of chaos than of conspiracy.”― Zbigniew Brzeziński“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” ― Lyndon B. Johnson

Best Weekly Quotes

Walter Scott“Success – keeping your mind awake and your desire asleep.”

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via RSS Feed“Only the educated are free.”

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via RSS Feed Washington“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

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via RSS Feed Savage Landor“Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.”

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via RSS Feed Paul Jones“If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.”

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Today’s Inspirational Quote:

Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

— Wilma Rudolph

Stanford business Newsletter

EntrepreneurshipEat, Sleep, ZoomIn the months since his company became a global verb, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan has never been busier. Or more exhausted. Or happier.Read More 
LeadershipHow to Be a Good Boss in Trying TimesOffering compassion, predictability, and control can help, say two Stanford experts.Read More 
EducationDavid Rogier, MBA ’11: “Everyone should have access to genius”How the CEO and cofounder of MasterClass reinvented online learning.Watch More  
Hard LessonHow to Land Safely When a Firm Won’t FlyAmanda North, MBA ’82, looks back on the painful experience of shutting down a business that had once been her dream.Read More  
Big DataWhen the Best AI Isn’t Necessarily the Best AIWhy organizations might want to design and train less-than-perfect AI.Read More 


Give up all forms of parrotry. Start practising whatever you truly feel to be true and justly to be just.Do not make a show of your faiths and beliefs. You have not to give up your religion, but to give up clinging to the husk of mere ritual and ceremony.To get to the fundamental core of Truth underlying all religions, reach beyond religion.——-AVATAR MEHER BABA[THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING By Meher Baba. Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011 Copyright © 1963 Meher House Publications, Beacon Hill, Australia Copyright © 1989 Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India]


Magniloquentmag-NIL-ə-kwəntPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Latin, mid-17th century
1Using high-flown or bombastic language.
Examples of Magniloquent in a sentence “His speech was so magniloquent the audience was held in rapt attention.” “You might admire magniloquent language, but sometimes plain speaking is best.”

(850) The last living members of an extinct species – Jan Stejskal – YouTube

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Wisdom Quotes

The intelligent know to belief only half of what they hear. The wise know which half.

An intelligent man believes only half of what he hears, a wise man knows which half. (Even Esar)

Don’t wait for the perfect moment to strike, strike in the current moment and make it perfect.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. (William Butler Yeats)

Interesting Whatsapp forward from a friend.

The Jagersfontein Mine, located in South Africa, has been of the great diamond mines of the world. Discovered in 1870, it has yielded over 9.6 million carats of beautiful diamonds over its lifetime. Yet the unique stone that was discovered here in 1895 was particularly special, in more ways than one.

First and foremost, this magnificent large diamond, weighing 245.35 carats, turned out to be the sixth largest diamond in the world. This means it was twice as large as the legendary Kohinoor. Second, it was a diamond of exceptional purity and sparkle, and often described as the most perfectly cut of all large diamonds. But most importantly, as this interesting story will soon reveal to you, it went on to play a very important role for the Tata Group, well beyond the normal remit of diamonds and jewellery.

The large rough stone was sent to Amsterdam in 1896 for polishing, where it became clear that it was yielding a superb, colourless, cushion-cut diamond. A stone so perfect in cut, that it could be balanced on its narrow culet, less than 2 mm across. In 1897, it was named the “Jubilee” Diamond, to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. Here is a rare instance of a diamond being named for a diamond jubilee, quite a literal commemoration ! Indeed, the consortium of three London merchants who owned it then may have even thought that this diamond would be best placed in Her Majesty’s royal crown.

However, destiny had other plans in store for the Jubilee Diamond. In 1900, it was displayed at the Paris Exposition, which was held to celebrate the achievements of the past hundred years, and also to welcome the new century. The diamond was a centre of attraction at this global fair, and received a lot of praise from experts. At that time, it must have caught the imagination of Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of Jamsetji Tata, founder of the Tata Group. Two years earlier – on Valentine’s Day of 1898 – Dorabji Tata had been married to Meherbai, and he was deeply in love with her. He now decided to gift her the Jubilee Diamond.

Dorabji bought the diamond from the London merchants for around UK £100,000. Lady Meherbai Tata had it set on a platinum claw, and it was then hung on a platinum chain which she could wear around her neck. She would wear it for special occasions, and it is quite possible that she may even have worn it while meeting the then US President Calvin Coolidge, or the King and Queen of England.

Lady Meherbai Tata was a pioneer of the women’s movement in India, and she was also very proud of her Indian roots, so she inevitably wore a saree to celebrate her Indian heritage, even while travelling abroad. The Jubilee Diamond must have been a perfect accessory, complementing her beautiful Parsee sarees. However, this was a very valuable diamond, and heavily insured too. Dinsi Gazdar, who was a well known jeweler of those days at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, remembered Sir Dorabji Tata stating that every time his wife took the diamond out of their safe deposit vault in London, he was “fined” £200 by the insurance company.

In the meanwhile, Sir Dorabji Tata had succeeded his father as Chairman of the Tata Group, and was busy managing the affairs of Tata Steel, Taj Mahal Hotel and other business ventures of the Group. Tata Steel, based in Jamshedpur, had undertaken an expansion programme, post the first World War, and the Company, which was still in its early years, now ran into a host of difficulties, ranging from price inflation to labour issues. Demand in Japan, a large market, came spiraling downwards because of an earthquake there. By 1923, there was a shortage of cash and liquidity, and the Tatas grasped for breath, making valiant efforts to raise funds.

In 1924, a telegram arrived from Jamshedpur, and it was bad news. It simply said that there was not enough money to pay wages to the employees of Tata Steel. Would the fledgling Company survive, or would it be forced to shut down ? Would the dreams and visions that guided the establishment of India’s first integrated steel plant come tumbling down ?

Sir Dorabji Tata did not hesitate for a moment. He had to save the Company, so that it could survive during these difficult times. His wife Meherbai and he decided to pledge their entire personal wealth, which came to around Rs. 1 crore (a huge amount in those days), to a bank, to raise funds for Tata Steel. Sir Dorabji pledged his family wealth to the Imperial Bank. This included all the jewellery owned by his wife, including the Jubilee Diamond.

The Imperial Bank provided the Tatas a loan of Rs. 1 crore, against this personal pledge. The money was used to fund Tata Steel. Soon, the Company’s expanded production facilities began producing returns, and the situation took a turn for the better. Not a single worker was retrenched during this period of intense struggle, though shareholders were not paid dividends for the next several years. The Company returned to profitability within a few years, and the pledge was repaid. By the late 1930s, Tata Steel began hugely prospering once again. By then, Sir Dorabji Tata had passed away, but the personal sacrifice made by his wife and by himself, in pledging their wealth and jewellery, had saved Tata Steel from extinction.

Lady Meherbai Tata died of leukemia, at the relatively young age of 50 years, in 1931. Sir Dorabji Tata passed away just a year later, in 1932. He willed his entire fortune to the Sir Dorabji Tata charitable Trust – including, of course, the Jubilee Diamond. The Jubilee Diamond was sold through Cartier in the year 1937, and the funds from this sale went to the Trust.

The Sir Dorabji Tata Trust used these funds that it was endowed with, to establish the Tata Memorial Hospital and many other Institutions, including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. This surely makes the Jubilee Diamond unique – it is perhaps the only diamond in the history of mankind that has saved a steel company from collapse, and hence saved several livelihoods from being lost, and has then gone on to create a cancer hospital as well. No diamond has served worthier causes, and this was only possible because of two wonderful hearts of gold.

What happened to the Jubilee Diamond, thereafter ? It was acquired from Cartier by M. Paul-Louis Weiller, a French industrialist. It has since been bought by Robert Mouwad, of the House of Mouwad, reputed jewelers and watchmakers since 1890. There it rests today, its brilliance as splendid as ever, on the back of its eventful history. A beautiful, magnificent diamond with a Tata history.

When Sir Dorabji Tata died, the Times of India wrote, on 4th June 1932 –

“Sir Dorabji’s fame, however, will not rest on his great (industrial) achievements, splendid as they were, or on his wealth, but it will rest solidly on the use he has made of his possessions.”

Truly, what use we put our possessions to, is the real value that they serve. The story of the Jubilee Diamond stands testimony to this truth. (Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons)

Wisdom Quotes

It’s not how many years you’ve lived in your life, but how much life you’ve lived in your years.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. (Abraham Lincoln)

Reach the point people expect you to reach and keep going.
I’ve always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up. (Beverly Sills)