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The rains came last night and in the early morning. The Temperature
always spikes just before the rains arrive, I find. So its always a
relief. This morning my Bathroom was infused with a beautiful essence
- fleeting momentary made me remember being with my Mum - I don't
think it was the Petrichor and might well be some other plant the
Gardener [from Karen and Malindi] planted. It was a beautiful aroma.
Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrᵻkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls
on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra, meaning
"stone", and ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in
The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian CSIRO researchers,
Isabel Joy Bear and Richard G. Thomas, for an article in the journal
Nature. In the article, the authors describe how the smell
derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods,
whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain,
the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin,
a metabolic by-product of certain actinobacteria, which is emitted by
wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present
if there is lightning. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas (1965)
showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant
growth. This would indicate that the plants exude the oil in order
to safeguard the seeds from germination under duress.
In 2015, MIT scientists used high-speed cameras to record how the
scent moves into the air. The tests involved approximately 600
experiments on 28 different surfaces, including engineered materials
and soil samples. When a raindrop lands on a porous surface, air
from the pores forms small bubbles, which float to the surface and
release aerosols. Such aerosols carry the scent, as well as
bacteria and viruses from the soil. Raindrops that move at a slower
rate tend to produce more aerosols; this serves as an explanation for
why the petrichor is more common after light rains.
Some scientists believe that humans appreciate the rain scent because
ancestors may have relied on rainy weather for survival.
Then this morning Hannah asked me about Hillary Clinton and Donald
Trump and I said ''Hannah, Donald is ahead by 1%''
Hannah asked me ''How?''
And I told her about Abedine and Weiner and the computer and that it
was obvious Emails deleted elsewhere were not deleted on Weiner's
computer. And then I told her that I had spent an Evening in Tramp
with Donald Trump, Cosima van Bulow and last but by no means least Lin
She was impressed,
Tramp is a private, members-only nightclub located on Jermyn Street in central London, England.
Founded in 1969 by Johnny Gold with business partner Oscar Lerman, and
Bill Ofner (Luishek) Tramp is considered to be one of the most
exclusive member's clubs in the world and is a regular haunt for
celebrities. It was sold by founder Gold in 2003.
Over its 40-year history Tramp has been frequented by many
celebrities, socialites, aristocrats and royalty.
Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Liza Minnelli and Ringo Starr have all
had their wedding receptions at the glitzy club. Infamous stories that
took place under the Tramp chandeliers include a young Shirley
MacLaine falling asleep on top of a table overnight, The Who's Keith
Moon dancing naked on the dance floor, and comedian Mel Brooks getting
on all fours and running around under the tables barking like a dog.
Tramp's Gold, a book about the club written by Gold himself and with a
foreword from Michael Caine, was published in 2001.
Rajput prince Ankit, candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral elections
in March 2015 had made claim to the titles of the Maharaja of Jammu
and Kashmir at the neighboring Hotel Café Royal and held his
post-coronation reception at Tramp. Attendees for his reception
had included Nicole Coste, Lindsay Lohan and Ethiopian prince
Entering it's fifth decade of operations in the early 21st century
Tramp continued to remain an exclusive preserve of an elite clientele
with the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Lara Stone, Noel Gallagher, Yasmin
Le Bon and Ashley Cole revelling into the early hours of the night at
David Beckham had taken his newly single son Brooklyn to Tramp after
his split with Chole Moretz. Kate Moss sang Happy Birthday to Sam
McKnight for his 60th Birthday party at Tramp. Her younger sister
Lottie Moss along with her friend Tallia Storm have also attended
festivities at the club.
According to MI5, the Russian spy Anna Chapman frequented the club
with a view to seduce the royal princes.
Trump Leads Clinton by 1 Point in New Poll as Enthusiasm Declines via @ABC
Law & Politics
While vote preferences have held essentially steady, she’s now a slim
point behind Donald Trump -- a first since May -- in the latest ABC
News/Washington Post tracking poll, produced for ABC by Langer
Forty-six percent of likely voters support Trump in the latest
results, with 45 percent for Clinton. Taking it to the decimal for
illustrative purposes, a mere .7 of a percentage point divides them.
Third-party candidate Gary Johnson has 3 percent, a new low; Jill
Stein, 2 percent.
Trump, Putin, Xi and the cult of the strongman leader @FT
Law & Politics
From Moscow to Manila, Beijing to Budapest, Ankara to Delhi, the
nationalist “strongman” leader is back in fashion. If the US elects
Donald Trump next week, it would be following an international trend,
not leading it.
The fascination with strongmen spans autocracies and democracies.
China last week took a further dangerous step down the road to
personalised autocracy when it announced that President Xi Jinping now
represents the “core leadership” of the Communist party, a title with
Maoist overtones. President Xi has just played host to Rodrigo
Duterte, president of the Philippines, who came to power through an
election but whose swaggering style and scant respect for the law is
typical of the new breed of autocrats. The patron saint of the world’s
strongman leaders is Vladimir Putin of Russia, whose personalised rule
still retains some of the outward trappings of democracy.
The same mixture of democratic forms with autocratic reality is
displayed by other strongman leaders, such as Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
president of Turkey, and, to a lesser extent, Viktor Orban, prime
minister of Hungary. And then there are the strongmen who still
operate within genuinely democratic systems, such as Narendra Modi in
India and Shinzo Abe in Japan, but whose political appeal is based
around the idea of decisive leadership, with a distinct dash of
Alarmingly, Mr Trump’s political style has most in common with some of
the most autocratic strongmen, such as Presidents Putin and Erdogan.
The Russian and Turkish leaders portray the outside world as full of
hostile forces, conspiring against their nations. They point to
“enemies within”, often allegedly working with outside enemies. Mr
Putin and Mr Erdogan, like Mr Xi, also promise to lead national
revivals that will avenge previous humiliations at the hands of
Mr Trump has adopted a strikingly similar political narrative —
containing the same elements of nationalism, self-pity, conspiracy
theory and promises of national rejuvenation. He claims that the world
is laughing at the US and that his domestic opponents are in league
with foreign lobbyists — but that he will “make America great again”.
The Republican candidate for the presidency insists that the entire
American system is corrupt and promises to “drain the swamp”. This
(often cynical) promise to control corrupt elites is a common trait of
the new strongmen. Mr Putin has staged theatrical clashes with Russian
oligarchs. Mr Xi has unleashed a ferocious anti-corruption drive.
To different degrees, all of these strongmen have encouraged
personality cults. In recent years, popular songs in praise of
President Xi have been churned out in China. The Russian media have
presented Mr Putin in a range of macho poses.
Mr Trump has yet to risk posing bare-chested. But when I attended one
of his rallies in Florida last week there was little doubt that a
leader cult was in full swing. The expectant crowd at Sanford airport
were treated to the sight of their leader’s jet — with “Trump”
emblazoned on the side — landing, then taxiing towards them. Thumping,
dramatic music played for several minutes until finally the aircraft
door opened and the leader emerged to tumultuous cheers.
The parallel with the 1930s is, unfortunately, all too obvious. Then,
the economic shock of the Great Depression radicalised politics all
over the world. Something similar may have happened following the
financial crisis of 2008. A sense that the threat of international
conflict is rising in Europe, the Middle East and Asia may also have
fuelled a demand for strong leaders.
Intriguingly, the rise of macho strongman leaders has coincided with a
counter-fashion for powerful female politicians whose style is much
more low-key and consensual. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is
the most obvious example. Theresa May, Britain’s prime minister, fits
this mould. The feminisation of western politics might even be driving
a yearning for macho leaders among some nostalgic male voters. Hillary
Clinton, if she makes it to the White House, would also strike a blow
against the strongman cult. That is one more reason to pray for a
Clinton victory next week.
"Nation state as a fundamental unit of man's organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force" - Zbigniew Brzezinski
Law & Politics
“Nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased
to be the principal creative force: International banks and
multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are
far in advance of the political concepts of the nation-state.” —
Zbigniew Brzezinski, “Between Two Ages: The Technetronic Era”, 1971
First, we have to acknowledge that the decimation and de facto
balkanization of these countries is part of a plan. If it wasn’t part
of a plan, than the decision-makers would change the policy. But they
haven’t changed the policy. The policy is the same.
Brzezinski not only refers to this in the opening quote, he also
explains what is taking place: The nation-state is being jettisoned as
the foundation upon which the global order rests. Instead, Washington
is erasing borders, liquidating states, and removing strong, secular
leaders that can mount resistance to its machinations in order to
impose an entirely new model on the region, a new world order.
Brazil's drought has gotten so bad that the country's instant-coffee makers, the world's top suppliers, are no longer entering into new export contracts
Producers have stopped entering into sales commitments since September
because of depleted stockpiles of the beans, according to a Abics, a
group representing the nation’s soluble coffee industry. Brazil is the
world’s No. 1 maker and exporter of instant coffee.
Coffee prices have soared this year as Brazil’s dry weather shrank its
robusta crop to the smallest in more than a decade. The South American
woes followed drought in Asian growers including Vietnam, the top
producer of the bean variety. With robusta getting harder to find,
more coffee roasters are using arabica beans, the smoother type
favored by Starbucks Corp., tightening supplies and pushing up prices
for that variety as well.
The “soluble industry can’t replace robusta with arabica as roasters
do,” Lima said. “We are being asphyxiated.”
Brazil’s domestic prices for robusta beans surged about 44 percent
this year, reaching all-time highs. That nation’s crop will drop to an
11-year low of 9.4 million metric tons, the government’s crop agency
estimates. Benchmark robusta futures traded in London have climbed in
eight of the past nine months.
DRC Opposition Buries Members Killed During Unrest
KINSHASA, DRC — Simmering political tensions in the Democratic
Republic of Congo were on display Tuesday as the country’s largest
opposition party buried six people who were killed when the party's
headquarters was attacked amid violent protests in September.
At the funeral service, hundreds of mourners made no secret of who
they hold responsible for their loss. They chanted that President
Joseph Kabila is killing people in Congo and must resign immediately.