The Daily Tulip

Saturday 19th November 2016

6c on the thermometer this morning in Estepona Spain, for November that’s cold, scarf and thick jacket for me as together Bella and I brave the cold streets of the town.. but it could worse … The day time we have warm sun with the temperature getting up to 24c today, but once the sun goes down the cold air rushes in to take its place.. and this morning its dam cold!

Good Morning Gentle Reader, I’m Robert McAngus and this is The Daily Tulip…. A rare Chinese vase, bought for £10 at a Hampshire England car boot sale, has been sold for more than £60,000. The enamel “two quails” vase, is thought to have been made at Beijing’s Imperial Palace at least 220 years ago. Auctioneers Woolley & Wallis said the owner only realised its true value after he put it on eBay. It had been estimated as being worth up to £30,000, but sold at auction in Salisbury for £61,000, including the buyer’s premium. The seller, who did not wish to be identified, picked up the vase at a car boot sale near Lymington.

Facebook has been displaying lots of fake stories enough to influence an election…It’s news you can’t use. A BuzzFeed News analysis found that the 20 top-performing false political stories — including tales that Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS and Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump — garnered 8.7 million shares, reactions and comments in the three months before the election. The figure for the top 20 stories from reputable sites: 7.3 million. Facebook argues that the numbers are a tiny sample and don’t reflect the whole network, though some employees have launched a task force to fight the falsehoods.

Staying with Facebook….They’re not getting many likes in the process. Facebook is trying to adjust to the level of power its platform has, employing an army of subcontractors to deal with flagged content — and expecting them to work incredibly swiftly to deal with each issue. But the rushed work is leading to harmless content getting deleted and hate speech staying on the site. With Twitter having recently banned many alt-right accounts in response to public criticism, many are now looking to Facebook to step up with new solutions.

It was hiding in plain sight. A long-missing unfinished Kahlo painting, hung in a California house unnoticed since the 1950s, has resurfaced. Niña con Collar is one of the Mexican feminist’s earliest known works, painted in 1929. While the Mexican government has banned exports of Kahlo’s work, this particular painting is a curious exception because Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s husband and fellow artist, gave it away as a gift after his wife’s death. It’s expected to sell at auction in New York City for as much as $2 million.

Hundreds of businesses such as Starbucks, General Mills and Hewlett Packard are asking President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on U.S. commitments to combat climate change. They argue it’s good for business. More than 360 companies and investors made their plea in an open letter to Trump, President Obama and members of Congress. They called on Trump to “continue U.S. participation in the Paris agreement,” which he has threatened to scrap, and invest in the “low carbon economy at home and abroad.” The signatories also include DuPont, eBay, Nike, Unilever, Levi Strauss & Co. and Hilton. They issued the letter Wednesday during a major U.N. climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where representatives of nearly 200 countries were gathered to hash out the details of the Paris climate deal. As members of the U.S. business and investor community, they emphasized their “deep commitment to addressing climate change” and pledged to do their part, “in our operations and beyond,” to meet the goals of the agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Call it pay to not play. Britain’s been counting on Germany, where Angela Merkel’s hoping to hold off rising populism and anti-immigrant sentiment, to be lenient about Brexit terms. But France has demanded punitive payback to keep French Euroskeptics in check, and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insists post-divorce Britain will have to pay into the EU until as late as 2030. He says despite Britain’s promises to big companies it’ll still have to follow G20 tax avoidance laws while relinquishing passporting rights crucial to its financial industry.

The golden poison dart frog is about an inch long and banana yellow. By some estimates, the skin of one little frog contains enough toxin to kill 10 adult men. “Oh yeah, it’s one of the more lethal poisons on the planet,” says Justin Du Bois, a synthetic chemist at Stanford University. The substance is called batrachotoxin (buh-TRAK-uh-TOX-in), and tiny amounts of it can be deadly if it makes it into a victim’s bloodstream. It’s what some indigenous groups in Colombia’s lowland rain forest would use to tip their blow darts. And, as Du Bois and his colleagues write Thursday in the journal Science, they figured out how to make it in the lab in 24 steps. Why on Earth would anyone want to do that? “Well, it turns out it’s a fantastic research tool for figuring out how nerves conduct electricity,” Du Bois says, “and we’re very interested in that fundamental process.” Once inside a victim, the compound embeds itself in certain proteins that are responsible for conducting electrical impulses through the nerves and muscles, including the heart. By disrupting that process, it can cause paralysis and a heart attack. But studying the poison’s mode of action could also lead to a deeper understanding of the role electrical impulses play in fundamental processes like heart function and the sensation of pain.

Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this morning…

Our Tulips today are a perennial favorite “Queen of The Night” reminds me of Donna Summer because these tulips work hard for the money…..

A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Saturday the 19th November 2016 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in ….. Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus