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North Korea might be hiding a pig catastrophe. African swine fever has reportedly spread across the country, Bloomberg reports. If left unchecked, the epidemic may spill over into South Korean and Chinese farms.

Kim Jong Un May Be Hiding a Hog Apocalypse From the World

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune

I came across this recently, and unfortunately it’s little surprise. Though it places North Korea in an even worse hole with regard to food. African Swine Fever has been the proverbial Black Death for so many Asian pig farms, with the need to kill off horrifically large amounts of pigs - to the tune of millions - trying to curb the epidemic. With raising pigs as one of the few ways North Korean’s can feed themselves or earn money, it makes a devastating problem worse.

China is suffering from this on a catastrophic level as well, with China accounting for the vast lion share of total pork consumption world wide. Despite the aforementioned efforts to halt the epidemic, it presses forward.

Not to change the general tone of the story, however if you’ve ever dealt with pigs first hand, they’re clearly very intelligent and emotionally complex animals. They’re smarter and more cagey than most often realize. “Because China” did an excellent documentary short speaking with a large Chinese pig rancher operating in mainland China. When speaking about his having to kill his pigs en mass for this reason, it brought him to tears, and it definitely wasn’t just because of his investment losses in that otherwise very lucrative domestic Chinese pork market.

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease

This could actually be an opportunity for the US to bring DPRK to the negotiating table. With such crippling food shortages, the hermit kingdom could maybe for one last time arm twisted into pulling back its nuclear rhetoric in response for food aid.

But from a food security standpoint, this disease could affect the entire Pacific eastern seaboard (Japan, ROK, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam) where Pork forms a major chunk of the diet if sufficient quarantine measures are not put in place.

Fortnite has ended—or so it seems. After an elaborate stunt in which the game's universe appeared to collapse into a singularity, Fortnite is no longer playable and its livestreams have gone dead, CNET reports.

Fortnite season 11 event ends with a cosmic explosion and is now gone

So the theory I’ve seen out there is that the new map requires the servers to go down and they turned it into a brilliant marketing move. Might even be down for a whole day or two.

The screams OMG OMG OMG in our house were hilarious. I saw the final moments and then blackness. Then my son went outside to ride his bike with his friends so thanks, Fortnite.

The universal thought for millions of players after the shock of the singularity wore off: “Wow, feels good to blink.”

A gutsy and creative move. For an already ravenous base of players, it only raises the appetite and desire for the next iteration. Not many can get away with a play like that, but Fortnite can.

Quartz Members: What comes after the iPhone?

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

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Marathon records shattered

Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour marathon barrier. But it took a team of 42 other runners and one electric car to keep the 34-year-old Kenyan on pace to finish in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

It took 43 of the world’s fastest runners to break the 2-hour marathon barrier

Most people will only remember Kipchoge, but there was a dream team of world class runners surrounding him yesterday. Perhaps the event should also be remembered for the massive collection of talent that put their egos to the side to help him do the seemingly impossible.

Amazing effort by all involved. Kipchoge is a phenomenal athlete, one of the best runners of all time. This was a great use of strategy and technology, as well as his sheer will to achieve the impossible, to push him past the limit.

Turkey attacks Syrian Kurds

Syrian Kurds feel abandoned by the US. “You are leaving us to be slaughtered,” Kurdish general Mazloum Kobani reportedly told American officials. He warned that his army will be forced to turn to Russia for help in the absence of US protection.

“You have sold us”: Kurdish leader in Syria accuses US of abandoning allies

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say

While Americans are distracted by an impeachment inquiry, Turkey is shelling Kurdish towns in northern Syria. Torn in a war between two allies, Trump has chosen not to stand up for the underdog Kurds who have helped the US in the fight against ISIS for the last five years. Critics of his inaction say the president is complicit in ethnic cleansing.

General Kobani is correct, and the President and his administration should be ashamed. Is this how we treat our allies in the most volatile area of the world?

Brexit fatigue

Brexit negotiators make a last-ditch effort to cut a deal. Discussions are in overdrive ahead of Thursday and Friday's European Council summit. But the continent is tired of reading about it, and the media has moved on in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Brexit negotiations are heating up for real, but the continent is tired of reading about it

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point

As I was going through the news this morning for my weekend shift, it was obvious that Brexit was a still a big story in London, but not so much in Rome or Paris. That’s even though the negotiations are maybe, possibly, potentially, finally getting somewhere. Everyone has Brexit fatigue at this point, but that’s doesn’t mean it’s not important.

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  • Love this article, so easy to be trapped in negative thinking while we are living a great life with family, kids, friends, colleagues. People matters more than events or facts. Surround yourself with great, skilled and joyful people and any bump in your daily missions will appear softer.

  • Fascinating and incredibly on point. Different departments in companies small and large almost always think the “other guys have it so good”; it’s especially acute in TV in technical versus editorial camps where both sides feel one is a lot less crucial than the other.

  • This seems like just another replication of the actor-observer bias. Your brain is motivated to protect your ego. Focusing on headwinds is protective, a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card when things don’t go your way (and as a hedge against when others staring talking about your tailwinds).

    The nice

    This seems like just another replication of the actor-observer bias. Your brain is motivated to protect your ego. Focusing on headwinds is protective, a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card when things don’t go your way (and as a hedge against when others staring talking about your tailwinds).

    The nice thing about this article, as opposed to so many, is that it doesn’t present this as immutable. You can make changes. You can remain vigilant and conscious of your privilege. And your brain will confirm and start doing it for you.

  • “Once you’re aware this is how your mind works, you’re closer to correcting the bias.” If only we could make mapping brain bias as popular as discovering our ancestry, we could finally have some real social and political conversations without rampant martyrdom.

  • Perhaps another way to reflect about "look how easy this group has it" notion is to shift your mindset. Regardless of whether or not some other group had it easier than you, adhere to the quote attributed to David Axelrod of "all you can control is everything that you can control. Nothing more nothing

    Perhaps another way to reflect about "look how easy this group has it" notion is to shift your mindset. Regardless of whether or not some other group had it easier than you, adhere to the quote attributed to David Axelrod of "all you can control is everything that you can control. Nothing more nothing less."

    Alternatively, whenever thinking the question of "why me" which naturally causes you to focus on the negative, try asking yourself "what is so great about this problem?" Shift what your mind focuses on.

  • Very interesting article. It promotes positve thinking about oneself.

  • This “psychological trap” is related to another really important one to keep aware of and keep in mind for personal relationships, whether that’s friendships or romantic partners.

    Essentially, it’s very easy to feel you are more cognizant of your contributions to the relationship and your own struggles

    This “psychological trap” is related to another really important one to keep aware of and keep in mind for personal relationships, whether that’s friendships or romantic partners.

    Essentially, it’s very easy to feel you are more cognizant of your contributions to the relationship and your own struggles. Meanwhile, it’s hard to empathize with the other person’s struggles and recognize their contributions. So you start to think you’re giving more than the other person is, working harder than the other person is—resentment builds.

  • If you think like this, get on a plane and go visit people who have real life challenges. Then, tell people what ails you. After they either laugh or punch you in the face, you’ll be better equipped to appreciate your good fortune.

  • Human nature? But the world of work is inexorably changing.