1. A point made by Chuckles at the height of the hurricane:
2. We’re in the wrong game. Flaxen Saxon brings us the man who stares at sheep and to watch him for ten minutes, that’s $10 please:
Let me introduce you to Braco. This fella holds an audience in his thrall and induces mild hysteria. So what does Braco do to deserve this devotion and attention? Well, not a lot really. He stands on the stage and gazes beatifically into the middle distance. That’s it. For the privilege of watching Braco stare wistfully, you can expect to part with $10 for a 10 minute staring session after the obligatory flim flam introduction by his acolytes. At his best, he can entertain 10,000 people a day. This makes Braco a very wealthy man, indeed.
3. More on those Roman legionaries and their combs:
4. ZeroHedge says:
Category 1 storm clouds are gathering over what has traditionally been one of the most lucrative, and perhaps only profitable, sectors to come out of Silicon Valley in decades: online advertising.
Two months ago, it was P&G which fired the first shot across the “adtech” bow when not long after it announced it was slashing its digital ad spending because it thought it was not getting the kind of return on investment it desired, it made a striking discovery:
“We didn’t see a reduction in the growth rate.” CFO Jon Moeller said “What that tells me is that that spending that we cut was largely ineffective.”
5. In this piece on scientific controversies, WUPT points to this, which is of interest to me as methinks they’re going to be chatting to me this week about this topic:
The PURE Study (NIH link) has been making big news since last week, having issued two new papers laying out their results accompanied by presentations at the ongoing meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. McMaster University issued a Press Release on the 29th of August, covered by ScienceDaily here.
- Increased fats in the human diet do not lead to increased cardiovascular disease and do not cause increased mortality.
- Diets too high in carbohydrates (starches and sugars), above 60-70 % of total calories, increase mortality. (“Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products.”)
I’ll have to tell ’em that at the hospital.
[H/T Chuckles and haiku]