📺 Divided States of America, Part 2 | Frontline

Watched Divided States of America, Part 2 from FRONTLINE | PBS, aired January 18, 2017
FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship of the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president.

The second part of this wasn’t as fraught as the first half, but both are simply scintillating and well worth watching.

Checkin Ikea Burbank

Happy grand opening Ikea Burbank!

It took about an hour and fifteen minutes after officially opening for the entire line, which filled the front parking lot and snaked it’s way around the parking lot and the building, to all finally enter the store.

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📖 On page 132 of 430 of Dealing with China by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

📖 Read pages 115 – 132 of 430 of Dealing with China by Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

A somewhat interesting section on The Nature Conservancy in China, but described far too simply in my opinion. While there is some good general advice within the chapter, there aren’t nearly enough specifics that an executive trying to recreate this type of action could use it as a template. And somehow the banking portion seems to come front and center before the conservation portion.

Former head of Goldman Sachs and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson , Jr. and the cover of his 2015 book Dealing with China
Former head of Goldman Sachs and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson , Jr. and the cover of his 2015 book Dealing with China
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This Senator Is Hell-Bent on Getting Out the Truth About Trump and Russia | Mother Jones

Read This senator is hell-bent on getting out the truth about Trump and Russia (Mother Jones)
Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden says the Obama administration should have released more information before the election.

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Why Nobody Cares the President Is Lying | The New York Times

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In the conservative media, we conditioned people not to trust facts or mainstream news outlets.

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🔖 Why Boltzmann Brains Are Bad by Sean M. Carroll

Bookmarked Why Boltzmann Brains Are Bad (arxiv.org)
Some modern cosmological models predict the appearance of Boltzmann Brains: observers who randomly fluctuate out of a thermal bath rather than naturally evolving from a low-entropy Big Bang. A theory in which most observers are of the Boltzmann Brain type is generally thought to be unacceptable, although opinions differ. I argue that such theories are indeed unacceptable: the real problem is with fluctuations into observers who are locally identical to ordinary observers, and their existence cannot be swept under the rug by a choice of probability distributions over observers. The issue is not that the existence of such observers is ruled out by data, but that the theories that predict them are cognitively unstable: they cannot simultaneously be true and justifiably believed.
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Covering Trump the Reuters Way | Reuters

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In a message to staff today, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler wrote about covering President Trump the Reuters way.

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