A cool little blurb in today’s NYT about Uncle Sam’s origins. First referenced in a newspaper on this date in 1813, his image first appeared in political cartoons in the 1860s, and the indelible US Army image appeared in World War 1.
I’ve seen references lately that Rome suffered through a leader like Trump (Caligula), survived him and had several more centuries of power. Some thoughts about that:
- The world moved slower then. Empires lasted longer because the world moved at a slower pace before powered engines, flight and instant communication. So a few centuries then is a much shorter time frame than now.
- Rome did not “survive” Caligula — they assassinated him. Not saying we should assassinate anyone, but the Romans took matters into their own hands (i.e. Acted rather than waited).
- Rome was facing challenges, but not the same as today I dont’ think. They did not have a powerful China, an antagonist in Russia and small states with nuclear missiles to contend with. I feel like these are much more dangerous/lethal times for the US, than Rome was facing with Caligula. Stakes are higher — and more instantaneous — for us at this moment than Rome faced in 1st Century AD/CE.
It’s scary to think where the world might be today with Trump in office at the times that Abe Lincoln, FDR, Ike and JFK had to navigate scary times.
Anyway, my two cents.
The NYT had a blurb about Marcus Garvey today. I’d never heard of him before so wanted to make a note of it here… He was born in Jamaica in 1887, and famously urged blacks to return to Africa and claim it as their own. When a black man ascended to the throne in Ethopia, Garvey was hailed as a prophet and was revered by Rastafarians as a Black Prophet and Messiah. None other than Martin Luther King said he was the first man to give blacks a sense of identity and destiny… Wow. How is it that I’d never heard of him?
SInce reading the New York Times article a few weeks ago that said up to 80% of laughter is fake (e.g. polite chuckle), I’ve been keeping tabs of when I genuinely laugh. It has been fun and I’ve noticed I genuinely laugh 1 or 2 times a day minimum. For example, I genuinely chuckled today when I heard Ken Wins’s voice on Better Call Saul, then later chuckled again at the look on the detectives’ faces when Jimmy told them the suspect was a pie squatter. What I’ve noticed is I laugh a lot when sarcastic Wife M and Daughter L tease me, since they are hilarious and I know they don’t mean it (i.e. they’ve earned the right, and compliment a lot, too 🙂 ). I also laugh a lot during the 1 or 2 times a week I play Grand Theft Auto (for example, when a sports car I was chasing spontaneously caught fire while driving full speed on the freeway).
In 2014, researchers discovered in a test that mice who “exercised” had more neurons and a better short term memory, but performed worse on long term memory tests. So another team studied rats, who have similar brains, and learned rats did not experience the same negative impact to memory with exercise. Phew!! Source: New York Times.
Continental Congress authorized postal service in July 1775 to assist with communication between Congress and Colonist war efforts against crown. Ben Franklin was first postmaster, of course, a role he had for the colonies under England. “By 1789, one year after the Constitution had empowered Congress “to establish post offices and post roads,” there were 75 post offices and 2,400 miles of postal roads. The routes, and the mail they carried, stitched the new nation together.”. – Source, NYT.
Dr. El-Sohemy suspected that the relationship between coffee and heart disease might also vary from one individual to the next. And he zeroed in on one gene in particular, CYP1A2, Continue reading “A specific coffee gene may determine whether it is healthy or risky”