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Daily Digest 1/2 - The Science Of Loneliness, Stop Reading What Facebook Tells You To Read

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 1:56 PM

Economy

The Science Of Loneliness (blackeagle)

In recent years, researchers around the world have warned that we are facing a loneliness epidemic. In 2017, the American Psychological Association’s annual convention focused on data that reveals loneliness and social isolation pose an equal, if not greater, danger to public health than other, more commonly discussed risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and substance abuse—all factors that, by comparison, take up large amounts of public resources and attention.

The dark side of your $5 Footlong: Business owners say it could bite them (blackeagle)

“This is an inherent financial conflict between franchisees and franchisers,” said J. Michael Dady, a lawyer at the Minneapolis firm Dady & Gardner who represents franchisees in conflicts with their corporate parents. “And some have handled it much better than others have.”

These Will Be the Big Stories of 2018 (Tiffany D.)

Bitcoin suffers a big correction after swinging wildly in the last 10 days of December. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has added discussion of bitcoin to its next ministerial meeting. The Chinese are cracking down. For these and other reasons, sometime in the next three months we will see a sell-off as latecomers panic and sell. Long-term investors will remain in bitcoin and it will creep back up, but will not revisit its December highs.

Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read (blackeagle)

By going to websites as a deliberate reader, you're making a conscious choice about what you want a media outlet to be—as opposed to letting an algorithm choose the thing you're most likely to click on. Or! As opposed to encouraging a world in which everyone is suckered into reading something with a headline optimized by a social media strategist armed with nothing more than "best practices" for conning you into a click.

Too much screening has misled us about real cancer risk factors, experts say (tmn)

A 2016 study of increased prostate cancer screening in men with a family history of the disease concluded that the risk due to family history has been overestimated by nearly half. “The risk factor of family history is spuriously strengthened because men with a family history are exposed to greater scrutiny,” write Welch and Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, in the Annals report.

Why American doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work (blackeagle)

Of course, many Americans receive too little medicine, not too much. But the delivery of useless or low-value services should concern anyone who cares about improving the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of medical care. Estimates vary about what fraction of the treatments provided to patients is supported by adequate evidence, but some reviews place the figure at under half.

It's Time For Innovators To Take Responsibility For Their Creations (blackeagle)

It’s crystal clear that Silicon Valley’s chief executives are no longer merely startup founders, product creators, and business executives. They’re societal leaders too, oligarchs shaping the very nature of our identities, communications, and relationships.

Americans Will Eat a Record Amount of Meat in 2018 (jdargis)

Many Americans are actively shunning carbohydrates in favor of protein, though any health benefits may be outweighed by the sheer volume of meat, eggs and dairy being consumed. While the government recommends that adults eat 5 to 6.5 ounces of protein daily, the USDA forecasts the average person will down almost 10 ounces of meat and poultry each day in 2018.

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Global Warfare. Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran

Recommend reading this one through. From 2010, but seems particularly applicable today.

Global Warfare. Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran (GlobalResearch.ca)

Quote:

By Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research

August 1, 2010

Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. War preparations to attack Iran are in “an advanced state of readiness”. Hi tech weapons systems including nuclear warheads are fully deployed.

This military adventure has been on the Pentagon’s drawing board since the mid-1990s. First Iraq, then Iran according to a declassified 1995 US Central Command document.

Escalation is part of the military agenda. While Iran in 2010], is the next target together with Syria and Lebanon, this strategic military deployment also threatens North Korea, China and Russia.

Since 2005, the US and its allies, including America’s NATO partners and Israel, have been involved in the extensive deployment and stockpiling of advanced weapons systems. The air defense systems of the US, NATO member countries and Israel are fully integrated.

This is a coordinated endeavor of the Pentagon, NATO, Israel’s Defense Force (IDF), with the active military involvement of several non-NATO partner countries including the frontline Arab states (members of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative), Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, among others. (NATO consists of 28 NATO member states Another 21 countries are members of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), The Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative include ten Arab countries plus Israel.)

The roles of Egypt, the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia (within the extended military alliance) is of particular relevance. Egypt controls the transit of war ships and oil tankers through the Suez Canal. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States occupy the South Western coastlines of the Persian Gulf, the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. In early June [2010], “Egypt reportedly allowed one Israeli and eleven U.S. ships to pass through the Suez Canal in ….an apparent signal to Iran. … On June 12, regional press outlets reported that the Saudis had granted Israel the right to fly over its airspace…” (Muriel Mirak Weissbach, Israel’s Insane War on Iran Must Be Prevented., Global Research, July 31, 2010)

In post 9/11 military doctrine, this massive deployment of military hardware has been defined as part of the so-called “Global War on Terrorism”, targeting “non-State” terrorist organizations including al Qaeda and so-called “State sponsors of terrorism”,. including Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan.

The setting up of new US military bases, the stockpiling of advanced weapons systems including tactical nuclear weapons, etc. were implemented as part of the pre-emptive defensive military doctrine under the umbrella of the “Global War on Terrorism”.

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Health conscious ? Eat local!

I just hope it was gluten-free!

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stents and outcome

I am not a cardiologist (and the person writing the editorial on stents is a public policy expert so we are almost on equal ground) but I think there was another reason why docs embraced stents back in the day.  They started out as an alternative to bypass surgery. In the article below it looks like bypass might be better if you are looking for treatment for an almost blocked coronary artery (and possibly imminent MI). "Emergency Chest Pain"

https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2012/cardiac-bypass-surgery-superior-non-...

Unfortunately as the study cited in this editorial points out "It found that patients who got stents to treat nonemergency chest pain improved no more in their treadmill stress tests (which measure how long exercise can be tolerated) than did patients who received a “sham” procedure that mimicked the real operation but actually involved no insertion of a stent." 

Too many stents. No enough prevention. Research should be publicly funded rather than corporate funded etc....

What a mess.

 

 

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Nationwide consumer debt higher than ever

Nationwide consumer debt higher than ever before

WPTV.com-15 hours ago
U.S. consumers have more credit card debt than ever before in 2018, with outstanding balances well surpassing $1 trillion, according to a Wallethub study. "Credit card debt statistics speak to the financial health of American households. They can also foreshadow over-borrowing bubbles, changes to lending standards, and ...

Here's how long it will take Americans to pay off their Christmas debt

New York Post-20 hours ago
In August 2017, Americans hit the highest amount of credit card debt in U.S. history, at $1.021 trillion in outstanding revolving credit in June 2017. If it seems like it will take you more than six months to pay off the debt incurred around the holidays, Robert Harrow, senior credit card analyst at Value Penguin said, consider ...

Municipal debt has tripled in 10 years

Mexico News Daily-20 hours ago
Heading the list is the northern border city of Tijuana, Baja California, which had a debt of almost 2.7 billion pesos (US $137.7 million). Next is the nation's second largest city, Guadalajara, Jalisco, which owed close to 2.2 billion pesos. In third place is the commercial and industrial powerhouse of Monterrey, Nuevo León, ...

Venezuela Misses Another Debt Payment, Raising Stakes for ...

Wall Street Journal-16 hours ago
Venezuela has defaulted on another debt obligation, according to S&P Global Ratings, intensifying investor fears about the country's ability to make more than $9 billion in bond payments due in 2018. The ratings firm said Tuesday that Venezuela failed to make $35 million in coupon payments for its bonds due in 2018 ...

Houston Issues $1 Billion in Pension Obligation Bonds

Chief Investment Officer-2 hours ago
The city of Houston has issued $1.01 billion in pension obligation bonds toward its pension reform package, known as the Houston Pension Solution, which will immediately reduce the city's $8.2 billion in unfunded liabilities through future benefit reductions. With the bond issuance, “the city upholds its promises to its ...

 

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Ground work for selling war in Iran continues

Selling a war to the public depends on first establishing the "badness" of the intended target. It is a psychological mechanism of projection that justifies the slaughter that is to follow.  Killing BAD people feels RIGHT.

This process continues with Iran.  I personally have no doubt about the desired goal of this process.

Trump Administration Working to Incubate Nascent Iranian Revolution

The Trump administration is keeping a close eye on the growing protests in Iran, with senior administration officials working to ensure President Donald Trump does not miss an opportunity to incubate a possible revolution that could topple Iran's hardline ruling regime, according to White House officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

US Envoy Nikki Haley call for Urgent Meeting on Iran Protests

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, called on the international community to speak out on the unfolding protests in Iran... "The people of Iran are crying out for freedom," Haley said at a news conference.

"All freedom-loving people must stand with their cause."

She said the United States would be seeking emergency sessions of the UN Security Council and the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission in the coming days.

Haley rejected as "complete nonsense" charges by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the five-day-old protests were being fomented by the country's "enemies."

Nikki Haley has apparently not read "Which Path To Persia?" Chapter 6 and 7.

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Universal Basic Income and the Useless Eater

Armstrong, Charles and several longstanding PPers have talked about the concept of UBI (universal basic income), aka, "welfare for all."

I cannot imagine that non-productive population elements will be tolerated for very long.  I can imagine a program to turn the hearts of the working poor against the non-working poor.

First, I imagine calls to sterilize the "useless eaters" so they stop reproducing.

Then, in a second step, the withholding of high-tech medical care like dialysis, coronary bypass surgery and MRIs.

And finally, the active reduction in their numbers.

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MSM about Iran

Here too (Quebec) the MSM is doing a sprint against Iran. Four days in a row now that they repeat the same thing over and over.

May be there are not enough road-killed dogs to fill the news?

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500 Million Here we Come

How about UBE (aka universal basic euthanasia)?  See this? http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/new-dr-death-builds-euthanasia-11641368 . All one needs to hope for is that there is enough energy left to generate adequate amounts of liquid nitrogen (although there are certainly less graceful, yet equally effective, ways to depart).  Maybe we'll need to let some of these folks thaw.  http://www.cryonics.org/ . Oh, BTW, Happy New Year 2018!  It's not all bad...the stock market is up bigly so far.

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Re: Universal Basic Income and the Useless Eater

Sand Puppy Wrote: "I cannot imagine that non-productive population elements will be tolerated for very long. I can imagine a program to turn the hearts of the working poor against the non-working poor."

I doubt this will happen because jobs are being displaced with automation & outsourcing. Its likely that 30% to 40% of all service jobs will be be lost over the next 7 to 10 years. Probably half of more of the working poor will become apart of the "non-working poor".

That sad, the US middle class is getting gutted. Wages for the middle class have not kept up with inflation and the Middle class has become dependent on credit & debt to sustain thier lifestyles. Automation & Outsourcing is also going to put a tighter squeeze on them as automation & outsourcing also impacts white collar jobs.

The Politicians can see that many of their supporters are probably struggling and see that technology is going to make even tougher. The only way to keep them voting is to offer UBI. Of course this won't work. The remaining working class will simply give up and join the UBI crowd and it will follow Venzuela. I doubt UBI will ever become reality, but it will be used by Politicians to gain votes, Elected Politicians will just fail to deliver on UBI, just like every single promise they ever made.

As far as liquidating the population: That will come from global nuclear war, not from mass civil disobedence or civil wars. It should be apparent that we are on a path to another world war, primarily driven by the West (with the US on top). If not Russia, than China, If not China than Iran, if not Iran than North Korea. Its getting to point that the US/NATO is playing Russia Roulette with a fully loaded gun, All it will take is a bit too much pressure on the trigger.

 

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The Working Poor Have Tolerated the Non-Productive Rich For Ages

And they still are tolerating them.  We already have seen an effective program to turn the hearts of the working poor against the non-working poor for a few decades now, it seems to me, Sand Puppy.  I wonder a lot more about when the working poor will turn, in an effective way, on the unproductive, destructive, self-money printing, myopic rich, than when the poor will turn on the poor.  Trump the corrupt, convicted of fraud, self-professed sexually harassing billionaire isn't exactly the one to drain the swamp - he is the Swamp, and opened the gates wider for other rich, non-productive Swamp Things to crawl out of the slime.  Poor on poor group persecution and violence is under way by happenstance and by wealthy power-broker design every day, around the world.  And it seems likely to increase, unfortunately, unless rising spiritual values, declining materialist values, smaller family size, wiser use of resources, and restraint of the powerful but unwise prevails. 

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technology and working poor

I suppose all of us, in one way or another, filter our perceptions through our personal experiences. I have a vocational history that includes working for many years as a marine/industrial electrician. Of the many career choices I have made in my life, that was definitely the most satisfying work I have done.

For a few years I plied that trade for the federal gov't performing a public service that is still being performed, but with newer technology and by the private sector rather than the gov't. At the time there were about 100 people doing the work, some skilled others unskilled, making decent money. We used essentially WWII technology to perform the job. The Reagan administration ended all that. Because of their unfounded conviction that the private sector is somehow more productive and better in all ways than gov't, they first rigged the system to favor the private sector. The so-called test procedure they used was to put the jobs out for bids with the proviso that if contractors could come within 10% over the gov't costs they would get the jobs.

Of course the contractors knew what the costs were so could stay within the 10% as a kind of loss leader. Needless to say, they got the bids with their newer technology. So, the whole gov't program was ended quickly and the gov't's means of production were destroyed, despite the fact that the older technology had been working well for several decades without noticeable problems.

Once the gov't production facilities were destroyed the contractors jacked up the bids to triple what the gov't costs had been because they no longer had to compete with the gov't. Using new technology they employed about 1/3 of the previous workforce. I know this because the gov't (i.e., we the taxpayers) still pays for the service and I know the people who administer the contracts.

Keep in mind that the service I'm talking about is precisely the same today as it was then and had been for decades. So, the question for me is what is the benefit of newer technology if the job is performed no better or worse but employs 1/3 the number of people at much higher costs to the taxpayers/consumers?

Although this was a somewhat unique situation, I have little doubt that its lessons are applicable throughout the economy. Many of the benefits of newer technologies accrue to the owners of production, not to the consumers, workers and taxpayers. I doubt if there are many cost benefit analyses that take those people into consideration. The workers particularly are simply cast out to make their way in an unfriendly employment environment that isn't interested in the unskilled workforce.

Those outcasts are today the working and nonworking poor. I agree with Kelvinator that their numbers will increase creating a poor class whose options are few, but include societally unhealthy activities like drugs, prostitution, gambling, gun running and the numerous other vices the rich are willing to pay for. The increasingly seething masses will rise up at some point.

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