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    Daily Digest 8/7 – A Low-Growth World, What Price to Keep France Safe?

    by DailyDigest

    Sunday, August 7, 2016, 3:28 PM


We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here? (jdargis)

This slow growth is not some new phenomenon, but rather the way it has been for 15 years and counting. In the United States, per-person gross domestic product rose by an average of 2.2 percent a year from 1947 through 2000 — but starting in 2001 has averaged only 0.9 percent. The economies of Western Europe and Japan have done worse than that.

No major US hurricanes in 11 years. Odds of that? 1-in-2,300 (jdargis)

For major hurricanes, storms with 111 mph winds or stronger, a drought exists as well. According to data from another hurricane scientist, Brian McNoldy, a major Atlantic hurricane hasn’t hit the United States in 3,938 days, again since Wilma hit Florida in 2005. That streak is longer than any other in the long Atlantic record, greater even than the 3,315-day drought from 1860 to 1869. Since Wilma, a remarkable 27 major hurricanes have developed in the Atlantic basin, but all have avoided the United States. Klotzbach said the odds of none of those striking the United States is 1-in-2,300.

What Price to Keep France Safe? Perhaps a Nation’s Core Values, Many Fear (jdargis)

Already, the government has assumed wider powers of surveillance and house detention under a state of emergency, to limited effect. For now, calls to go still farther up that road are losing out to appeals to defend civil liberties.

A spectacular large-scale attack could yet shift perspectives. But following a bloody 2015, the steady drumbeat of attacks this summer — the largest of which killed 85 people in Nice — has generated fear, but not panic.

Fake Fish Habitat, Brought to You by BP Relief Money (jdargis)

A freak tourist attraction lures scuba divers to a spot off Fort Lauderdale, Florida: an undersea graveyard of discarded tires, more than half a million of them, stretching across the ocean floor. In the deep violet light at 70 feet, the sight is shocking: steel-belted radials covering an area the size of 27 football fields.

Mass Extinction: The Early Years (jdargis)

By thinking through the periodization of extinction, these questions of power, agency, and the Anthropocene become more insistent. If we are discussing humanity’s role in obliterating the biodiversity we inherited when we evolved as a discrete species during the Pleistocene epoch, the inaugural moment of the Anthropocene must be pushed much further back in time than 1800. Such a move makes sense since the planet’s flora and fauna undeniably exercise a world-shaping influence when their impact is considered collectively and across a significant time span. Biologists have recently adopted such a longer view by coining the phrase “defaunation in the Anthropocene.” How far back, they ask, can we date the large-scale impact of Homo sapiens on the planet?

Wasted In San Francisco (jdargis)

With the exception of the banana skin—it was hard to get past the slimy texture and scent of rot, even if the peel was reimagined as a crispy doughnut—it’s all finger-licking good. And not too fancy: the sort of dishes—fava, corn and lettuce soup; tomato, eggplant and squash ratatouille; mini veggie burgers with crispy potatoes—that modest home cooks might actually make, which is chef Pesha Perlsweig’s intention for the meal, the brainchild of New Yorker Josh Treuhaft, an industrial designer who has thrown dumpster dinners in Brooklyn and Berkeley.

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  • Sun, Aug 07, 2016 - 10:11pm



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    Neocons endorse HRC

    It does look very clear that the Neocon faction is solidly behind HRC now.

    1.   From The Intercept, July 25, 2016 (hat tip to DaveF)

    … Hillary Clinton … has the war hawks firmly behind her.

    Leading neoconservative Robert Kagan told a group gathered around him at a “foreign policy professionals for Hillary” fundraiser I attended last week. “I would say that a majority of people in my circle will vote for Hillary.”

    As the co-founder of the neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century, Kagan played a leading role in pushing for America’s unilateral invasion of Iraq and insisted for years afterward that it had turned out great.

    The Project for the New American Century actually went much farther than that by calling for the USA to establish full-spectrum global military dominance of the entire planet “on land, sea, in space and in cyberspace.”  The PNAC documents are the penultimate we-will-rule-the-world-by-force declaration by the Necons and the MIIC. 


    Despite the catastrophic effects of that war, Kagan insisted at last week’s fundraiser that U.S. foreign policy over the last 25 years has been “an extraordinary success.”

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s know-nothing isolationism has led many neocons to flee the Republican ticket. And some, like Kagan, are actively helping Clinton, whose hawkishness in many ways resembles their own.

    It is only if the true purpose of the Iraq war is understood to be to shatter Iraqi society into warring ethnic factions and to destroy its infrastructure, that Kagan’s assessment makes sense.

    2.  In this email released by wikileaks, HRC discusses how the US can best help Israel deal with the threat of Iran’s quest to develop nuclear weapons.  Her answer is to wage war on Syria and overthrow Syrian president Assad.  She explains that Iran arms and trains proxies, like the Hezbollah in Lebanon, via Syria which then fight against Israel.  The second goal here, the one that Israel cannot discuss in public, is to maintain its regional nuclear weapons monopoly.  Date December 31, 2012 (hat tip to Time2Help.)

    And of course, Syria and Iran were on Wesley Clark's "7 nations in 5 years" list.

    3.  The wife of leading Neocon, Robert Kagan, is Victoria Nuland, currently bringing the Neocon perspective to US policy as the State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.  She has played a prominent role in the coup in Ukraine and the increasing antagonism with Russia.  This article in Der Speigel indicates that Nuland is being considered for Secretary of State should HRC win the presidency.

    It may be tempting for US and Israeli citizens to think "Yes!!  This group can lead us to world dominance!!"  However, I strongly suspect that the citizenry of these nations will find that they are in the dominated group, rather than the dominating.  And that won't be nearly as fun.



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  • Mon, Aug 08, 2016 - 3:09am


    Arthur Robey

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    Small World

    Kagan, married to "Cookies" Noodleman. (She who has an opinion about the EU.)

    It is a mystery to me why he has got the microphone.  He says "Jump" and everyone jumps? Are we watching the power of the Occult? No? OK. Come up with a better model.

    A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.

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  • Mon, Aug 08, 2016 - 3:22am

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    Arthur Robey

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    A Move ahead.

    It looks to me that the Noodles of this world want Hillary in power Because of her frailty. 

    And Victoria will be standing right behind the throne. 

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  • Mon, Aug 08, 2016 - 6:49am



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    thinking yes!

    Well, I'm not thinking "yes!!", I'm thinking, "blowback!!"

    As well as, "price tag!!"

    Empire doesn't come for free.  And repression pisses people off.

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