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    Daily Digest 11/26 — Novel Artificial “Sun” Breaks Records; “Mega-Mutant” COVID Strain Spreading Fast

    by Jeanne

    Friday, November 26, 2021, 12:52 PM

Energy

Biden facing renewed criticism for cancelling Keystone XL Pipeline amid energy crisis

President Biden is facing fresh criticism for his decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle suggesting he endangered U.S. energy security.

Artificial Sun, Which Could Create Almost Limitless Clean Energy, Breaks Plasma Record

The achievement is a step forward in scientists’ desire to harness the fusion that occurs at the heart of the Sun and reproduce it on Earth in a controlled manner. Should they succeed, fusion power will provide the world with a safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible and abundant source of energy.

Environment

Infrastructure Dollars Make Environmental Permitting Essential

The new $1.2 trillion infrastructure funding package is expected to spur a flurry of project development against a backdrop of climate change and environmental justice concerns. Companies need to have a coordinated strategy for environmental permits to forestall any project delays, they say.

Colombia’s indigenous activists protect the environment. Now they too are under threat

In the indigenous reservation of Tacueyó in Colombia’s southwestern department of Cauca, that is the role of the indigenous guards, a voluntary, unarmed organization that controls access to the community and administers local justice in place of the regular police.

Health

Health Insurance Deductibles Give Black Friday a Whole New Meaning

Better go out and get that health care now, folks, because come January 1, you’re going to start paying for it again.

Scientists Raise Alarm About Mega-Mutated COVID Strain

Concern over a mega-mutated strain of COVID has grown in the last 24 hours, with the new variant spreading fast in South Africa and cases now have been detected in Belgium, Israel and Hong Kong.

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  • Fri, Nov 26, 2021 - 1:53pm

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    pinecarr

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    PROOF: COVID vaccines cause prion diseases - Steve Kirsch

    From Steve Kirsch's newsletter: "PROOF: COVID vaccines cause prion diseases"

    "Twitter suspended my account (likely forever since there is no appeal) due to one post on prion diseases. Here's the information they wanted to make sure you NEVER find out."

    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/proof-covid-vaccines-cause-prion?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cta

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  • Fri, Nov 26, 2021 - 1:58pm

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    Tap Water Database Lists Toxins by Zip Code

    "Tap Water Database Lists Toxins by Zip Code", from Epoch Times

    "The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has updated its database on tap water in the United States, revealing where testing has detected potentially deadly pollutants in the nation’s water systems.

    First published in 2005, the database was most recently updated in 2018.

    “We’re collecting testing data from almost 50,000 water utilities nationwide,” said Sydney Evans, a science analyst with EWG, in an interview with The Epoch Times.

    In just one state—Illinois—EWG’s database shows that many water utilities exceeded the legal limits of arsenic, radium, and total trihalomethanes (TTHMS), among other chemicals.

    In its entry for the City of Chicago’s water system, EWG’s database reveals the presence of chemicals ranging from chloroform and hexavalent chromium to nitrate and radium.

    While these chemicals were below the legal limit or, in some cases, not subject to any legal limit, EWG’s health guidelines for individual chemicals are far more stringent than current U.S. legal standards.

    Although the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) legal limit for nitrates is 10 parts per million (ppm), EWG’s health guideline limits nitrates to 0.14 parts per million.

    Many of those tougher standards are based on California public health goals, while others are based on the EWG’s own research or the EPA’s calculation of the pollutant level associated with a one-in-a-million lifetime cancer risk.

    According to Evans, even legal concentrations of contaminants may have additive or synergistic effects in combination with other pollutants, underscoring the need to reduce the legal limits of many chemicals."

    Reference: https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/tap-water-database-lists-toxins-by-zip-code_4097996.html?utm_source=News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-11-14-3&mktids=7a896669fcd7fc78e0d93876cf5803a1&est=2byrzZLDLRpY0B2e1HMuGry5Vwm63bwfrwmmIB0BmVD8bVCZjYegRe8YElliznNRHuM1

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  • Fri, Nov 26, 2021 - 3:26pm

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    andrea vaught said:

    wow !  and thanks for another substack person to follow.

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  • Fri, Nov 26, 2021 - 8:09pm

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    Friday funnies for levity

     

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  • Sat, Nov 27, 2021 - 9:36am

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    let's hope this spreads

    A town in California has declared itself a “constitutional republic,” independent of executive orders issued by the federal or state governments, in protest of lockdowns, mask mandates and compulsory vaccinations.

    Appearing on Fox News, Oroville California’s vice-mayor Scott Thomson outlined the move, noting “I was sitting at City Hall, and the mandates continue to come. As you know it started with ‘two weeks to stop the—slow the curve,’ and it just seems like a carrot keeps being dangled in front of our faces of just a little more… and it seems like every mandate that comes down, it is a loss of freedom.”

    Thomson compared Oroville’s move to that of San Francisco declaring itself a ‘sanctuary city’.

    “We’re a constitutional republic, and wanna declare that,” Thompson urged, clarifying “We’re not separating from California, but we’re just reminding the higher-ups in other cities we need to stand up for our rights. We still are a constitutional republic, which means we have rights endowed by our ‘creator,’ and our founders created a republic, which was genius, to separate powers.”

    The vice-mayor further explained, “I believe that worldwide, but especially in California, that the very fabric of our nation is at a crossroads of how much authority we’ll let the government have,” comparing the struggle to a war.

    “I don’t believe that anybody wins when the government has more authority,” Thompson emphasised, adding and “every time that you lose freedom, usually it takes bloodshed to get it back.”

    “We’re getting threats of loss of money for our city, but for us, and especially for me, they can have their money; we want freedom in California, we want freedom in Oroville, and so that’s what we’re standing up for,” Thompson further urged.

    Video: California Town Declares Independence From “Dictatorship Powers” Of State, Federal COVID Mandates

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  • Sat, Nov 27, 2021 - 10:35am

    Canuckian

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    Canuckian said:

    I agree wholeheartedly. Something akin to the ancient city-states of Greece could be interesting, though I suppose they'd have to be prepared to defend themselves.

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  • Sun, Nov 28, 2021 - 3:58pm

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    Thanks Pinecarr.

    It is this sort of thing that makes PP worth every cent if you have loved ones.

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  • Sun, Nov 28, 2021 - 4:29pm

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    Still my favourite video after 7 Years.

    5 million views and it speaks to all.





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  • Sun, Nov 28, 2021 - 5:36pm

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    WEF triples down: they’re going to save humanity with their synthetic biology!

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/11/synthetic-biology-can-benefit-all-expert-explains-how/

    • At the intersection of an ageing population, climate change and environmental degradation lies the bioeconomy, increasingly underpinned by advances in synthetic biology.
    • Biological innovations have the potential to address 45% of the world's current disease burden and to produce 60% of our physical inputs into the global economy in the next 10-20 years.
    • Dr. Jenny Molloy explains what the ideal bioeconomy policy agenda could look like.

    The bioeconomy covers all sectors and systems that rely on biological resources (animals, plants, microorganisms, and derived biomass, including organic waste) as well as their functions and principles. It includes and interlinks economic and industrial sectors such as food, health, chemicals, materials, energy and services that use biological resources and processes.

    It is anticipated that the world will face increased competition for limited and finite natural resources given a growing population, increasing pressure on our food and health systems, and climate change and associated environmental degradation decimating our primary production systems.

    Synthetic biology is an emerging field which applies engineering principles to the design and modification of living systems, thus underpinning and accelerating technological advances with clear potential to provide impact at scale to the global economy. Manufacturers are turning towards this method to efficiently produce high performance, sustainable products.

    A recent McKinsey report anticipates applications from this bio revolution could have a direct global impact of up to $4 trillion per year over the next 10-20 years, enabling production of 60% physical inputs to the global economy, and addressing 45% of the world’s current disease burden. However, for synthetic biology applications to reach their full potential, it’s critical to ensure that access and development of knowledge in this sector, along with the relevant research tools, are distributed in low resource contexts. This can help to avoid the technology being centered solely in advanced, resource rich economies and widening inequalities in the global bioeconomy.…

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