ECLIPSE SAFETY UPDATE

As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes.

NationalEclipse.com sends that along.

Great info at their site.  Plus Eclipse Classifieds:

Can’t help but note the Path Of Totality is pretty red.  Then again, I guess any path is:

Map by the great Brilliant Maps.


The August 21 Eclipse

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What to do if you are in the PATH OF TOTALITY?

Found that at this wonderful site.

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A good map from Xavier

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You’re damn right I donated.  Support Xavier who has done the entire eclipse community as well as the general eclipse-viewing public a great service by performing all the work necessary to bring us this wonderful tool.


NOW?!

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This appears in the News section of my phone.


LA after rain

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Looks cool


Coolness

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Is this a good definition?  From my Zen calendar.  Quick investigation suggests Buson was the real deal.

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Buson, drawn by Matsumura Goshun:


Warren Buffett

New Berkshire Hathaway letter is out.  Free insight and humor for capitalism’s cheery uncle, a great read every year, even if I understand at most 1/12 of it.

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Sunny American optimism:

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The infectious, enthusiastic amateur style of writing reminds me of Bill James:

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Some of the companies Berkshire owns:

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9.3% of your Coke is Berkshire’s.

An unlikely hero:

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Jack Bogle founded Vanguard, and created a simple, low cost index fund for everyday investors.

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found that at JL Collins impressive website.

Buffett tells you, in simple terms, how to get rich:

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Why people don’t do that:

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On the other hand here’s the S&P 500 chart since 1980:

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Doesn’t look like a washtubs moment to me.

Over at marketplace.org, Allan Sloan points out some of the things Buffett leaves out:

Allan Sloan: Two things are missing. One was how wonderful the management of Wells Fargo was, which he wrote the previous year. The second thing is he lavished praise on this company called 3G, what’s known as a private equity company, from Brazil, which manages a company called Kraft Heinz, which is Berkshire Hathaway’s biggest investment. And what it does is it goes around, it buys companies — now with the help of a lot of financing from Berkshire Hathaway — it fires zillions of people, the profits go up, and then after a while, it goes out and buys another company and does the same thing.

Buffett makes me think of Andrew Carnegie, a zillionaire of a hundred years ago who also had some kind of public conscience.  If some percentage billionaires weren’t also lovable characters like Buffett, would capitalism collapse?  Does his dad humor, like Carnegie’s library building, plug a dyke that holds back revolution?

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At the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders conference, you can challenge table tennis champ Ariel Hsing:


Oscars Conspiracy Theory

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Let me be clear I don’t really believe this conspiracy.  But I DID think of it.

If Moonlight had won, award would’ve gone to Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner, the producers.  That’s who would’ve accepted and given the speech.  White producers winning for a movie directed by a black man about black characters would’ve been a terrible look for an Academy terrified by its own dismal record on representation and diversity.  So, the Academy deliberately staged a mixup.  This had the added benefit of helping the Oscars’ other big problem, people tuning out of the telecast, by making wild unpredictable surprises a part of the experience — “you gotta watch to the very end to see what happens!”

Again, I don’t believe this theory, there’s no evidence for it and significant evidence against it.  Still sharing it.