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Mr TH.INK

April 21 · Issue #118 · View online
A weekly eclectic collection of articles, news, interests and curiosities lovingly curated for you

Fantastic Tokyo illustrations by Shinji Tsuchimochi
Fantastic Tokyo illustrations by Shinji Tsuchimochi
Listening
Left handed and untrained in musical notation
Bedtime Reading
A devastating fire started last week in Paris destroying the roof of the Notre Dame, resulting in a global holding of the breath and a feeling of desperation that something like this could happen, eventually giving space to a handful of French billionaires demonstrating their skill on the game of who has the biggest wallet or something, lastly moving the general populace into a feeling of general yet vague indignation at the game’s superstar players inability to play in different courts. The event here is the sharp divergence in global sentiment in the span of days. In the stock market, experienced players make money on the trend, but some will tell you the trend is irrelevant, the money is in volatility. Just a thought. If you are looking for a moral in this story, there probably isn’t one. If you are looking for something interesting i am here for you. 200.000 bees lived on the roof of the Notre Dame and apparently survived the fire. That right there is what should be of interest.
Talking about flying insects here is another interesting story for you. Japanese mafia take drug delivery to the next level by using drones to deliver drugs. Tokyo police take the challenge by using drones equipped with nets to catch Yakuza drones mid air. Yakuza responds by using bigger drones with guns. Eventually drones will get equipped with Artificial Intelligence and start fighting each other of their own volition. This is like a new episode of robot wars. Sounds like everyone is having fun.
Back in the UK a small study comes out that provides an interesting bit of information. Hasn’t been picked up a lot by media really, I mean it made the rounds for like a half hour or something. Maybe because people intuitively knew of this, maybe for different reasons. The issue is land ownership, specifically who owns what. Turns out less than 1% of the population, that’s around 25000 people (or corporations) own 50% of the land.
I find this astonishing and my only thought is that this inequality is irreversible. The only solution historically to the issue of inequality is something we’d rather not hear but which seems inevitable. War. Humanity is basically backing itself in a corner here. This whole thing reminded me of the story behind 40 acres and a mule. This was an attempt at agrarian reform, combined with land redistribution for the black slaves of America after the civil war. Each slave was promised ownership of a small piece of land to live and work. I am not a historian but results were apparently far from expectations.
In case you are interested in tangentially relevant information 40 acres and a mule line also happens to be the film production company of Spike Lee.
Back in the UK land ownership story, here another link of relevant irrelevance. I am left wondering who owns the large number of concrete sound blocks scattered around the country.
I love this old school war efforts, using science to try to out trick your enemy. Back then it was probably cutting edge high tech but today it feels almost romantic. You can juxtapose this story with what’s happening today in the cutting edge of war. Putin inaugurates the longest oversea bridge in Europe and apparently his security forces hack the global navigation system to make it difficult for anyone in the vicinity to track where he is. Google maps pawned.
That’s it for this week. remember sharing is caring. If you enjoy reading my letters, share them with a close friend.
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