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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 2:59 PM

Economy

A guide to the new COVID-19 testing rules for travel to the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ordered that all travelers flying to the U.S. from abroad will have to show proof of negative Covid-19 tests before boarding their flight starting Jan. 26. The CDC said preflight testing is necessary as Covid-19 cases continue to soar and new, more contagious strains of the virus emerge around the world.

Here is what you need to know about the new protocols before you take a trip.

Financial Warfare Is Real

In my 2011 book, Currency Wars, I gave a detailed description of the first-ever financial war game sponsored by the Department of Defense. This financial war game took place in 2009 at the top-secret Applied Physics Laboratory located about twenty miles north of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland countryside.

Unlike typical war games, the “rules of engagement” for this financial exercise did not permit the use of any kinetic weapons such as bombs, missiles or drones. The only weapons allowed were financial instruments including stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities and derivatives.

U.S. budget deficit hits $144 billion, record for the month

The U.S. government posted a December budget deficit of $144 billion – a record for the month – due to far higher outlays with coronavirus relief spending and unemployment benefits, while revenues ticked slightly higher, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

The Treasury said the December deficit compares with a $13 billion deficit in December 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic started in the United States.

CRISPR gene editing used to store data in DNA inside living cells

DNA inside living bacterial cells has been edited with CRISPR technology to encode and store information. This could be a step towards developing a new medium for long-term data storage.

Life’s genetic information is stored in DNA, but there is growing interest in using DNA as a storage medium for other kinds of data. To do this, information is often encoded using the four DNA bases – adenine (A), cytosine (C), thymine (T) and guanine (G). The corresponding DNA sequence can then be chemically synthesised in a laboratory, and even stored within everyday objects.

U.S. Treasury-led report calls for overhaul of money market funds

U.S. policymakers need to consider major changes to make money market funds less vulnerable to investor runs, a working group led by the Treasury Department said on Tuesday, stopping short of making specific recommendations.

The group laid out several potential changes to those markets, in which the U.S. government intervened to stabilize after big outflows prompted by the coronavirus outbreak in March.

Brexit: Five surprising consequences

While the UK government had been warning of some disruption to trade as the new UK-EU relationship began at the beginning of 2021, some of the consequences seem to have taken people by surprise.

Here are five of the outcomes that have been in the news so far this year.

Environment

Big Freeze Complicates Snow-clearing Efforts In Spain

Extremely low temperatures, in some areas reaching record-breaking levels, swept central and eastern Spain on Tuesday, with the big freeze complicating efforts to clear countless roads blocked by snow.

With much of the country still blanketed in white following the worst snowstorm in decades, efforts resumed early to clear the streets of snow, ice and fallen trees despite the brutal cold.

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  • Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - 2:15pm

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    pinecarr

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    YouTube removes USAWatchdog interview

    I just went to watch Greg Hunter's interview with Bill Holter on USAWatchdog, "Expect The System To Go Down".  It was posted 1/10/21, and comments show it was up through 1/13/21.  But now you get "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Terms of Service."   I hope Greg is setting up on alternate platforms!

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  • Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - 2:43pm

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    thc0655

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    Evidence of vote fraud

    https://humanevents.com/2021/01/13/san-antonio-woman-arrested-for-widespread-vote-harvesting-and-fraud-despite-no-evidence-of-fraud-in-2020-election/

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced today the arrest of a San Antonio woman who participated in election related crimes.

    Rachel Rodriguez sits behind bars for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each of these charges constitutes a felony under the Texas Election code, ABC Central Texas reports.

    Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall as she engaged in vote harvesting and after reviewing hours of raw footage, the Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General made the arrest.

    In the video, Rodriguez acknowledged that she was participating in illegal activities and she was aware of the potential jail time.

    If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison, according to ABC Central Texas.

    “Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud. We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence. This is a victory for election integrity and a strong signal that anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The shocking and blatantly illegal action documented by Project Veritas demonstrates a form of election fraud my office continually investigates and prosecutes. I am fiercely committed to ensuring the voting process is secure and fair throughout the state, and my office is prepared to assist any Texas county in combating this insidious, un-American form of fraud.”

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  • Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - 2:47pm

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    thc0655

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    Mises Institute taking steps to avoid being purged by the Silicon Communists

    https://mises.org/wire/surviving-tech-purges-what-were-doing-mises-institute?fbclid=IwAR1TBbXYqEMnk_EqGnGeA6Mans8tUvuGyJwhwzPHjnB0g4m79pFrXKNeW0s

    We want all of you, fans and supporters of the Mises Institute, to know we are well positioned to survive purges by platforms and hosts. Without giving too much detail, here are the basics:

    • We maintain and own (not rent) internal servers and backup servers, while also maintaining storage offshore;
    • We are moving to a very local internet service provider (ISP) with beefy broadband;
    • We have alternative domain registration providers in place to protect the use of mises.org;
    • We have "hot standby" sites in two foreign jurisdictions in case of a denial by our web host;
    • We have all video, audio, and graphic content housed on our backup servers in case of a denial by our cloud provider;
    • We sync and mirror all YouTube videos on alternative platforms, including Odysee (started by a Mises Institute fan);
    • We have registered the Mises Institute name with every new or alternative social media possible, with the expectation that Facebook and Twitter will remove us eventually. Fortunately, in one sense, only about 20 percent of our site traffic arrives via social media click-through (which is not the case for many newer sites). Also, less than half of mises.org traffic arrives via organic Google search. So while we would hate to lose views if Google "disappeared" our search results, enough people come to mises.org directly through their browsers or from subscription emails;
    • We have moved away from using shared internal Google docs;
    • We have moved toward encrypted email vendors;
    • We keep strict security over our donor database and back it up frequently using internal storage;
    • We moved our email/subscription lists to an alternative vendor after reading accounts of Mailchimp reviewing user content; and
    • We have taken steps to maintain alternative payment gateways and diversify our banking providers locally, nationally, and internationally.

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  • Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - 3:13pm

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    thc0655

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    Evidence of leftist infiltrators inciting riot at Capitol

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/breaking-fbi-arrests-left-wing-anarchist-leader-john-sullivan-for-inciting-riot-in-capitol-siege/

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  • Thu, Jan 14, 2021 - 9:31pm

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    gallantfarms

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    Attack on the Capitol

    Entertaining and sarcastic review of what happened in the Capitol by Whatsherface from Youtube:

     

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  • Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 1:27am

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    agitating prop

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    Communists ThcO655?

    Silicon communists?  Do they live on collective farms, thc? Do big boned babushkas join together in songs of revolution while they plough the fields, in the "valley?"

    Do you know what a communism means?

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  • Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 1:49am

    Adam B

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    Adam B said:

    "Silicon communists?  Do they live on collective farms, thc? Do big boned babushkas join together in songs of revolution while they plough the fields, in the "valley?"

    Do you know what a communism means?"

    Agitating Prop,

    I spent some 15 years in the former Soviet bloc after the fall of communism in the 1990s and early this millennium. The "big-boned babushskas" and the collective farmers were not communists, by and large. They had no choice.

    I glimpsed the life of a real communist, though, when I spent several hours at one of the mansions of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania. That communist had gold-plated toilet seats, a jewel-studded mosaic above his in-basement swimming pool, and a personal hospital with the latest medical equipment.

     

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  • Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 8:34am

    000

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    What about the weathermen?!

    THC is working hard. It's almost as if he "has an agenda he's pushing. Maybe it's best just to ignore him and maybe he'll just go away."

    This ought to sound familiar to the original authors (here).

    But then, after all, we're in the era of the citizen commentator/journalist/media analyst [giggling] Internet slave.

    IBM's Summit super computer is projecting the first Blue Ocean event for the Arctic minimum of September 2024. Put it on your calendars! For those who don't know what that means, once the ice (especially "old ice") is gone ie, is just a slushy soup, global runaway heating will accelerate. See Chris's excellent discussion on exponentialism. The BOE will be the final 4% of the curve representing human habitat. Yes, it appears Anthropocean is likely "well done". If projections are correct one has about three years after that date, but then again, projections are NOT predictions (paging David Cullum, please pickup the white curtesy telephone in the lobby--No Dave, you can't just move agriculture at scale to completely different soils. Duuuh).

    So "go wild" convincing yourself that your on the "inside" of American politics, and stories about "left-wing Anarchists" (LOL what does that even mean) are they different from Right-wing Anarchists?:

    broken-wing anarchist
    alcoholic anarchist
    communist anarchist
    capitalist anarchist
    PBS anarchist
    PeakProsperity anarchist
    KitKat anarchist
    Girl Scout Cookies anarchists [most dangerous]
    Veteran anarchist
    Fox News anarchist
    Trumpist anarchist
    reactionary anarchist
    bad boy anarchist
    anarchist oxalate stoner (painful)

    Please add your favorite anarchist label to the list

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  • Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 9:33am

    Steven Kelso

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    Semantic Dissonance

    As a word fetishist, I can tell you that semantic dissonance kills productive conversations before they begin. A bunch of strawman bullshit. I have gotten in the habit of laying down definitions and premises first. As you can surmise, I'm a huge hit at parties.

    P.S. The dreaded Girl Scout Cookies Anarchists may just be the worst of the bunch.

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  • Fri, Jan 15, 2021 - 10:59am

    000

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    000 said:

    Shoes for Industry! Shoes for "productive conversations" on a social media forum. Agreed girl Scout Cookies are dangerous because I like them. [a tear falls to the keyboard, shorting out the electrical grid, causing a nuclear meltdown and leaving the space station as the only humans left. (apologies to Mr. Clooney)

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