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    Daily Digest 9/7 –El Salvador to Give Every Citizen $30 in Bitcoin for Downloading Govt Crypto App; End of Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits Poses Test for US Recovery…

    by Whitney

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 9:37 AM


El Salvador to Give Every Citizen $30 in Bitcoin for Downloading Govt Crypto App – Gizmodo

El Salvador will give every adult citizen $30 in bitcoin, provided they download and register the government’s cryptocurrency app, known as Chivo, according to President Nayib Bukele.

The nation’s 39-year-old president made the announcement late Thursday during a televised presentation where he tried to explain what will happen when El Salvador starts treating bitcoin as legal tender after Bukele’s so-called “Bitcoin Law” takes effect on September 7.

“What we are doing is encouraging the use of bitcoin and encouraging the use of this system, which is going to generate the multiplication of money in the economy,” President Bukele said on Thursday according to a machine translation of his speech from Spanish to English.

End of Covid-19 unemployment benefits poses test for US recovery – Financial Times

A big dose of fiscal support for the US economy will be withdrawn this week as more than 7.5m people lose pandemic-era jobless benefits, testing the strength of the economic recovery amid a resurgence of Covid-19. The expiration of extra federal unemployment payments highlights a shift in America’s policy response to the coronavirus crisis — away from emergency measures to support the labour market in favour of long-term changes to the safety net backed by US president Joe Biden. But the transition comes at an awkward time for the US economy and the Biden administration, with job growth slowing in August in response to the spike in coronavirus infections tied to the Delta variant, and fears rising of a more protracted slowdown if the pandemic does not abate.

Why bitcoin, ethereum prices are climbing higher – Quartz

Major crypto tokens are trading at their highest level since May. Bitcoin was changing hands at more than $50,000 on Sept. 4, an increase of 20% from a month ago, according to CoinDesk data. Ethereum has risen around 40% to more than $3,900 during that span.

The hard part is explaining why prices are so high. Crypto assets tend to be highly volatile, with prices that pingpong around on the latest speculation. Here are some developments that may have given the popular digital tokens a recent boost.

Saudis Make Deep Price Cuts To Save Market Share – OilPrice.com

Saudi Arabia slashed the official selling prices (OSPs) for its oil exports to Asia in October more than expected in a move seen as the world’s largest crude exporter trying to keep and boost its market share while Asian fuel demand is recovering from a dip in recent weeks.

Saudi Aramco lowered its OSPs for the Asian markets for all the grades it sells. The cuts, the first in three months, range from $1.00 to $1.30 a barrel. Arab Light, the flagship crude grade of the Kingdom, will be selling in Asia at a $1.70 a barrel premium over the Oman/Dubai benchmark in October, after a massive $1.30 cut from the September price of $3.00 above Oman/Dubai, off which Middle Eastern exporters price their crude bound for Asia.

Sri Lanka raids sugar stocks as food shortages bite – AFP

Sri Lankan government officials on Wednesday raided private warehouses to seize thousands of tonnes of sugar, a day after a state of emergency was declared over food shortages caused by a currency crisis.

A military officer put in charge of efforts to bolster food stocks said at least 13,000 tonnes of white and brown sugar were found in the raids.

“The objective is to prevent hoarding,” Major General Senarath Niwunhella, who was named commissioner general of essential services on Tuesday, told AFP.


What part of the US is safest from climate change? – Quartz

The storms, floods, heat, and fires that have ravaged the US in 2021 have made the ongoing climate crisis feel especially acute for citizens across the country.  And the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report indicates the escalating risks the world faces as the climate warms. In such a grim future scenario, where will be as safe and habitable as today?

Researchers looked at multiple factors from sea level rise to heat to assess the least risky place to live in the US as the climate warms. Nowhere will escape climate change unscathed. Yet one region emerged well ahead of the rest: the northeastern US.

Environmental groups call for postponement of climate talks – WHDH

A coalition of environmental groups called on Tuesday for this year’s climate summit to be postponed, arguing that too little has been done to ensure the safety of participants amid the continuing threat from COVID-19.

The Climate Action Network, which includes more than 1,500 organizations in 130 countries, said there is a risk that many government delegates, civil society campaigners and journalists from developing countries may be unable to attend because of travel restrictions. The UN climate conference, known as COP26, is scheduled for early November in Scotland.

“Our concern is that those countries most deeply affected by the climate crisis and those countries suffering from the lack of support by rich nations in providing vaccines will be left out of the talks and conspicuous in their absence at COP26,’’ said Tasneem Essop, the network’s executive director. “There has always been an inherent power imbalance within the UN climate talks and this is now compounded by the health crisis.’’


Commentary: Vaccine mandates: a new form of ‘institutional segregation’ – Baltimore Sun

Increasingly, vaccination is no longer a matter of choice. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of workplaces and schools are instituting COVID-19 vaccine mandates, with more expected following formal FDA licensure of the vaccines. But mandating people and their children who have consciously chosen not to get vaccinated — a group that tends to be younger, less educated, Republican, non-white and uninsured — is a recipe for creating new and deeper fractures within our society, the kind of fractures we may profoundly regret in hindsight.

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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 11:19am



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    Always read the fine print re mandates!


    Always read the fine print. The Ministry of Health DID NOT MANDATE vaccines, they mandated a VACCINE POLICY.

    "To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is higher, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics."


    Check out with this lawyer has to say about this:

    SMOKE AND MIRRORS! They do NOT have the legal framework to implement a vaxx policy.

    news.ontario.ca (https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000750/ontario-makes-covid-19-vaccination-policies-mandatory-for-high-risk-settings)
    Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Mandatory for High-Risk Settings | Ontario Newsroom

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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 11:36am



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    Just tested positive - for sovereignty! 👍

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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 12:06pm



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    Re: "What part of the US is safest from climate change?"

    Hey, c'mon! We know that, but don't advertise us!

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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 1:51pm



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    Opening a can of helminths


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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 2:41pm



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    Fauci lied to Congress -- FOIA documents

    The Intercept (Glenn Greenwald's old outfit) did a FOIA request and got back documents that outlines how Fauci funneled Federal money through Dazsak's Eco Health Alliance to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in contravention of an Obama-era order that made gain of function research illegal.

    Rutgers University Board of Governors Chemistry Professor Richard H. Ebright notes, "The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful."

    So -- Dr. Fauci lied to Congress on a number of occasions.  Straight up, no weasel-room...lied.  If we still have any sort of functioning justice system, he ought to be under arrest pretty quickly.  Rand Paul is gonna have a field day...


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  • Tue, Sep 07, 2021 - 4:09pm



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    LBL said:

    >>>  Straight up, no weasel-room...lied.

    How did Weasels get such a bad rap ?

    They're great little animals.

    The fact that they kill pets ... not the Weasel's fault.

    I'm beginning to think that in order to stop a Weasel, you need mesh with holes 1x1 inch or smaller.
    Even 1x2 holes, MAYBE they can squeeze through.

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