2017年7月29日 星期六

sin taxes, e-cigarette

Columbia Public Health

Sometimes quitting is a great thing.

Study links rising U.S. e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting
A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to…

Bloomberg Asia
But the number of cigarettes smoked in Indonesia is falling.

In Indonesia, higher sin taxes have prompted cost-conscious smokers to…

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
sin tax is an excise tax specifically levied on certain goods deemed harmful to society, for example alcohol and tobaccocandies, drugs, soft drinksfast foodscoffeesugargambling and pornography.[1] Two claimed purposes are usually used to argue for such taxes. In contrast to Pigovian taxes, which are to pay for the damage to society caused by these goods, sin taxes are used to increase the price in an effort to reduce their use, or failing that, to increase and find new sources of revenue. Increasing a sin tax is often more popular than increasing other taxes. However, these taxes have often been criticized for burdening the poor, taxing the physically and mentally dependent, and being part of a nanny state.




RCA Building
The old RCA Victor dog Nipper is still atop the former RCA building in Albany, NY. One of only two giant Nippers remaining - the other is, or was, in Baltimore. The Victrola box and horn were taken down from this Albany building many years ago, but subsequent owners have continued to maintain Nipper.


Sitting atop a storage building in a small village just outside Albany, New York, is a four-ton, 28-foot tall steel and fiberglass statue of the canine mascot of the Radio Corporation of America.

The colossal canine has become Albany's unofficial mascot.

2017年7月28日 星期五


Washington Post

Whatever his talents as clickbait, a strong case can be made that Trudeau is not very good at the governing side of his job.

Opinion | The world needs to stop mindlessly fawning over Justin Trudeau
Living in a country run by a social media celebrity is a lot less fun than the…

noun: click bait
  1. (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.
    "these recent reports of the show's imminent demise are hyperbolic clickbait"

fawn. A fawn is a young deer, but it's also a verb meaning to try and win favor by flattering. You might fawn over Bambi if you want to hang out with the cute and fuzzy gang. As a verb, fawn either refers to an attempt to get on someone's good side, or, oddly enough, to give birth to a deer.
fawn - Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com

2017年7月27日 星期四


The Boy Scouts of America leader issued a public apology to those offended by Trump's comments.

The president broke with the Scouts’ traditions at a recent jamboree by criticizing his political opponents, recounting his election victory, and talking…

Definitions of jamboree
a large celebration or party, typically a lavish and boisterous one.
the film industry's annual jamboree in Cannes

In Scouting, a jamboree is a large gathering of Scouts who rally at a national or international level.
The 1st World Scout Jamboree was held in 1920, and was hosted by the United Kingdom. Since then, there have been twenty three World Scout Jamborees, hosted in various countries, generally every four years. The 24th World Jamboree is to be held in North America in 2019.
There are also national and continental jamborees held around the world with varying frequency. Many of these events will invite and attract Scouts from overseas.


According to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, the etymology is "19th century, origin unknown". The Oxford English Dictionary (OED)identifies it as coming from American slang, identifying a use in the New York Herald in 1868 and in Irish writings later in the 19th century.[1] Robert Graves in The Crowning Privilege: The Clark Lectures, 1954–1955 suggests Baden-Powell might have known the word through his regiment's Irish links rather than from the US slang. Poet Robert W. Service used the term well before the first Scouting jamboree. It appears in the poem "Athabaska Dick" in his Rhymes of a Rolling Stone, which was published in 1912. At the time, the word meant a rowdy, boisterous gathering.
Baden-Powell was once asked why he chose "jamboree". He replied, "What else would you call it?" His response made sense if the word had already meant a boisterous gathering. Even so, it is popularly believed within the Scout Movement that the word was coined by Baden-Powell.


“Psychedelics are an extremely good way of teaching you how to think outside the box.” The Economist’s 1843 magazine meets the techies breakfasting on acid

Silicon Valley’s wonder drug

psychedelic drug or classical hallucinogen is a substance whose primary action is to alter cognition and perception, typically as a serotonin receptor agonist,[2] causing thought and visual/auditory changes, and heightened state of consciousness.[3] Major psychedelic drugs include LSDmescaline (peyote's active ingredient), DMT and hallucinogenic mushrooms.


Origin of term[edit]

The term psychedelic is derived from the Greek words ψυχή (psyche, "soul, mind") and δηλείν (delein, "to manifest"), hence "soul-manifesting", the implication being that psychedelics can access the soul and develop unused potentials of the human mind.[6] The word was coined in 1956 by British psychiatrist, Humphry Osmond, the spelling loathed by American ethnobotanistRichard Schultes, but championed by the American psychologist, Timothy Leary.[7]
Aldous Huxley had suggested to Humphry Osmond in 1956 his own coinage phanerothyme (Greek "phaneroein-" visible + Greek "thymos" soul, thus "visible soul").[8] Recently, the term entheogenic has come into use to denote the use of psychedelic drugs in a religious/spiritual/mystical context.


2017年7月26日 星期三

fuckwit, transgender

BBC News
"So proud of our transgender personnel."

vulgar slang
  1. a stupid or contemptible person (often used as a general term of abuse).

Urban Dictionary: fuckwit


Dangerous Minds
"He is a self-absorbed narcissistic fuckwit. His decision hurts thousands of serving people—and their families." - Former marine Connie Rice

"His decision hurts thousands of serving people—and their families. It's…

vacuum, robovac, robot vacuum

The most popular robot vacuum on Amazon is so much cheaper than ...

Mar 30, 2017 - Here's another option: the Eufy RoboVac 11 is the best-selling robot vacuum on Amazon, and it costs a fraction of what you'll pay for a Roomba.

The vacuum cleaner evolved from the carpet sweeper via manual vacuum cleaners. The first manual models, using bellows, were developed in the 1860s, and the first motorized designs appeared at the turn of the 20th century, with the first decade being the boom decade.

Your Roomba is also gathering data about the layout of your home.
The CEO of iRobot is pushing the company toward a broader vision of the smart home. It could soon sell maps of the interiors of people’s houses.