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    Daily Digest 11/12 – Trump to Rush Drilling Leases in Arctic Before Biden Takes Over, Costco updates mask policy

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    Thursday, November 12, 2020, 11:13 AM


Power of positivity: Health benefits of multivitamins ‘may all be in the mind’. (LesPhelps)

BOSTON — The health benefits of taking multivitamin supplements may be all in the mind, according to a new study. People’s positive expectations could be behind the benefits of multivitamin and mineral tablets as there is no hard evidence otherwise, researchers suggest.

A number of clinical trials have “failed” to find any measurable health benefits from taking vitamin or mineral supplements. That led Harvard University’s Dr. Manish Paranjpe to examine whether the subconscious is behind health improvements among those taking the popular supplements.

Biden Rural Advisor Lays Out Campaign’s “Aggressive” Agricultural Priorities (newsbuoy)

Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who is acting as a rural adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, recently said in an interview with the Mid-West Farm Report that there are a few agricultural priorities a Biden administration would focus on.

Senator Hietkamp says one of the biggest priorities for the Biden campaign has to do with the biofuels industry. “I think the first thing that we absolutely have to do is to get back to honoring and appreciating that you have to have compliance on the Renewable Fuel Standard,” she says.

Deutsche Bank Proposes A 5% “Work From Home” Privilege Tax (ddelong)

At a time when the Fed is already monetizing the entire US budget deficit thanks to helicopter money, sparking conversations about the utility of taxation, and when a Biden administration is set to at least try and roll back most of the Trump tax cuts, the last thing the population wants to hear about is even more taxes.

Yet in a “modest proposal” from Deutsche Bank, the bank argues that in a time of pervasive covid shutdowns, “those who can work from home (WFH) receive direct and indirect financial benefits and they should be taxed in order to smooth the transition process for those who have been suddenly displaced.”

Biden could alter Big Tech’s Section 230 protections, reinstate ‘net neutrality’

The list of challenges facing President-elect Joe Biden on Day One includes addressing concerns about Big Tech that have seen a crescendo, as massive firms that profit from user data wield increasing power over how Americans communicate with each other.

While President Trump and Republican lawmakers have criticized tech and social platforms for what they consider censorship of conservative views, Democrats argue that the platforms are failing to adequately police hate speech and violent content.

Costco updates mask policy, requires members with medical conditions to wear face shields (jw)

Costco is changing its in-store face mask policy to accommodate customers with medical conditions.

The retailer’s updated policy requires any individual who is unable to wear a face mask, including those who have a medical condition, to wear a face shield to enter any of its stores. The policy goes into effect on Nov. 16.

Trump to Rush Drilling Leases in Arctic Before Biden Takes Over

The Trump administration is advancing plans to auction drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has vowed to block oil exploration in the rugged Alaska wilderness.

The Interior Department is set to issue a formal “call for nominations” as soon as Monday, kick-starting a final effort to get input on what tracts to auction inside the refuge’s 1.56-million-acre coastal plain. The plans were described by two people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named detailing administration strategy.

Norway’s Wealth Tax Is Uncommon. Here’s What America Could Learn From It. (jw)

Norwegian entrepreneur Karl Alveng Munthe-Kaas will face a hefty tax bill when the grocery company he co-founded in 2013 goes public. But the 37-year-old isn’t bitter; he welcomes it.

For Munthe-Kaas, a system that raises revenue by targeting those with the greatest capacity to pay makes sense. “I think it’s a simple, and also fair, principle,” said Munthe-Kaas. No one in Norway would have become very wealthy, he said, “if it hadn’t been for the public services the government provides.”

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  • Fri, Nov 13, 2020 - 11:20am



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    “Dr” Fauci goes full totalitarian


    Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concerns Thursday about an independent society trying to fight the coronavirus, arguing Americans should just listen to public health officials.

    Fauci spoke in a forum about working with officials in the United Kingdom who faced a similar problem.

    “[E]ach of our countries have that independent spirit, where we don’t want to be told what to do,” he said. “Well, I understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”

    Fauci spoke at the National Cathedral’s 2020 Ignatius Forum about facing a “second wave” of the virus in the Fall and the Winter.

    “We’re not done, we still need to implement public health measures in a very intense way,” he said.

    Fauci said he loved the federalist nature of the United States, but indicated it was problematic states had different approaches to fighting the virus.

    “We had too much individual approaches towards how we were going to handle the outbreak, so our baseline never came down to the low level where we wanted it to be,” he said.

    Fauci said there would continue to be a “core of people” who would never take a vaccine, but that it was important to combat misinformation to the larger public about the importance of vaccines.

    He said it would be “problematic” if up to 50 percent of Americans refused to take the coronavirus vaccine which would allow the virus to spread.

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  • Fri, Nov 13, 2020 - 11:45am



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    PP Weaponry: Feed the chickens

    Battle Chicken

    Keep your corn meal dry!

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  • Sun, Nov 15, 2020 - 4:04pm



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    hard to believe

    The findings of the article noted above, The Power of Positivity, are amusing and concerning at the same time.  Positive thinking is indeed important and powerful, especially when backed by positive action.  But to say that the power of nutritional supplements is all in the mind is ludicrous.  There are multiple sources from Luke Bucci (with almost 14,00 references in one of his textbooks), Alan Gaby (with over 5,000 references), Gary Null, and many many other scientists and researchers who have accumulated thousands upon thousands of research articles attesting to the benefits of various supplements.  And yet, the anti-supplement pseudoscientists will still come out with these articles from time to time.  It's like saying there's no evidence that gravity holds you to the planet.

    In the fields of agriculture and veterinary medicine, do these so-called scientists believe that farmers and animal owners are paying good money for supplements for their animals that only influence the animals' minds?  Do the animals have a clue what they're getting?  Nope.  But their bodies respond, one way or another, depending upon whether they are experiencing deficiencies or are properly nourished.

    I am repeatedly astounded by the ignorance I have encountered both personally and professionally within the medical profession, even at the most esteemed institutions, regarding nutrition.  It really is quite appalling.  Change is occurring but seemingly at a snail's pace versus the deluge of new scientific information coming into the public domain that doesn't seem to be making its way into the clinic.  Even with basic scientific reseearch, just the fact that we don't know yet how much vitamin K1 and K2 to ingest is quite shocking.

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  • Mon, Nov 16, 2020 - 1:20am



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    karma is a bitch - twitter censorship

    So over the weekend, DJT Jr tweeted an amusing-if-you-support-Trump video of a man who stops his car, spits on a Trump flag, then attempts to make a getaway, only to have misfortune strike almost immediately.

    DJT Jr retweets this video, with the tagline: "karma is a bitch."  However, the video - which plays for a fraction of a second, and then stops - and is then labeled by twitter as "this media could not be played."


    I notice that this is happening to a larger and larger number of videos on twitter these days.  Instead of outright censoring tweets, they have fallen back on "the video can't be played" approach.  Is it just me or are the videos being censored the ones that are especially funny?

    I tracked down the original at brighteon.  This one will play.

    Twitter is just begging to be replaced.  What we really need is an app that cross-posts and cross-reads on both platforms


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