ZipDialog Roundup for Sat-Sun, May 13-14

Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple

SPECIAL, NO POLITICS EDITION

 Another amazing genetic discovery. By accident, cancer researchers seem to have discovered the genes that make you go bald or get gray hair (Fox)

Comment:  “Now you come up with this,” said the late Yul Brenner.

A patch to protect your older PC from Ransomeware  (PC Mag)

Comment: IMO, the crooks who did this should also be changed with harming the hospital patients affected.

Brockmire (Hank Azaria) interviewed on NPR 

Comment: As ZipDialog readers know, I’m a fan.

 Pope says Church has sex-abuse backlog of 2,000 cases (AP)

Comment: Terrible situation, but good the Pope acknowledges it.

 Another university caves, disinvites speaker (Washington Post)

Comment: Spineless administrators

 RIP, Allen Meltzer: free-market economist who helped end the great inflation of the 1970s  He and Paul Volcker were crucial in that Reagan-era effort.

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ZipDialog Roundup for Sunday, April 30

Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple
Comments welcomed

 The White House correspondents had a dinner. Nobody cares.

 North Korea launches another test missile. Everybody cares, even though the launch failed.

It was the fourth failure in a row. But it’s the thought that counts.  (CNN)

The launch came immediately after Sec. of State Rex Tillerson went to the UN to criticise North Korea and shortly after the communist state conducted a major live-fire military exercise.

Even failures, like the recent ones, can teach Pyongyang scientists something. They are working hard on the project. The US estimates they will produce a nuclear-capable missile that can strike the US within 4 to 8 years.

 Pope Francis visits Egypt, where Christians are under constant threat from Islamists despite protection from the Sisi regime  (Crux) The Catholic site, Crux, says the visit may be one of those “big deal” moments and says the biggest recent change is the “mounting frustration of ordinary people here with terrorism and violence.”

Comment: The Pope’s visit is all the more important because most Egyptian Christians are Coptics, not Catholics. 

 Turkey’s Erdogan: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Fires another 4k officials, saying they were somehow involved in last summer’s coup (or faux coup). (BBC) 

1,000 worked in the Justice Ministry, which seems increasingly misnamed.

The latest sackings follow the suspension of more than 9,000 police officers and the arrest of 1,000 more last Wednesday on suspicion of having links to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Mr Gulen of instigating last year’s coup attempt, a charge the cleric denies. –BBC

 Four US states still haven’t bounced back from 2008-9. Economies in Louisiana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Connecticut are smaller than in June 2009.

Several others have stalled recoveries: Minnesota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and West Virginia. (CNBC)

 A simple Israeli invention to treat “resistant hypertension.” It tricks the body into modulating its own blood pressure (Israel 21c)

Approximately 75 million Americans have hypertension, and more than five million of them are resistant to drug therapy. Worldwide, it’s estimated that one billion people have elevated blood pressure not adequately controlled by medication. –Israel 21c

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zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Thomas Lifson
 at American Thinker for the Israeli invention story.