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    Daily Digest 6/9 – The Power Of Landlords, The Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations

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    Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 2:12 PM


Clearing your browser history can be deemed 'obstruction of justice' in the U.S. (westcoastjan)

Three more counts stemming from accusations that he lied to investigators about his activities and relationship with the Tsarnaev brothers carry a sentence of up to eight years in prison each.

While he maintains his innocence, Matanov pleaded guilty to all charges against him earlier this year in hopes that U.S. District Judge William G. Young will accept his plea agreement for a lesser sentence of 30 months.

MERS Virus’s Path: One Man, Many South Korean Hospitals (jdargis)

So many patients, including those in rural towns, seek medical care at large hospitals that securing a bed in a mega-hospital in Seoul, the capital, for a relative or friend has become a test of a person’s networking ability. Patients often visit small hospitals to get a referral to a bigger hospital.

The two hospitals where the vast majority of MERS cases have occurred were among the biggest in their cities.

Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ (jdargis)

In San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, justices ruled that it was legal to base state school funding formulas on local property taxes, even though doing so resulted in unequal resources. The court also ruled that there is no federal constitutional right to an education.

Henderson called the decision a “triumph of states’ rights over human rights,” and said in the long term he wants to see that decision overturned. In the short term, he said, activists need to put pressure on states.

The Global Struggle to Respond to the Worst Refugee Crisis in Generations (jdargis)

Eleven million people were uprooted by violence last year, most propelled by conflict in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Afghanistan. Conflict and extreme poverty have also pushed tens of thousands out of parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Here’s a look at the international response to what has become the worst migration crisis since World War II, according to the United Nations.

Why the “biggest government hack ever” got past the feds (jdargis)

While anonymous administration officials have blamed China for the attack (and many in the security community believe that the attack bears the hallmark of Chinese state-sponsored espionage), no direct evidence has been offered. The FBI blamed a previous breach at an OPM contractor on the Chinese, and security firm iSight Partners told The Washington Post that this latest attack was linked to the same group that breached health insurer Anthem.

The Power Of Landlords (jdargis)

Landlords in every city are salesmen aiming to persuade potential renters, which may lead them to underplay a property’s flaws and exaggerate its strengths. But what’s happening in cities such as Baltimore is different: Landlords lure renters to disadvantaged neighborhoods, perpetuating housing segregation and limiting social mobility. Baltimore has a long history of de facto racial apartheid, but today, it persists within one of the very programs designed to dismantle the problem: housing vouchers.

Concerns Over Earthquakes Spread To Texas (Tom K.)

In response to all the seismic activity, regulators sent requests to four energy companies, asking them to shut down their wells and look into the matter. Those companies were EOG Resources, Bosque Disposal Systems LLC, Metro Saltwater Disposal Inc., and Pinnergy Ltd.

US egg prices soar as avian flu batters poultry industry (Jason B.)

Scientists describe the disease, known as H5N2, as a highly pathogenic version of the avian flu. It is different from the H5N1 flu now found widely in farms in Asia that has proven able to jump from poultry to humans and killed hundreds of people after it first surfaced in 2004.

The US Centers for Disease Control says the risk of H5N2 jumping to humans is "low at this time," though it does not rule out the possibility.

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  • Tue, Jun 09, 2015 - 4:45pm


    Taz Alloway

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    Demographics are going to cause the US to see slower growth

    …look at the demographic factor that will retard U.S. growth in real GDP for decades to come. The trend growth rate of output for any economy is a function of the trend growth rate in the economy’s working-age population and the trend growth rate in the economy’s productivity and technological advance. Forecasting productivity growth and technological advance is difficult. Projecting population cohorts is much less difficult.

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  • Tue, Jun 09, 2015 - 5:39pm



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    Re: Demographics & Slower Growth

    SHTF is going to cause the US to see slower growth.

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  • Tue, Jun 09, 2015 - 6:07pm


    Taz Alloway

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    Renewable Energy Will Not Support Economic Growth

    But can we transition to renewable energy sources and continue using energy the way we do today? And can we maintain our growth-based consumer economy?

    The answer to both questions is, probably not.

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  • Tue, Jun 09, 2015 - 7:05pm

    Peak Prosperity Admin

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    Wind and solar on exponential

    Wind and solar on exponential growth trajectories – can someone set a date for when these level off ?

    There was theory for peak oil, why do pessimists have no date for peak solar and peak wind – if there is such a thing ?


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  • Tue, Jun 09, 2015 - 7:26pm

    Peak Prosperity Admin

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    Missed libya. Lot of refugees

    Missed libya. Lot of refugees coming from and via Libya.

    "April 4th, 1984. Last night to the flicks. All war films. One very good one of a ship full of refugees being bombed somewhere in the Mediterranean. Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw him through the helicopters gunsights, then he was full of holes and the sea round him turned pink and he sank as suddenly as though the holes had let in the water, audience shouting with laughter when he sank. then you saw a lifeboat full of children with a helicopter hovering over it. there was a middle-aged woman might have been a jewess sitting up in the bow with a little boy about three years old in her arms. little boy screaming with fright and hiding his head between her breasts as if he was trying to burrow right into her and the woman putting her arms round him and comforting him although she was blue with fright herself, all the time covering him up as much as possible as if she thought her arms could keep the bullets off him. then the helicopter planted a 20 kilo bomb in among them terrific flash and the boat went all to matchwood. then there was a wonderful shot of a child's arm going up up up right up into the air a helicopter with a camera in its nose must have followed it up and there was a lot of applause from the party seats but a woman down in the prole part of the house suddenly started kicking up a fuss and shouting they didnt oughter of showed it not in front of kids they didnt it aint right not in front of kids it aint until the police turned her turned her out i dont suppose anything happened to her nobody cares what the proles say typical prole reaction they never—-

    Winston stopped writing…"

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