Random Acts of Kindness


1. Clean up a local park
2. Compliment others. A simple “your hair looks great!” can make someone’s day.
3. Donate used clothes
4. Hold the elevator.
5. Support your own and your friends’ kids at their recitals and games.

3 Random Questions


1.Do you people watch? If so, where do you like to do this most?

2.What’s something that when you were learning it, you thought you’d never use it, but in reality, you ended up using it a lot?

3. What was an experience you didn’t think much about at the time, but it ultimately made you a stronger person?

3 Motivational Quotes


  1. “You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… then you’ll hear the sound of your soul”
    – Renee Carlino, Sweet Thing
  2. “Do not let the hero in your soul parish, in lonely frustration, for the life you deserved but never have been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
    – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
  3. “You can’t outwit fate by standing on the sidelines placing little sidebets about the outcome of life. either you wade in and risk everything you have to play the game or you don’t play at all. and if u don’t play u can’t win.”
    – Judith McNaught, Paradise

Random Phrases of the day


  1. Yada YadaMeaning: A way to notify a person that what they’re saying is predictable or boring.
  2. On Cloud NineMeaning: Having strong feelings of happiness or satisfaction. 
  3. Elvis Has Left The BuildingMeaning: Something that is all over.
  4. Fit as a FiddleMeaning: Being fit as a fiddle means to be in perfect health.
  5. Birds of a Feather Flock TogetherMeaning: People tend to associate with others who share similar interests or values.

Wisdom Quotes


Even if you’re on the right path, you’ll get nowhere if you stand still.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. (Will Rogers)

Wisdom is not only defined by what you know, but also be knowing what you don’t.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. (Confucius)

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5 Simple Ideas for Quick, Fuss-Free Dinners | Allrecipes


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Ethical Alliance Daily News


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United States: US charges lobbyist who tried to sway Trump administration on 1MDB cases against Jho Low
Aug 25, 2020 06:00 pm
US prosecutors have charged a consultant there with illicit lobbying linked to attempts to influence the Trump administration into halting its investigation into the 1MDB global corruption scandal. The Associated Press (AP) reported that Nickie Lum Davis was charged under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) for failing to declare that
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United States: U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal
Aug 25, 2020 05:30 pm
A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said shareholders in the proposed class action failed
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Singapore: 3 men charged over bribes to obtain competitor’s customer information and business
Aug 25, 2020 05:00 pm
Three men in the motor trade were charged on Tuesday (Aug 25) with offering and accepting bribes of about $12,000 in total between 2016 and 2017. The first, Eng Keng Hiong, a 35-year-old Singaporean, was a motor claims consultant of SK Automobile, an automobile servicing, and repair business. He was
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United States: Wife of Ex-California Congressman Sentenced for Corruption
Aug 25, 2020 04:30 pm
The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career. Government attorneys noted Margaret Hunter’s cooperation with the prosecution of
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Malaysia: Malaysia lawmakers debate hot issue of ‘direct negotiations’, previously a byword for graft
Aug 25, 2020 04:00 pm
A leader of a small Malaysian political party made a report to the anti-graft agency on Tuesday (Aug 25) against the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for awarding RM6.61 billion (S$2.2 billion) worth of projects through “direct negotiations”, which caused a ruckus in Parliament on Monday. Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president R.
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Indonesia: Former KPU commissioner gets six years in prison for election bribery
Aug 25, 2020 03:30 pm
The Jakarta Corruption Court has handed down a six-year prison sentence for former General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan after finding him guilty of accepting bribes in connection with an election dispute. “Wahyu Setiawan has been proven guilty of committing corruption as suspected,” presiding judge Susanti Arsi Wibawani said
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Take a Stance – Stand Up to it!


“Sometimes you must agree with someone’s opinion for the sake of being polite and modest, but within you, you know that you are not foolish and crazy.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

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Targeted marketing campaigns are the key to capturing the at-home consumer

Brand manufacturers and retailers will have to work together in response to long-lasting shifts in consumer behavior produced by COVID-19.

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Sustaining productivity in a virtual world

Maintaining productivity levels among remote employees is an enduring challenge. Here are five ways to help people and businesses thrive in the post-pandemic world of work.

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Four questions to ask before you plan your next meeting

Good meetings need to be designed, whether they are virtual or face-to-face.

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Seven myths of business experimentation

Disciplined, rigorous testing of ideas and strategies is fundamental to innovation, but businesses are often held back by misconceptions.

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Why corporate purpose statements often miss their mark

Analysis of nearly 2,000 CEOs’ description of their company’s purpose reveals that most omit a critical detail: why their company is in business.

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Michael Sandel: The tyranny of merit | TED Talk


via Michael Sandel: The tyranny of merit | TED Talk

What accounts for our polarized public life, and how can we begin to heal it? Political philosopher Michael Sandel offers a surprising answer: those who have flourished need to look in the mirror. He explores how “meritocratic hubris” leads many to believe their success is their own doing and to look down on those who haven’t made it, provoking resentment and inflaming the divide between “winners” and “losers” in the new economy. Hear why we need to reconsider the meaning of success and recognize the role of luck in order to create a less rancorous, more generous civic life.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michael Sandel · Political philosopher

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard, exploring the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time.

Re-orient life


The individual soul has to realize its identity with the Supreme Universal Soul with full consciousness.

Men shall have re-orientation of life in the light of this Ancient Truth; and they will readjust their attitude towards their neighbours in everyday life.

To perceive the spiritual value of oneness is to promote real unity and cooperation; brotherhood then becomes a spontaneous outcome of true perception.

——-AVATAR MEHER BABA

[GEMS FROM THE DISCOURSES OF MEHER BABA By Meher Baba. An Avatar Meher Baba Trust eBook June 2011. Copyright © 1945 by Circle Productions, Inc. (a New York Corporation), Copyright © Adi K. Irani, 1967 Copyright © 2007, Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust, Ahmednagar, India.]

Seth Godin Newsletter


The relativity of time

Two things are true simultaneously:

We’re running out of time.

We have too much time on our hands.

How can we be at a deadline and bored at the same time?

We always are.

Our experience of time relates to engagement, fear, opportunity, and culture.

Michael Sandel: The tyranny of merit | TED Talk


via Michael Sandel: The tyranny of merit | TED Talk

What accounts for our polarized public life, and how can we begin to heal it? Political philosopher Michael Sandel offers a surprising answer: those who have flourished need to look in the mirror. He explores how “meritocratic hubris” leads many to believe their success is their own doing and to look down on those who haven’t made it, provoking resentment and inflaming the divide between “winners” and “losers” in the new economy. Hear why we need to reconsider the meaning of success and recognize the role of luck in order to create a less rancorous, more generous civic life.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michael Sandel · Political philosopher

Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard, exploring the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our time.

WORD OF THE DAY


WORD OF THE DAY
Grok
grahk
Part of speech: verb
Origin: American English, 1960s
1

Understand (something) intuitively or by empathy

2

Empathize or communicate sympathetically; establish a rapport.

Examples of Grok in a sentence

“I haven’t had children, but I grok what it must feel like to see your kids grow up.”

“I have a difficult coworker, so I want to grok and get to know him better.”

Anti-Corruption Daily Newsletter for 08/25/2020


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Anti Corruption Digest is the most comprehensive source for global risk & compliance related news, insights, and best practices.

Readers are welcome to research the Anti Corruption Digest’s curated database of over fifteen thousand risk and compliance related articles, offer comments on any article as well as submit material for publication.

Below are some recent stories from the Anti-Corruption Digest

Clooney anti-corruption group blasts N Korea contracts in DR Congo

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

The Sentry anti-corruption group co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney urged Congolese authorities Wednesday to “annul” contracts with local companies controlled by North Korean citizens apparently flouting international sanctions.
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Invoice Fraud Strikes Amazon In $19M Scam 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

In a case that highlights how anybody — truly, anybody — can be a victim of invoice fraud, federal officials have reportedly charged two brothers in New York State for an alleged $19 million scam targeting Amazon.
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Corruption at All Levels – German Media Says Croatia is Europe’s Problem Child

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

“Violations of the law and corruption are much more common in the EU than is generally known. And this phenomenon is spreading, regardless of whether the heads of the government belong to conservative, social democratic or liberal parties,” writes the conservative newspaper Die Welt, as reported by DW.
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Not a whiff but a cesspool of corruption at PhilHealth

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) no longer sends out a whiff of corruption. The stink there comes from one, big cesspool.
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Arrested Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto’s fingerprints found on bribe cash

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

Japanese prosecutors have found new fingerprint evidence suggesting that a lawmaker charged with
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Major corruption scandal in Mexico targets two former presidents and construction giant Odebrecht 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

A corruption scandal shaking Mexico’s political elite intensified on Thursday as a leaked document containing a raft of allegations raised pressure on several former presidents and senior officials.
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Ethics must not be ignored when testing COVID-19 vaccines

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:09 am

The grassroots organization 1Day Sooner has been asking people to indicate their willingness to volunteer for human challenge studies of COVID-19. Challenge studies, in which healthy people are intentionally exposed to infection, may, they believe, speed vaccine development.
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PwC resigns as auditor of miner Petropavlovsk on governance concerns 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:08 am

PwC has resigned as the auditor of under-fire gold miner Petropavlovsk due to concerns over the firm’s corporate governance after a long-running boardroom battle.
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Money ‘laundering’ also a crime, says BSP

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:06 am

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) warned the public to refrain from washing or soaking banknotes in detergent soaps, bleach, alcohol, and other chemicals that may damage them.
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Ireland Will Transpose Latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules Into National Law

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:04 am

Cryptocurrency firms in Ireland will soon be regulated in line with the latest European legal framework for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Over a Billion Android Phones Turned Into Perfect Spying Tools by Security Flaws  

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

Over a billion smartphones are affected by a set of 400 security flaws, turning them into perfect spying tools, Check Point has revealed. The recently discovered vulnerability affects over 40% of Android phones around the world — 90% of them are currently in the US market.
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Firms serve up assistance to UAE food security mission 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

The UAE has implemented a range of policies, measures and strategies to ensure constant food supplies from abroad and scaled up agricultural production at home – and this is evident as businesses come forward and share their roles in aligning their strategies to boost food and water security.
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Former Uber chief security officer charged with covering up hack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:49 am

Joe Sullivan, the former head of security at Uber has been charged with obstruction of justice and concealing a felony by US prosecutors.
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A Security Flaw In ‘Manage Versions’ Feature Of Google Drive Could Allow Malware Attackers Trick Victims Into Installing Rogue Code

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:48 am

Google Drive may have a way that can allow malware attackers to trick victims to install malware. Malware attackers can exploit an unpatched security flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files that will allow attackers to perform spear-phishing attacks. Security researcher A. Nikoci told The Hacker News that a flaw in the manage versions feature in Google Drive can enable threat actors to swap a file with malware. He also reported this
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U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:41 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE.CO) and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch.
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Wife of Ex-California Congressman Sentenced for Corruption

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:40 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career.
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Iran Leader Calls US Model of Governance ‘Utter Failure’

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:38 am

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a video-conference with the Iranian administration on Sunday, at the beginning of the Administration Week in Iran.
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TikTok Sues Trump To Block U.S. Ban 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:37 am

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration arguing that the president’s executive order taking aim at the Chinese-owned app is unconstitutional and should be blocked from taking effect.
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Protests across Latin America reflect a toxic cocktail of pandemic and recession 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:32 am

(CNN)The impact of Covid-19 in Latin America is igniting protests in several countries, as the economic fallout from the pandemic aggravates existing social tensions from the streets of Buenos Aires and Panama City to remote parts of Brazil and Bolivia.
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 The return of rigged elections in Latin America 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:30 am

In 1955 the armed forces overthrew Juan Perón, Argentina’s populist president, driving him into exile. They banned him and his party from the election that eventually followed, a prohibition which remained in effect until 1973. A doddery Perón was then re-elected, but military rule soon returned. Apra, a Peruvian party with tendencies akin to Peronism, was similarly banned for decades. So, during the cold war, were many Communist parties. But with the spread of mass
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How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption in Latin America

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:29 am

Latin America as a region has long had a problem with public corruption, and the coronavirus pandemic has made things worse. As governments shovel public funds to fight the pandemic and its economic fallout, public officials are
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Former Oil Executive Indicted in Bribery Scandal Linked to Venezuela

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:27 am

HOUSTON (CN) — A former Citgo executive received bribe payments of $2.5 million, World Series and Super Bowl tickets from two business partners who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scam, federal prosecutors claim in an indictment unsealed Thursday.
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Is Daniel Hernandez Colombia’s most corrupt prosecutor in history?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:24 am

Prosecutor Andres Hernandez must be adored by Colombia’s mafia and corrupt politicians for arresting policemen, losing evidence, allegedly wiretapping at will and not solving one corruption case.
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Damaging Breaches Hit 96% of UK Businesses Last Year

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:12 am

Cyber attacks have hit almost all organisations across the UK in the last year, with 96% of companies reporting that a breach has negatively impacted their business.
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Uber ex-security boss accused of covering up hack attack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:10 am

Uber’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
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UK regulator wants crypto firms to share money laundering data 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:09 am

he UK’s top financial regulator wants to force all cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers operating in the country to produce reports about potential money laundering.
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Halyna Chyzhyk: Is Zelensky involved in covering up corrupt judges? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:08 am

On July 17, the detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted searches on the premises of the notorious District administrative court of Kyiv (OASK). The same day NABU published a new portion of the recordings of the head of court Pavlo Vovk. The recordings reveal large-scale crimes supposedly committed by judges. However, instead of immediate suspension of judges from the office and public condemnation of such behavior,  the High Council of Justice (HCJ), which is the main judicial governance body in Ukraine, stands up for dubious judges. Moreover, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova sabotages the investigation, while the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky makes very poor statements on the case.
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Egypt to join AU anti-corruption convention

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:53 am

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ratified a decree under which Cairo would join an African Union (AU) agreement to combat corruption.
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Saudi sacks officials over corruption at tourism projects 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:52 am

Senior Saudi security commanders were among a string of officials sacked over graft allegations at tourism projects, state media said Friday, in the government’s latest anti-corruption purge.
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‘End of the world’: The countdown to Beirut’s devastating blast

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:49 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The 10 firefighters who received the call shortly before 6 p.m. — about a big fire at the nearby port of Beirut — could not know what awaited them.
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Take a Stance


“If you have an elegant stance, a noble stance, an ethical stance, or a scientific stance, you will not be appreciated by the inelegant, by the ignoble, by the unethical or by the unscientific people!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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How an Indigenous community in Brazil used tech to contain the coronavirus. (Slate). A mobile app steps in when the government wouldn’t.

SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

― Robertson Davies

“One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it.”

— Daisaku Ikeda

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The Base That Won’t Budge

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The US is in the midst of a COVID-19 recession, with double-digit unemployment, economic slowdown, vanishing wages and savings, record business closures, lengthy food bank lines, and rising homelessness, yet President Trump continues to get higher approval ratings on economic issues than his predecessors did when they stood for reelection. A political analyst explains: “For so many of these voters, opinions of Trump are basically baked in. And what the actual economic situation is in November is less important to them than it would be in a different time with different candidates.”

Undeniably, the president is a great marketer. He’s built an enduring brand with a lot of conservative voters who continue to see him as a successful businessman and tough negotiator. They praised his economic stewardship before the pandemic hit, and now they don’t blame him for the damage it has caused. A Trump supporter in Wisconsin who owns parts of a brewery, a vehicle paint shop, and also sells insurance said: “He’s had failures — so have I — in business. But I think the biggest thing is that … he’s treating this like a business, and he’s running it like a business.”

Polling suggests that members of Trump’s voter base are less likely to have lost a job or income than Democratic or independent voters. An analysis of census survey data reveals that small business owners in less populated, more rural states that backed Trump in 2016 report less economic damage from the pandemic than those in larger blue states. Even Republicans hit hard by the crisis continue giving the president and his economy high marks. 80 percent of Republicans who lost a job and haven’t returned to work approve of Trump’s handling of the pandemic. Almost 70 percent of out-of-work Republicans say they are better off economically than they were a year ago, and less than 20 percent of conservative Republicans worry about losing a job going forward. Conversely, barely 10 percent of Democrats who have kept their jobs throughout the crisis say they are better off financially than in 2019. “Trump is a master at convincing people of his alternative reality,” said one economist.

MIXED NUTS: QUICK TAKES ON WORLD NEWS

Want a Vaccine? UK Tells the US to Wait in Line

AstraZeneca — maker of the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine — says clinical trials are ongoing in the UK and other global markets, but insists it isn’t in talks with the Trump administration about fast-tracking its vaccine for emergency use in the United States ahead of November’s presidential elections.
Downing Street said Monday that the UK would be first in line for the Oxford vaccine if it proves to be effective. A spokesman said while AstraZeneca has entered into a number of agreements with other countries, the UK will have first access and will receive 100 million doses once the drug is proven effective.
Both Russia and China are moving ahead with inoculations involving experimental vaccines that have yet to pass final efficacy and safety trials.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has become increasingly frustrated with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which the president has tried to suggest is slowing approval of a vaccine for “political reasons.” US government licensing rules usually require studies on up to 30,000 people — three times the scale of the UK testing already underway.
A report in Financial Times said top administration officials told Democrats in July an option under consideration was awarding “emergency use authorization” for the vaccine in October, based on the relatively small UK study. However, the director of the FDA’s division responsible for assessing the vaccines publicly warned he would resign if pressured to approve a vaccine before testing is complete.
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China is the first nation to have begun public use of an under-studied COVID-19 vaccine. On Saturday, Beijing health officials said they began dosing some medical workers and state-owned enterprise employees with an experimental vaccine in late July, under “urgent use” protocols.
At the pandemic’s onset, many governments announced they would not cut corners in developing a vaccine. But as the crisis continues to take lives and wreck economies, some governments have eased up on those idealistic declarations.
Three weeks after China began using its experimental vaccine, Russia rolled out one of its own. Neither vaccine passed standard clinical trials, which gives governments ample reason to be nervous. Last week, Papua New Guinea said it turned away a group of Chinese miners who had received an experimental coronavirus vaccine.
President Trump accused the FDA or the “deep state” of delaying progress for a US coronavirus vaccine in order to hurt his reelection chances. The political pressure may have gotten to the FDA, which announced over the weekend it was giving “emergency authorization” for the use of convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19. On Sunday, Trump touted the decision as a “breakthrough” in treatment, but scientists are skeptical. (Guardian, WaPo)
Additional Vaccine Reads

As Trump pushes Covid vaccine, FDA soothes fears (Politico)
Fauci says rushing out a vaccine could jeopardize testing of others (Reuters)
Are We Looking for the Wrong Coronavirus Vaccines? (NYT, $)
The unequal scramble for coronavirus vaccines — by the numbers (Nature)
How a pandemic revealed the plight of poor children: The Coronavirus Generation (NYT)
The Corner That State Universities Have Backed Themselves Into (Atlantic, $)
What the Hong Kong Covid-19 reinfection case tells us about coronavirus immunity (Vox).
An industry in peril: Outdoor Dining Is a Hit, but Restaurants Face ‘Apocalyptic’ Times (NYT)
Study finds racial and ethnic disparities in Covid-19 hospitalizations (CNN)
Racial Disproportionality in Covid Clinical Trials (NEJM)
Additional World News

Earth has lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice in less than 30 years (Guardian)
No gas, all brakes: A $91 Billion Asset Manager Dumps Exxon, Chevron on Climate (Yahoo)
In China, Where the Pandemic Began, Life Is Starting to Look … Normal (NYT, $). From a pandemic to pool parties.
China’s Communist Party is a threat to the world, says former elite insider (CNN).
Threatened by Facebook Disinformation, a Monk Flees Cambodia (NYT, $)
If you felt cooped up in lockdown, think of refugees confined indefinitely in camps (Guardian)
Murky waters in the Mediterranean: Greece plans Mediterranean navy exercises; Turkey objects (AP)
Can Belarus protesters topple Lukashenko? (WaPo,$)
Europe’s Geopolitical Awakening (Foreign Affairs)

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The Latest Entry in a Tragic Anthology

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Violent protests erupted Sunday after police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot a black man in the back as he leaned over into his SUV. 29-year-old Jacob Blake was hospitalized in serious condition after being gunned down in front of his three children, who were in the vehicle.
The shooting occurred around 5 pm and was captured from across the street on cellphone video that was then posted online. Seven shots can be heard, and a Black woman can be seen screaming and jumping up and down in the street. The officers were apparently trying to serve an arrest warrant on Blake, who had been charged on July 6 with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse.
The officers were placed on administrative leave while the state’s justice department investigates. Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers promptly condemned the shooting and indicated he intends to take further action.
“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action,” the governor said. “In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.” Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha police union, called Evers’ statement “wholly irresponsible.”
In a statement, Deates said: “As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident. We ask that you withhold from passing judgment until all the facts are known and released.” Kenosha is a former auto manufacturing center of 100,000 people, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago. (Politico)
Additional Reads

Wisconsin Deploys National Guard After Shooting Of Black Man Sparks Protests (NPR)
The Shooting of Jacob Blake Is a Wake-Up Call (Atlantic, $)
Trayford Pellerin: Police clash with protesters in Lafayette, Louisiana fatal shooting (CNN)
Antifa Conspiracies and a Racial Reckoning (SI)
Kellyanne On Her Way

Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is leaving the Trump administration at the end of the month to “devote more time to family matters.” Conway is one of the president’s longest-serving aides and known for her tenacious televised defenses of the president, his administration, and his policies in frequent cable news appearances.
Her most memorable appearance may have been on “Meet the Press,” two days after Trump’s 2017 inauguration. Trump made the hyperbolic statement that his inauguration crowd was the largest in history, a resoundingly untrue claim.
The following Saturday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared publicly for the first time at a press briefing, where he vigorously doubled down on the president’s claim by contending “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.”
In a tense exchange the next day, Conway was repeatedly pressed by Meet the Press host Chuck Todd to explain why the White House had sent Spicer to the briefing podium to make a factually false statement. Conway pivoted several times, then said Spicer was just presenting “alternative facts.”
Todd responded: “Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods.” During her tenure, Conway was frequently placed in an awkward position by her husband, conservative lawyer George T. Conway III, who had become a relentless critic of the president.
On Sunday, he tweeted: “So I’m withdrawing from @ProjectLincoln to devote more time to family matters. And I’ll be taking a Twitter hiatus.” The Lincoln Project is a group of Republicans devoted to defeating Trump in November that George Conway helped found.
As the embattled Republican couple steps away from public life, their dramatic supporting roles in Trump’s political theater will not soon be forgotten. (NPR, NBC News)
Additional USA News

Business partner of Falwells says he had affair with the power couple (Reuters)
$600-a-Week Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Were Working (Atlantic, $)
Wall Street, Trump Administration Unite to Loot American Retirement (Rolling Stone)
Kushner and the Kremlin: Jared Kushner’s Private Channel With Putin’s Money Man (Daily Beast)
State Dept. memos warn employees against attending political party conventions (Axios)
Sparring in the streets: Portland police allow Proud Boys and antifascists to spar with guns in the crowd (WaPo, $)
A Detailed Look at the Downside of California’s Ban on Affirmative Action (NYT, $)
California’s Disasters Are a Warning—Climate Change Is Here (Atlantic, $)

LOOSE NUTS: FASCINATING NEWS

KFC Icon Kicks the Bucket

The first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in 1952. Four years later came the birth of its most popular advertising slogan: “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good.” In 1990, the Commonwealth of Kentucky trademarked its name to alleviate debt and capitalize on the various products using their name, including the fast-food fried chicken chain.
Anyone using “Kentucky” for their business would first need the state’s permission, and would also be required to pay licensing fees. Kentucky Fried Chicken rebranded itself instead, to KFC. There were lots of other reasons floated for the name change, but through it all, the slogan didn’t change.
In November 2016, KFC and the State of Kentucky settled over the use of the trademarked word “Kentucky,” and the chain announced they would resume their old name.
Still, the slogan remained. Enter the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, with all its hand-washing and “don’t touch your face or anything else without washing your hands” admonitions. Finally, it was just too much. The restaurant chain said Monday that after 64 years, it will suspend the use of “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” in its advertising.
KFC’s global chief marketing officer said in a statement that in an unprecedented year during which the COVID-19 pandemic has upended businesses and lives around the globe, the use of its iconic slogan just “doesn’t feel quite right.” (Mashed, USA Today)
Additional Reads

A Rocket Scientist’s Love Algorithm Adds Up During Covid-19 (Wired)
A lesson in intellectual honesty: Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb (NYT, $)
The Mystery of Ellen DeGeneres (Atlantic, $)
Prosopagnosia: The artist in search of her face (BBC)
Declutter your device: How to Rid Your Phone of Those Default Apps You Never Use (Wired)
Socially Responsible Investing: Is It Also More Profitable? (Mr. Money Mustache)
The Glory (and the Taboo) of ‘WAP’ (NYT, $), Praise Be to Cardi B.
The South’s Fight for White Supremacy (NYT, $)
‘John Henryism’: The hidden health impact of race inequality (BBC)
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Provoke like a mentor – Quotes collected via Goodreads.com


“Say ‘provoking’ again. Your mouth looks provocative when you do.”
— Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1))
Mother Teresa
“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one’s self.

To mind one’s own business.

Not to want to manage other people’s affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one’s dignity.

To choose always the hardest.”
— Mother Teresa (The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living)

Soren Kierkegaard
“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”
— Søren Kierkegaard (Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard)
William S. Burroughs
“There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.”
— William S. Burroughs (The Place of Dead Roads)
Soraya Chemaly
“Anger is an assertion of rights and worth. It is communication, equality, and knowledge. It is intimacy, acceptance, fearlessness, embodiment, revolt, and reconciliation. Anger is memory and rage. It is rational thought and irrational pain. Anger is freedom, independence, expansiveness, and entitlement. It is justice, passion, clarity, and motivation. Anger is instrumental, thoughtful, complicated, and resolved. In anger, whether you like it or not, there is truth.

Anger is the demand of accountability, It is evaluation, judgment, and refutation. It is reflective, visionary, and participatory. It’s a speech act, a social statement, an intention, and a purpose. It’s a risk and a threat. A confirmation and a wish. It is both powerlessness and power, palliative and a provocation. In anger, you will find both ferocity and comfort, vulnerability and hurt. Anger is the expression of hope.

How much anger is too much? Certainly not the anger that, for many of us, is a remembering of a self we learned to hide and quiet. It is willful and disobedient. It is survival, liberation, creativity, urgency, and vibrancy. It is a statement of need. An insistence of acknowledgment. Anger is a boundary. Anger is boundless. An opportunity for contemplation and self-awareness. It is commitment. Empathy. Self-love. Social responsibility. If it is poison, it is also the antidote. The anger we have as women is an act of radical imagination. Angry women burn brighter than the sun.

In the coming years, we will hear, again, that anger is a destructive force, to be controlled. Watch carefully, because not everyone is asked to do this in equal measure. Women, especially, will be told to set our anger aside in favor of a kinder, gentler approach to change. This is a false juxtaposition. Reenvisioned, anger can be the most feminine of virtues: compassionate, fierce, wise, and powerful. The women I admire most—those who have looked to themselves and the limitations and adversities that come with our bodies and the expectations that come with them—have all found ways to transform their anger into meaningful change. In them, anger has moved from debilitation to liberation.

Your anger is a gift you give to yourself and the world that is yours. In anger, I have lived more fully, freely, intensely, sensitively, and politically. If ever there was a time not to silence yourself, to channel your anger into healthy places and choices, this is it.”
— Soraya Chemaly (Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger)

C.G. Jung
“Because we cannot discover God’s throne in the sky with a radiotelescope or establish (for certain) that a beloved father or mother is still about in a more or less corporeal form, people assume that such ideas are “not true.” I would rather say that they are not “true” enough, for these are conceptions of a kind that have accompanied human life from prehistoric times, and that still break through into consciousness at any provocation.

Modern man may assert that he can dispose with them, and he may bolster his opinion by insisting that there is no scientific evidence of their truth. Or he may even regret the loss of his convictions. But since we are dealing with invisible and unknowable things (for God is beyond human understanding, and there is no means of proving immortality), why should we bother about evidence? Even if we did not know by reason our need for salt in our food, we should nonetheless profit from its use. We might argue that the use of salt is a mere illusion of taste or a superstition; but it would still contribute to our well-being. Why, then, should we deprive ourselves of views that would prove helpful in crises and would give a meaning to our existence?

And how do we know that such ideas are not true? Many people would agree with me if I stated flatly that such ideas are probably illusions. What they fail to realize is that the denial is as impossible to “prove” as the assertion of religious belief. We are entirely free to choose which point of view we take; it will in any case be an arbitrary decision.

There is, however, a strong empirical reason why we should cultivate thoughts that can never be proved. It is that they are known to be useful. Man positively needs general ideas and convictions that will give a meaning to his life and enable him to find a place for himself in the universe. He can stand the most incredible hardships when he is convinced that they make sense; he is crushed when, on top of all his misfortunes, he has to admit that he is taking part in a “tale told by an idiot.”

It is the role of religious symbols to give a meaning to the life of man. The Pueblo Indians believe that they are the sons of Father Sun, and this belief endows their life with a perspective (and a goal) that goes far beyond their limited existence. It gives them ample space for the unfolding of personality and permits them a full life as complete persons. Their plight is infinitely more satisfactory than that of a man in our own civilization who knows that he is (and will remain) nothing more than an underdog with no inner meaning to his life.”
— C.G. Jung (Man and His Symbols)

Paul Harding
“But it’s a curse, a condemnation, like an act of provocation, to have been aroused from not being, to have been conjured up from a clot of dirt and hay and lit on fire and sent stumbling among the rocks and bones of this ruthless earth to weep and worry and wreak havoc and ponder little more than the impending return to oblivion, to invent hopes that are as elaborate as they are fraudulent and poorly constructed, and that burn off the moment they are dedicated, if not before, and are at best only true as we invent them for ourselves or tell them to others, around a fire, in a hovel, while we all freeze or starve or plot or contemplate treachery or betrayal or murder or despair of love, or make daughters and elaborately rejoice in them so that when they are cut down even more despair can be wrung from our hearts, which prove only to have been made for the purpose of being broken. And worse still, because broken hearts continue beating.”
— Paul Harding (Enon)
Nick Land
“Enigma, positive confusion (delirium), problematic, pain, whatever we want to call it; the torment of the philosophers in any case, is the stimulus to ecstatic creation, to an interminable “resolution” into the enhanced provocations of art. What the philosophers have never understood is this: it is the unintelligibility of the world alone that gives it worth. “Inertia needs unity (monism); plurality of interpretations a sign of strength. Not to desire to deprive the world of its disturbing and enigmatic character”. Not, then, to oppose pain to the absence of pain as metaphysical pessimism does, but, rather, to differentiate the ecstatic overcoming of pain from weariness and inertia, to exult in new and more terrible agonies, fears, burning perplexities as the resource of becoming, overcoming, triumph, the great libidinal oscillations that break up stabilized systems and intoxicate on intensity; that is Dionysian pessimism -“refusal to be deprived of the stimulus of the enigmatic”; “the effect of the work of art is to excite the state that creates art -intoxication”.”
— Nick Land (Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings, 1987-2007)
William Faulkner
“She turned now, facing him, as if she hand only been waiting until she became warm, the rich coat open upon the fragile glitter of her dress; there was a quality actually beautiful about her now-not of the face whose impeccable replica looks out from the covers of a thousand magazines each month, nor of the figure, the shape of deliberately epicene provocation into which the miles of celluloid film have constricted the female body of an entire race; but a quality completely female, in the old eternal fashion, primitive, assured and ruthless as she approched him … . “She said at once, now. So we can go. You see? Do you understand? We can leave now. Give her the money, let her have it all. We won’t care. …”
— William Faulkner (Collected Stories)
Nancy Jo Sales
“It’s people running around looking for anything to generate volume: Oh, teenage girls are taking their clothes off? And that’s getting a lot of hits? Then let’s turn a blind eye to the consequences. Oh, your daughter’s on Tinder? Well, she’s just meeting friends. It’s all about high-volume usage. I don’t think it’s necessarily a cynical, let’s destroy women thing – it’s how can I get my next quarter’s bonus?
And I think to the extent that the digital social media society normalizes impulses- think it, post it,” Roberts says, “we’ve also created a context for more and more provocative propositions, whatever they are: Look at my boobs. Do you want to hook up? It’s moved the bar for what’s normal and normalized extreme behavior; everything outrageous becomes normalized so rapidly. You realize how insane things are today when you think about the relative rate of change. When I was in high school, if I had gone around saying, Here’s a picture of me, like me, I would have gotten punched. If a girl went around passing out naked pictures of herself, people would have thought she needed therapy. Now that’s just Selfie Sunday.”

(— Paul Roberts quoted from the book)”
— Nancy Jo Sales (American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers)

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I’ve rented a car in Goa and have reserved a hotel in  Palms which is just north of Beach. We’ll drive from Bengaluru through Dandeli Forests and possibly do a short hike on our way down. Then spend all day on Monday at North Goa Beach. We can decide the next morning if we want to do more in North Goa or South  Goa before we head back.

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“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

― Robertson Davies

“One thing is certain: That is that the power of belief, the power of thought, will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive of it.”

— Daisaku Ikeda