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  1. Gordo

    Farmland Investing

    Yes, I looked into it, some more summary on the idea here: https://www.fool.com/investing/stock-market/market-sectors/real-estate-investing/farm-investment/#:~:text=How can I invest in farmland%3F 1 Buy,through a crowdfunding platform focused on farming. I think it was an interview I listened on some finance podcast with the founder of AcreTrader that got me more interested in looking into the idea. But when I researched it a few years ago, the bottom line was that it is an illiquid investment that may return about 5-7% annually and all said and done I felt like I could do better than that with non-farmland investments. I still like the idea of owning farmland though, maybe its just the primal instinct of owning something real and tangible that provides food, the one thing every human needs to survive, and protection from inflation. My Dad bought a farm when he retired and still lives on it, complete with tractor and a barn that's bigger than his house, haha. But he does no real farming 😉
  2. This one is even easier: The Effortless Way to Dramatically Improve Your Memory, Backed by Science
  3. Scientifically proven mnemonic training method gives your brain super memory Study: Mnemonic Training Reshapes Brain Networks to Support Superior Memory
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    Energy levels and metabolism

    His mind is about to be BLOWN when he finds out you eat 3000 calories a day! 😉 I do think he has a point about modifying this site to more prominently convey that the whole extreme CR thing is pretty much dead at this point, even Paul Mcglothin recommends a 22 BMI. The video discussed here is a pretty good summary of longevity research from Luigi Fontana:
  5. Well you'd have to read the actual study for that! https://agsjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jgs.17897 Optimism, lifestyle, and longevity in a racially diverse cohort of women Hayami K. Koga MD,Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald PhD,Lewina O. Lee PhD,Peter James PhD … See all authors First published: 08 June 2022 "Participants from the Women's Health Initiative (N = 159,255) completed a validated measure of optimism " That said, sci-hub doesn't seem to have the full text of this one yet so I don't know what the validated measure of optimism consisted of...
  6. WHO reverses stance to recommend deeper probe of coronavirus origins in China. China insists lab-leak theory is a lie.
  7. Optimism lengthens life, study finds Lifestyle factors, such as regular exercise and healthy eating, accounted for less than a quarter of the optimism-lifespan association in the study, indicating that other factors may be at play. Women who reported positive outlook were likelier to live past 90, regardless of race Harvard Chan School Communications June 8, 2022 Email Facebook Twitter Link Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespans and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic groups in a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Although optimism itself may be affected by social structural factors, such as race and ethnicity, our research suggests that the benefits of optimism may hold across diverse groups,” said the study’s lead author, Hayami Koga, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences studying in the Population Health Sciences program in partnership with Harvard Chan School. “A lot of previous work has focused on deficits or risk factors that increase the risks for diseases and premature death. Our findings suggest that there’s value to focusing on positive psychological factors, like optimism, as possible new ways of promoting longevity and healthy aging across diverse groups.” The study was published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In a previous study, the research group determined that optimism was linked to a longer lifespan and exceptional longevity, which was defined as living beyond 85 years of age. Because they had looked at mostly white populations in that previous study, Koga and her colleagues broadened the participant pool in the current study to include women from across racial and ethnic groups. According to Koga, including diverse populations in research is important to public health because these groups have higher mortality rates than white populations, and there is limited research about them to help inform health policy decisions. For this study, the researchers analyzed data and survey responses from 159,255 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative, which included postmenopausal women in the U.S. The women enrolled at ages 50-79 from 1993 to 1998 and were followed for up to 26 years. Of the participants, the 25 percent who were the most optimistic were likely to have a 5.4 percent longer lifespan and a 10 percent greater likelihood of living beyond 90 years than the 25 percent who were the least optimistic. The researchers also found no interaction between optimism and any categories of race and ethnicity, and these trends held true after taking into account demographics, chronic conditions, and depression. Lifestyle factors, such as regular exercise and healthy eating, accounted for less than a quarter of the optimism-lifespan association, indicating that other factors may be at play. Koga said that the study’s results could reframe how people view the decisions that affect their health. “We tend to focus on the negative risk factors that affect our health,” said Koga. “It is also important to think about the positive resources, such as optimism, that may be beneficial to our health, especially if we see that these benefits are seen across racial and ethnic groups.”
  8. I missed this vid when first published but for some reason the YouTube algorithm today suggested it. Very nice (rational and not conspiratorial) summary of Covid-19 origins info, some of which I had not known:
  9. It will be nice to see these ideas put to the test. My first thought was: If long covid is really an anxiety disorder, why does it allegedly affect women so much more than men? But a quick search result says: "Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and the prevalence of anxiety disorders is significantly higher for women (23.4 percent) than men (14.3 percent)." So this explanation makes sense. I think most people don't even realize how many ailments are actually "mind generated". I found a list of common mind body disorders here: https://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Success_Stories_by_Symptoms_&_Diagnoses (They should probably add long covid and chronic Lyme) Achilles Tendonitis Acid Reflux Allergies Anxiety Symptoms Arm Pain Asthma Back Pain Allstar Page Icon.jpg Bursitis Buttock Pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Chondromalacia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Coccydynia Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Depression Dermatological conditions Dry Eye Dry Mouth, Burning Mouth, Sjogren's Syndrome Dizziness Elbow Pain Fibromyalgia Allstar Page Icon.jpg Food Sensitivities Foot Pain Frequent Sickness Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Groin Pain Hand Pain Allstar Page Icon.jpg Headaches Heel Pain Herniated Disc Hiatus Hernia Hip Pain Hyperacusis Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome Insomnia Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Knee Injuries Leg Pain Migraines Allstar Page Icon.jpg Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Myofascial Pain Syndrome Neck Pain Allstar Page Icon.jpg Neuropathy Panic Attacks Paroxysmal Hypertension Piriformis Syndrome Plantar Fasciitis Post-Polio Syndrome Prostate Pain Raynaud's Phenomenon Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) Allstar Page Icon.jpg Restless Leg Syndrome Sacroiliac Pain Sciatica Allstar Page Icon.jpg Shin Splints Shoulder Pain Allstar Page Icon.jpg Skin problems such as rashes Spasmodic Dysphonia Spinal Stenosis Spondylolisthesis Stomach Pain Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Tendonitis Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) Tinnitus Tooth Pain Trigger Finger Vertigo Vision Problems Vulvodynia
  10. % men out of workforce due to illness is still below the levels from 1993 to about 2007, which left me wondering why did women shoot up more than men? Apparently women get "long covid" at four times the rate of men? https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/13/why-are-women-more-prone-to-long-covid
  11. Wow, this is interesting, it is apparently ILLEGAL in China to say "the zero covid policy is not sustainable" and the UN's Tedros' account was censored as a result: from:
  12. Hope that is mutually beneficial but already there are reports of exploitation and corruption. And they have badly mismanaged their domestic economy by restricting capital markets and causing extreme malinvestment in housing. It will be interesting to see what happens next... In the meantime, zero covid policy is going off the rails:
  13. And yet Hong Kong (i.e China without communism) and Taiwan (sort of China without communism) are FAR more prosperous. And the median income in China is considered far below the poverty line in the US. Hmmmm...
  14. They allowed Communism to happen too, despite the fact that it has failed everywhere its ever been tried 😉 Even some on the left are starting to express outrage (good!) : https://www.thewrap.com/bill-maher-twitter-censorship-you-failed/amp/
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