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    Daily Digest 1/22 – U.S. Oil Flat As Drilling Slows, Will Japan Ditch Cash For Cryptocurrency?

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:58 AM

Economy

In Shadow of Trump Hotel, Unpaid Federal Workers Find Help (TS)

The government shutdown has hit especially hard in Washington, the heart of the federal bureaucracy, where skyrocketing living costs have strained lower-income public employees. Over a quarter-million federal employees live in the capital region. As Mr. Andrés’s site opened Wednesday, federal workers lined up around the building with varying intensities of desperation and despondence.

The Generation that Will Save the World (thc0655)

Concurrently, in the US, Canada and Europe, the generation that will be tasked with digging their countries out of depression will be the millennials. They will fail utterly at their task and they won’t reprogramme their brains to understand what’s necessary, any more than the last two generations of Cubans have. The task will fall to the next generation. It will be their children who take on the task and rebuild.

Will people ditch cash for cryptocurrency? Japan is about to find out (tmn)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants 40% of payments to be cashless by 2025. In August, the government announced plans to offer tax breaks and subsidies for companies that get on board. And while everything from credit card payments to transactions using QR codes would qualify, some of the country’s biggest financial players think the way to wean Japan off cash lies in the technology that runs Bitcoin.

Is It Time to Regulate Social Media Influencers? (tmn)

Though Stell’s refusal to “name names” makes it difficult to determine what sparked her video, its posting happened to coincide with a controversy that was, at that point, exploding throughout the beauty influencer industry. Manny Gutierrez, a beauty vlogger with close to 5 million YouTube subscribers, had been accused of being paid to start a feud with a startup eyelashes company, possibly with the idea that said feud would lead to more sales of the product. Both he and the lashes company denied that such collusion had taken place, but the fallout from the accusations was immense, with those involved claiming to be the recipients of death threats, blackmail, and all sorts of online invective.

Tesla gets green light to sell Model 3 in Europe (jdargis)

But expanding to Europe will give Tesla some breathing room here. There are tens of thousands of European customers waiting to get their hands on a Model 3, and some of them will be willing to pay a premium for a high-end model. That will give Tesla a few more months to work on driving down costs enough to finally offer the $35,000 Model 3 that Musk has been promising since he unveiled the vehicle back in 2016.

Oil Flat As U.S. Drilling Slows Down (Michael S.)

On Friday, oil prices surged as Baker Hughes reported a drastic reduction to the number of active oil and gas in the United States in the week. The total number of active oil and gas drilling rigs fell by 25 rigs, according to the report, with the number of active oil rigs decreasing by 21 to reach 852 and the number of gas rigs decreasing by 4 to reach 198. The oil and gas rig count is now 114 up from this time last year, 105 of which is in oil rigs.

Deadly Ultraviolet UV-C and UV-B Penetration to Earth’s Surface: Human and Environmental Health Implications (newsbuoy)

Life on Earth depends critically on natural processes that shield it from the relentless hazardous onslaught of solar radiation. The first line of defense is the geomagnetic field that deflects the brunt of the sun’s charged particles safely around Earth [15]. Our atmosphere is the second line of defense that protects life from solar ultraviolet radiation. Plants and animals on Earth are shielded from harmful solar radiation by our planet’s stratospheric ozone layer, which is thought to form from the interaction of ultraviolet radiation with O2, which is produced and sustained by photosynthesizing organisms. On numerous occasions the assertion has been made that no UV-C radiation (100-290 nm) reaches Earth’s surface. Here we dispute that assertion, using spectrometric measurements that indicate the probable debilitation of Earth’s biota caused by the levels of UV-C radiation we recorded over the course of one year.

What is the difference between UVA, UVB and UVC? (newsbuoy)

The relatively long-wavelength UVA accounts for approximately 95 per cent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. It can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and is responsible for the immediate tanning effect. Furthermore, it also contributes to skin ageing and wrinkling. For a long time it was thought that UVA could not cause any lasting damage. Recent studies strongly suggest that it may also enhance the development of skin cancers.

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  • Tue, Jan 22, 2019 - 4:03pm

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    Time2help

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    An interesting take on the MSM manufactured "outrage du jour"

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  • Tue, Jan 22, 2019 - 9:41pm

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    sand_puppy

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    Ron Unz: 9/11 was an Israeli Attack on the US

    I recently came across this article by Ron Unz, founder of the Unz Review.  He is a political insider in both the alternative media and the Jewish elite circles.  Unz gradually comes to understand that the 9/11 story we have been told is “riddled with falsehoods.”  These falsehoods came to his awareness in private conversations with colleagues.    His inquiry further lead him to the conclusion that the attacks where designed and implemented by the Israeli Mossad. 
    What is remarkable, is that Ron Unz is a brilliant intellect, a devout Jew, and is intensely interested of the role of the Jewish peoples in the modern world.  He is not in anyway, anti-Semitic.
    His article is long.  He describes his process of awakening to the “falsehoods” of the 9/11 story and his gradual shifting to the understanding that the Israeli Mossad is the likely origin.
    He also explains his views on 1)  the ways that the MSM is avoiding this topic, and 2) the role of the neoconservatives, many of which are his friends, who turned this “Muslim attack of 9/11” into justification for the Iraq invasion.
    From the Intro Bio on the author, Ron Unz:

    The author is the founder and editor of The Unz Review, a leading conservative American political website. He is also a silicon valley entrepreneur, and a one-time candidate for the governor of California. He was once described as ‘the smartest guy in his class’ at Harvard (class of 1983).  He is Jewish, raised in a Yiddish speaking household, and writes frequently on the Jewish Question.

    The Case That 9/11 Was an Israeli Attack on the US Is ‘Overwhelmingly Strong’
    Ron Unz
    ” … the attacks must have been the work of a highly sophisticated organization with access to advanced military technology …”
    “Once we have concluded that the culprits were part of a highly-sophisticated organization, we can then focus on the Who and the Why….”

    I understand that this is a large topic and that it challenges a great deal of what some believe is right, true, kind and just.  
    Please also know that I have good will to Jewish people, Israelis, and my family and co-workers who are Jewish and were NOT in any way inolved in the 9/11 attacks.
    So pour a tall one, and sit down to listen to Ron Unz tell of his conversion process.

    American Pravda:  9/11 Conspiracy Theories at Unz Review

    The Case that 9/11 Was an Israeli Attack on the US is Overwhelmingly Strong at Russia Insider

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  • Wed, Jan 23, 2019 - 1:39am

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    Grover

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    Grover's Cliff's Notes

    Sand_puppy,
    This is the second time I’ve waded through Ron Unz’s article. He drops names like John Mauldin does and pats himself on the back for being really smart. Part of it is establishing credentials. Part appears to being self aggrandizement. Nonetheless, I found some good portions and also have a major disagreement.
    Unz came to the 9/11 Truther movement later (2008.) It simply wasn’t relevant to his software work. As most Americans, he wasn’t interested enough in the flaws of the official story to question it. Once he started looking at the story, he saw gaping holes in it. [Note: All quotes taken from https://russia-insider.com/en/case-911-was-israeli-attack-us-overwhelmingly-strong-ron-unz/ri24931?fbclid=IwAR1GG3jOARvjTl4O0V7onYgOauVfj6e3QiWLNSXYyOakUarTiZcDRlSMXSc#.XEdsfzJALDM.facebook]

    However, by the end of 2008 my focus had begun to change. Bush was leaving office without having started an Iranian war, and America had successfully dodged the bullet of an even more dangerous John McCain administration. I assumed that Barack Obama would be a terrible president and he proved worse than my expectations, but I still breathed a huge sigh of relief every day that he was in the White House.
    Moreover, around that same time I’d stumbled across an astonishing detail of the 9/11 attacks that demonstrated the remarkable depths of my own ignorance. In a Counterpunch article, I’d discovered that immediately following the attacks, the supposed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden had publicly denied any involvement, even declaring that no good Muslim would have committed such deeds.
    Once I checked around a little and fully confirmed that fact, I was flabbergasted. 9/11 was not only the most successful terrorist attack in the history of the world, but may have been greater in its physical magnitude than all past terrorist operations combined. The entire purpose of terrorism is to allow a small organization to show the world that it can inflict serious losses upon a powerful state, and I had never previously heard of any terrorist leader denying his role in a successful operation, let alone the greatest in history.

    That began his journey of discovery. He read a handful of the available publications regarding the events of 9/11 – mostly from Prof. David Ray Griffin. He also attempted to find publications supporting the official story.

    I certainly attempted to locate contrary books supporting the official 9/11 story, but the only one widely discussed was a rather short volume published by Popular Mechanics magazine, whose lead researcher turned out to be the cousin of Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. None of the writers appeared to have any serious academic credentials, and they seemed to generally ignore or deflect some of the strongest pieces of evidence provided by the numerous scholars and experts involved in the 9/11 Truth movement.
    Therefore I hardly found their rebuttal persuasive, and I half-wondered whether Homeland Security had quietly arranged the publication, which might help explain the extremely odd nepotistic coincidence. Popular magazines simply do not carry the scientific weight of research professors at major universities. Perhaps the holes in the official 9/11 narrative were so numerous and large that no serious scholar could be enlisted to defend it.

    Unz continues his trek and asks who could/would have done this.

    Let us now suppose that the overwhelming weight of evidence is correct, and concur with high-ranking former CIA intelligence analysts, distinguished academics, and experienced professionals that the 9/11 attacks were not what they appeared to be. We recognize the extreme implausibility that three huge skyscrapers in New York City suddenly collapsed at free-fall velocity into their own footprints after just two of them were hit by airplanes, and also that a large civilian jetliner probably did not strike the Pentagon leaving absolutely no wreckage and only a small hole. What actually did happen, and more importantly, who was behind it?

    Unz chastises the Truther movement for thinking that George W. Bush was intellectually capable of masterminding the event let alone pulling it off. He then builds a case against the Israeli Mossad as the perpetrators of this high crime.

    Effective intelligence operations are concealed in a hall of mirrors, often extremely difficult for outsiders to penetrate, and false-flag terrorist attacks certainly fall into this category. But if we apply a different metaphor, the complexities of such events may be seen as a Gordian Knot, almost impossible to disentangle, but vulnerable to the sword-stroke of asking the simple question “Who benefited?”
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    I find it difficult to think of any country in the world that clearly gained as a result of the 9/11 attacks and America’s military reaction, with one single, solitary exception.

    That exception is Israel. (The other winner was the military industrial complex.) The skirmishes in the sand box haven’t benefited America at all, but they do fit exceedingly well with the Yinon plan. We’ve committed $5.9 trillion since 9/11/2001 to engage in these non-declared wars. (I challenge anyone to come up with a list of successes that the US has achieved over there to justify $5.9 trillion.) Unz then builds a case against the Israeli Mossad and Ariel Sharon as the perpetrators.
    I differ with Unz when he dismisses the Bush Administration’s actions pertaining to the events of 9/11. They may have been hoodwinked by the neocons/Mossad at the beginning, but they maintained the charade after it should have been obvious that it was a charade. When does it change from misguided complicity to treason?
    Grover

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