Friday, November 18, 2016

Things I learned lately - 18 November

  • Russia has banned LinkedIn.
  • The leader of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, said "There shouldn't be any doubt in anybody's mind," Rogers said. "This was not something that was done casually. This was not something that was done by chance. This was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily. This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect."
  • Denver has passed Initiative 300, a measure that will allow businesses to apply for permits that grant marijuana "consumption areas" onsite. This will allow people to vape and consume edibles in select Denver coffee shops, restaurants, bars, etc. with permits. Until now, public use of marijuana has been banned by state law. Smoking will only be allowed outdoors, in an area hidden from the public, and other customers outside the consumption area.
  • New parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of paid leave per child at 80% their normal salary. They can split the time however they choose, although one parent must take at least 90 days. The days don't expire until the child turns 8. That allows parents to combine vacation days and remaining leave days, to have longer summer trips or extra visits to museums as their children grow up. 
  • There are still a lot of great classic albums in the current top 40 vinyl sales of 2016. Rumours; Legend; Hotel California; Abbey Road; Pet Sounds; Dark Side of the Moon; Led Zeppelin II.
  • The Vatican finally forgave the Beatles in 2010 for the John Lennon remark that they were more popular than Jesus. That same year, the Vatican newspaper named Revolver the best pop album of all time.
  • Barbara Bach and Linda Eastman, two future Beatles wives, were teenagers in the audience at the 1965 Beatles concert at Shea stadium.
  • In 1964, the Beatles were scheduled to play the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. When the lads found out the crowd would be segregated by race, they refused to play, so the audience was allowed to be de-segregated.

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