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Daily Digest 2/17 - Good News Friday: The Life Before Dawn, The Compost King Of New York

Friday, February 17, 2017, 9:50 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

Money managers no longer hate gold, saying it’s undervalued (Cornelius9999)

They’re worried about inflation, stagflation and global protectionism, and they think gold is the best insurance against all three.

And at less than $1,300 an ounce, they also think, for only the third time in a decade, that it is undervalued.

Dying Wish: Giving The Ultimate Gift (jdargis)

Every weekend for the past three months, friends and neighbours have gathered in Tony’s room for happy hour. Because of his medication and catheter, he can’t drink XXXX with his friends, but he adores their company all the same. “Tony’s still part and parcel of his community,” says his wife, smiling down at him. “He has his grandchildren in here playing, and he watches and listens to them.” His decision to die at home also means that, despite the additional challenges, ­Sandra’s life is not quite as repetitive as it would be if she were visiting him in a palliative ward. “It’s such a big job,” she says of her choice to be his full-time carer. “But every day is a bonus.”

Researchers develop eco-friendly concrete (Arthur Robey)

"Ultimately, what we'd like to be able to do is create a 'Materials Valley' here, where this technology can start one company after another, small, medium and large businesses," Riman said. "It's a foundational or platform technology for solidifying materials that contain ceramics, among other things. They can be pure ceramics, ceramics and metals, ceramics and polymers - a really wide range of composites."

The Compost King Of New York (jdargis)

To hear Vigliotti explain it, the supply of feedstock for his anaerobic digester was unending, a veritable geyser of potential profit flowing from every part of the food chain: orphaned produce from wholesale markets, the crusty remains of all-you-can-eat buffets, fryer oil, kitchen grease and gloopy residential plate scrapings. All of this was simply waiting to be tapped by someone with the chutzpah and the capital to convert it into a product — renewable energy — for which there is unending demand. Vigliotti’s only real cost, not inconsiderable, was refining. And lawyers. “We face a staggering level of regulatory approval,” he told me.

Are Ice Batteries The Future Of Energy Storage? (Michael K.)

Once the ice is created, the residential Ice Bear 20 can cool a home continuously for four hours, and the company says that can save 95% of associated electricity costs compared with traditional HVAC units. The firm also has a large Ice Bear 30 for commercial customer. The system is particularly beneficial in states with large time of use differences in electricity pricing such as northeastern states like Connecticut and west coast states like California.

The ‘New Normal’ In America: Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge And Consumers Save More Than Ever (Arthur Robey)

Reductions are even more notable within the power sector, which saw greenhouse gas emissions fall by 5.3 percent in 2016 alone. The power sector’s carbon footprint has shrunk by 24 percent since 2005, thanks in large part to market forces that increased the availability of lower-carbon energy resources — namely the boom in domestic natural-gas production, a dramatic reduction in renewable energy prices, and expanded adoption of energy efficiency measures.

A small city in Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to America's vanishing bees (cmartenson)

"With the agricultural boom around 100 years ago, about 99.9 percent of all the native habitat of Iowa has been lost," says Gibbins, who is spearheading the project. "When you convert it back to what was originally native Iowa, you're going to help a lot more than just native pollinators. You're helping birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals—everything that's native here relies on native vegetation."

The Life Before Dawn (robie robinson)

It usually took an hour to run the lines and rebait each hook. A quiet paddle back across the pond, then I’d take the catfish up to the house and clean them in the light of the kitchen window. Dad would usually be up with a cup of coffee and the paper when I came inside. I’d put the catfish, two each, in clean empty Guth milk cartons. They’d then be filled with water, labeled, and put in the freezer. There, like ice bricks, stacked igloo-style, they awaited a spring thaw and fish fry.

These many years later, a good predawn ramble or spot of work done in quiet reflection still sets me on the right side when the sun comes up. The workload later in the day always seems lessened if I’m outside in the dark just before dawn — my time when the curtain is pulled back a little, letting in the soft glow of possibilities.

Gold & Silver

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Components of GDP Growth

This is an open question to the PP community, the smartest group of people I know.

One of the articles stated GPD growth has been 12% since 2007 while utilizing less energy consumption. On the surface that sounds great. But, how much of that growth represents actual, tangible production vs. the financial sector and companies buying back their own stocks? How much of that growth is useful to anyone but stockholders? And what percentage of our real growth reduced its energy consumption?

Am I framing that right?

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Moody's says budgetary pressure from pension costs accelerating

BRIEF-Moody's says budgetary pressure from pension costs ...

Reuters-2 hours ago
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I see I've spoken too soon in

I see I've spoken too soon in backing Trump.  Paul Craig Roberts thinks he's too inexperienced in the ways of the dark arts to weather what's going to be thrown at him by the Deep State without General Flynn. We'll see.  I wish him the best for all our sakes.

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GDP and energy

UrbanPlanner wrote:
This is an open question to the PP community, the smartest group of people I know. One of the articles stated GPD growth has been 12% since 2007 while utilizing less energy consumption. On the surface that sounds great. But, how much of that growth represents actual, tangible production vs. the financial sector and companies buying back their own stocks? How much of that growth is useful to anyone but stockholders? And what percentage of our real growth reduced its energy consumption? Am I framing that right?

The "GDP decoupling" tale is one of the most glaring errors that is repeated and printed endlessly because it allows people to fulfill their fantasy delusions about the role of technology and the primacy of the US economy.

You've surfaced one of the errors which is that much of our GDP "growth" is also a delusion.  After all, the Fed prints up trillions and that leads banks like Goldman Sachs to report "earning" tens of billions.  those tens of billions count as part of GDP.

Nothing got created...all GS did was parasitically feast on thin-air money, producing nothing at all, and barely performing any useful services that everyone could entirely live without with no harm at all.  In fact, being relieved of parasites if usually good for the host.

But the major errors is in not looking at energy and economic growth globally.  After all, if one can simply ship one's steel foundry operations to China and then import steel for use in a high rise, one gets to conveniently dodge having to record the energy consumed in one's calculations while recording the high value construction that then followed.

Hence we should look at energy and GDP globally to get a better sense.  If you can spot any sort of flattening of this line of late, you have better eyes than I:

In short, the whole 'energy decoupling' story is a fantasy, whipped up to make us feel better about the vigor of our economy and support the equally delusion notion that we can easily just transition to an alt-energy future without having to change anything in our lifestyles.

Yes, we can transition (indeed we will, whether we wish to or not).  But, no, it will not be easy.

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great writeup: DHS Insider Warns "It's Spy Versus Spy"

while this isn't anything new that those who follow the alt media don't know already, this is a great write-up tying together in a coherent narrative what a lot of the chaos in the federal government is about, regarding the cia-vs-fbi civil war.

a must-read for anyone who is confused as to the power struggle currently taking place with cia, fbi, trump, putin, russia, saudi arabia, israel, isis, and american swampy politicians:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-17/dhs-insider-warns-its-spy-versu...

the odds are good that in the coming year, much of these conspiracy theories that we've known about, will become conspiracy facts

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The Unseen Cost of Agriculture in Argentina

The Unseen Cost of Agriculture in Argentina (February 17, 2017)
One photographer's journey to show how the large-scale production of soy, cattle, and wood, hits some communities especially hard.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/02/argentina-agribusiness/

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Gwynne Dyer: "Geopolitics in a Hotter World" (Sept 2010)

This lecture below is from over six years ago. But the material is relevant and interesting. A lot of predictions, some of which are coming true now.

Gwynne Dyer: "Geopolitics in a Hotter World" (September 18, 2010, Univ. of British Columbia)

"Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters – the United States, China and India – were to slam on the brakes today, the earth would continue to heat up for decades. At best, we may be able to slow things down and deal with the consequences, without social and political breakdown. Gwynne Dyer examines several radical short- and medium-term measures now being considered—all of them controversial.

"Gwynne Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. He received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre." (Source: http://ikblc.ubc.ca/gwynnedyer/)

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Re: "It's Spy Versus Spy"

I'm sorry, but I read the article and my BS filter was going off big time.  How on earth would a DHS employee, even a senior one, have access to such potentially scandalous information as a gov't pedophile ring being run/monitored/exploited by the CIA?  That's the kind of stuff, if true, would be limited to a very small inner circle within the agency itself.  Sharing it more widely even within the agency itself would be a huge no-no, much less sharing it with someone from another agency.  And with DHS no less... the short bus of the Intelligence Community.  My guess is if this supposed source is really from DHS, he's either a misinformation agent or some sad, lonely guy trying to validate his existence.  Most likely the latter, given it's DHS  wink

I do agree there's a lot of strife within the gov't and parts of the intelligence community, but anybody paying attention the past year can figure that out for themselves...

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Re: It's Spy versus Spy

My BS meter also was on. I think there is a poorly disguised nugget of truth there. Interesting article.

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Truthstream media on the deep state.

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Moar Rabbit Hole

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Compost king of New York?

Perhaps we should set our sights a bit lower and become more focused on Gross Domestic Products. Cut your transportation costs and increase efficiencies:

http://compostingvermont.org/feeding-food-scraps-to-hens/

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