Middle-class exodus from China

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Middle-class exodus from China

There are a wide variety of potential motivations behind such a move, so let’s unpack this a bit. The man featured in the Economist piece identified worries over his daughter’s education as the tipping point for his decision to emigrate with his family. The stress of high societal expectations is certainly part of this, but so too is a more immediate factor, the grit of everyday life in China’s megacities. Oppressive, deadly smog has changed urban Chinese culture. For those with the skills and money to pick up and move—exactly the class of people any nation would be happy to welcome—the hazards of China’s awful air and water pollution are enough incentive to look for better living abroad.

How to avoid getting drunk

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I’m not much of a drinker myself, but this was interesting:

How to avoid getting drunk

[Jim] Koch [cofounder & chairman of the Boston Beer Company] told me that for years he has swallowed your standard Fleischmann’s dry yeast before he drinks, stirring the white powdery substance in with some yogurt to make it more palatable.

“One teaspoon per beer, right before you start drinking.”

…active dry yeast has an enzyme in it called alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH). Roughly put, ADH is able to break alcohol molecules down into their constituent parts of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Which is the same thing that happens when your body metabolizes alcohol in its liver. [Joseph] Owades realized if you also have that enzyme in your stomach when the alcohol first hits it, the ADH will begin breaking it down before it gets into your bloodstream and, thus, your brain.

“And it will mitigate – not eliminate – but mitigate the effects of alcohol!” Koch told me.

Doctor Zhivago – “From Defeat would spring Revolution”

Yuri Zhivago’s Bolshevik half-brother Yevgraf enlists during World War I, with the aim of undermining the Russian army and sparking the Russian Revolution.

“Happy men don’t volunteer. They wait their turn, and thank God if their age or work delays it.”

Yevgraf: By the second winter of the war, the boots had worn out. But the line still held. Their greatcoats fell to pieces on their backs. Their rations were…irregular. Half of them went into action without arms, led by men they didn’t trust.

Russian officer: Come on, you bastards!

Yevgraf: And those they did trust…

Pasha: Come on, comrades! Come on! Come on!

Yevgraf: At last, they did what all the armies dreamed of doing. They began to go home. That was the beginning of the Revolution.