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Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 12-11-2021

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

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This week was a trickle of reminders to simply enjoy life in the moment. Stepped outside for some mundane reason early in the morning. The intense color of an orange dawn wrapped around the horizon. Quickly stepped back into the house for the camera to help remember the feeling of awe.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 12-4-2021

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

The path to understanding has plenty of twists and turns. It was a simple question. Asked the night nurses in a class I was presenting at the nursing home how they handled pain and anxiety in their patients when there was no medication order. Hospitals have doctor access 24 hours a day and generally full access to a pharmacy. Most nursing homes do not have those options.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 11-13-2021

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Singapore is one of the places I have followed in the press over the years. Business and societal changes seem to happen just a little bit before they reaches the rest of the world. It is one of my methods of guessing what the future may bring and pre-planning some options.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 11-6-2021

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

While searching my bookmarks for a well hidden article found this thought provoking BBC article instead.

Psychologists are uncovering the surprising influence of geography on our reasoning, behaviour, and sense of self.

From the broad differences between East and West, to subtle variation between US states, it is becoming increasingly clear that history, geography and culture can change how we all think in subtle and surprising ways – right down to our visual perception. Our thinking may have even been shaped by the kinds of crops our ancestors used to farm, and a single river may mark the boundaries between two different cognitive styles.

Wherever we live, a greater awareness of these forces can help us all understand our own minds a little better.

‘Weird’ minds

Until recently, scientists had largely ignored the global diversity of thinking. In 2010, an influential article in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences reported that the vast majority of psychological subjects had been “western, educated, industrialised, rich and democratic”, or ‘Weird’ for short. Nearly 70% were American, and most were undergraduate students hoping to gain pocket money or course credits by giving up their time to take part in these experiments.

Welcome to Saturday's Potluck - 10-30-2021

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

Taiwan, one of the hotpots for potential of a major war since the retreat of the Nationalist Army and Republic of China leaders in 1949 has been increasingly strident for attention again since United States left Afghanistan. A coordinated propaganda campaign appears to be attempting to prod China into an action that may be responded to with military action.

Wall Street Journal broke the story this month Marines have been in Taiwan training troops for the past year.

A bombshell Wall Street Journal report has revealed (and confirmed) that an elite contingent of special operations Marines has been deployed to Taiwan for at least the past year - a revelation sure to outrage Beijing amid ongoing charges that the US has effectively abandoned the status quo One China policy.

Citing US officials with knowledge of the program, the report details that "About two dozen members of U.S. special-operations and support troops are conducting training for small units of Taiwan’s ground forces," and that "The U.S. Marines are working with local maritime forces on small-boat training." It's the first such openly confirmed US training deployment in support of local forces since 1979. Taiwan media previously reported it, but this is the first time US officials are providing confirmation.

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