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    Daily Digest 7/29 – U.S. Dollar Declarations Show Currency Move Still in Play, Farmers Reckon With New Reality In Heartland

    by Daily Digest

    Monday, July 29, 2019, 6:21 AM


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Moscow Police Arrest More Than 1,300 at Election Protest (Sparky1)

An independent monitoring group said more than 1,300 people were arrested near City Hall, the intended site of the rally, although many never made it there. As in past protests, the authorities began making arrests blocks away so a large crowd could not form.

Aleksei Navalny, Putin Foe, Is Hospitalized After ‘Severe Allergic Reaction’ in Jail (Sparky1)

“Aleksei doesn’t have any allergy and has never had one. Moreover, he ate the same food with his cellmates and didn’t use any new perfumes or personal care products,” she said, adding that while in the hospital, Mr. Navalny can only eat the food that is allowed in prison.

Sports and IQ: the persistence of race ‘science’ in competition (newsbuoy)

Evans zooms in on two focal points of racial stereotypes: sport and intelligence. His section on the success of Kenyan marathon runners in global contests is brilliant: it demolishes the idea of genetic explanations for any region’s sporting achievements. Some have speculated that Kenyans might have, on average, longer, thinner legs than other people, or differences in heart and muscle function. Evans notes, however, that we don’t make such generalizations about white British athletes when they do disproportionately well in global athletics. Such claims for athletic prowess are lazy biological essentialism, heavily doped with racism.

Coren: Protesters were peaceful, then riot police charged (Sparky1)

CNN’s Anna Coren reports from inside a Hong Kong subway station where riot police charged at protesters who were attempting to peacefully leave the demonstration. This incident comes as thousands of marchers packed a town near Hong Kong’s border with China to condemn police violence.

Trump Dollar Declarations Show U.S. Currency Move Still in Play (Sparky1)

Unilateral intervention would contradict a longstanding commitment that the U.S. reaffirmed last month, along with other members of the Group of 20, that actively weakening exchange rates in order to boost exports is in no one’s interest. The U.S. last intervened in FX markets in 2011, when it stepped in along with other nations after the yen soared in the wake of a devastating earthquake in Japan.

Israel launches race to build 5G mobile networks (newsbuoy)

Bandwidth ranging from 3,500 to 3,600 MHz will be open to all bidders, encouraging competition for 5G services and infrastructure. “The financial strength of [Israeli cellular network] companies at this time is no secret, and the tender takes this situation into account,” said Amsalem.

Whatever happened to the Palestinian 3G deal? (newsbuoy)

The November 2015 deal determined that Israel would provide the West Bank’s two cell service providers, Jawal and Wataniya, with 20 megahertz(Mhz) of 3G frequencies, the minimum for two telecommunications companies to operate 3G services. The first ten Mhz would be allocated for exclusive Palestinian use, and the second ten Mhz would be assigned for shared use between the Palestinian companies and two Israeli companies, Cellcom and Pelephone.

A deadly mosquito-borne virus that causes brain swelling in humans has been detected in Florida (Sparky1)

People develop symptoms about 4 to 10 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito, the CDC says. Signs include sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. More severe symptoms include disorientation, seizures and coma.

The new political story that could change everything (Cornelius999)

And perhaps this is the most important thing that rewilding offers us, the most important thing that’s missing from our lives: hope. In motivating people to love and defend the natural world, an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair. The story rewilding tells us is that ecological change need not always proceed in one direction. It offers us the hope that our silent spring could be replaced by a raucous summer.

Swarms of grasshoppers invade Las Vegas: “Everybody was going crazy” (Sparky1)

Nevada state entomologist Jeff Knight told reporters the number of adult pallid-winged grasshoppers traveling north to central Nevada is unusual but not unprecedented and they pose no danger. Knight says the insects don’t carry disease, don’t bite, and probably won’t damage anybody’s yard before they’re gone in several weeks. He says they’re usually attracted to ultraviolet light sources.

This floating city concept is one way to cope with climate change (Sparky1)

Illustrations of what the company calls Oceanix City show a leafy enclave built on floating concrete platforms, each covering almost five acres and moored to the seafloor in shallow waters. The platforms are linked by walkways to form cohesive communities with all the trappings of urban life, with a sustainable twist: buildings made of timber from sustainable forests; greenhouses, vertical farms and underwater gardens; renewable power sources like wind and solar; sewage and waste-recycling systems; and desalination plants to provide potable water.

Do airplane contrails add to climate change? Yes, and the problem is about to get worse. (Sparky1)

“Given the forecast for the increase in air traffic, which is very large, this contrail effect will increase even more than the carbon dioxide impact,” says study co-author Ulrike Burkhardt, an atmospheric physicist at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) Institute of Atmospheric Physics. “And so it will remain the largest aviation impact on the climate,” outpacing the contribution to warming from the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in airplane exhaust.

Robots come to the rescue after Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (Sparky1)

Lake Barrett is a nuclear engineer and former Department of Energy official who oversaw the cleanup of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history, Three Mile Island. He was hired as a senior adviser by TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company that owns the plant and is in charge of the effort to find the missing fuel.

“I’m not a climate change guy, but…”: Farmers reckon with new reality in the heartland (Sparky1)

In March 2019, record-breaking floods inundated America’s breadbasket, a region that’s also a key exporter of corn and soybeans to the world. Much of the Midwest was overwhelmed with floods as a result of torrential rains, frozen ground unable to absorb more water, heavy snowmelt, and a series of extreme weather events that culminated in a major winter storm—described by meteorologists as a “bomb cyclone.”

Under Brazil’s Far Right Leader, Amazon Protections Slashed and Forests Fall (newsbuoy)

Brazil’s part of the Amazon has lost more than 1,330 square miles of forest cover since Mr. Bolsonaro took office in January, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the government agency that tracks deforestation.

In June alone, when the cooler, drier season began and cutting trees became easier, the deforestation rate rose drastically, with roughly 80 percent more forest cover lost than in June of last year.

Trinity: “The most significant hazard of the entire Manhattan Project” (newsbuoy)

“New Mexico residents were neither warned before the 1945 Trinity blast, informed of health hazards afterward, nor evacuated before, during, or after the test. Exposure rates in public areas from the world’s first nuclear explosion were measured at levels 10,000- times higher than currently allowed.”

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  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 - 9:46am

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    pyranablade

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    Inappropriate titles

    A good link, the one about “rewilding” comes under the heading of “The New Political Story that Could Change Everything.” But he wasn’t talking about politics. (Since articles and video clips that contain non-political content are refreshing right now, I cannot imagine why such an inappropriate title was used.) You heard of George Monbiot? He’s the speaker. The clip did provide some optimism or hope in regards to the natural environment. But I was still left with the question of what lands was he specifically referring to that we can return to wilderness. Well? Maybe that is where politics will come in?

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  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 - 2:36pm

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    Sports and IQ: the persistence of race ‘science’ in competition (newsbuoy)

    OK, at the risk of being labeled “racist”, I have a few comments on this article:

    First, I think most people here will agree that “race” is merely a convenient categorization and that what we think of as racial traits actually occupy a continuum rather than discrete categories.

    Having said that, trying to argue that there is no genetic basis for race is incorrect on the face of it.  Those of sub-Saharan origin have identifiable skin color, hair texture, hip structure, and other characteristics that we associate with that “race” and are clearly hereditary.  East Asians also have identifiable skin color, hair color and texture, head shape, relative limb length, and so on that are also clearly hereditary.  Trying to argue that these have no genetic basis is absurd.  The various populations evolved in different geographic areas with different climatic conditions, and fit all the essential requirements for species diversification, albeit for not a long enough period that they became separate species.

    Secondly, I would not have seized on Kenyan marathon runners to make the point that genetics does not underlie athletic performance, unless I was trying to obfuscate the obvious.  Running marathons is a highly complex endeavor involving innate ability, motivation, training, lifestyle habits, diet, race tactics, and many other aspects that are difficult to quantify. So while I think that Kenyans might have a genetic advantage in distance running, this is a hard case to prove.

    I would have chosen instead to focus on one event — the 100 meter dash.  The 100 meter dash is a signal event because there are many fewer variables than in the marathon.  Virtually anyone can do it, training regimes do vary but nowhere nearly as widely as marathon training regimes, and there are many fewer psychological factors.  The contribution of genetic endowment in this race is huge.  Essentially, you learn the mechanics and develop the musculature for a fast start and a sustained sprint and then you run like hell for the finish line.  If you have a generous endowment of fast-twitch muscle fibers and good skeletal structure, you’ll do well under almost any credible training regime.

    When we focus on the 100 meter dash, one fact stands out: almost all major competitions are won by people of West African descent.  Are you going to try to tell me that there is no strong genetic component underlying their success?  Do you think that they either train harder or are better prepared mentally for this event, and that’s why they prevail?  I don’t think so.  I trained harder than anyone else I know when I was a high school runner, but the African-American kid in the grade above me left me in the dust in the 100.  Interestingly enough, I could beat him at any distance above 1/2 mile because — yep — I trained for it.

    I am 100% against racism.  Discriminating against others because of their “race” limits their opportunities and therefor diminishes their ability to contribute to the betterment of society.  It disgusts me.  But to try to erase racial distinctions in pursuit of combating racism is disingenuous, and everyone knows it.  It denies reality. And it just doesn’t help.

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  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 - 3:13pm

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    Calling Mark Cochrane

    Hi Mark, I wonder if you have any reactions to the article about Brazil’s President’s policies toward the Amazon and the actual effects of continued and accelerated cutting.  I recall reading a couple years ago that the Amazon has become a net contributor to greenhouse gases.

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  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 - 4:19pm

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    robie robinson

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    Helix?

    …and it is reflected in science….. .?

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Tue, Jul 30, 2019 - 7:48am

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    Helix

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    robie?

    My comment was directed at the recent use of the “science” in the pursuit of political ends.

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