"Trump says Spanish flu probably ended second world war in 1917"

That's about as accurate and factually correct as anything he has ever said.


Researchers from Dublin reviewed the Google Play Services that are mandatory for Covid Tracing Apps on Android. Every 20 min they transfer:
- IP adress
- phone #
- email
- SIM #
➡️ So it's illegal, intrusive and affects large parts of the population

Today's walk, made more pleasant by the company of our neighbours. A good view of the split rocks of Clachtoll from the heights behind our house

To-day's walk was in Gleann Ruaidh*. It is another gorgeous day, with bright blue skies and blazing sunshine. We did have heavy rain earlier in the week, so the flora still looks verdant.

* It means the red glen, but the glen takes its name from the river, which does have a red tone. More about that later.

#Highlands #Scotland #photo #photography

It's battery maintenance day for us, the reality of life offgrid. "The lads" consumed about 8l of de-ionised water this time. I don't measure accurately, but each cell needed roughly the same amount, which is good. The battery bank is now on a controlled overcharge, as it's a sunny day and this "equalisation" is good from time to time.

You see that table?
Well that's the floor of our car boot!
only recently realised it doubles as a fold out picnic table :)

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You don't need to speak English like a native

It's okay to have "weird" pacing when speaking. It's also okay to make sentences with correct meaning but uncommon phrasing

Don't allow yourself to pause because you're struggling to find the most native-sounding way to phrase what you mean

Just express what you mean in the most comfortable way to you

There's no "broken" English. English isn't owned by Americans or the British. For better or worse, it's become an international language.

"A Dutch public broadcaster got rid of targeted digital ads—and its revenues went up" 

"the main Dutch public broadcaster… found that ads served to users who opted out of cookies were bringing in as much or more money as ads served to users who opted in."

"The results were so strong that as of January 2020, NPO simply got rid of advertising cookies altogether…"


I should be asleep by now but I wrote a #newblogpost about a seagull I caught.


Click the link to see a bird x-ray.

1945: An atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima, Japan kills 140 thousand people.

2020, to date: The poor response to Coronavirus in the United States kills 160 thousand people.

It's worse than Hiroshima and it's not going to stop until we have leadership who cares instead of saying "it is what it is" when asked about the death toll.

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