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    Daily Digest 10/13 – Russia & U.S. Will Engage In ‘Global War,’ Why Energy Prices Are Headed Lower

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, October 13, 2016, 2:40 PM


US, Saudis to grant 9,000 ISIS fighters free passage from Iraqi Mosul to Syria – source (lambertad)

The source suggested that redeployment of IS militants is necessary because “Washington must somehow counter Russia’s achievements in Syria, try to diminish their importance.”

Russia & US will engage in ‘global war’, unless ‘proxy’ Syria conflict resolved – Turkey’s deputy PM (lambertad)

A proposed joint cooperation deal between Moscow and Washington was scuppered last month, following a US airstrike on a Syrian army unit, which Pentagon says was accidental, and a bombing of a UN aid convoy, which most Western powers insist was carried out by Russia, which denies responsibility.

Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science (Doug)

What follows are all 20 questions, followed by evaluations of the candidates’ responses (along with some of the more salient points from our readers), and the candidates’ answers in full. We used the same 0–5 point scale (with 5 being the best score possible) that we developed in evaluating candidate responses in 2012.

Silver, Debt, and Deficits – From an Election Year Perspective (Taki T.)

You can see that official national debt has been rising exponentially. At the current rate of increase it should approach $40 trillion in 8 years. Given the likelihood of more wars, recessions, more social spending, and accelerating Medicare and Social Security expenses the total debt might be considerably higher than $40 trillion in 8 years, regardless of who is elected.

EmDrive (Propelantless microwave resonant reactor by Roger Shawyer) (Arthur Robey)

Q. How can the EmDrive produce enough thrust for terrestrial applications?

A. The second generation engines will be capable of producing a specific thrust of 30kN/kW. Thus for 1 kilowatt (typical of the power in a microwave oven) a static thrust of 3 tonnes can be obtained, which is enough to support a large car. This is clearly adequate for terrestrial transport.

Russia orders all officials to fly home any relatives living abroad, as tensions mount over the prospect of a global war (Aaron M.)

It comes after Putin cancelled a planned visit to France amid a furious row over Moscow’s role in the Syrian conflict and just days after it emerged the Kremlin had moved nuclear-capable missiles nearer to the Polish border.

A Eulogy For Democracy (Tiffany D.)

But no. We have — defined by their own reluctant supporters in many cases — a petulant and narcissistic buffoon with a fifth-grade vocabulary, a wife-beater’s temperament and a loose grasp on truth and knowledge versus a lying, duplicitous and conniving chameleon who will use the Oval Office to propel America deeper into a Nordic-style cradle-to-grave state, despite the fact that the poster child of such a political economy — Sweden — collapsed into hyperinflation in the early 1990s only to re-emerge more capitalist that America.

Why energy prices are ultimately headed lower; what the IMF missed (reflector)

In recent years, a large share of the world’s manufacturing has been moved to developing countries. This shift gives the illusion that the developed countries can get along with less energy to produce their GDP. This is not really the case. The developed countries find themselves with a need for a large amount of imported goods. Their heavily services-oriented economies tend to grow slowly. This is because, with little energy use, it is difficult for these economies to make productivity gains. I have written about this issue in What really causes falling productivity growth — an energy-based explanation.

Scientists May Have Identified the Protein That Controls Aging (Arthur Robey)

Dr. Lisa Chakrabarti and PhD student Amelia Pollard examined the brain and muscle cells of both young and middle-aged mice and noted that high levels of a protein called carbonic anhydrase were found in those of the older mice. A high concentration of carbonic anhydrase was also reflected in samples from young brains suffering from early degeneration, suggesting that an increased concentration of the protein could be linked to the aging process.

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