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CrownLine to Launch 'Jupiter Column': Community for People to Leverage Proprietary Method Illuminating Human Relationship Chemistry

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- CrownLine (www.crownline.io), a company focused on illuminating human relationship chemistry, announced it will launch in the month of March 2024 "Jupiter Column", the community of CrownLine. Available to members via subscription, people can learn, and personally benefit from, the CROWNLINE Method to enhance and understand their human relationships -- be they identifying and connecting with individuals for friendship, family, business, potential significant others, and even a soulmate.

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  • LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- CrownLine ( www.crownline.io ), a company focused on illuminating human relationship chemistry, announced it will launch in the month of March 2024 "Jupiter Column", the community of CrownLine.
  • CrownLine Founder and CEO Todd Anthony Person has spent over two decades studying and building the foundation that would become the CrownLine Method.
  • The deck of playing cards was originally used as a calendar: there are 52 cards representing the 52 weeks in the year.
  • "Having confidence in one's relationships is key to mental health, and CrownLine intends to develop mentorship programs as part of its community relations efforts," commented Person.

State-owned energy companies are among the world’s most polluting – putting a price on carbon could help

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Existing measures to cajole companies to decarbonise, with subsidies for renewable energy and carbon taxes, have failed to prevent global emissions rising.

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  • Existing measures to cajole companies to decarbonise, with subsidies for renewable energy and carbon taxes, have failed to prevent global emissions rising.
  • State-owned energy firms that search for, produce and refine fossil fuels are among the most polluting organisations in the world.

A blessing or a curse?

  • But ownership of a polluting, state-owned firm also creates conflicting incentives within and across different branches of a government.
  • The ability of governments to use state-owned firms to tackle climate change depends on various governance issues within the state bureaucracy.
  • State-owned utilities such as the Federal Electricity Commission in Mexico and Eskom in South Africa have previously defended their energy market monopolies against smaller competitors – in some cases, preventing more decentralised renewable energy generation.
  • State-owned firms can exploit their close contact with policymakers to do this, and may even refuse to sign purchasing agreements with independent power generators.

State-owned firms and emissions

  • Cap-and-trade regulations compel firms to buy carbon emission allowances and pay fines if they exceed them.
  • Under a cap-and-trade system designed to limit the total amount of pollutants a company can emit, firms can also sell unused allowances.
  • Take the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS): state-owned companies within it have lower emissions than their equivalents elsewhere that are not covered by such schemes.
  • Governments that publicly commit to cap-and-trade or similar carbon pricing schemes have stronger incentives as a result of public pressure to ensure state-owned firms reduce emissions, compared with governments that opt out.
  • Namely, that they constitute a means of tying a government’s reputation to emissions reduction, and so create incentives for that government to get serious about the emissions of its state-owned firms.


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  • Aldo Musacchio is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) as a Research Fellow.
  • He also receives funding from the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank for projects associated with state-owned enterprises.

Making Access to Rehabilitation Care Easier for All Albertans

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Traveling out of town for rehabilitation care is not unfamiliar to Marty, and many other patients like him living in rural or remote communities.

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  • Traveling out of town for rehabilitation care is not unfamiliar to Marty, and many other patients like him living in rural or remote communities.
  • About 10,000 Albertans are required to travel to major urban centres to receive specialized care.
  • The partnership between Alberta Innovates’ Digital4Health program and the Glenrose Hospital Foundation aims to use digital solutions to make accessing rehabilitation medicine easier, more streamlined, and patient-centered.
  • This will allow technology companies and clinicians the opportunity to test, spread and scale promising new rehabilitation care models.

Beekman 1802 is changing the beauty industry through Kindness - announces 3 new initiatives this Random Acts of Kindness Day

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And this year, Beekman believes that we could all use a little extra Kindness in our lives.

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  • And this year, Beekman believes that we could all use a little extra Kindness in our lives.
  • "With Kindness as a key pillar to our brand ethos, Beekman continues to be given the opportunities to bring kindness directly to our neighbors.
  • - Jill Scalamandre, CEO at Beekman 1802
    In 2024, Beekman 1802 will be taking Kindness to a whole new level via coaching, new ambassador program and a merchandise give back component.
  • At Beekman 1802, we've always encouraged Kindness to skin, community, and the planet.

Candidates’ aging brains are factors in the presidential race − 4 essential reads

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The leading contenders in the 2024 presidential election are two of the three oldest people ever to serve as president.

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  • The leading contenders in the 2024 presidential election are two of the three oldest people ever to serve as president.
  • Both Biden and Trump have faced criticism about what can appear to be obvious signs of aging, including questions about their memory and cognitive abilities.
  • Scholars writing for The Conversation U.S. have discussed various aspects of how aging affects people’s brains.
  • Key factors include the strength of a person’s social connections, as well as their sleeping habits, water consumption, exercise and diet.

Heritage Distilling Co. Announces Acquisition of Thinking Tree Spirits

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EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heritage Distilling Company , Inc. ("HDC" or "Heritage"), a leading craft distiller of innovative premium brands, today announced the acquisition of Thinking Tree Spirits , Inc. (“Thinking Tree”), a craft distillery based in Eugene, Oregon.

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  • EUGENE, Ore., Feb. 16, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heritage Distilling Company , Inc. ("HDC" or "Heritage"), a leading craft distiller of innovative premium brands, today announced the acquisition of Thinking Tree Spirits , Inc. (“Thinking Tree”), a craft distillery based in Eugene, Oregon.
  • Upon the transaction closing, which is expected today, Heritage will own 100% of the Thinking Tree assets and brands.
  • Heritage Distilling Company's CEO and co-founder, Justin Stiefel, said, “We were honored to be approached by the team at Thinking Tree last year to discuss this transaction.
  • “For nearly a decade Thinking Tree and Heritage Distilling have been neighbors, collaborators and community partners in Eugene’s Whiteaker District,” said Jennifer Stiefel, Co-Founder and President of Heritage Distilling.

CES 2024 Showed that the Future of Cars will be Defined by AI, Reports IDTechEx

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This was blindingly apparent at CES 2024, where it felt like "autonomous", "connected", "AI" and "software-defined vehicle" were prerequisite buzzwords for exhibitors to get through the door.

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  • This was blindingly apparent at CES 2024, where it felt like "autonomous", "connected", "AI" and "software-defined vehicle" were prerequisite buzzwords for exhibitors to get through the door.
  • The reports found that these technologies will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.1% between 2024 and 2034, reaching a value of US$700 billion.
  • At CES this year, IDTechEx saw where some of this revenue will be coming from.
  • IDTechEx's " Future Automotive Technologies 2024-2034: Applications, Megatrends, Forecasts " report goes into more detail about the US$1.6 trillion opportunity associated with emerging automotive technologies.

CES 2024 Showed that the Future of Cars will be Defined by AI, Reports IDTechEx

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Friday, February 16, 2024

This was blindingly apparent at CES 2024, where it felt like "autonomous", "connected", "AI" and "software-defined vehicle" were prerequisite buzzwords for exhibitors to get through the door.

Key Points: 
  • This was blindingly apparent at CES 2024, where it felt like "autonomous", "connected", "AI" and "software-defined vehicle" were prerequisite buzzwords for exhibitors to get through the door.
  • The reports found that these technologies will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21.1% between 2024 and 2034, reaching a value of US$700 billion.
  • At CES this year, IDTechEx saw where some of this revenue will be coming from.
  • IDTechEx's " Future Automotive Technologies 2024-2034: Applications, Megatrends, Forecasts " report goes into more detail about the US$1.6 trillion opportunity associated with emerging automotive technologies.

Truman Capote was ruined when he published his society friends’ secrets. Was Answered Prayers worth it?

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In November 1975, Truman Capote, the proudly gay author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, unveiled the hotly anticipated second instalment of his unpublished novel, Answered Prayers.

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  • In November 1975, Truman Capote, the proudly gay author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, unveiled the hotly anticipated second instalment of his unpublished novel, Answered Prayers.
  • Capote ended his days a social pariah in his former New York society circles, incapacitated by a lifetime of prodigious substance abuse.
  • The story to blame, La Côte Basque, 1965, takes its title from its setting: an achingly fashionable French restaurant in Manhattan.
  • However, Mrs. Hopkins was une autre chose: a sensation to unsettle the suavest Côte Basque client.
  • Mrs. Kennedy and her sister had elicited not a murmur, nor had the entrances of Lauren Bacall and Katharine Cornell and Clare Booth Luce.
  • However, Mrs. Hopkins was une autre chose: a sensation to unsettle the suavest Côte Basque client.

The real-life ‘Mrs. Bang-Bang’

  • There was talk of the spate of burglaries that had recently occurred in the area.
  • Ann, who suffered from insecurity and social anxiety, drank more than usual.
  • Returning home with her husband, she washed down some sleeping pills and went to bed, not long after midnight.
  • At two in the morning, Ann was woken by the sound of her dog growling.

‘What I’m writing is true’

  • Regardless of whether he truly appreciated this, it seems fair to say Capote’s encounter with Ann Woodward made quite the impression on him.
  • Capote’s conception of Answered Prayers, which he struggled with and talked about for decades, developed over time.
  • In his monumental novel-cycle Remembrance of Things Past, Proust scrutinised the social machinations of the Parisian upper classes at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Capote conceived of his project – which took shape as a roman à clef – in equivalent terms.
  • What I’m writing is true, it’s real and it’s done in the very best prose style that I think any American writer could possibly achieve.
  • […] If Proust were an American living now in New York, this is what he would be doing.
  • What I’m writing is true, it’s real and it’s done in the very best prose style that I think any American writer could possibly achieve.
  • as is generally conceded, a beautiful girl of twelve or twenty, while she may merit attention, does not deserve admiration.

Masturbation, misogyny, murder

  • At the start of January 1966, Capote signed a contract with Random House for a novel titled Answered Prayers.
  • However, by the time he actually sat down to write the book, he was already under a great deal of pressure.
  • Masturbation, menstruation, misogyny, murder.
  • Readers who thought they were getting a finely wrought piece of social critique were left scratching their heads in bemusement.
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Was the book any good?


With the benefit of hindsight, I think the overwhelming majority missed the memo when it came to Answered Prayers.

  • By the same token, it is clear Answered Prayers responds to (and even builds on) advances made in his earlier work.
  • Gossip can serve a positive, even joyous function: it is a “social activity which produces and maintains the filiations” of community.
  • To put this another way: if used in a strategic and appropriate fashion, gossip can bring people together.
  • It can help to build and sustain social groupings predicated on the basis of shared knowledge (of sexual matters).
  • Consider Unspoiled Monsters, the first chapter in the posthumously published book.
  • If he had been absolutely factual, it would have been less believable but […] it might have been better.

Settling scores

  • In part, he was looking to settle scores.
  • Try as he might, Capote, who claimed his intentions had been misunderstood, couldn’t win the swans back over.
  • As chance, or maybe fate would have it, he died at exactly the same age as Ann Woodward.
  • Given how much they despised each other, I can’t help but wonder what Capote and Woodward would have made of such dismal symmetries.


Alexander Howard does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Introducing our Books & Ideas newsletter

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With shrinking space in many newspapers for serious discussion of books and ideas, we think our expert writers are offering something different.

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  • With shrinking space in many newspapers for serious discussion of books and ideas, we think our expert writers are offering something different.
  • Now, we’re taking the next step, launching a dedicated Books and Ideas newsletter.
  • As well as reviewing the latest fiction, non-fiction and poetry, we’ll be showcasing new series on feminist classics and books that have become cultural touchstones.
  • Current subscribers to our daily newsletter will not automatically be sent this newsletter - you’ll also need to subscribe.