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    Daily Digest 4/9 – Rewild The World, A Brewing Rebellion in the Emerald City

    by DailyDigest

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9:35 AM

Economy

Trump removes Secret Service director as purge of DHS leadership widens (tmn)

Further exacerbating Trump’s struggles with immigration policy Monday was a California federal judge’s ruling to block the experimental “Remain in Mexico” program that has sent hundreds of Central American asylum seekers back across the border to wait outside U.S. territory while their asylum claims are processed.

Trump’s support of renewed child separation policy led to collision with Nielsen (tmn)

The policy McAleenan would consider, according to the officials, is known as “binary choice” and would give migrant parents the option between being separated from their children or bringing their children with them into long-term detention.

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. (jdargis)

The Free File Alliance, a private industry group, says 70% of American taxpayers are eligible to file for free. Those taxpayers, who must make less than $66,000, have access to free tax software provided by the companies. But just 3% of eligible U.S. taxpayers actually use the free program each year. Critics of the program say that companies use it as a cross-marketing tool to upsell paid products, that they have deliberately underpromoted the free option and that it leaves consumer data open to privacy breaches.

Ebola: I hate having to say “I told you so!”, but… (thc0655)

The authorities in western Congo are running out of resources, running out of aid workers, and running out of time. If this epidemic busts loose from its current geographic confines, it’ll spread throughout Central Africa, all the way to the Indian Ocean; and wealthier refugees fleeing its spread will probably carry it via airline routes to Europe, the Far East and North America before sufficient measures can be put in place to stop them. The current form of the virus appears to have an incubation period of up to 21 days before visible symptoms appear. During that incubation period, the patient is already infectious – they just don’t know it yet. Authorities looking for signs of infection – typically fever, etc. – won’t find any; and in the absence of mandatory, universal quarantine, plus blood testing, for everyone entering a country from the affected areas (which is impossible in practical terms), the infection will get through.

Obamacare’s Unhappy Anniversary (thc0655)

President Trump has made some regulatory changes that make it easier for individuals to find affordable insurance. He has also recently called on Republicans to renew efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Most Republicans reacted to the president’s call the way Dracula reacts to a crucifix. These Republicans are terrified of the issue because they believe their half-hearted attempts to enact phony repeal bills cost them control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

Outsourcing Adulthood (tmn)

Millennial Marxist Malcolm Harris, author of Kids These Days, explains: “[W]e’ve internalized this drive to produce as much as we can for as little as possible. That means we take on the costs of training ourselves (including student debt), we take on the costs of managing ourselves as freelancers or contract workers, because that’s what capital is looking for.” A generation raised to view every moment through the lens of productivity will naturally apply that perspective to workplace project-management skills. Time-is-money calculations and “hustle culture” diminish the incentive — and thus, perhaps, ability — to perform analog tasks like going to the post office and cooking dinner, as opposed to farming them out. And the same hyperspecialization people use to move forward in their workplaces also transfers to their home lives. In other words: As children, millennials acted like career-minded adults. And as adults, we seem like helpless children.

A Brewing Rebellion in the Emerald City (thc0655)

The city’s nonprofit and academic partners—mainstays of the homeless-industrial complex—have also launched coordinated attacks against the critics. Timothy Harris, director of Real Change News, has argued that grassroots neighborhood groups like Speak Out Seattle and labor unions like the Iron Workers Local 86 who opposed the city’s head tax are “alt-right” white supremacists, bigots, and fascists. Catherine Hinrichsen, director of the Project on Family Homelessness at Seattle University, accused Johnson of “hate-mongering” and spreading “fear.”

The Diagnosis Is Alzheimer’s. But That’s Probably Not the Only Problem. (jdargis)

In addition to plaques and tangles, other potential villains found in the brains of people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s include silent strokes and other blood vessel diseases, as well as a poorly understood condition called hippocampal sclerosis.

Potential culprits also include an accumulation of Alpha-synuclein, the abnormal protein that makes up Lewy bodies. And some patients have yet another abnormal protein in their brains, TDP-43.

Self-Sufficient Floating Islands May Soon Become Reality (Michael S.)

The islands will be car-free, although there is space for autonomous vehicles to take people to the coast and back, as well as drone deliveries, according to a Business Insider report. It will also be resilient enough, thanks to its construction, to withstand tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes, and continue to operate without suffering any devastating consequences. In case of an extremely harsh weather event, the platforms could be towed to safety.

Rewild The World (Cornelius999)

One BECCS proposal, favoured by certain governments, would cover an area three times the size of India with plantations. This involves either converting agricultural land, in which case BECCS would cause mass starvation, or converting wild land, in which case almost-lifeless plantations would replace 50% of the world’s remaining natural forests. Even so, it might not be effective, as any carbon savings will be counteracted by the use of nitrogen fertiliser and the release of greenhouse gases from the soil as it’s churned up for planting. BECCS can lead only to catastrophe, and should be immediately abandoned.

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