What ISIS Really Wants (lambertad)
Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals, are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world.
This is a glaring case where propagandists can’t keep their stories straight. The implicit premise of this accusation is that The Terrorists didn’t know to avoid telephones or how to use effective encryption until Snowden came along and told them. Yet we’ve been warned for years and years before Snowden that The Terrorists are so diabolical and sophisticated that they engage in all sorts of complex techniques to evade electronic surveillance.
Folks are welcome to believe what they will and make their own determinations regarding the Fed’s policies and their effectiveness. Hopefully the following data will spark some conversation regarding if higher interest rates to slow economic activity are “appropriate” at this time or if the Fed has another agenda?
Staying Sovereign in the Face of Fear (Tiffany B.)
Today, it’s clear that ISIS’ script is unfolding with admirable precision. In the last 72 hours, pundits and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have proposed closing Europe’s borders (making my Thursday article sadly prescient), banning all forms of encrypted communication, drastically increasing military spending and mass deportations. Based on news flashes that pop up as I write, we can add long-term suspension of civil liberties to the list.
He vanished in 1980 amid rumours of CIA and organised crime involvement in the bank as the United States attempted to back anti-communist governments and anti-communist insurgents at the height of the Cold War.
Was Ohio’s Corporate Pot Vote Stolen? (richcabot)
The controversial measure would have established an oligarchy of ten licensed growers operating regulated indoor grow sites of up to 300,000 square feet each. The pro-marijuana activist community was divided on the measure.
We believe the move in gold is largely overdone, both from a a technical perspective (miners lost 85% of their value since their peak) and a fundamental perspective (the interest rate saga is clearly overhyped, and central banks have not engaged into any action as they are ‘guiding the markets forward’ to an interest rate hike since 2010).
The Hyperloop essentially consists of three parts; the pylons that hold up the tube track, the tube track itself, and the pods that “ride” in the tube. This cost explicitly excludes the cost of land since the most efficient way to build the track would be over state property (like railroad or highway rights), but that issue remains very much up in the air. The interval between pylons depends heavily on the type of materials used in the tube construction and the width of the pylons themselves. As a result, calculating the exact number of pylons needed is tricky, but assuming a reasonable 100 feet between each pylon (versus 50 feet apart for the Golden Gate bridge cables), that means there are about 54 pylons per mile.
“The antibiotics that are fed to the animals lead to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the animal,” study co-author Dr. Theoklis Zaoutis of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said by email. “These bacteria can then be spread to other animals, the environment and to humans.”
The same records revealed that from 2002 to 2014 the area of the glacier’s floating shelf shrank by a massive 95%, according to a report in the journal Science. The glacier has now become detached from a stabilising sill and is losing ice at a rate of 4.5bn tonnes a year.
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