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Daily Digest 12/23 - Apple Admits Slowing Older iPhones, The Digital Republic Of Estonia

Saturday, December 23, 2017, 12:37 PM

Economy

Apple admits slowing older iPhones because of ageing batteries (lambertad)

“Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions,” said an Apple spokesperson. “We’ve now extended that feature to iPhone 7 with iOS 11.2, and plan to add support for other products in the future.”

Estonia, The Digital Republic (Wendy SD)

Estonia is a Baltic country of 1.3 million people and four million hectares, half of which is forest. Its government presents this digitization as a cost-saving efficiency and an equalizing force. Digitizing processes reportedly saves the state two per cent of its G.D.P. a year in salaries and expenses. Since that’s the same amount it pays to meet the nato threshold for protection (Estonia—which has a notably vexed relationship with Russia—has a comparatively small military), its former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves liked to joke that the country got its national security for free.

Highly motivated kids have a greater advantage in life than kids with a high IQ (blackeagle)

The Gottfrieds have plenty of research to back up their theories on motivation—quite literally, enough to fill a lifetime. In the late 1970s, the Gottfrieds were professors at California State University; Allen at Fullerton, and Adele at Northridge. They undertook a research project studying 130 babies born in a hospital in Fullerton, California. About 90% of the participants were Caucasian, and nearly all fell on the continuum from working- to upper-middle-class.

The Dorothy Chronicles (GE Christenson)

“Oh, my name is Leonard Lion. I’m a cowardly politician. Voters want jobs, money and the benefits they were promised. They’re worried they’ll lose their savings, purchasing power and retirement. I’m afraid to tell them that all these things are fading away.” His voice sounded strong and powerful as he began his speech, but it trailed off into uncertainty.

Getting Kicked, Taking Names (tmn)

Trump’s U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, wrote a letter to other delegates, warning, “The U.S. will be taking names” during the roll call. “As you consider your vote,” she elaborated, “I encourage you to know the president and the U.S. take this vote personally. She then tweeted, “At the UN we’re always asked to do more and give more. So, when we make a decision, at the will of the American ppl, abt where to locate OUR embassy, we don’t expect those we’ve helped to target us.”

Augmented Reality Will Be Part of Our Daily Lives (Tiffany D.)

First, augmented reality doesn’t require the user to wear a big, clunky headset. Nobody wants to wear that for hours; it’s uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time, and you have to take it off to do anything else. With the amount of time that people spend multitasking now, that won’t work.

Political Comedian Lee Camp: How to Create NPR’s Propaganda (cmartenson)

A couple days after NPR’s Weekend Edition hosted by Scott Simon did a rather awesome attack piece on me and my TV show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp which airs on RT America. I’d like to walk you through how to write such beautiful propaganda, as I did following the NY Times smear job against me, which sounded shockingly similar (more on that later).

Oil Prices Could Soon Drop 50% (thc0655)

Right now oil prices are at the high end of the range the duopoly consider acceptable. Oil prices have nowhere to go but down once Saudi Arabia and Russia do some cheating of their own.

Oil Discoveries At Lowest Point Since The 1940s (cmartenson)

Rystad Energy says that 2006 was the last year in which the industry posted a reserve-replacement ratio above 100 percent. The implication is that the world is burning through oil at a faster rate than the industry is discovering new reserves.

93 Days Later, Puerto Rico Can’t Get Supplies to Turn on the Power (cmartenson)

“I can count with one hand the times we’ve seen brigades work in our streets,” said Carmen Maldonado, mayor of Morovis, a municipality of 33,000 people. “The economy has plummeted, our elders are in need of medical care, and schools are barely operating.”

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Matt Holbert's picture
Matt Holbert
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NPR Propaganda...

With respect to Scott Simon's hatchet job on Lee Camp (see link above)...

The interesting part of this is that Scott Simon professes to be a Quaker. When I saw Colin Powell make the case for weapons of mass destruction, I immediately recognized that it was a sham. However, it appears that the Quaker pacifist didn't even care. It was still worth it to bomb a country into little pieces. As I've stated before; was NPR always a propaganda tool or did I gradually become educated enough to recognize propaganda?

Here is a related piece that I think is worth sharing: https://consortiumnews.com/2017/12/22/the-strangelovian-russia-gate-myth/

The author gives Kunstler a good run for the money in the "big words" category.

Tim Ladson's picture
Tim Ladson
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Scott Simon is a sellout

Thanks Chris for posting this article.

It would appear that Scott Simon is as much of a Quaker as was Nixon, using it to obscure his true come from. This ruse is one that is not easily accepted in the Quaker community, as they cringed whenever Nixon was referred to as Quaker back in the day.

Scott Simon is NPR's answer to Rachel Maddow's over the top pursuit of the Trump / Russia collusion dead horse, they are both paid obscene amounts of money to support the military / industrial war effort, never mind the consequences.

It was interesting to learn that the current president of NPR, Kevin Klose's former job with the the US Information Agency. That makes the dots align as to the rightward drift of NPR's point of view. It is similar to the avowed neocon warmonger, Max Boot being presented as a neutral commentator on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. 

I admit to being taken in by the NPR / PBS's appearance of left leaning politics as was Lee Camp. I used to be a supporter of both, but finally awoke to the fact that these powerful propaganda tools are solidly in the neocon - pro war camp.    

I respect Lee Camp's writings and Redacted Tonight is a wealth of real news information, IMHO.

Tim.

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