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    Daily Digest 5/28 – Puget Sound Mussels Test Positive For Opioids, What Exactly Are “Preppers” Prepping For?

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    Monday, May 28, 2018, 3:05 PM


Australia builds an ‘Orwellian’ sledge hammer to crack down on foreign influence – and a lot more too (ezlxq1949)

“Existing anti-money laundering statutes which better defined foreign-risk profiles were preferable. While the Meuller investigation has raised concerns about Russian interference in US politics, here fear centres around China.

“A just released book, Silent Invasion by academic Clive Hamilton warns of Chinese Communist Party tactical hegemony through 1.2 million Chinese-Australian citizens, the infiltration of political parties and the collection of intelligence for Chinese agencies.”

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely (Thomas R.)

The memorial marks the final resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on the USS Arizona battleship during the surprise attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack was the opening salvo in the United States’ involvement in World War II.

“Freedom from Want” is Slavery for All (thc0655)

Equating liberty with satisfactory living standards became far more common as the twentieth century went on. “Real freedom means good wages, short hours, security in employment, good homes, opportunity for leisure and recreation with family and friends,” wrote Sir Oswald Mosley, the most prominent British supporter of Nazi Germany, in his 1936 book, Fascism.

Marines’ new Switchblade drones will unleash lethal mini missiles (Thomas R.)

Armed with mini missiles, Switchblades hunt dangerous threats – like a car loaded with heavily-armed terrorists attacking aid workers – and strike with astonishing precision. Their miniature missiles may be tiny, but don’t let that fool you. They are staggeringly deadly and destructive.

Should you buy a firearm? The Pros & Cons of Gun Ownership (Thomas R.)

While I’m about as Pro-Second Amendment as it gets, I do feel like it is our responsibility as responsible, law-abiding gun owners to tell the truth about firearms; and the truth is some people probably shouldn’t own them.

Population Density (Thomas R.)

Most countries have seen a very significant rise in population densities over the past two hundred years. This rise in population density has been consistent with rising living standards and a better quality of life. However, others are concerned that a rising global population density could lead to a strain on resources, leading to food shortages, congestion and loss of the environment.

Charlotte Iserbyt – Deliberate Dumbing Down of the World (Thomas R.)

Charlotte Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms.

What exactly are “preppers” prepping for? (Sparky1)

But that image is fostered in part by the public’s biggest route to being made aware of preppers: Doomsday Preppers, which aired on the National Geographic channel. (The show has also infiltrated the academic literature, as Mills cites a study that analyzed the psychology of people who appeared on the show.) Although Mills doesn’t explicitly say it, it’s reasonable to wonder whether one can get an accurate cross-section of the prepper community purely from watching people who were chosen to appear on the show based on whether they make for good television.

“Biggest Ever Change” In Oil Markets Could Send Prices Higher (Michael S.)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set January 1, 2020, as the starting date from which only low-sulfur fuel oil will be allowed to be used for ships. The global sulfur limit on fuel oil will be set at 0.50 percent m/m (mass/mass) in 2020, a significant cut from the 3.5 percent m/m global limit currently in place.

Visualizing U.S. Energy Consumption in One Chart (Alex M., Douglas L.)

Every year, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a federal research facility funded by the Department of Energy and UC Berkeley, puts out a fascinating Sankey diagram that shows the fate of all energy that gets generated and consumed in the United States in a given year.

Today’s visualization is the summary of energy consumption for 2017, but you can see previous years going all the way back to 2010 on their website.

Humans destroyed 83% of all wild mammals, study finds (LesPhelps)

“I would hope people would take this (work) as part of their world view of how they consume,” Milo, an author on the study, told The Guardian. He now eats less meat, he said.

37 Million Bees Found Dead After Planting Large GMO Corn Field (Thomas R.)

Two of Bayer’s best-selling pesticides, Imidacloprid and Clothianidin, are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees. The marketing of these drugs also coincided with the occurrence of large-scale bee deaths in many European countries and the United States.

Mussels in Washington’s Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs (Thomas R.)

Surfactants, in particular, are “known to have estrogenic effect on organisms, so they affect the hormone system of some animals in an estrogenic way, such as feminizing male fish and making female fish reproductive before they’re ready,” Lanksbury explained.

Hitchhiking After SHTF (Thomas R.)

Many of us have spent a lot of time thinking about how we would get home if things hit the fan while we are away from home, and hitchhiking hasn’t been on top of the list. The majority of us would have our vehicle there to hopefully drive ourselves back. What many people have not spent much time thinking about is how they would get home if the car wouldn’t start, if the car broke down on the way home, or if you had flown to a location and can’t get a flight back. I want to share my experiences that could be useful to some of the readers.

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