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    Daily Digest 5/14 –Colonial Pipeline Paid $5 Million in Ransom, Drought Dries California Rivers, Salmon Take Truck Rides to Sea

    by Whitney

    Friday, May 14, 2021, 9:28 AM

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ENVIRONMENT

As drought dries California rivers, salmon take truck rides to sea

“My biggest fear is that each and every egg that is laid this year is going to die because the temperatures in the rivers are going to be too high,” said Mike Conroy, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.

His organization is asking the state and federal agencies that apportion water from a complex system of reservoirs to make sure that sufficient cool water is released to prevent the rivers from becoming toxic to young fish, Conroy said.

But others – including a California agricultural sector that produces a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts – also rely on that water. As more water is reserved for fish, less is available to irrigate farms and for the state’s 40 million residents.

“The pull of one wrong lever can throw the whole system out of whack,” said Conroy. “It has to be carefully balanced.”

Two-thirds of California’s counties are in a drought emergency. Get used to it.

The entire West has suffered from droughts in recent years, but there’s something that captures the public imagination when disaster hits California, the most populous state, that promised land of sunshine, fruit trees, and celluloid dreams. Whenever drought grips California, elements of the media fall into an ecstatic doom loop, producing headlines that make the state sound like an apocalyptic wasteland.

Family farms are struggling with two hidden challenges: health insurance and child care

Through thousands of interviews, surveys and conversations with farmers across the country, we have documented how household expenses like access to health care and child care undercut investments that could increase food production across the United States.  As farmers continue to age and retire, the U.S. needs young farmers to take their place. The country has 3.4 million farm operators today, roughly 2% of the American population, and their average age is 58.

ECONOMY & ENERGY

Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

The company paid the hefty ransom in difficult-to-trace cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people said. A third person familiar with the situation said U.S. government officials are aware that Colonial made the payment.

Colonial Pipeline Restarts Operations After Ransomware Attack

Commentary from ZeroHedge.

HEALTH

Don’t mention Ivermectin; it’ll upset the vaccine rollout

What if there was a cheap drug, so old its patent had expired, so safe that it’s on the WHO’s lists of Essential and Children’s Medicines, and used in mass drug administration rollouts? What if it can be taken at home with the first signs COVID symptoms, given to those in close contact, and significantly reduce COVID disease progression and cases, and far fewer people would need hospitalisation?

The Seychelles is the most vaccinated nation on Earth. But Covid has surged

The Seychelles is causing concern for world health experts after a rise of Covid-19 cases among fully vaccinated individuals.

 

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  • Fri, May 14, 2021 - 2:15pm

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    ezlxq1949

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    Don't mention the unmentionable drug

    And now Pfizer are asking the FDA for formal approval, ending the Phase 3 trial and legitimising everything. Sweet.

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  • Fri, May 14, 2021 - 2:23pm

    Mike from Jersey

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    Mike from Jersey said:

    I was just talking to my neighbor. A friend of his got the vaccine. The guy was in great health. Two days after getting the vaccine he had to be hospitalized with blood clots.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. There seems to be no interest in studying the adverse effects. You just know that the mRNA vaccines are going to be approved and the fact that thousands have died or been hospitalized doesn't concern the FDA at all.

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  • Fri, May 14, 2021 - 3:33pm

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    sand_puppy

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    The attack on Bitcoin

    I'm just noting the pattern here.

    1.  Inflation rears its ugly head.  Google searches on inflation surge.  Podcasts on protecting personal wealth from inflation surge.  2-3 articles per day on ZH explain that BTC is one of the few forms of money whose supply can't be expanded ad lib.  Financial institutions move cash reserves into BTC.  Young techy people embrace BTC (and other cryptos).

    2.  I come to understand that other cryptos can have their supplies expanded at a designers whim.  BTC is the only one with a true, absolute supply limit.

    3.   We understand that the empire will not give up the magic super-power of being able to print money.  It is just too big to let go.  I read a history of money and find that throughout history, any group that has the power to print money for itself will do so.  Some hold off for a time keeping their money sound, but eventually succumb.

    4.  A multi-pronged attack on BTC is launched.   When I see this coordinated action from seemingly different sources, I conclude that this is the oligarchy in action.

    a.   A ransom attack occurs on a pipeline.  Just bad enough to really irritate a lot of people.  The attack is blamed on "Russia" "criminals" and "bitcoin". Pairing the association with no solid supporting evidence for any aspect.

    b.  My very smart neighbor (a blue pill guy) explains to me that "BTC is used by criminals," "has no other purpose but illegal anonymous transactions," "is in a bubble," is a "zero sum game," and will destroy the world.  He decries Elon Musk, the stock price of Tesla and BTC in a single sentence.  (He does not understand that the blockchain is a public document and forensic reconstruction of money flow is possible.  It is not anonymous.)

    b.   Peter Theil, a Silicon Valley link for the Mossad Unit 8200 projects, funds an alternative crypto network.  This network is based on a coin that does NOT have fixed and immutable scarcity.

    c.  Elon Musk endorsed BTC stimulating a rise in "public excitement" and price!! Great rejoicing.

    d.  Elon Musk changes his tune and decries BTC squashing "public excitement."  (The Chinese government approve Tesla's Shanghai expansion the next day.)

    e.  The narrative of BTC as damaging to the environment due to high energy usage is nurtured in several forums.  (No recognition that the BTC network would replace an even bigger energy consuming banking infrastructure, can be moved to sources of renewable energy, and use can be moved to utilize waste NatGas that is currently flared off oil wells.)

    f.  In order to save the earth, cryptos using Proof of Stake are advanced "in the light of Elon Musk's concerns about energy usage."  (These are non-Bitcoin cryptos.)

    g.   The "blockchain is the revolutionary technology (not Bitcoin)" narrative returns.  Ammous explains convincingly that blockchain tech is very inefficient for anything but virtual cash.

    h.   Alternative cryptos (without true scarcity) show price rises and generate "public excitement" as big money flows into them.

    Keeping the power to print money into existence--it is just an awesome super-power for your faction to have.  You could not take over the world without it.

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  • Fri, May 14, 2021 - 4:47pm

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    IAMMichael

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    all cryptos have major flaws

    I have always felt that the claim that cryptos are safe was BS. Nothing done by computers is safe. I started analyzing the block chain and I see these areas of concern:

    1-Any computer can be hacked and anything done by those computers are then subject to everything done being seen by those hackers.

    2-The block chain relies on minors to verify the integrity of it. The minors are exposed to a poison pill attack where bad trade packets are sent to them reducing their percentages of successful verification to the point where it is no longer a money making operation and they will make the business decision to stop. That would be the end of the block chain unless government took over the mining operations and then who would believe the verifications after that happened.

    3-No power, no transactions.

    4-No internet, no transactions.

    I could go on but you see the point. Cryptos are not a vary safe place to store your money in my opinion.

    Buy physical gold and silver or land.

     

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  • Fri, May 14, 2021 - 7:39pm

    brushhog

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    brushhog said:

    I tend to agree with you Michael. I like metals, commodities, LAND...things that exist in physical reality. However, I have to admit lately I can see how cryptos can be useful in certain circumstances;

    Its a tool like a pickle fork. Pickle fork is not a tool you will use everyday, it wont see the same use as a hammer or ratchet, but when you have a specific problem you might be glad its in your toolbox. Thats how I see cryptos right now.

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 8:28am

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    LeMon3

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    Digest suggestion

    Links 14 May 2021

    The above is an example for making life easier when curating links. Forget the precis. Organise the links under sub-headings to help with areas of interest, but otherwise leave it to the readers to work out what they want to see (we trust you to have read the article and deemed it worthy of our attention, after all).

    The example continues in the members only bit with sub-headings of Europe, Asia, Terra Specufestoris (Australia & New Zealand)  and And Furthermore. Pick the headings you like, add to them as you read & Robert's your Mother's brother...

     

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 10:05am

    Whitney

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    Whitney said:

    Thanks! We'll be discussing this as an option to improve the digest.

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 10:19am

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    JAG

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    Re: The Attack on Bitcoin

    SP: A multi-pronged attack on BTC is launched.   When I see this coordinated action from seemingly different sources, I conclude that this is the oligarchy in action.

    Or....maybe people are actually taking some theoretical profit and turning it in to something real.

    There is no conspiracy here. Like everything else in the markets, bitcoin goes up in price when there are more buyers than sellers, and it goes down when there are more sellers than buyers.

    Unlike assets that actually produce income, bitcoin is a pure psychology play. The herd is bipolar so you have to expect price/mood swings.

    To blame something or someone else for bitcoin going down (which it really hasn't done yet) is an attempt to avoid any personal responsibility for one's own decisions.

    I've made bad decisions in the market and have openly shared them here, but at least I don't try to blame them on imaginary evil-doers.

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 12:31pm

    000

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    000 said:

    Look for a buy BTC at $44,555 and $42,730 and maybe $40,000 (buy like there's no tomorrow)

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 12:33pm

    000

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    000 said:

    Rationalization: It has to be somebody's fault. Otherwise, there's no body in control (hair pulling, screaming, running wildly in circles) we can't have that.

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 12:35pm

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    000

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    Kent State of the State (reviewed)

    Kent State of the State

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 1:05pm

    DaveDD

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    DaveDD said:

    Hi Bitcoin aficionados,

    For once I’m glad that TPTB target something like bitcoin. Do not get me wrong, I love the idea behind crypto. Also, I made quite some money with bitcoin, but,  thing is this that for wuite some time a debate is ongoing about the environmental impact of PoW crypto, fortunately, the MSM finally catches on. Here are same facts about bitcoin:

    1. In the yearly bitcoin conference, you cannot pay with bitcoin itself: it is too cumbersome and expensive 

    2. Bitcoin is most definitely an amazing  invention, and I think it has truly liberating potential. But to harvest this potential, both the management as the mining (PoW=proof of work), or stakepools (PoS=proof of stake), have to be decentralized. Currently, around 70% of the mining occurs in China. This is of course no problem if you trust them, and if we are willing to wait for the Deus ex Machina that will solve all or problems...

    3. Other countries are slowly increasing their mining capabilities, but at what expense? Most of us here are worried about how we treat each other, and how we treat the planet. Also, see for example link1, and link2.

    4. There are other alternatives, of course the “old finance”, but in line with Satoshi’s idea (embodied by bitcoin), there are some amazing Proof-of-Stake currencies that still embody his idea, and that use only a fraction of the energy consumed by mining.

    5. In terms of ROI, is shouldn’t say this, but many longer term Crypto enthousiasts laugh their pants of, there are some decentralized cryptocurrencies with less environmental impact, really interesting usecases, and sound management, that blow the ROI of bitcoin and ethereum out of the water...

    Having said all this, I still have bitcoin in my portfolio, but I’ve swapped most of it for PoS projects that I myself belief in, e.g., Cardano and Polkadot, and no, Doge is not one of them...

    grts, Dave

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 5:27pm

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    thc0655

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    Doctored Fauci states about 40% of his NIH staff HAVE NOT TAKEN THE JAB !

    I wonder what’s holding back all those scientists at NIH from taking the jab? 🤔🤔🤔

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 6:11pm

    Pappy

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    Government vs. private sector pressure

    So federal law prevents the Dept. of Health from asking or pressuring employees about vaccines, but the President on down and private entities can do as they please?

    It sounds like two separate sets of rules, or classes of people.

    Gotta love those federal workplace protections nobody else receives.

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  • Sat, May 15, 2021 - 6:30pm

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    PreCambrian

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    More Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Information

    Most people on this forum come to Bitcoin (and other cryptos) with a built in bias. Read the following and become more enlightened.

    For a great article on the "essence" of Bitcoin and how it has been stolen I recommend the following article https://www.epsilontheory.com/in-praise-of-bitcoin/

    For a great article on the potential of Bitcoin (both to infinity and to zero) I recommend the following article by someone just arrested by the Treasury for money laundering with Bitcoin. This person knows more about Bitcoin and how it functions in real life than almost anyone.  https://blog.bitmex.com/fear-is-the-mindkiller/

    I am agnostic on Cryptos. I see their uses and potentials but I am not going to bet the farm on them.

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  • Mon, May 17, 2021 - 8:20am

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    sand_puppy

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    Did the Pipeline "hack" actually happen? Or did they just turn it off.

    Tom Luongo wonders whether a pipeline hack actually happened.  He voices several of my own suspicions, too.  As long as the oligarchy has the power to publish reports in multiple newspapers from "unnamed sources close to the investigation" as facts, they can say absolutely anything without evidence and create a public presumption of a fact.

    1.  Was the pipeline actually hacked by an outside force, or was it simply turned off by an insider?

    2.  Were Russians involved?

    3.  Were criminals involved?  Russian criminals?

    4.  Was a ransom paid?  (This sounds like a particularly dumb report to me.)

    5.   Did they use a cryptocurrency proving to the public that Bitcoin is used by criminals?

    Knowing what we know about the oligarchies mode of shaping public policy, it seems prudent to remain unsure about what happened with the gasoline shut off.

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  • Mon, May 17, 2021 - 8:33am

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    davefairtex

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    a two-fer

    I think the whole pipeline event had massive benefits for the Reset Gang. There are two takeaways:

    "Don't drive gas-powered cars - if you do, you deserve what you get."

    "Bitcoin did this to you.  Bitcoin is bad.  Blame bitcoin for not being able to drive."

    Note that savvy Mr. Musk bailed out of his bitcoin almost immediately.  "I'm shocked, simply shocked to discover that bitcoin requires energy to mine."

    Who knows who those "hackers" were.  They literally could be anyone.  A national actor, or a non-nation-state actor.  Say - someone involved in The Great Reset.  The outcome sure aligns with their goals, doesn't it?

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  • Mon, May 17, 2021 - 9:36am

    Kathy

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    This is my underlying issue

    I have no idea what to believe.  There are no longer any “experts” I trust. I am constantly trying think/talk through the various angles anytime we get facts/science and marry it with data from various sources.  And some of those sources have gotten pretty far flung.

    The Lancet publishing the fake HCQ paper was a huge red flag.  The other big “oh shit” moment for me was when Covid went from being the China virus, to “that is xenophobic” on a dime and all the media quickly acted as the mouthpiece of the CCP.

    I also question if it was always this way we just didn’t have the technology to see behind the curtain.  I’m old enough to remember library research.   My ability to get input from sources both official and random observational data is has exploded.  The magnetic vaccine site topic is the perfect example.  Prior to the internet  big pharma would have been able to shut that down and I never would have been the wiser.

    So pulling the string a little farther, is that why “they” whomever they are have developed cancel culture?  Is that the tool to try to keep things behind the curtain.

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  • Mon, May 17, 2021 - 10:16am

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    JAG

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    The Oligarchs Like Gold and Hate Bitcoin

    The oligarchs must be swapping their bitcoin for gold. Gold is breaking above its 200 SMA and bitcoin is in a free fall.

    The miners are doing well despite the narrative that they aren't productive during rising inflation. 2003-2008 saw copious amounts of inflation-trade stupidity and the miners went up 3-4x.

    It's still too early to tell if it has truly begun, but "what comes around, goes around" in markets, eventually.

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  • Mon, May 17, 2021 - 11:21am

    MarkM

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    SP

    Don't forget keeping people in a constant state of fear and anxiety so that they are unable to think clearly and make rational decisions. Part of the march toward totalitarianism.

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  • Tue, May 18, 2021 - 3:57pm

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    thc0655

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    OSHA: Employers who require Covid vaccine may be liable for adverse reactions

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/employers-may-be-liable-for-any-adverse-reaction-from-mandated-coronavirus-shots-osha

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  • Tue, May 25, 2021 - 3:51pm

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    PreCambrian

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    Bitcoin - Tether Relationship

    Interesting article on the Bitcoin - Tether relationship.

    https://mishtalk.com/economics/investigating-the-charge-bitcoin-price-is-dependent-on-60-billion-accounting-fraud

     

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  • Tue, May 25, 2021 - 7:08pm

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    agitating prop

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    Bitcoin Going to Zero--Tether

    Following on from PreCambrian's post. Here is a great synopsis on Youtube. Tether is likely a Ponzi. So, if you're in Bitcoin, pay attention. This fellow expands on this theme and adds a few more reasons to sell.  immediately.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFp86n7QCf0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iomRREashI0

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  • Tue, May 25, 2021 - 9:39pm

    dreinmund

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    Re: Bitcoin Going to Zero--Tether

    That's fine with me. I do own Bitcoin (and other Crypto), but even if I lose it all, Gold is going to make up for it. If the crypto space gets completely trashed like that, Silver and Gold will be the beneficiaries.

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  • Wed, May 26, 2021 - 5:16am

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    VTGothic

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    It's true: Bitcoin is dead. For the 416th time.

    The "Why I SOLD All of My Bitcoins...It's All Over" proclamation and the Tether FUD linked by ag, above, appear regularly.

    There are a group of FUDsters who  show up while bitcoin is climbing in price, and another group who show up when bitcoin is correcting. The experts change, but the narrative remains - like a self-replicating virus in a new host. And when the coin is in its cyclical flat-line for the year or so preceding the next halving, FUDsters enjoy their gloat (even though each ~15-month flat-line is at a higher dollar value than the previous).

    Be assured: Bitcoin is dead.  Definitively. There's even a website that chronicles her obituaries, here. (It's a fun read.) The count so far: 416 documented BTC obituaries since 2010. So far, Bitcoin has died 23 times this year alone. That's pretty dead.

    Here's my advice: https://twitter.com/matt_odell/status/1396497493295308804

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