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    Daily Digest 2/2 – The Lesson From Davos, The Impact Of Our Consumption

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 4:50 PM

Economy

The Lesson from Davos: No Connection to Reality (richcabot)

The First Industrial Revolution was to replace, at beginning of the 19th century, human power with machines. Then at the end of that century came the Second Industrial Revolution, which was to combine science with industry, with a total change of the system of production. Then came the era of computers, at the middle of last century, making the Third Industrial Revolution, the digital one. And now, according Schwab, we are entering the fourth revolution, where workers will be substituted by robots and mechanization.

Ukraine attempts to block French documentary exposing ‘fairytale of good Maidan forces’ (richcabot)

The request has been made, hasn’t it? The Ukrainians have said that the documentary shouldn’t be shown. I am not sure if the documentary maker worked with the Ukrainian Embassy, I doubt that he did – on the contrary. The most obvious point that comes to mind is that such attempts to muzzle the media always backfire; they always attract more attention. People are going to say: “Why does Kiev want this documentary not to be shown?” So I think the embassy in Paris has made a mistake. If they wanted the documentary not to have any attention paid, they should have simply ignored it. Instead now people are going to talk about it.

China police arrest 21 in alleged $7.6B investment fraud (Yoxa)

Ezubao promised investors that borrowers on its platform would pay back loans at interest rates between nine per cent and 14.6 per cent, but 95 per cent of those borrowers were fictional entities created by Ezubao, a former company executive told investigators.

China factories continue to lose steam (richcabot)

"Chinese manufacturers signaled a modest deterioration in operating conditions at the start of 2016, with both output and employment declining at slightly faster rates than in December. Total new business meanwhile fell at the weakest rate in seven months," Markit said in a statement.

The Spread Of Ignorance (Don R.)

It comes from agnosis, the neoclassical Greek word for ignorance or ‘not knowing’, and ontology, the branch of metaphysics which deals with the nature of being. Agnotology is the study of wilful acts to spread confusion and deceit, usually to sell a product or win favour.

John Cleese: Political Correctness Will Lead To An Orwellian Nightmare (PBD)

"If you start to say we mustn't, we mustn't criticize or offend them then humor is gone. With humor goes a sense of proportion. And then as far as I'm concerned you're living in 1984."

Banks On The Hook For Bad Energy Loans

In 2009, crude oil prices rose sharply and held fast until 2014. Central banks around the world pumped massive amounts of money into the economy, anticipating that the demand for crude oil would continue to increase. The oil business was a profitable one with very limited risk, which bolstered bank lending in this sector. Quite simply, everyone wanted to be in on it.

Tell the truth, ExxonMobil: a low-carbon future is affordable – and necessary (Uncletommy)

Despite its disingenuous head fake in Paris, Exxon’s narrative of preferring, and even encouraging, inaction in the face of climate change is the oil giant’s well-established modus operandi. As recent news accounts have shown, Exxon funded organizations for decades that denied the risks of climate change, despite the company’s own internal research confirming those very risks.

Fracking brine leak in North Dakota reaches Missouri River, prompts state Democrats to call for more regulation (richcabot)

The number of spills from North Dakota’s booming oil industry has risen steadily since 2006, the New York Times reported in November. A Times investigation found that 18.4 million gallons of oil and chemical substances have leaked into the North Dakotan air, water and soil between 2006 and October 2014. The Summit Midstream leak follows on the heels of a 50,000 gallon oil spill in the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana — the second oil spill in the river in four years.

The Impact Of Our Consumption (Jack)

Livestock now use over 30% of the world’s available land. Much of this is used for grazing although there is also a substantial portion which is utilised to grow feed. A need for all this space has been a major contributor to deforestation and with deforestation a further release of CO2 into the atmosphere occurs. This comes about due to two main reasons. First, as the trees are cut down, the carbon dioxide they store is released. Second, fewer trees leads to lower levels of photosynthesis going forward, a process which would normally help to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In addition, once land has been cleared if it is then overgrazed it runs the risk of turning to desert. This has already happened on 20% of pastureland.

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  • Tue, Feb 02, 2016 - 6:14pm

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    saxplayer00o1

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    Recession risks warn of ‘severe’ drop in the stock market

    Recession risks warn of ‘severe’ drop in the stock market
    Most S&P 500 stocks could fall 50% or more if a ‘worst-case’ recession unfolds

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  • Tue, Feb 02, 2016 - 8:21pm

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    saxplayer00o1

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    Stop and smell the manure

    White House says Republicans co-own legacy of record $19 trillion debt

    Obama’s fiscal responsibility will be a hallmark of his legacy, spokesman says

    “Digging out of that economic downturn leading our economy to recovery and doing it all in fiscally responsible way will be a hallmark of the president’s legacy,” the spokesman said.

    Obama has cut the deficit as a percentage of GDP by 75% during his two terms in office, Earnest said.

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  • Tue, Feb 02, 2016 - 11:49pm

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    Arthur Robey

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    Obama's legacy?

    Examine your assumptions please. 

    Obama has African blood. What makes you think he is inclined to step down?

    You Americans are a laugh a minute. 

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  • Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 6:14am

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    Mark Cochrane

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    South Korea announces fresh stimulus measures

    If you were wondering which country was next up on the merry-go-round of stimulus efforts…. Must be getting close to another round of QE in the US.

     

    South Korea announces fresh stimulus measures

    South Korea's government has unveiled new stimulus measures following a raft of disappointing economic data for the export-dependent nation.

    The stimulus package will include an extra 6tn Korean won ($4.94bn; £3.42bn) in public spending.

    It will also include an extension of existing tax cuts on cars.

    Overall, the package will see an additional 21tn won of spending in the first quarter, the Yonhap news agency said.

    —-

    Disappointing trade numbers released on Monday showed exports contracted 18.5% in January from a year earlier.

    It marked the 13th month in a row the nation's exports had fallen and was the worst result for exports since mid 2009.

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  • Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 6:39am

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    thatchmo

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    If Mama aint happy......

    I don't know Arthur.  As I recall, Michelle was pretty un-stoked about Barry seeking a second term.  But then again, the girls are older now and all, and it's so hard to find a nice apartment in DC, and Chicago is so….. well…..Aloha, Steve.

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  • Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 8:52am

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    Arthur Robey

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    New hot fusion device set

    New hot fusion device set to fire up inject helium fuel. €400 000 000 price tag. €400 million. Not likely to break even for decades. (Not likely to get a COP  of 1 for many years.)

    http://m.phys.org/news/2016-02-scientists-fuel-experimental-fusion-device.html

    Is Noone embarrassed? Quick.  Somebody hide my soap box. 

    Cold fusion site LENR-CANR.org has leveled off at 30 000 downloads per month.

     

    LENR-CANR.org Total Downloads

    COPs of 1 are a long since in the rear view mirror. 

    Shhhh. Streng Verboten. 

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  • Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 4:12pm

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    saxplayer00o1

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    Illinois on course to be $6.2 billion more in debt in 2016

    Fees Outweigh Yields in Hunt for Safety

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    Venezuela May Have `Accidental' Default This Year, Nomura Says

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    South Korea announces fresh stimulus

    BBC News – ‎11 hours ago‎
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    Japan halts sale of 10-year JGBs for retail investors as yields plummet

    Reuters9 hours ago
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    Illinois on course to be $6.2 billion more in debt in 2016

    Chicago Sun-Times20 hours ago
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    Department to sell $62 billion in securities next week to fund

    Wall Street Journal1 hour ago
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    Australia's fiscal deficit billions worse than expected, Commonwealth largely to blame

    Sydney Morning Herald – ‎9 hours ago‎
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    Saudi reserves expected to fall to $500b this year

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