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Daily Digest 2/3 - Good News Friday: Tesla’s Battery Revolution Continues, Hacking One's Own Genes

Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:45 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!

Economy

Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US (Adam)

Over the coming centuries, millions of people from around the globe were attracted to this New World that came to be the US for a chance at a better life.

Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands.

After a massive backlash, a Republican yanks his bill to sell off public lands (jdargis)

The backstory here is that the federal government has long owned vast swaths of land across the West that agencies like the Bureau of Land Management manage for multiple uses — some of it is leased to oil, gas, and timber companies, but it’s also open to outdoor enthusiasts, campers, hunters, and other recreationists. And some of the land is managed for wildlife protection.

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization (jdargis)

Blegen began excavations in April 1939. On his very first day, he uncovered a hoard of clay tablets, filled with an unreadable script known as Linear B, which had also been found on Crete, the largest of the Aegean islands. He had dug straight into the archive room of King Nestor’s palace. After World War II, Blegen went on to discover a grid of rooms and courtyards that rivals Mycenae in size and is now the best-preserved Bronze Age palace on the Greek mainland, not to mention a significant tourist attraction.

One Man’s Quest to Hack His Own Genes (jdargis)

In an attempt to live longer, some enthusiasts of anti-aging medicine already inject growth hormone, swallow fullerenes, or gulp megavitamins, sometimes with disregard for mainstream medical thinking. Now unregulated gene therapy could be the next frontier. “I think it’s damn crazy,” says Bruce Smith, a professor at Auburn University who develops genetic treatments for dogs. “But that is human nature, and it’s colliding with technology.”

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass (Adam)

The battery storage industry—a key part of the plan if wind and solar power are to ever dominate the grid—is less than a decade old and still relatively small. Until recently, batteries were many times more expensive than natural gas “peaker” plants that fire up to meet surging demand in the evening and morning hours.

Team discovers key to restoring great tomato flavor (jdargis)

Scientists then identified the locations of the good alleles in the tomato genome, he said. That required what’s called a genome-wide assessment study. There, scientists mapped genes that control synthesis of all the important chemicals. Once they found them, they used genetic analysis to replace bad alleles in modern tomato varieties with the good alleles, Klee said.

Trump is a threat to the Paris agreement. Can states like California defend it? (jdargis)

With all this unfolding, the rest of the world needs confidence to continue with climate action. The total commitments of the world’s nations so far aren’t enough to stop the crisis. They need to be emboldened further by activists and peoples all over the world to take the drastic action needed to save the planet and save ourselves.

Take Three Zucchinis and Call Me in the Morning: The Power of Produce Prescriptions (jdargis)

Target, the national retail chain, has sponsored the biggest FVRx program to date, in which more than 500 families who receive healthcare services at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in Los Angeles are now receiving produce prescriptions from their doctor, along with vouchers to purchase fresh produce at Target stores and nearby farmers markets.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 2/2/17

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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CBO sees rising deficits because of retiring baby boomers,spendi

 

CBO sees rising deficits because of retiring baby boomers, spending ...

MarketWatch-20 hours ago
WASHINGTON – This year's federal deficit will drop to $559 billion, down from a deficit of $587 billion in fiscal 2016, but will explode to $1.4 trillion a year by ...

Public Pension Funding Takes a Hit in 4th Quarter

ASPPA Net-20 hours ago
Public pension plans' funded ratio fell in the last quarter of 2016, says a recent report. ... And while the deficit and pension liability rose, the plans' asset value ...

Schools dread pension punch

The Tracy Press - ‎20 hours ago‎
Next week, the board of the California State Teachers Retirement System will meet in San Diego, and local school districts are paying close attention. Both Tracy Unified and Lammersville Unified school districts received letters this week from CalSTRS ...

BOJ to conduct special bond buying after yield surge on Trump remarks

The Japan Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
Japanese 10-year yields briefly erased gains and the yen dropped after the Bank of Japan offered to buy an unlimited amount of bonds at a fixed rate in an unscheduled operation — a move viewed by market players as a sign that the central bank has been ...

Selloff Spurs Bank of Japan to Buy $6 Billion in Bonds

Wall Street Journal-7 hours ago
TOKYO—Japan's central bank boosted its government-bond purchases by more than $6 billion on Friday, sending a message to investors that it wants to buck a ...

Top ECB officials defend easy money policy as inflation bounces

Reuters - ‎20 hours ago‎
FRANKFURT Two top officials at the European Central Bank defended its ultra-easy monetary policy on Thursday after a rebound in inflation had upset bond markets and sparked criticism of it, particularly in cash-rich Germany. With inflation surging well ...

Republican attack on Fed casts doubt over global bank rules

Financial Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The future of cross-border co-operation on bank regulation in the Trump era has been thrown into doubt, with domestic pressure mounting on the US Federal Reserve and a senior member of the House of Representatives calling on the central bank not to ...
 
 

Fed's participation in overseas regulatory forums is 'unacceptable,' leading Republican says

MarketWatch - ‎21 hours ago‎
Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, who is the vice chairman on the financial services panel, said the Fed should pull out of all talks until President Donald Trump has had the opportunity to put members of his team on the U.S. central ...

Gold Demand Jumps To Three Year High, Russia And China ...

Yahoo Finance-6 hours ago
Gold demand popped 4,308.7 tonnes in 2016, up 2% to a three year high. The primary engine of the growth was ETFs. However, several central banks upped ...

Black Cloud of Illiquidity Hovers Over the Bond Market

Bloomberg-1 hour ago
The $13.9 trillion market for U.S. Treasuries is often called the most important in the ... Trump administration embarks on its debt and deficit spending programs.

Huge Bill Is Coming Due For Oregon's Past Pension System Mistakes

OPB News-16 hours ago
Oregon is $22 billion in debt on its pension obligations. Starting in July, public agencies are on track to pay nearly $900 million more in pension rates over the ...

Fitch downgrade hurts Illinoisans

WSIL TV-14 hours ago

The ratings downgrade hits Illinois hard, because the state carries $26 billion in debt, plus billions more in debt issued by state agencies. Going from BBB plus, ..

Court to declare Hanjin Shipping bankrupt on Feb. 17

The Korea Times US - ‎18 hours ago‎
Earlier, an accounting firm estimated the liquidation value of the shipping line at 1.79 trillion won (US$1.56 billion) saying that the liquidation of the troubled shipper is “more economical,” rather than continuing its rehabilitation scheme. Hanjin ...

Grexit? Greece again on the brink as debt crisis threatens break with EU

The Guardian - ‎2 hours ago‎
In July Greece faces debt repayments of €7.4bn, raising the spectre of default because state coffers by then will have run dry. The impasse has turned into a standoff as creditors demand additional austerity once the current bailout expires. Without ...

Radiation levels at Fukushima are so high that they can MELT robot camera probes sent into the reactors

Daily Mail - ‎3 hours ago‎
Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high. Levels are so high that they could kill off robots sent in to probe the reactors. This image shows a photograph taken by a probe sent into Fukushima's No.
 

Radiation levels in Japan's nuclear Fukushima plant at record high

Hindustan Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
Radiation levels inside a stricken reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have hit a record high capable of shutting down robots, in the latest challenge to efforts aimed at dismantling the disaster-hit facility. Radiation levels inside the plant's ...

 

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Utah Bill Sets Stage For State Gold Depositor...Metals as $

Gotta love Utah.

From ZH, "Utah Bill Sets Stage For State Gold Depository, Further Encourages Use Of Metals As Money"

A bill introduced in the Utah legislature would build on the state’s Legal Tender Act, creating a foundation for further action to encourage the use of gold and silver as money, and take another step toward breaking the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

Rep. Ken Ivory (R-West Jordan) introduced House Bill 224 (HB224) on Jan. 27. The legislation would add several provisions to state law designed to encourage the use of gold and silver as legal tender. Passage would set the stage for expansion of gold repositories in the state and authorize further study on several sound money policies.

Specifically, HB224 would authorize the investment of public funds in specie legal tender held in a commercial specie repository. Under existing code, “specie legal tender” means gold or silver coin and bullion. “Commercial specie repository” means an institution that holds or receives deposits of specie legal tender that is located within the state. Practically speaking, passage would give the state the option to hold funds in gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve notes.

Reference: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-03/utah-bill-sets-stage-state-gold-depository-further-encourages-use-metals-money

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must read

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/how-to-build-an-autocracy/513872/

This is the wrap up but the entire article is really valuable, particularly coming from someone like GWB's speech writer.

Quote:

Trump and his team count on one thing above all others: public indifference. “I think people don’t care,” he said in September when asked whether voters wanted him to release his tax returns. “Nobody cares,” he reiterated to 60 Minutes in November. Conflicts of interest with foreign investments? Trump tweeted on November 21 that he didn’t believe voters cared about that either: “Prior to the election it was well known that I have interests in properties all over the world. Only the crooked media makes this a big deal!”

What happens in the next four years will depend heavily on whether Trump is right or wrong about how little Americans care about their democracy and the habits and conventions that sustain it. If they surprise him, they can restrain him.

Public opinion, public scrutiny, and public pressure still matter greatly in the U.S. political system. In January, an unexpected surge of voter outrage thwarted plans to neutralize the independent House ethics office. That kind of defense will need to be replicated many times. Elsewhere in this issue, Jonathan Rauch describes some of the networks of defense that Americans are creating.

Get into the habit of telephoning your senators and House member at their local offices, especially if you live in a red state. Press your senators to ensure that prosecutors and judges are chosen for their independence—and that their independence is protected. Support laws to require the Treasury to release presidential tax returns if the president fails to do so voluntarily. Urge new laws to clarify that the Emoluments Clause applies to the president’s immediate family, and that it refers not merely to direct gifts from governments but to payments from government-affiliated enterprises as well. Demand an independent investigation by qualified professionals of the role of foreign intelligence services in the 2016 election—and the contacts, if any, between those services and American citizens. Express your support and sympathy for journalists attacked by social-media trolls, especially women in journalism, so often the preferred targets. Honor civil servants who are fired or forced to resign because they defied improper orders. Keep close watch for signs of the rise of a culture of official impunity, in which friends and supporters of power-holders are allowed to flout rules that bind everyone else.

Those citizens who fantasize about defying tyranny from within fortified compounds have never understood how liberty is actually threatened in a modern bureaucratic state: not by diktat and violence, but by the slow, demoralizing process of corruption and deceit. And the way that liberty must be defended is not with amateur firearms, but with an unwearying insistence upon the honesty, integrity, and professionalism of American institutions and those who lead them. We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.

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WaPo (Neocons) Fight Againt Peacemakers

I have been a long time supporter of Dennis Kucinich.  Today he reports on a trip to Syria that he and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) made.

He call upon the US to stop funding terrorists in Syria.  From his facebook page (posted on ZH)

 

I have dedicated my life to peace. As a member of Congress I led efforts to avert conflict and end wars in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Iran. And yet those of us who work for peace are put under false scrutiny to protect Washington’s war machine. Those who undermine our national security by promoting military attacks and destroying other nations are held up as national leaders to admire.

Recently Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and I took a Congressional Ethics-approved fact finding trip to Lebanon and Syria, where we visited Aleppo and refugee camps, and met with religious leaders, governmental leaders and people from all sides of the conflict, including political opposition to the Syrian government.

Since that time we have been under constant attack on false grounds. The media and the war establishment are desperate to keep hold of their false narrative for world-wide war, interventionism and regime change, which is a profitable business for Washington insiders and which impoverishes our own country.

Today, Rep. Gabbard came under attack yet again by the Washington Post’s Josh Rogin who has been on a tear trying to ruin the reputations of the people and the organization who sponsored our humanitarian, fact-finding mission of peace to the Middle East. Rogin just claimed in a tweet that as community organization I have been associated with for twenty years does not exist.

The organization is in my neighborhood. Here’s photos I took yesterday of AACCESS-Ohio’s marquee.

It clearly exists, despite the base, condescending assertions of Mr. Rogin.

Enough of this dangerous pettiness. Let’s dig in to what is really going on, inside Syria, in the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon.

These leaders of the Christian faith in Aleppo begged for the US to stop funding terrorists in #Syria. They expressed that before international interventions (covert and overt) Syrians lived in peace without concern as to whether they were Christian, Muslim or Jew.

In the words of President Eisenhower, let’s beware (and scrutinize) the military-industrial-complex. It is time to be vigilant for our democracy.

 

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Some technology news and videos

Sort of off topic. Hit like if you enjoyed reading these. If so maybe I can get a new page started here to update anything new and interesting coming out.

A new electrified fabric might give your clothes muscles

"Todd Reigelsperger walked down the aisle as one of the groomsmen at his friends' wedding using a ReWalk exoskeleton, robotic leg braces that help people with lower limb disabilities stand and walk. Todd was paralyzed in a car accident in 2009."

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Self-Driving Cars Are Getting Good

She has quite a brain, but this teaching assistant is just not human

The 'soft' robot hand that can pick and pack fruit - and can even tell when produce is perfectly ripe

AI Robot Crushes Poker Champions For The First Time

Delivery robots closer to being allowed on Virginia sidewalks as bill passes senate

What's it like to ride a robot shuttle bus that doesn't have a driver?

Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo — raising the possibility of interspecies organ transplants

Musk teases announcement for neural lace brain-computer, says “maybe next month”

 

 

Artificial intelligence 'as good as cancer doctors'

Musk Is Preparing to Release “Brain Hacking Tech,” And He’s Not Alone

Soft Robots Mimic Muscle to Expand the Body’s Limits

Surgical eye robot performs precision injection in patient with retinal vein occlusion

Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

"The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults"

Mind-Controlled Robot ‘Teleport Helps The Disabled Move Around

Robot reporter finishes article in just one second

Robot queen from Cairns builds brain-controlled Teleport robot

CES 2017: Robots can now fold your laundry

Meet Jia Jia, China's first ever human-like robot

Fontus - The Self Filling Water Bottles

 

 

 

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