孔子聖賢善知識

善之大小

一般人認為,罵人打人是惡,敬人禮人是善;貪財妄取是惡,廉潔操守是善。其實未必如此啊。凡是有益於人的是善;只利於己的是惡。有益於人,就是罵人打人都是善的;只利於己,就是敬人禮人都是惡的。所以我們行善,善又分大善小善的不同。起心動念為自己一身或一家打算的,善多,也是小善;凡事存心為國家百姓著想的,善少,也是大功德,大善。善之大小,不在事項上,而在用心,心量大則福大,所以我們每一個人都應該學習,怎樣用心才是啊!

善之是非
善之是非,何謂善?凡是有益於人的是善,只利於己的是惡,有益於人,就是罵人打人都是善的,只利於己,就是敬人禮人都是惡的,一切都需要精研明辨,才不會把善惡是非顛倒,才能做到真實的自利利人。

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An email I sent on negative nominal interest rates

https://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2019/08/an-email-i-sent-on-negative-nominal-interest-rates.html

Some of the negative nominal premium comes from the fact that you need these govt. securities for collateral, REPOs, clearinghouse margin, etc.

That doesn’t explain the change, but this point is often overlooked and it makes the puzzle somewhat less mysterious.

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Are Recessions Inevitable?

http://www.unz.com/rpaul/are-recessions-inevitable/

Stocks fell last week following news that the yield curve on Treasury notes had inverted. This means that a short-term Treasury note was paying higher interest rates than long-term Treasury note. An inverted yield curve is widely seen as a sign of an impending recession.

Some economic commentators reacted to the inverted yield curve by parroting the Keynesian propaganda that recessions are an inevitable feature of a free-market economy, whose negative effects can only be mitigated by the Federal Reserve. Like much of the conventional economic wisdom, the idea that recessions are caused by the free market and cured by the Federal Reserve is the exact opposite of the truth.

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Why we like what we like: A scientist’s surprising findings

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/08/why-we-like-what-we-like-a-scientists-surprising-findings/

Your genes, your germs, and your environment all may influence your tastes in food—as well as partners and politics.

There may be nothing more self-defining than our tastes. Whether in food, wine, romantic partners, or political candidates, our tastes represent our identity. So it made sense to me that my likes and dislikes were formed through careful deliberation and rational decision-making—that is, through choices where I wielded some control.

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The man who gave us brainstorming meetings did his best thinking alone

https://qz.com/work/1675944/the-man-who-invented-brainstorming-did-his-creative-thinking-alone/

Some companies have a serious addiction to brainstorming. Whenever a problem arises, the team is called to gather and shout out possible solutions, with at least one notetaker scrambling to get everything down. It’s as if this were the only known way out of a pickle, or into a new project—and it can feel like a supreme waste of time, especially when the same few dominating personalities ruin the mood.

Yet the value of brainstorming is rarely questioned. (A notable exception is a 2012 New Yorker story arguing that research cannot scientifically validate the effectiveness of the process, but even that did little to get in the way of the ubiquity of brainstorming.) Perhaps that’s because the idea of brainstorming seemingly has always existed; it’s as much a part of workplace culture as pizza parties or sales reports.

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What Are the Best Omega-3 Foods?

Here’s a list of the top 15 omega-3 foods (percentages based on 4,000 milligrams per day of total omega-3s):

  1. Mackerel: 6,982 milligrams in 1 cup cooked (174 precent DV) 
  2. Salmon Fish Oil: 4,767 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (119 percent DV) 
  3. Cod Liver Oil: 2.664 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (66 percent DV) 
  4. Walnuts: 2,664 milligrams in 1/4 cup (66 percent DV) 
  5. Chia Seeds: 2,457 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (61 percent DV) 
  6. Herring: 1,885 milligrams in 3 ounces (47 percent DV) 
  7. Salmon (wild-caught): 1,716 milligrams in 3 ounces (42 percent DV) 
  8. Flaxseeds (ground): 1,597 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (39 percent DV) 
  9. Tuna: 1,414 milligrams in 3 ounces (35 percent DV) 
  10. White Fish: 1,363 milligrams in 3 ounces (34 percent DV) 
  11. Sardines: 1,363 milligrams in 1 can/3.75 ounces (34 percent DV) 
  12. Hemp Seeds: 1,000 milligrams in 1 tablespoon (25 percent DV) 
  13. Anchovies: 951 milligrams in 1 can/2 ounces (23 percent DV) 
  14. Natto: 428 milligrams in 1/4 cup (10 percent DV) 
  15. Egg Yolks: 240 milligrams in 1/2 cup (6 percent DV)

Consent Matters: When Tech Takes Remote Control Without Your Permission

https://puri.sm/posts/consent-matters-when-tech-takes-remote-control-without-your-permission/

In my previous post I talked about why consent matters when it comes to privacy; and yet, privacy is only one of the areas where tech companies take advantage of users without their consent. Recently, tech companies have come to a troubling consensus: that they can change your computer, remotely (and often silently) without your knowledge or permission.

Some examples of this include:

Below you will find the origins of this mentality, the risks and harm that arise from it, and what it says about who really owns a computer.

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Why do abusive men (and the women who support them) behave the way they do?

https://qz.com/india/1669110/metoo-india-gave-me-the-courage-to-talk-about-domestic-violence/

New Delhi, 1990. I am 16, seated in the living room of my paternal grandfather’s home, reading a newspaper. My grandfather pushes open the mesh door and walks in with a package in hand.

“You have got a parcel from your mother,” he said, in an oddly accusatory tone. “Yes, it’s a book of recipes,” I replied. “I’m trying to learn how to cook.”

“You should focus on your studies. Leave the cooking to women. I am sending it to Kuku,” he said, referring to my father’s sister by her nickname.

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