People I worked by, taught, had friendship and simply knew… (Gone)

I am thinking…

Two more friends, colleagues and or trainees of my past have died. That makes a dozen or more in the few years…

Most are dying in their 50’s, and for me, who is older than them, makes me sad. Kinda like outliving your kids. That I myself have experienced personally and hope to not outlive anymore. But, people (men and women are in this same boat) I have taught and watched grow into fabulous managers and become at the top of their field, are dying and that makes me look at what I and they did for a living…

It is a given that no one but no one is left from the early days of war. There are still many left from my high school era and the university. But it seems that being a manager and in food service is a nasty combination. That combination almost got me also…

I could say that youth has taken over my past in food service, but it would actually be sadder to say the truth, death has taken the old and had to be replaced with the new…except the old was simply not that old…

Fast pace, eating wrong, drinking, smoking and stressing to the max. Is the basic traits for a manager in food service. Most that have died recently are people who had to keep working, even after having heart attacks. Many have made it to retirement and died soon thereafter…

I find it interesting to look around me at people I knew and or still know in the US. The number of people is dwindling, even as I write this, yet they are not that old…

How do they cover up in the statistics the young deaths of 50 to 60 years old and keep the average lifespan so high?

That’s not really meant to happen in developed countries

Source: Life expectancy in America has declined for two years in a row

Hmm…

Maybe they can’t! Maybe it is too prevalent to cover it all up?

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Russia Embraces Blockchain Democracy…

Russia may not be known as a defender of democracy, but the capital city of Moscow is using an ethereum-based voting platform to change that.

Source: Russia Is Leading the Push for Blockchain Democracy – CoinDesk

The ethereum-based platform, which allows anyone to audit the open-source results, has been downloaded by more than 100 node operators since its December launch.

Source: https://github.com/moscow-technologies/ag-blockchain

Hmm… very interesting…

Active Citizen now uses blockchain

In early December 2017, the Active Citizen project began to use blockchain technology. Now the data is stored both in an internal database and several other independent ones.

Blockchain guarantees that data will never be lost or changed after it has been submitted to the system. Nothing that goes into blockchain can be amended or deleted. A copy of this data is preserved and updated by all members of the system.

To hack a blockchain system, it would be necessary to hack all blocks and copies of the database on all computers, which is rather difficult – any person or organization can become part of it.

The introduction of this technology will make voting more transparent and protect stored data.
Two million users and 88 million opinions

The Active Citizen project was launched at the initiative of the Moscow Government in 2014 as a platform for holding open online referendums. The project makes it possible to hold city-wide and local polls on a broad range of issues. The scheme is unique in the world in terms of the number of active users and the range of issues citizens can vote on. The Active Citizen project has won several prestigious awards, including Smart Cities Awards 2015.

At the moment, there are almost 2 million registered users; 2,700 votes have been held and 88 million opinions taken into account.

In order to make the project transparent, a number of tools were introduced to allow users to watch the voting process and control the validity of the results. In particular, each voter can check the correctness of their vote and monitor the results online.

On 11 December 2017, Active Citizen received the Russian national Prometheus internet award for its economic, technological and social contribution to the lives of the citizens.

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