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    Daily Digest 11/17 — 12 More States Sue Over Vaccine Mandate; Monkeypox Appears in Maryland

    by Jeanne

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:09 PM

Energy

Biden pushes electric vehicle chargers as energy costs spike

President Joe Biden is highlighting billions of dollars in his giant bipartisan infrastructure deal to pay for the installation of electric vehicle chargers across the country, an investment he says will go a long way to curbing planet-warming carbon emissions while creating good-paying jobs.

Bill Gates’ $4 bln high-tech nuclear reactor set for Wyoming coal site

An advanced nuclear power venture founded by billionaire Bill Gates said on Tuesday it has chosen a town in Wyoming as the site to build a $4 billion demonstration plant that will get half its funding from the U.S. government.

Environment

Gov. DeSantis recommending the state invest nearly a billion dollars in the environment

Gov. Ron DeSantis is upping the ante when it comes to our environment. On Tuesday, he stopped in Collier County and recommended nearly a billion dollars be spent on protecting the environment.

UN, other agencies aim to standardise measurement of environmental impacts

Major multilateral organisations will launch a new initiative next week aimed at developing a system of standards for companies, investors and financial institutions to measure their impact on global sustainability.

Health

Maryland monkeypox case confirmed: health officials

A Maryland resident who recently returned from Nigeria has been diagnosed with the virus monkeypox, according to state health officials.

2nd group of states challenges health worker vaccine mandate

The latest suit, dated Monday, was filed in Louisiana on behalf of 12 states and comes less than a week after another lawsuit challenging the rule was filed in Missouri by a coalition of 10 states.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 12:11pm

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    Apple makes a concession to ‘right to repair’ movement, will let you repair your own iPhone

    Apple makes a concession to ‘right to repair’ movement, will let you repair your own iPhone

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 12:15pm

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    Lessons for us from an experiment with drowning rats

    https://themannerbund.com/2021/11/09/all-rats-must-swim/

    In the 1950s, a Johns Hopkins professor named Curt Richter conducted an experiment on the power of hope: He would place rats into small pools and force them to tread water. With no conceivable way out, and even though rats are incredible swimmers, they would each eventually submit to their hopeless situations, and drown.

    One set of rats were domesticated; they would explore the extent of their newfound environment. They would dive under the water and to the bottom of the container, exploring the extent of their surroundings. A few of them would die a few short minutes after being placed in the water. Others would survive for days.

    A second set of rats, all wild, were put into the same situation. Their ferocity and aggressiveness surprisingly did not help them, as they all died within minutes of being forced to swim with no escape. Mindset is clearly a powerful factor when thrust into a life or death situation. We could break down the differences in mentality between domesticated and wild creatures, but let’s move on.

    With that data in hand, the true experiment began: Richter gathered a third set of similar rats and reconstructed the same scenario. But this time, just as the rats were showing signs of surrender to their hopeless situation, Richter rescued them from their plight and allowed them time to rest. He then placed them back into the water to repeat the experiment. After this brief respite, the entire batch of rats then went on to tread water for days. They swam and swam, thinking their inevitable rescue would again be soon at hand. This last batch would all eventually drown, a sad conclusion to a morbid experiment.

    I will spare you a motivational speech on hope that Richter’s rats might conjure. Instead, let us apply these lessons to the political world today. This “power of hope” exhibited by rats can surely be applied toward humans. While “giving up”does not necessarily equate to drowning in human psyche and behaviour, it does mean that we as ‘test subjects’ might cease participating in a fruitless endeavour, reach new conclusions, change direction, or take drastic action.….

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 1:34pm

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    Did you know the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is being drawn down?

    From ZH, "Here's Why Biden Was Forced To Beg Xi To Release Oil From China's SPR"

    As we have detailed in depth over the past few days (here, here, and here), the Biden administration is utterly desperate to stop retail gasoline prices soaring as the president's approval rating plunges ever lower.

    So desperate that last night we reported that Biden had reportedly asked President Xi to release some of China's Strategic Petroleum Reserve (which we remarked and JPMorgan has confirmed was "highly unlikely" to happen).

    The decision to ask China to join a coordinated global SPR release seemed odd at the time of reporting... but now we may know why Biden was forced to do it.

    It turns out that the US SPR has seen drawdowns for 10 straight weeks, during which more than 15 million barrels of crude have been withdrawn.

    At 606 million barrels, SPR is at its lowest since 2003, and it seems more declines are on the horizon.

    As Bloomberg's Julian Lee points out, the withdrawal of 3.25 million barrels from the SPR is the biggest in more than a decade.

    Reference: https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/heres-why-biden-was-forced-beg-xi-release-oil-chinas-spr

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 1:48pm

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    Kat43 said:

    Don't drawdowns of the US SPR end up on the global market?  In other words, no guarantee the oil will stay in the US?

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 2:15pm

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    Lessons for us from an experiment

    Couldn't you come up with a better analogy than drowning rats?

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 2:18pm

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    Northern Ireland ministers have voted in favour of Covid vaccine passports

    Only England are free for the moment:

    "DUP ministers voted against the proposal but Sinn Féin, SDLP, Alliance and UUP ministers backed it.

    He said that the a Covid passport was not the only option for people wanting to enter hospitality premises under the scheme - people could also use a negative lateral flow test taken in the previous 48 hours or proof of a positive PCR test taken in the previous 30 to 180 days.

    It is understood the measure would apply for access to:

    • nightclubs
    • hospitality venues which serve food and drink
    • cinemas, theatres, concert halls and conference centres
    • indoor events with 500 or more attendees with some or all of the audience not normally seated
    • outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees with some or all of the audience not normally seated
    • events where more than 10,000 people will be present regardless of whether they are seated"

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-59325108

     

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 2:27pm

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    MsSmith

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    Police announce participation in protest

    In Austria there is light.  If police refuse to enforce draconian

    limitations for unvaccinated, then who will?

    https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/kitten-corner-police-states

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 2:35pm

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    St Louis Health Said Vaccines Only Lasted 3 Months - Way back In Feb

    SCRIPTED Vax Failure? St Louis Health Said Vaccines Only Lasted 3 Months In Feb 2021 Before Deleting.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/HtPGCDTwgOVR/

     

    I actually suspected an eventual quarterly shot requirement back in 2020 - I even wrote to my MP about it, and also wrote a poem stating it 🙂 ...

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 2:54pm

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    re: Do drawdowns from US SPR get sold on the global market?

    I don't know, Kat43, but that's a good question.

    You would think they would restrict sales to the US Market because of the nature of what the oil is: the US's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  But I don't know that to be the case.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 3:10pm

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    Mandatory Releases Too

    Some of the oil releases from the strategic petroleum reserve are mandated sales (per prior Congressional budget legislation).  It appears that some of the required sales, for fiscal year 2022, can be (or are) being pulled forward.  There is a chart at this link:

    https://www.spr.doe.gov/dir/dir.html

    that shows the monthly drawdown (in millions of barrels) along with an alphabetic reason code.

    According to this link: https://www.energy.gov/fecm/strategic-petroleum-reserve-9

    the average price paid for crude in the reserve is $29.70.  Dollars from budgeted mandatory sales get deposited into the U. S. Treasury to pay for more government goodies and things that go boom.  I'm guessing we probably won't be refilling the reserve with 29 dollar oil for a while.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 4:09pm

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    Whale oil.

    I guess we could go back to burning whale oil.

    Any chance that we can leave the other sentient fellow people who co-habit our planet alone and use the results of the SAFIRE experiment?

    Clutch your pearls and reach for the smelling salts, Gladys. This is going to have you on the fainting couch. The energy released is Nuclear. Gladys? Gladys? Are you still with us?

    So what's it going to be Gladys, Kill the whales or nuclear powered trucks and tractors? Choose.

    Here's the deal, my dear. Either you control your hysteria or you commit atrocities against creatures with the largest brains on this planet. Don't give me that garbage about brain/bodyweight ratios. Brains have only one function; they think.

    Do be a pet and use yours.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 4:21pm

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    What are you scheming Billy boy?

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 4:37pm

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    Nutmeg

    You see that grey hair? Billy is worried that he is running out of time. He is fated to die and is wriggling like a fish on the end of a hook. He wants Meaning in his life. His soul is empty. He must make his move Now, before it is too late.

    Ah, the anguish of the insouciant Atheist!

    How much wealth would he give up for a good nights sleep,? A pinch of Nutmeg, Billy. Just a pinch of nutmeg is what it takes. Not a gazzilion dollars.

    World domination will give you a headache, not a good night's sleep.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 5:33pm

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    Breaking news: BC declares state of emergency for catastophic flooding

    https://www.cheknews.ca/declares-state-of-emergency-amid-mass-flooding-913247/

    Premier John Horgan has officially declared a state of emergency in British Columbia following historic rainfall, flooding and landslides that have forced thousands of people from their homes.

    “The last few days have been incredibly difficult for British Columbians as we face yet another natural disaster,” said Premier Horgan in a live press conference on Wednesday.

    According to Horgan, the order will preserve basic access to services and supplies for communities across the province.

    Along with the state of emergency, Horgan says the government intends to bring in travel restrictions while also ensuring that transportation of essential goods and medical services are able to reach the communities that need them.

    “Please do not hoard items,” stated Horgan. “What you need your neighbours need as well. We’re confident we can restore our supply chains in a quick and orderly manner provided we act as we have been acting over the past two years.”

    The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days and may be extended or rescinded as necessary.

    Multiple highways remain closed across B.C. as a result of the severe weather that hit earlier this week and the government continues to push the message to not travel unless it is essential.

    “This is not the time for leisure travel. Our transportation infrastructure is crippled and we need to ensure that it comes back online as quickly as possible and we are prioritizing essential access,” says Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. ....

    Edit, adding more links to show the devastation and implications:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/8381409/thousands-animals-died-bc-floods-euthanized-help/

    https://globalnews.ca/news/8380864/abbotsford-bc-farmers-rescue-cattle-floodwaters/

    https://globalnews.ca/news/8381252/chilliwack-flood-update/

    https://globalnews.ca/news/8381003/bc-flooding-new-photos-coquihalla-highway-damage/

    FYI the Coquihalla highway is THE major highway, like an Interstate, from the Vancouver/Lower Mainland region to the interior. If is is closed for any significant amount of time it will further devastate the already badly faltering supply chain. It is an OMG situation for sure.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 6:24pm

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    Dontknownothin said:

    I know we've had some torrential rainfall in Seattle area, it only gets worse as it moves north I'm sure. Stay dry, but don't let them use it as an excuse to ration you. Emergency powers are pretty addictive as we've all seen.

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 7:04pm

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    Too funny not to share...

    No idea if this has been posted before, but man, I had a good laugh!

    Biden

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  • Wed, Nov 17, 2021 - 7:37pm

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    2retired said:

    Brilliant that declaration of emergency, and plea for no hoarding; suddenly there are massive lineups at the gas stations and rage events will no doubt be here by evening.

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  • Thu, Nov 18, 2021 - 11:45am

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    South Korea

    I heard on the radio Biden was asking South Korea to draw down their oil reserves.  They can’t have that much, I think we might be in big trouble.

    Kathy

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