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China to become a factory for super-humans?
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at 8pm on 12/2/2018

China officially started experimenting with human gene modifications where modified embryos allowed to grow into live humans (as opposed to modified embryos killed at early stages in the US in similar experiments). The purpose behind this may be not just fighting disease as declared, but also creation of super-humans or humans with specific DNA profiles best suitable e.g. for military and other applications:

Playing with humanity’s genetic code could open a Pandora’s box. Scientists will eventually be able to alter DNA not just to protect against disease but also to create genetically enhanced human beings.

It may remain illegal in the most developed countries to do the same. In such situation China may become a destination for those who want their kids to become superior at the genetic level and pay for that, similarly to the countries that allowed assisted suicide and attracted clients from the countries not allowing it.

It was reported that in this initial experiment in China not all genes were modified consistently for the expected effect to realize reliably, and it may take years to master the technique via trial and error on live humans, with totally unpredictable results.

Is artificial human enhancement - an inevitable path in the future human evolution? And would Musk's proposition in the form of human augmentation with AI that his startup Nueralink is working on - be a competitive futuristic approach?

The journalist questions Internet culture, but somehow ignores the social "culture" where so many women are…
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at 7pm on 12/1/2018

The journalist questions Internet culture, but somehow ignores the social "culture" where so many women are involved casually in prostitution and related gigs, often as their "second job", from Internet trolls are threatening to report sex workers to the IRS:

Internet culture is honestly at its worst and these people are potentially ruining women’s (and a few men’s) lives by getting them into trouble with the law as a joke,” another said. “They are doing it solely because they think it’s funny to ‘cleanse the internet.’

Mom shot dead through apartment door while checking peephole. Couple conclusions here: strictest gun laws …
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at 6pm on 12/1/2018
The subject of this investigation is exactly what happened and why Bitcoin price rose so much last year,…
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at 5pm on 12/1/2018

The subject of this investigation is exactly what happened and why Bitcoin price rose so much last year, from the article The Bitcoin ‘pyramid scheme’ continues to collapse:

One report last week said the Trump administration is investigating whether people were propping up the price by purchasing bitcoin with other cyrpotcurrencies, which is like the mathematical equation “Confidence game squared.”

The comeback from using cheap labor, from illegal immigration or imported from third world, won't be easy:…
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at 5pm on 12/1/2018
A way out of depression? Not what you had in mind? Brain implant could help with depression, study says. No…
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at 1pm on 12/1/2018

A way out of depression? Not what you had in mind? Brain implant could help with depression, study says. No one knows how it works though (as common in today's neuroscience) and if there are complications:

The researchers admit little is known about how exactly DBS produces the “complex behavioral changes” seen in their study

Starbucks vows to join the war on porn - Starbucks says it will start blocking porn in 2019, apparently…
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at 11pm on 11/30/2018

Starbucks vows to join the war on porn - Starbucks says it will start blocking porn in 2019, apparently procrastinating: 

While the coffee giant insists it will be making a change next year, Hughes noted how Starbucks made a similar promise in 2016 — but never actually followed through.

At least something is going on with space exploration: NASA picks 9 companies to compete for $2.6 billion…
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at 9pm on 11/30/2018
The pattern: gold digging > no-fault divorce > single motherhood - affects royals as well: Late last year,…
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at 4pm on 11/30/2018

The pattern: gold digging > no-fault divorce > single motherhood - affects royals as well: 

Late last year, Tessy had to fight off accusations in her native Luxembourg of being a gold digger.

The couple was married from 2006, six months after the birth of their son Gabriel. Their second son Noah arrived within a year. The couple called it quits in 2017.

The Daily Mail added Tessy has been forced to battle for a financial settlement for herself and her two sons.

This is a rare (probably the only one) book of Trump critique written before his presidency and election…
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at 1pm on 11/30/2018

This is a rare (probably the only one) book of Trump critique written before his presidency and election campaign, in 1991 in fact. The book is written by a former manager of Trump's casino. His biggest critique of Trump seems to be that Trump didn't know casino business well when he entered it.

Overall, the book resembles a child's resentment of his parents who didn't pay as much attention to him as he thought he deserved (in case of the author he also expected a higher pay from Trump for his expertise in casino business).

Amazing ... this indicates that the major reason for the current critique of Trump's past can be mostly attributed to the fact that he dared to go for presidency and oppose the current order of things.

Three stars because while the book provides quite interesting peek into Trump's life before his presidency, there is a bit too much of the author's whining about how Trump din't value his casino expertise.