5G health risk research

5G health risk research

Here is at least a proper scientific research post on the impact of 5G radio waves … https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200709141532.htm

Quote: “Findings from an Oregon State University study into the effects of radiofrequency radiation generated by the wireless technology that will soon be the standard for cell phones suggest few health impacts.”

But … reading carefully, quote: “Researchers conducted the research using embryonic zebrafish, a model organism often used to discover interactions between environmental stressors and biological systems. Zebrafish and humans have similar developmental processes and are similar on a genomic level, meaning zebrafish research can easily be applied to humans.”

Fuji Mnt #2

Fuji Mnt #2

A hiking buddy and I planned on taking an alternative route up Fuji Mnt, but the trail was so poorly maintained at the trailhead, we punted, and returned to the main Fuji Mnt trail off of the Waldo Lake road (same hike from last week). This time did not disappoint either!

The weather was about the same as last week, but there was hardly any snow / ice left, so a much safer hike … no less outstanding, however!

We’re really just cave people

We’re really just cave people

https://phys.org/news/2020-06-humans-neanderthals-polar-brown.html

Quote: “Ancient humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans were genetically closer than polar bears and brown bears, and so, like the bears, were able to easily produce healthy, fertile hybrids according to a study, led by the University of Oxford’s School of Archaeology.”

So when you have that urge to dive into the ‘man cave’ or whatever …

Or, when you think that you have super human species genetic powers that will change the world … many people before you had the same capability, and look where we are today

WOW! A random hike decision surprise

WOW! A random hike decision surprise

As part of a quick trip over the cascades, I planned a last minute hike on the way back – Fuji Mountain (All Trails). Initially, the hike was to be from Salt Creek to Vivian Lake, but that seemed too relaxed … so random selection was Fuji Mountain.

Fuji Mountain turned out to be one of the very best below pass hikes in all of my OR hiking. A strenuous forest hike thru unique ecosystems that ends in a spectacular 360 vista.

Our friend and hiking buddy Jeff suggested that I try out trail runner shoes and give up my long-loved Keen hiking boots – due to a blister and a bad quality new pair of boots (to be returned), I hiked in old sneakers for the first time in decades. I will most likely NOT wear boots again. Jeff was right!

Starting out, no cars at the trailhead which was very poorly marked for in-car viewing … but easy to see / find on foot

Starting out from the road the next several miles felt like a mash-up of Mt Hood, Sisters and Willamette shoulder elevation forests … hard to pinpoint if one would forget where they were … there was snow in quantities that pushed my comfort zone w/ 1 pole and no crampons.

All Trails reviews suggested two things to remember: 1) 4.5 miles of the 6 up were within the forest (pics above) and 2) at the junction around mile 4 other people could be expected. I went the full 12 miles up / down and never saw another human …

After the 4.5 miles or so in the trees, the trail winds up the rocks and pops out with a 360 degree vista that is absolutely spectacular.

Do you REALLY know if house on floodplain?

Do you REALLY know if house on floodplain?

There were multiple pointers from all around my daily digital information feeds to this site https://firststreet.org/

Basically, a boatload of data (no pun intended) about floodplains and probability. Our primary house is on the boarder of the flood plain (we knew when we bought it), and based on this data and analysis, we might want to reconsider – ESPECIALLY when 100 year events happen every year or so … climate change denier I am not!

All one needs to do is input their address and play around with the probabilities … a great tool!

2 foothills hikes in June

2 foothills hikes in June

Last week, one repeat and one new foothills hikes completed – both training / conditioning hikes but with fabulous forest viewing.

First, the new one with a hiking buddy, Aubrey Mountain Trail and Eugene to Crest linked together for an almost loop of 9.5 miles. The trail weaves thru 4-5 different age forests mostly being relatively young, but with a small section of older 2nd growth. The diversity and subtle differences are worth paying attention to! During the entire hike, we saw 1 other human.

The second hike (done solo a couple days earlier) is an golden oldie that gets hiked 2-3x year, Hardesty Mountain. This is another training hike that offers few views, but a great forest experience and different than Aubrey as Hardesty faces north, while Aubrey is mostly south / south west. This was a rainy, foggy, and cooler day as well.

Tough questions on post C-19 economy

Tough questions on post C-19 economy

Dr H posted a recap of the tough questions whose lack of answers are behind my risk aversion with current investment landscape. He summarizes as, quote “What does economic reality look like in the post-COVID world?”

He quotes Aleksandar Kocic for a bit of color first, quote: Questions like which businesses would survive the crisis, how many people will lose their jobs permanently, how will they pay their rent, how much will they be willing to travel, consume, what services will they use, or how the banking sector will respond to all of that, still remain largely out of grasp.

Investors without answers to those questions are traders … not that there’s anything wrong with it. But, know what you’re doing – pretending will be painful.

Time to profit for online grocery shoppers

Time to profit for online grocery shoppers

This quote from Kroger executive crossed my desk today – it rationally makes sense, but i had not seen it published before. I immediately went to the question – does this apply to AMZN and wholefoods? and secondarily, how does this apply to other retail segments, e.g., apparel?

Quote: “It takes 3 years to profitability with customers who switch to online “…when a customer first switches to online, it typically takes three or four years before that customers profitability is the same as when they shop in the store. But what we find is we get a significantly higher share of that customer’s total household spend. And there isn’t anything that we’ve seen that wouldn’t cause us to believe that the new e-commerce shopper doesn’t feel that way and a lot of those customers are telling us they intend to continue to shop more e-commerce than before.” – The Kroger (KR) CEO Rodney McMullen

Global conflict / wars

Global conflict / wars

This infographic came across this morning … while not surprising that there are more wars than we in US hear regularly about, the graphic paints an interesting picture of WHERE those conflicts are – the geographical clustering (at least optically) is amazing – what, if there is one, the commonality?

Infographic: The World at War in 2020 | Statista

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EV by country

EV by country

Infographic: Electric Mobility: Norway Races Ahead | Statista

The oddity of the picture is two-fold. First, Norway is a huge oil driller but their residents tend toward electrics. Second, US is WAY behind – Tesla irrelevant?

Dr H – The FED and inequality

Dr H – The FED and inequality

Heisenberg posted a good piece today on Chairman Powell’s testimony today and his ongoing effort to highlight the impact of current crisis on those who can least afford to weather the storm – working folks, poor folks. folks of color and women.

Dr H has been consistent on this topic and so has Chariman Powell – it’s an issue and current tools to minimize the C-19 crisis are making it worse … but fairly spoken, what was the altnerative this time (or in 2008/09)? To blame the FED (or any institution) is crazy talk – we’re all to blame, right? … for the people, of the people and by the people … remember?

The key here for me, and why i posted this, is to keep the topic front and center – the protests around the world are doing marvelous too! Looking back and placing blame is stupid; looking back to figure out the best way forward to make a difference / a fairer, more equitable future is logical; looking ahead and working to build that new future will take all of us … you ready?

Police spends as % of budget

Police spends as % of budget

I’ve seen several data slices on the cost of metro policing, but this one shows the % of total budget and makes me cry … we spend ~30% on protection from ourselves, really? What kind of world is this? This is not the world I would choose!

Infographic: How Much Do U.S. Cities Spend On Policing? | Statista

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Robotics – A starting point

Robotics – A starting point

I’ve been working on building out a research paradigm on robotics but got delayed with distractions from all corners. This week, a Seeking Alpha author posted a great starting point to get our heads around robotics and how this might play out on social and financial vectors. I thought this a great starting point. Post

From an investor point of view, I will next (with thanks to a former colleague of mine) starting cross referencing many of the names in the post referenced above with corporate contributions to ROS on GitHub. ROS is the opensource software foundation layer that will be too cost prohibitive for individual companies to fund alone – they will keep their R&D $ for those elements that strategically differentiate them from competitors – I learned this from Toyota about 10 years ago.

I will periodically update on Robotics … as the research surfaces worthwhile nuggets.