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Participation

The Urge To Participate

The fundamental urge of humankind-as-a-whole is to participate—not to be shut down, not to be thrown back on themselves, not to be treated merely as consumers who want this, that, and the other thing.

People want the opportunity of participation.

All over the world, the energy of participation is what should be tapped.

Instead of addressing everybody in terms of their problems, their “self”-interest, their consumer mentality, their egoity, address them as people who are patterns of energy wanting to participate.

The human world is an energy of participation.

Therefore, it needs a pattern by which people can participate.

The pattern must be provided.

–by The World-Friend, Adi Da, from Prior Unity

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Health

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

This book is a page-turner about how a diverse skunk-works group of people passionate about public health worked to influence public health policy in America in the last 12 years leading into the Covid pandemic.

Here’s an amusing quote:

“Note to self,” said Charity. “Don’t put the [TB] isolation motel next to a strip club.”
–Charity Dean, public-health nurse,
from The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

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FinTech

Four ordinary people share how they got rich from crypto

They once were average workers, with regular jobs and modest paychecks.

Now they’re loaded….

“The cool thing about cryptocurrency is that anybody can do it, and I’m one of those anybodies who did it,” she said.

“I was a substitute teacher with no serious technical knowledge that went to college for theater, and I made millions of dollars in this market via conviction, via education. I believe that anyone could follow that path, if they were dedicated to it.”

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FinTech

The Beijing Winter Olympics is giving Visa Inc. a run for its money.

The mass adoption of digital payments in the world’s most populous nation has made the use of physical cash virtually obsolete a trend that has alarmed China’s central bank, which has been conducting small-scale rollout trials for its digitized legal tender since late 2019. At previous Olympics, cash and Visa cards were the only two permitted forms of payment, though the former diminished in usage at the sporting venues after the 2004 Olympics in Athens, according to people familiar with the matter, with nearly all payments having moved to Visa.

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Education

A Risky Lab in Wuhan

An investigative article on Politico.com about who knew what when, entitled: “In 2018, Diplomats Warned of Risky Coronavirus Experiments in a Wuhan Lab. No One Listened.

The article is by: Josh Rogin, a columnist for the Global Opinions section at the Washington Post. He is the author of Chaos Under Heaven: Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the Twenty-First Century, from which this is adapted.