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    Daily Digest 4/22 – Seattle’s Revolt of the Elites, “Natural” Bottled Water Nas Natural Arsenic Contamination

    by DailyDigest

    Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:12 AM


Italy’s ‘perma-recession’ could trigger a €2 trillion financial crisis that threatens the eurozone itself (Adam)

It also underscores the un-resolvable contradiction at the heart of the European Central Bank (which governs the 19 countries that use the euro as a currency): Once a country gets into too much debt, European Union austerity rules that limit government spending militate to reduce that country’s economic growth.

Seattle’s Revolt of the Elites (thc0655)

Many of the authors and news outlets that published the #SeattleForAll messaging failed to disclose that their work is funded by the same group of foundations that hired Pyramid Communications, and that their content is distributed in direct coordination with Pyramid and the City of Seattle. For example, in her story, Hinrichsen neglects to mention that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the sole funder of her work at the Project on Family Homelessness; the publisher, Crosscut, does not reveal that the Gates and Raikes foundations are major funders of their operations and their homelessness coverage.

We’ll be eating the first Crispr’d foods within 5 years, according to a geneticist who helped invent the blockbuster gene-editing tool (Adam)

Crispr’s appeal in food is straightforward: it’s cheaper and easier than traditional breeding methods, including those that are used to make genetically modified crops (also known as GMOs) currently. It’s also much more precise. Where traditional breeding methods hack away at a crop’s genome with a dull blade, tools like Crispr slice and reshape with scalpel-like precision.

Police Warned That Sri Lanka Churches Were Bombing Targets (TS)

A top police official alerted security officials in an advisory 10 days ago about a threat to churches from a radical Islamist group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath. But it was unclear what safeguards, if any, were taken, or if in the end the group played any role in the violence. And on Sunday, reflecting frictions within the government, the prime minister pointedly said he had not been informed.

Yellow Vest Protesters Fueled By Anger Over Notre Dame Funds March In Paris (TS)

Protesters set ablaze a car, motorbikes and barricades near the Place de la République as they took to the streets of Paris and other French cities for the 23rd Saturday in a row, The Associated Press reported. This time they say they are outraged the government could raise more than a billion dollars to help restore the burned Notre Dame cathedral while their demands to fight wealth inequality remain overlooked.

Physicians Get Addicted Too (jdargis)

Opioid painkillers were promoted as a boon for doctors, a quick fix for a complicated problem. By the end of the 1990s, Ortenzio was one of his region’s leading prescribers of pain pills. It was a sign of the times that he didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.

“Natural” bottled water has natural arsenic contamination, testing finds (jdargis)

In response to CR’s findings, Keurig Dr Pepper announced that it had suspended bottled water production at its Mexico facility and would revamp its filtration. Whole Foods, on the other hand, said that it had run its own tests on batches of water that CR tested and determined that the levels were acceptable. The company’s test results “show these products are fully compliant with FDA standards for heavy metals,” Whole Foods told CR in a statement. It added that it tests “every production run of water before it is sold” and that the company would “never sell products that do not meet FDA requirements.”

More than 1,000 people arrested at London climate protests (tmn)

Extinction Rebellion, which aims to use non-violent civil disobedience to avert a climate breakdown, will stage a public meeting on Monday afternoon to decide its next course of action. The “people’s assembly” will take place at Marble Arch, where protesters have been given permission to gather.

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  • Mon, Apr 22, 2019 - 11:25am



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    Holy Sumolians Krugman! It's the GoldBug Conspiracy!

    Apologies to DC Comics fans


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  • Mon, Apr 22, 2019 - 1:39pm



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    The CRISPR-Cas9 knife is a double edged sword.

    It is wise not to forget that a diversity of organisms provide time tested results for particular environments. Eco-systems eventually settle into a mutually beneficial synergy amongst organisms. Unfortunately, when the dollar is involved in designing new life forms, standardization usually trumps diversity and we end up with unadaptive species for those particular environments. Horizontal gene transfer has been part of the evolutionary process and is, probably, responsible for much of the resistence to opportunistic competitors that protect well adapted niches. As pointed out in a recent article:

    It’s a curious vision of sustainable agriculture, though, that sees overcoming resistance to agrochemicals as progress. Should we really be enabling farmers to spray more glyphosate into their fields when the World Health Organization has found the chemical to be a “probable” carcinogen and when it’s been associated with collapsing populations of monarch butterflies? And using gene drives to snuff out wild organisms because they carry diseases or nibble on crops could have serious unintended consequences, such as destabilizing food webs and facilitating invasions by other species. 

     Does one need to say more to make us wary of embracing technologies that have those wonderful "unintended consequences". Caution should be the catch phrase in this discussion. The upside looks great until there is an "oops". For those of you unfamilar with the scope of this situation, I offer this intertaining review (ponder the implications):


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