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Daily Digest 8/19 - Cashless Kids, Neonicotinoids Reduce Bees’ Ability to Lay Eggs

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:13 AM

Economy

Millennials are financing everything from bed sheets to concert tickets (Adam)

The company Brooklinen sells pricey sheets: its “classic” sheet set for a queen-sized bed costs $129. But that can be steep for millennials, people born between 1982 and 1996, who are a core demographic for Brooklinen, said the company’s co-founder, Rich Fulop. “They want to pay more, they want to upgrade, but they don’t necessarily have the means to do that,” he said

Cashless kids: Is tap-and-go technology promoting financial illiteracy? (ezlxq1949)

"There was a huge difference between their confidence around what they thought they knew and the reality of what they did know," Ms Birch said.

She said in a cashless world, with online shopping on the rise, young people were increasingly at risk of financial failure.

The Rise of the Violent Left (thc0655)

In Washington, D.C., the response to that question centers on how members of Congress can oppose Trump’s agenda, on how Democrats can retake the House of Representatives, and on how and when to push for impeachment. But in the country at large, some militant leftists are offering a very different answer. On Inauguration Day, a masked activist punched the white-supremacist leader Richard Spencer. In February, protesters violently disrupted UC Berkeley’s plans to host a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart.com editor. In March, protesters pushed and shoved the controversial conservative political scientist Charles Murray when he spoke at Middlebury College, in Vermont.

Silver Cycles and War Cycles (GE Christenson)

The Gulf War and the War on Terror were expensive. National debt at the end of 1990 was $3.3 trillion. Today it is $20 trillion. Much of that debt resulted from the Gulf War, Iraq War 2.0, the war in Afghanistan, War on Terror, and other military actions. The War on Terror caused a spike in silver prices and national debt.

Bitcoin Bear Peter Schiff Doubles Down: Even at $4,000 It's Still a 'Bubble' (thc0655)

Schiff also points to the risks of future regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who recently weighed in on the DAO, calling its sale of DAO tokens equivalent to the sale of unregistered securities. If the broad strokes of that report were imposed on the industry as a whole, the large segments initial coin offering (ICO) market might quickly withdraw.

Can Police Prevent the Next Charlottesville? (jdargis)

But many of the tactics come at a price. Some could be viewed as impinging on civil liberties and the constitutionally enshrined rights to free assembly and protest. Others require funding and coordination that is difficult to achieve within the fragmented framework of American policing. A few are as simple as strategically placed blockades that keep the two sides separate. Here are some of the top approaches and how they might — or might not — be deployed in the U.S.

New surface is so slippery, shellfish can’t get a grip (jdargis)

Anybody who's been near water has probably seen some form of shellfish stuck to rocks or piers, but most of us probably haven't looked closely at how they do the sticking. In the case of mussels, the animal uses an appendage (called its foot) that extends from its shell to create a web of fibers one-by-one. The result is resilient, since loss of any one fiber will still leave the shell firmly attached. And the fibers are difficult to break and tend to stay stuck on the surface, even though the adhesive the mussel uses is just a mix of simple chemicals and proteins.

Neonicotinoids Reduce Bees’ Ability to Lay Eggs (jdargis)

A new study from researchers at the Royal Holloway University of London and Guelph University in Canada examined the impact of thiamethoxam, a neonicotinoid sold by Syngenta under the brand names Helix Xtra and Cruiser, on bee colonies. They fed bumblebee queens a quantity of thiamethoxam that replicates the dosage they might encounter in the wild, then tested their egg-laying ability.

Gold & Silver

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Al Gore: "$22 trillion in subprime carbon assets"

Al Gore’s Stupendous Wealth Complicates His Climate Message. That Can Change.

“The world faces an extremely serious financial risk due to the $22 trillion in subprime carbon assets that are going to lose value at some point precipitously, just as the subprime mortgages did,” Gore told HuffPost in a 14-minute phone interview from London last week. “Of course, that’s what triggered the credit crisis and the Great Recession.”

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House of Saud

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-19/gavekal-coming-clash-empires-ru...

If House of Saud does begin to accept renminbi for oil, will US suddenly find HoS guilty of 9/11 big crimes and then execute regime change?  

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Yes.
KugsCheese wrote:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-19/gavekal-coming-clash-empires-ru...

If House of Saud does begin to accept renminbi for oil, will US suddenly find HoS guilty of 9/11 big crimes and then execute regime change?  

I'd say "count on it."

 

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The other John McCain

Perhaps it is time for a mandated safe boating course?

US Navy destroyer USS John McCain collides with large merchant vessel; 10 missing; search and rescue underway (AMN)

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At 6:24am Japan Standard Time the U.S. Navy destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a Liberian merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca on August 21st.

The Navy stated that 10 sailors are missing and five are injured.

The U.S. Navy 7th Fleet put out the following statement:

SOUTH CHINA SEA – The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.

There are currently 10 Sailors missing and five injured.

The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was transiting to a routine port visit in Singapore.

The ship is currently sailing under its own power and heading to port.

Search and rescue efforts are underway in coordination with local authorities. In addition to tug boats out of Singapore, Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships RSS Gallant (97), RSS Resilience (82), RSN helicopters and Police Coast Guard vessel Basking Shark (55) are currently in the area to render assistance.

MV-22s and SH-60s from USS America are also responding.

Alnic MC is a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000.

Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft. The extent of damage and personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.

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Leftist violence, racism and bullying is emboldened and grows

http://nypost.com/2017/08/19/man-stabbed-after-haircut-gets-him-mistaken-for-a-neo-nazi/

This Colorado man is avowedly not a neo-Nazi.

But he believes his long-on-top, buzzed-on-the-sides haircut got him mistaken for one — and nearly stabbed to death by a confused anti-fascist.

Joshua Witt, 26, escaped his brush with hairdo-doom with a defensive slice to the hand and three stitches.

“Apparently, my haircut is considered a neo-Nazi statement,” he told The Post Saturday, as his account on Facebook garnered 20,000 shares.

Witt says he’d just pulled in to the parking lot of the Steak ’n Shake in Sheridan, Colo., and was opening his car door.

“All I hear is, ‘Are you one of them neo-Nazis?’ as this dude is swinging a knife up over my car door at me,” he said.

“I threw my hands up and once the knife kind of hit, I dived back into my car and shut the door and watched him run off west, behind my car.

“The dude was actually aiming for my head,” he added.

“I was more in shock because I was just getting a milkshake.”

Witt says he has no tattoos or regalia that would finger him for a fascist. His pals are messaging him on Facebook with the only rationale they can come up with: “They say it’s my haircut.”

He’s thinking of changing his look, he says.

 

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/08/19/demonstration-white-supremacy-christopher-columbus/583189001/

Dozens of demonstrators converged under a raised bust of Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit on Saturday and demanded the monument come down as they protested against white supremacy and a list of perceived affronts to black Detroiters.

The peaceful gathering, organized by the Detroit chapter of BYP100, formerly known as the Black Youth Project 100, was one of numerous rallies and protests across the country in the wake of last weekend's street clash in Virginia over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

Organizers said they were unaware of any Confederate monuments in the city, so were focusing on memorials to other historical figures tied to a white supremacy mind-set.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2017/08/16/remove-hubbard-statue-dearborn-charlottesville/573440001/

Critics are calling for the removal of a statue of the Orville Hubbard, the late racist mayor of Dearborn, in the wake of a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

O'Reilly issued a statement to the Free Press saying: "The Hubbard statue does not reflect who we are today and who we intend to be. That is why it was placed in an historical museum setting. ... 

"I recognize that all of us who are distressed over the violence and hatefulness that has risen up in other areas of our country want to make sure that our community continues to send a welcoming message.

"Working with concerned residents, we just moved the statue to a less prominent place within our museum campus, and will soon complete a sign that provides context to his time in office."

But Zatzke, who called Hubbard “The dictator of Dearborn,’’ and some of his friends would prefer to see it gone.

Attorney Majed Moughni, 47, emigrated with his family to Dearborn 40 years ago. He said that the failure to remove the statue is an attempt by O'Reilly not to offend some of his supporters.

If the statue isn’t removed, Zatzke and Moughni are thinking about lodging a protest.

“When we first moved to Dearborn we were the only Arabic family on the block,’’ said Moughni. “In 1977, we had our house set on fire within a few months after we moved in. They didn’t want any people of color moving into Dearborn ... 

“We need to take this racist statue down by any means necessary. It’s a racist figure. It doesn’t belong in Dearborn or anywhere else in the nation."

http://freebeacon.com/politics/kimmel-remove-racist-monuments-take-every-building-name-trump/

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel said that any removal of monuments to racists should include the removal of buildings with the name "Trump" on them.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/statues-washington-jefferson-aren-t-next-it-s-complicated-historians-n793971

The events following Charlottesville, where 19 were injured and one died, have buoyed Take Em Down NOLA, a grassroots organization based in New Orleans. 

The group was founded after white supremacist Dylann Roof gunned down nine black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, and movements sprung up to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. 

The group has pressed New Orleans officials to not only remove statues and names of Confederate figures around the city, but also U.S. presidents who were slave owners. 

Malcolm Suber, one of the group’s founders, told NBC News that the dedication of these statues is a slap in the face to a majority African-American city. 

“Our position is, we don’t want in your public spaces any slave masters or Confederates, those are people who should not be venerated,” Suber said, citing Washington and President Andrew Jackson as figures whose statues should be removed. “We have always understood what these statues stood for.” 

“We recognize the original sin was the genocide of the Native Americans and the enslavement of the Africans,” he added. “People bring up the fact that they were Founding Fathers. That’s people’s opinions, but for us what disqualifies you is the slave-owning.”

The left has no limits. It’s vital to understand that. No battle they pick is over the stated issue. Each is merely a step towards the goal of eradicating Western Civilization. They’ve set up a self reinforcing system of rewards, whereby SJWs out bid each other to come up with new ways to be offended. Thus it’s become an ever more radical movement. It’s not about the monuments. Of course glorifying slavery is bad. But should we not then tear down the Pyramids? Trust me, there is NO vestige of Western Civilization that could not be destroyed on the same premise. Every Castle in Europe occupied by a despot, every Church, every document, every classic of literature, etc. In world where a few degrees of separation join all things, guilt by association can be used to criticize anything, because its all a degree or two away from something that can be demonized. Look what’s happening to Football; to the definition of family and gender, to every holiday. Anything can be destroyed if the standard is that it’s related to something bad. Guess what that includes? Everything. SJWs in South Africa are going after Isaac Newton and Gravity as “western colonial science”. Get it? Nothing is off limits. No. Single. Thing.

 

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I see the war on statues is going well

I see the war on statues is going well.

It's quite refreshing that we have finally chosen a winnable war.  

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Guy reports charter busses dropping off both sides for C'ville

This brief video show "a guy" saying he saw a line of charter busses dropping off demonstrators for BOTH SIDES of the Charlottesville riot arriving, parking bumper to bumper, unloading the costumed "protestors," and driving away.  Both BLM and KKK from the same line of busses.  Reeks of an engineered event.  

https://www.facebook.com/newlypress/videos/1872063773057995/?hc_ref=ARQ3...

 

Now that the Russian-hacking foil has faltered, how can we turn the rage of the people away from the oligarchy towards each other?

My favorite thoughts listed above are:  
1.  blowing up the pyramids as they were build by slaves, 
2.  revoking gravity as it was described by a western colonial science.
3.  blaming racist statues for a faltering job market and stratospheric healthcare costs.
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RE: Mandated Safe Boating Course

And there it is.

US Navy Halts Pacific Fleet Operations As Historical Path Of Collided Warship Emerges (ZH)

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Following the second collision of US warships in two months, the US Navy's Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has calling for a comprehensive review of recent incidents in the Pacific in the wake of the USS John McCain collision with an oil tanker early Monday morning. In a video, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson called for an "operational pause" with commands and leaders across the fleet, and a deeper look into the training and certification of forces operating in  the Navy's 7th Fleet - those in and around Japan.

"I have directed fleet commanders to immediately conduct an operational pause with commands and leaders across the fleet, to ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy's safe and effective operation around the world.... This is the second major collision in the last three months, and is the latest in a series of major incidents, particularly in the Pacific theater," said Richardson. "This trend demands more forceful action."

That review "will examine the process by which we train and certify our forward deployed forces in Japan to be ready for operations and war," according to Richardson. "This will include, but not be limited to, trends in operational tempo, performance, maintenance, equipment and personnel. It will also focus on surface warfare training and career development, including tactical and navigational proficiency."

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And then there's always that other possibility

US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns (McClatchy DC Bureau)

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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy’s decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack.

The incident – the fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year – occurred near the Strait of Malacca, a crowded 1.7-mile-wide waterway that connects the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and accounts for roughly 25 percent of global shipping.

“When you are going through the Strait of Malacca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroyer doesn’t have a full navigation team going with full lookouts on every wing and extra people on radar,” said Jeff Stutzman, chief intelligence officer at Wapack Labs, a New Boston, New Hampshire, cyber intelligence service.

“There’s something more than just human error going on because there would have been a lot of humans to be checks and balances,” said Stutzman, a former information warfare specialist in the Navy.

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