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    Daily Digest 9/1 — Logistical Nightmare Unfolds from Hurricane Ida; El Salvador About To Make Bitcoin Legal Tender…

    by Whitney

    Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 9:25 AM


Social Security to become unable to pay full benefits sooner than previously estimated – MarketWatch

Social Security’s trust funds will become unable to pay full benefits starting in 2034, one year earlier than estimated last year, its trustees projected Tuesday, as the COVID-19 pandemic forces a reassessment of the giant federal program’s finances.

The U.S. government also said Medicare’s hospital insurance fund will be depleted by 2026, or at the same time as predicted in 2020. It issued annual trustees reports on both programs Tuesday.

“The pandemic and its economic impact have had an effect on Social Security’s Trust Funds, and the future course of the pandemic is still uncertain,” said the Social Security Administration’s acting commissioner, Kilolo Kijakazi, in a statement.

Direct Hit to Key Export Elevators, 22 Barges on the Loose: Logistical Nightmare Unfolds from Hurricane Ida – AgWeb

Hurricane Ida’s destructive winds are wreaking havoc on a vital export shipping vein, as grain elevators and barge traffics continue to be tangled from the impacts of the hurricane this week.

Monday, reports surfaced that Hurricane Ida damaged a Louisiana grain export elevator owned by Cargill Inc. It was said to have “sustained significant damage.” Ken Erickson, senior vice president of agribusiness with IHS market, focuses on transportation and infrastructure. He says as the destruction continues to surface, it’s apparent that the U.S. export program could run into some serious delays as the area works to recovery from the impacts of Hurricane Ida.

El Salvador is about to make bitcoin legal tender. What could go wrong? – Quartz

In El Salvador, “chivo” is slang for “cool.” It’s also the name of a new bitcoin wallet app, which president Nayib Bukele plans to launch on Sept. 7, the day the nation becomes the first in the world to adopt bitcoin as one of its national currencies.

But Bukele, the tech-savvy 40-year-old who has made bitcoin adoption happen, ought to know that coolness can’t be forced. In recent days, some citizens and economists who question the wisdom of Bukele’s bold plan are making that much clear with street protests.


Use of leaded petrol eliminated in ‘milestone’ for health, environment, U.N. says – Reuters

Leaded petrol has been eliminated after the world’s last remaining stocks were used up last month, the U.N.’s Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday, after heading a 19-year campaign to end use of the poisonous substance that poses major health and environment risks.

Algeria, the only country still pumping leaded petrol into vehicles, exhausted its final stocks in July, UNEP said.

The agency said the petrol contaminates air, soil and drinking water and can cause heart disease, stroke and cancer. Some studies have shown it harms brain development, especially in children.

Reports of environmental problems caused by Hurricane Ida begin to trickle in – Nola.com

Information about potential environmental threats caused by Hurricane Ida have been slow in coming, but initial reports to the Coast Guard’s National Response Center and the state Department of Environmental Quality confirm there were releases of crude oil, fuel oils and a variety of chemicals in numerous locations in southeastern Louisiana on the day before and the day of the storm.

The information that’s available is not complete or comprehensive, consisting of initial call-in or emailed reports by company officials or others to the two agencies. They include releases of different chemicals by refineries and chemical plants when flares were extinguished by Ida’s winds, as well as the possible release of sewage and wastewater in numerous locations in Jefferson Parish when power was lost, knocking out 95% of the parish pump stations that move waste through underground pipes.


States press forward on vax passports without Biden’s guidance – Politico

A growing number of states are rolling out digital credentials commonly known as vaccine passports and taking on an initiative the Biden administration signaled this spring that it would own by issuing nationwide standards.

The rise of the Delta variant and a surge of counterfeit vaccination cards have added urgency to an effort that could speed the reopening of the country but has been a flashpoint for critics on the right, who view use of the credentials for certain activities as government overreach with possible privacy concerns.

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    NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response -- Taibbi

    NPR Trashes Free Speech. A Brief Response

    As I read Taibbi's brilliant (as usual) commentary one is saddened by the sight of our freedoms being "freed" from the constraints of logic, and history, from a defining framework and made free to be jazzy and cool and oh so awokenistic. But it leaves me thinking of Sheldon Wolin :

    Inverted totalitarianism is different from classical forms of totalitarianism. It does not find its expression in a demagogue or charismatic leader but in the faceless anonymity of the corporate state. Our inverted totalitarianism pays outward fealty to the facade of electoral politics, the Constitution, civil liberties, freedom of the press, the independence of the judiciary, and the iconography, traditions and language of American patriotism, but it has effectively seized all of the mechanisms of power to render the citizen impotent.

    “Unlike the Nazis, who made life uncertain for the wealthy and privileged while providing social programs for the working class and poor, inverted totalitarianism exploits the poor, reducing or weakening health programs and social services, regimenting mass education for an insecure workforce threatened by the importation of low-wage workers,” Wolin writes. “Employment in a high-tech, volatile, and globalized economy is normally as precarious as during an old-fashioned depression. The result is that citizenship, or what remains of it, is practiced amidst a continuing state of worry. Hobbes had it right: when citizens are insecure and at the same time driven by competitive aspirations, they yearn for political stability rather than civic engagement, protection rather than political involvement.”

    and of course our other greatest philosopher George Carlin:
    “When fascism comes to America, it will not be in brown and black shirts. It will not be with jack-boots. It will be Nike sneakers and Smiley shirts...”

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    Aurora alert! Pair of CMEs to jolt Earth’s magnetic field

    Aurora alert! Pair of CMEs to jolt Earth’s magnetic field

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    “Groupthink” could be the cause of pushing the notvaxx so hard

    Here’s an early, ten page draft of “Groupthink” by Irving Janis.


    Here’s the book.


    Here’s a short excerpt:

    "How could we have been so stupid?" President John F. Kennedy asked after he and a close group of advisors had blundered into the Bay of Pigs invasion. For the last two years I have been studying that question, as it applies not only to the Bay of Pigs decision-makers but also to those who led the United States as such other major fiascos as the failure to be prepared for the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Korean War, and the escalation of the Vietnam War.
    Stupidity is certainly not the answer. The men who participated in making the Bay of Pigs decision, for example, comprised one of the greatest arrays of intellectual talent in the history of the American Government--Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, Robert Kennedy, Douglas Dillon, McGeorge Bundy, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Allen Dulles, and others.
    It also seemed to be that explanations were incomplete if they concentrated only on disturbances in the behavior of each individual within a decision-making body: temporary emotional states of elation, fear, or anger that reduce a man's mental efficiency, for example, or chronic blind spots arising from a man's prejudices or idiosyncratic biases.
    I preferred to broaden the picture by looking at the fiascos from the standpoint of group dynamics as it has been explored over the past three decades, first by the great social psychologist, Kurt Lewin, and later in many experimental situations by myself and other behavioral scientists. My conclusion after poring over hundreds of relevant documents--historical reports about formal group meetings and informal conversations among the members--is that the groups that committed the fiascos were the victims of what I call "groupthink."…

    …Paradoxically, soft headed groups are often hard-hearted when it comes to dealing with out- group or enemies. They find it relatively easy to resort to dehumanizing solutions - they will readily authorize bombing attacks that kill large numbers of civilians in the name of the noble cause of persuading an unfriendly government to negotiate at the peace table. They are unlikely to pursue the more difficult and controversial issues that arise when alternatives to harsh military solution come up for discussion. Nor are they inclined to raise ethical issues that carry the implication that this fine group of ours, with its humanitarianism and its high minded principles, might be capable of adopting a course of action that is inhumane and immoral.…

    Consider the applications to those elites pushing the Covid “solutions” on Western societies.



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    Horsie paste all gone on the Island


    I guess the propaganda is not working well...

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    wotthecurtains said:

    Never heard of checknews before but I note that I have yet to see a single "Whackos with horsepaste" story that has comments allowed.  I think we know what would happen.

    Dr Malone addressed this on his twitter feed with a Washington Post article about Ivermectin being a scam to take money from stupid Trump supporters.  The best tweet back was:

    "Horse paste $20, Remdesivir $3000.   Who's the sucker being cleaned out to get a drug that doesn't work?"


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    Dr. Michael Yeadon comments on UK plans to 'vaccinate' 12-15 year olds without parental consent



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