From the survey data, we estimated a mortality rate of 14.3 deaths (95% confidence interval [CI], 9.8 to 18.9) per 1000 persons from September 20 through December 31, 2017. This rate yielded a total of 4645 excess deaths during this period (95% CI, 793 to 8498), equivalent to a 62% increase in the mortality rate as compared with the same period in 2016. However, this number is likely to be an underestimate because of survivor bias. The mortality rate remained high through the end of December 2017, and one third of the deaths were attributed to delayed or interrupted health care. Hurricane-related migration was substantial.
Dark and Dangerous Times (thc0655)
Drastic downsizing will pressure fiefdoms with overlapping authority to battle for supremacy. Even within government no one will be sure who is king and who is not king. Subjugating and exploiting the productive territories that sustain them will be government’s only real job. The classic morphing of government will accelerate—every bureaucracy wants to be a police force, every police force wants to be an army. Martial law is a given, there will be no civil liberties. A survival community careless enough to draw their attention will have some hard times ahead.
Tasteless as this game may be, studies have consistently shown that playing video games doesn’t actually make people more violent. And this doesn’t just play out in studies; it plays out across the globe as well. Take Japan: According to the New York Times, over half (60 percent) of the population there played video games in 2016 but there were almost no deaths by gun. Why? Because guns are banned in Japan. In the U.S., where guns are easier to procure than abortions, there are over 33,000 gun deaths per year. Plus, there is the added worry of social contagion: Reseachers have found that mass shootings tend to take place in clusters; when one occurs, the media rushes to cover it, and the rate of mass shootings spikes soon after.
Steam’s parent company Valve Corp. said Tuesday that it was removing the computer video game because the developer was a “troll with a history of customer abuse.”
The game was developed by Revived Games, published by Acid and led by a person named Ata Berdiyev, who had previously been kicked off the platform under a different business name.
90% Experiencing Some Degree of Driver Shortage (Thomas R.)
We’re hearing from our clients that Driver Shortage remains a huge challenge, with people in roles from Mechanics to Fleet Managers pitching in to drive and get kids to school on time. According to a survey done in School Bus Fleet Magazine, 90% of respondents have some degree of school bus driver shortage. RTA’s CEO, Josh Turley was fortunate to visit with several school districts over the last few months to get the shop perspective on this issue. In those visits, Turley “could feel the struggle for shop managers, who are trying to make sure that they have enough vehicles to cover the routes, but can’t fix the buses because they only have their mechanics for four hours in a day.
The Throwaway Car? (Thomas R.)
Unlike the US, where stringent laws about replacing safety features like seat belts and air bags make many ageing cars worthless, in the Philippines, especially in the provinces, there is no need to throw away older cars as they can be kept going much longer. Either the safety rules do not exist or are ignored.
Ignoring Economic Reality: Ayn Rand Would Laugh (GE Christenson)
Central banks and commercial banks produce paper and digital currency units that devalue all existing currency units. Central banks create profit for their owners and the financial and political elite. They are not beneficial for most people and small businesses.
A 2013 Emory University School of Law study found that 95 percent of patients who seek an attorney for harm suffered during medical treatment will be shut out of the legal system, primarily for economic reasons. Most attorneys would not accept a case – even one they might win – if the damages likely were less than $250,000.
Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also had egg on his face after tweeting “Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation.”
Meanwhile, immigrants who weren’t making asylum claims went through the criminal process. Before the “zero tolerance” policy began, Morgan and another federal magistrate, Ignacio Torteya III, usually took turns seeing between three and eight of these people a day. Most pleaded guilty. Theoretically, the judge could sentence first-time illegal entrants to six months in prison. But they almost always got time served and were then typically deported. The asylum applicants stayed in the U.S. — with their kids — while their cases proceeded.
Special Report: Hawaii – Island of Fire (Thomas R.)
People around the world have been transfixed by images of red and orange lava fountains exploding out of volcanic vents on Hawaii’s Big Island.
McDowell County Emergency Management ordered mandatory evacuations for all residents living below Lake Tahoma Dam along Buck Creek and along the Catawba River from Buck Creek and Lake Tahoma Road to the mouth of Lake James, based on the recommendation from on-site dam engineers. Water was reportedly spilling over the sides of the dam just after midnight Wednesday morning.
Just How Nutritious Are Home Canned Foods? (Thomas R.)
Many vegetables begin losing some of their vitamins when harvested. Nearly half the vitamins may be lost within a few days unless the fresh produce is cooled or preserved. Within 1 to 2 weeks, even refrigerated produce loses half or more of some of its vitamins. The heating process during canning destroys from one-third to one-half of vitamins A and C, thiamin, and riboflavin. Once canned, additional losses of these sensitive vitamins are from 5 to 20 percent each year. The amounts of other vitamins, however, are only slightly lower in canned compared with fresh food. If vegetables are handled properly and canned promptly after harvest, they can be more nutritious than fresh produce sold in local stores.
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