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    Daily Digest 9/1 – The Court That Rules The World, Why Is Large-Scale Wind Power So Hard To Build?

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    Thursday, September 1, 2016, 4:04 PM


The Court That Rules The World (richcabot)

This system is already in place, operating behind closed doors in office buildings and conference rooms in cities around the world. Known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, it is written into a vast network of treaties that govern international trade and investment, including NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Congress must soon decide whether to ratify.

Homeland eyes special declaration to take charge of elections (LesPhelps)

DHS describes it this way on their website: "There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof."

When Work Is Punished Again: "If You Accept This Raise, You Fall Off The Welfare Cliff" (Adam)

If you take your employer’s offer, you’ll earn $5,451 more after taxes, $27,572. You will also become eligible for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credit. But at that level of earned income all your other benefits would decrease by $8,336, more than your increase in net pay. That means the income you would bring home would decrease from $63,586 to $60,701.

Why Millennials, by the Numbers, Can't & Won't Grow the U.S. Out of Trouble (Chris H.)

It is true that there are more Millenials than Boomers. But to compare apples to apples, I'll compare the two groups as they made their way through the 15-34yr/old population segment (kinda like tracking the Mississippi river around about Davenport, Iowa to know what downstream communities like St. Louis, Memphis, and eventually New Orleans should expect). When the Boomers exited this segment in 1981 (heading for adult prime time), they numbered about 81 million. Likewise, the Millenials are now making their transition to adulthood and they number about 88m. Or simply put, there are about 6.7 million more Millenials than Boomers (comparing peak to peak).

All Time Highs and Lows … and the Great Collapse (Taki T.)

Welfare, unemployment, and food stamp costs in the US. Why are over 45 million people receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits if the economy is “fine?” Why is the supposed unemployment rate so low when so many Americans are out of work?

Winds Of War: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine? (Aaron M.)

If there is going to be a Russian invasion of Ukraine in September, Kavkaz 2016 will likely be used as cover for invasion preparations. It is a yearly exercise, but in 2016 it looks like it will be much bigger than ever before, and some analysts have pointed out that the Russians have not conducted a mobilization on this scale since the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Here is more on Kavkaz 2016 from the Daily Signal…

Marxist Bubbles and Taleb's Turkey (Alex)

So what happens when instead of being deployed by thinking profit-driven investors… a growing portion of a nation’s savings are invested with the same diligence generally utilized by a co-worker choosing donuts for his office mates: “Umm…yeah, I’ll take two dozen of whatever you got?”

Wall Street Is Destroying the Economic Recovery (Tiffany D.)

Every month for the last few years, the preponderance of jobs we’re adding are in low-wage service-sector corners of the economy. Or they’re low-wage white-collar jobs in office administration, education, menial health care and temp agencies. Average pay in every case is below the U.S. median, meaning the ability of the American worker to pursue a consumption-oriented middle-class life is increasingly difficult, which, in turn, is part of the reason our economy (deeply dependent on the consumer) continues to struggle seven years after the recovery began.

5 Ways Blockchain Solves Inequality In The World (Taki T.)

In order to understand the revolutionary aspect of Blockchain, it is key to understand that the whole world today relies entirely on big intermediaries: middlemen like banks, government, big social media companies, credit card companies and so on. And these intermediaries perform all the business and transaction logic of every kind of commerce, from authentication, identification of people, through to clearing, settling and record keeping. And overall, they do a pretty good job. But there are growing problems, including:

Quantum mechanics trumps nonlocal causality (Arthur Robey)

Perhaps quantum mechanics is incomplete, though, and the properties were actually fixed within the particles all along. This "local realist" picture, in which quantum particles have intrinsic, localized properties even if we can't see them directly, was assumed by Albert Einstein and colleagues in 1935 when they argued that such instant action at a distance creates a paradox for quantum mechanics.

Why Is Large-Scale Wind Power So Hard To Build? (Josh O.)

The BLM’s solution to this issue is to change the way it deals with land allocation. Essentially the government has two methods for dealing with private use of public land: first-come, first-served, and competitive bidding. The former method is used for cases like power line right of ways and engineered ditches. The latter is used for natural resource leases like oil and gas rights. Currently, wind farms operate on the former system. The BLM is proposing to switch to leasing windfarm acreage under the latter system as it does with O&G properties.

USDA Sees 2016 Farm Income Crashing As Farmer Leverage Spikes to 34 Year Highs (Don R.)

Most food grown in the U.S. has come under extreme pressure in 2016 due primarily to lower Chinese consumption resulting from the combined effect both a weak Chinese economy and a relatively strong U.S. dollar. This slack in demand has resulted in massive supply gluts for several commodities as producers failed to adjust supply quickly enough to meet new levels of demand.

Unfortunately, per the USDA's latest farming income forecast for 2016 (released yesterday), conditions only look to be getting worse for farmers as demand still remains low but supply has been slow to adjust in the wake of improving yields. Below are a couple of the key takeaways from the USDA's 2016 forecast.

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  • Thu, Sep 01, 2016 - 8:09pm



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    City judge rules city can prohibit growing vegetables in front

    “If Hermine and Tom wanted to grow fruit or flowers or display pink flamingos, Miami Shores would have been completely fine with it,” said their lawyer, Ari Bargil with the Institute of Justice. “They should be equally free to grow food for their own consumption, which they did for 17 years before the village forced them to uproot the very source of their sustenance.”

    In modern day America, growing your own food has now become a revolutionary act.

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  • Thu, Sep 01, 2016 - 9:55pm



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    City judge rules city can prohibit growing vegetables in front

    The land of the free????

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    $19.51 Trillion

    The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It

    ( Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings )

    Current Debt Held by the Public Intragovernmental Holdings Total Public Debt Outstanding
    08/31/2016 14,104,113,716,888.75 5,406,182,525,876.91 19,510,296,242,765.66

    National debt hits $19.5 trillion

    Washington Examiner (blog)3 hours ago
    The debt clocked in at $19.51 trillion at the end of Wednesday, the Treasury … The national debt hit $19 trillion for the first time ever on Jan. 29.


    ========================Throwback Thursday=====================

    Clinton Projects $1.9 Trillion Budget Surplus

    President Clinton today projected that the United States will have a $1.9 trillion budget surplus over the next decade. He said the increase in the expected surplus means the government will be debt-free by 2010…………………………

    Over that same 10-year period, the surplus for Social Security is expected to grow to $2.5 trillion while the Medicare surplus is expected to grow to $532 billion, Lew said.

    President-elect Bush argued during his campaign that his proposal for more than $1.3 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years can be paid for by budget surpluses without eroding Social Security’s trust funds.

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  • Fri, Sep 02, 2016 - 12:44am



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    Land of the free

    Myself and a buddy spent about 6 10 hour days 2 weeks ago putting up a shed in my backyard. I got a notice on my door this week that my shed was not "entirely" in the rear yard. The threat is a citation within 10 days if I don't "move shed accordingly". I guess they don't understand the theory of stick building a shed and think all sheds are delivered from Lowes on a flat bed truck and can just be moved willy nilly. Funny thing is, 3 of my neighbors have sheds 'not entirely in their rear yard', so what gives? I feel like a Kapuchin monkey ready to throw grapes at the poor code enforcement officer tasked with nagging homeowners over stupid code violations i.e. growing vegetables in your front yard. Can you imagine going to work every day knowing you have to nag people over such a thing? Depression anyone?

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  • Fri, Sep 02, 2016 - 1:02am

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    I still do not understand why a self aware, prescient human would live where the community is not tolerant or even better, enjoy the endeavors of their peers.

    settle yawls mares,




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  • Fri, Sep 02, 2016 - 1:48am

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    Check your city code, lambertad

    Often, city code says something like, "All new sheds must be constructed entirely in the back yard, UNLESS the majority of houses within 500 feet have a shed not constructed in the back yard."  Check your city code, and you may find that you can fight the citation.

    Knowing the law is 9/10 of tearing the shed down.  Or of leaving it up.

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    Did you know?

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  • Fri, Sep 02, 2016 - 9:15am

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    Its just a notice!

    A piece of paper is lifeless and powerless unless you give it that power by responding. Ignore it. If they come to the door just ask questions do not give answers, ie are you JOHN DOE? answer, Am I obliged to answer any of your questions, or even better just do not answer the door and they can deliver another notice! Anyway you did not get any notice because it blew away in the wind or someone must have torn it down!

    Thats the problem with the public, it wont mind its own bloody buisness. No doubt a nosey neighbour dropped you in it!

    Stick up your own notice on the front gate listing the officials that are not permitted onto your property beyond the gate and penalty charges apply! Play there own game and have some fun.

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  • Fri, Sep 02, 2016 - 9:32am



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    BS, don't those games usually end in suicide?

    Banker's Slave, I've seen these games played out on the news repeatedly in the past.

    When a person battles city hall, don't these battles usually escalate to the point that the homeowner commits suicide?  If you're going to counsel a person in that direction, well…  why would you do such a thing?

    If you think this needs to go to life-and-death, why don't YOU get out there and turn it into a shooting war?

    But if, as I surmise, you don't really have skin in this game, then why do you encourage him to "have fun" with people who will use evil ordinances to rob a man of his property, his life, and all? 

    If you don't remember the Freemen, or the Chicken Man, or many others (including front yard garden cases), here's the escalation that is typical:

    Man or woman puts up improper building, maybe has an offending garden, who knows what.
    Evil neighbor or evil assessor turns him in.
    City Hall posts the takedown notice.
    Man ignores notice — OR DOESN'T GET NOTICE (it doesn't matter)
    City Hall posts a fine.
    Man ignores fine — OR DOESN'T GET NOTICE (it doesn't matter)
    City Hall posts penalties.  At this point, a $300 fine has typically escalated to about $10k-$12k.  If it goes long enough, it escalates to $40k-$50k
    At some point evil neighbor puts property up for auction [that is, requests the city to auction it off]
    Property goes up for auction and sells (sometimes to evil neighbor, sometimes not).
    Man does not vacate.
    Police are posted; Hostage or barricade situation begins.
    Man commits suicide.


    The Eagle is staffed with people who make it their business to make sure that you will hurt more than they; and they don't mind killing.  They are further manipulated by thieves who want to hurt their neighbors, and don't mind seeing their neighbors killed.

    Please don't help them in their goals, by egging innocents on.


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    Double Post


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    ECB Throws Twelfth Zero at Inflation

    ECB Throws Twelfth Zero at Inflation

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