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    Daily Digest 4/4 – Cholera Spreading In Mozambique, Unhealthy Diets Kill More People Than Tobacco

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    Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:56 AM


House committee passes bill to upgrade 401(k) plans amid ‘retirement income crisis’ (Sparky1)

A key House committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill intended to increase the flexibility of 401(k) plans and improve access to the accounts, particularly for small businesses and their employees.

At our current pace it’ll take 80 years to repair all the structurally deficient bridges in the US, a report finds (Adam)

More than 47,000 bridges in the United States are in crucial need of repairs, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, or ARTBA. The group, which advocates for investment in transportation infrastructure, analyzes data from the Federal Highway Administration and releases an annual Deficient Bridge report.

Cholera is spreading in Mozambique in the wake of Cyclone Idai (Sparky1)

When cholera starts spreading, it can be difficult to control. Outbreaks usually happen when a country’s health, hygiene, and water systems break down — and that’s why they can appear after a natural disaster or amid a humanitarian crisis. (It happened in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It’s happening right now in Yemen.)

Unhealthy diets now kill more people than tobacco and high blood pressure, study finds (tmn)

Diets high in sodium, low in whole grains, and low in fruit together accounted for more than half of all diet-related deaths around the world. Out of the 195 countries studied, Israel had the lowest rate of diet-related deaths; Uzbekistan had the most. The U.S. ranked 43rd.

Old, Online, And Fed On Lies: How An Aging Population Will Reshape The Internet (tmn)

This means the very people who struggle the most with digital information and technology risk being left to fend for themselves in an environment where they’re being targeted and exploited precisely because of their vulnerabilities.

After 70% Crash in Stocks, Some Frack-Sand Miners Are Desperate (Sparky1)

But today the U.S. frack-sand industry is swimming in an excess of supply that has battered prices and cut the stocks of frack sand miners by more than 70 percent in the last two years. So Bowen’s Shale Support LLC, based in Mississippi, is doing something he thought would never happen: selling sand outside of the U.S. — and reaping a 20 percent bump in profit. The first shipment, 25,000 tons worth, pulled into a port in Bahia Blanca, Argentina last month after a 22-day sea odyssey from New Orleans, and he’s still amazed that Argentina would look past its own sand.

Oil Prices Spike On Shale Slowdown (Michael S.)

But the U.S. shale industry is facing more headwinds than just a temporary dip in oil prices. Shareholders have run out of patience with unprofitable drilling, and are demanding returns, which is tightening the screws on less competitive companies and forcing spending cutbacks across the board. More worrying for the industry is a growing recognition of the “parent-child” well problem – the unexpected poor performance of subsequent wells drilled in close proximity to the original “parent” well.

Climate change: ‘Magic bullet’ carbon solution takes big step (tmn)

Carbon Engineering’s barn-sized installation has a large fan in the middle of the roof which draws in air from the atmosphere.

It then comes into contact with a hydroxide-based chemical solution. Certain hydroxides react with carbon dioxide, reversibly binding to the CO2 molecule. When the CO2 in the air reacts with the liquid, it forms a carbonate mixture. That is then treated with a slurry of calcium hydroxide to change it into solid form; the slurry helps form tiny pellets of calcium carbonate.

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  • Thu, Apr 04, 2019 - 6:07pm



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    Hedgeless_Horseman: You will need a rifle

    Over at ZH, a long-time libertarian poster, hedgeless_horseman opines on the need for a rifle and the skill to use it well.  He looks at Mexico and sees a collapsed world without rule of law (WROL) that is a bit ahead of the USA in the collapse process.
    Why?  From The Law by Bastiat

    ..But it is also true that a man may live and satisfy his wants by seizing and consuming the products of the labor of others. This process is the origin of plunder.
    Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work....
    When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.
    ... when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter ....  Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it.

    What to do:  Hedgeless_Horseman's recommendation

    Watch the movie Cartel Land on Amazon Prime or Netflix

    Filmmaker Matthew Heineman and Executive Producer Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker", "Zero Dark Thirty") bring us this unprecedented look at two vigilante groups fighting the murderous drug cartels on both sides of the Mexican border.

    As you watch Cartel Land, keep in mind that the right to bear arms was once protected in the Mexican Constitution, as with the USA.  This right has been eroded and is almost non-existant now.

    Read about José Manuel Mireles Valverde (born 24 October 1958) a Mexican medical doctor and former leader and founder of a paramilitary self-defense group that fought against the Knights Templar Cartel, and other cartels ... after he was kidnapped and several family members murdered.
    Read a few of these 30 English-language articles, below, to educate yourself on what is really going on, now, across the border in Mexico, which has clearly become a nation Without Rule Of Law (WROL).  30 Articles listed below.
    Attend the Rifle Course at Front Sight with the ZH gang at the end of April

    This course starts the day after the PP Seminar in Sebastapol, on April 29.  So maybe some other time.


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  • Thu, Apr 04, 2019 - 7:58pm



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    Neil Howe podcast

    Erik Townsend and Patrick Ceresna welcome Neil Howe to MacroVoices. Erik and Neil discuss:

    • Insights from Neil on how the Fourth Turning is unfolding
    • Climax's at the end of the Fourth Turning
    • Socialism, populism and extremism in politics
    • What is in store for the second half of the fourth turning
    • Current economic expansion is running out of workers
    • Effect of population composition
    • Late-cycle dynamics and real GDP growth trends
    • Correlations of term spreads and consumer confidence
    • Term spreads, credit cycles and volatility
    • Demographic trends for the long-term future




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  • Thu, Apr 04, 2019 - 11:05pm



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    Unhealthy Diet Kills 1 in 5?

    Cardiovascular disease and cancer kill 7 in 10 in the US.

    Hummm?  Something doesn’t add up.


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  • Fri, Apr 05, 2019 - 4:07am



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    Look up Venn Diagram.

    Unhealthy diet often kills through cancer and cardiovascular disease. Indeed, some cancer may also be cardiovascular.

    So one is not exclusive of the other.

    In fact, there are rules for combining datasets when you know your dataset sizes, and other rules for combining them when you don't know the dataset sizes.

    For example, if you know dataset sizes, then average a:

    (A1*N1 +A2*N2) /(N1+N2)

    Standard deviations in data compile similar to the parallel axis theorem: you calculate the combined average; you sum each variance * N, and you also add in each variance-squared times the square of the distance of the indiviual average to the combined average; then you normalize.

    (I have a master's degreee in TMI)


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  • Fri, Apr 05, 2019 - 2:29pm



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    Not a Venn Diagram, but...

    To me, this chart says that, worldwide, in 2016, well over half the people died from diet related diseases, not 1 in 5.


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  • Fri, Apr 05, 2019 - 9:58pm



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    Let's not forget what's acute and what's chronic

    You may have forgotten some of the basic physiological concepts over the years, but even a dumb stump like me, can't  ignore these observations. These chronic conditions are what's causing the high costs of medical care and the eroding efficacy of current NA medicine:


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