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Daily Digest 2/16 - Good News Friday: Giving Up Plastic For Lent, How Do You Build A Healthy City?

Friday, February 16, 2018, 12:20 PM

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

How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets (blackeagle)

Copenhagen is a model for how healthy cities might be created across the world. It joined the WHO Healthy Cities initiative in 1987, a year after the original 11 cities – Barcelona, Bloomsbury/Camden, Bremen, Düsseldorf, Horsens, Liverpool, Pécs, Rennes, Sofia, Stockholm and Turku. There are 1,400 cities in the scheme now. It’s not just about walkable streets, but about forging healthy, sociable, happier communities. Turku, in Finland, offers people on benefits a cut-price golden ticket: for €39 (£35) they can have six months’ access to sporting facilities, theatre seats and concerts. Newcastle has launched dementia-friendly cinema sessions. Vienna has joint exercise classes for preschool children and older people.

Second U.S. judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA program (sv)

Often called “Dreamers,” hundreds of thousands of young adults, mostly Hispanics, have been granted protection from deportation and given work permits under DACA, which was created in 2012.

Building A Latino-Muslim Coalition With #TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque (blackeagle)

#TacoTrucksAtEveryMosque is more than an epicurean evening of education, though. "There are layers of sharing beyond just food," says Vazquez, a history teacher at Valley High School in Santa Ana, Calif. "It's our job as activists to nurture understanding and build relationships. And we are developing deeper relationships as we build this."

Trump's travel ban is unconstitutional religious discrimination, US court rules (sv)

The ruling was the second time the fourth circuit has rejected a travel ban. In May, the court cited Trump’s remarks on Muslim travelers while rejecting an earlier version of the ban, finding it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination”.

A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — meet the 27-year-old mayor behind it (jdargis)

In a basic income system, participants get a fixed amount of money that they can use however they want. Early research has shown that people in basic income experiments typically don't spend this money on vices or vacations; instead, they use it to pay for things like home repairs, school expenses, and the costs of starting new businesses.

Paid sick days measure for Austin workers passes early Friday morning after hours of tinkering, testimony (sv)

More than 300 people signed up to speak on the issue, most in support of the ordinance. The vote came more than five hours after public testimony began.

Church of England issues anti-plastic tips for Lent (tmn)

Ruth Knight, the Church's environmental policy officer, said: "The Lent challenge is about raising our awareness of how much we rely on single-use plastics and challenging ourselves to see where we can reduce that use.

Bacteria Might Hold The Answers In The Global Battle Against Oil Spills (jdargis)

Even more importantly, Andersen’s team managed to sequence the Candidatus genome to hone in on exactly which genes go to work against the oil. The work has big implications: In theory, any team of scientists with the right expertise can run genome tests on bacteria local to any spill site, determining what to expect from the microbes and how best to work to leverage their results.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 2/15/18

Provided daily by the Peak Prosperity Gold & Silver Group

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Heading into a civil war--Milo

I have been reading several articles recently that bring civil war into the realm of "thinkable possibility."

According to Milo Yiannopoulos, the left-wingers of American society have already ignited a Civil War. With the social engineering and indoctrination already taking place in our schools, it actually doesn’t seem too far-fetched.  [In an interview with Alex Jones, Yiannopoulos says:]

Facebook’s gonna get firebombed, CNN people are gonna be attacked, and we don’t say that with any pleasure….” Milo went on to say that “there is only one inevitable consequence when the architecture of civil society…and reality [is assaulted]”

And Yiannopoulos is not the only one who has taken notice. 

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, who has been at the forefront of looking into major disinformation campaigns such as those of the vaccine industry, agrees.

Chris Hedges  comes at our current state from a slightly more philosophical angle, but saying the similar things.  When only the few run a society, they warp its “reputable and authoritative“ institutions for their own benefit.

Oligarchic rule... cares nothing for competency, intelligence, honesty, rationality, self-sacrifice or the common good. They pervert, deform and dismantle systems of power to serve their immediate interests, squandering the future for short-term personal gain. ...

Once oligarchs take power, rational, prudent and thoughtful responses to social, economic and political problems are ignored...  The late stage of every civilization is characterized by the “sophistry of oligarchs”, who ravage the decaying carcass of the state.

"Sophistry" was a new vocabulary word.  Had to look it up.  These are the false arguments intended to confuse or deceive the population that enable ongoing plunder:  Like the NSA surveilling the entire  population to "protect democracy" -- when the actual intent is to establish Orwellian control of thought and speech.

Charles Hugh Smith offers some similar thoughts:

A new winter of discontent is chilling the air. ....  the benefits and power have gone disproportionately to the few at the top of the wealth-power pyramid.

The status quo power structures are deaf to the discontent of the common people, and respond with blandishments (Universal Basic Income, etc.), propaganda and a spectrum of repression.

CHS continues quoting Chris Hedges:

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s '1984' and Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World.' .... Would we be, as Orwell wrote, dominated by a repressive surveillance and security state that used crude and violent forms of control? Or would we be, as Huxley envisioned, entranced by entertainment and spectacle, captivated by technology and seduced by profligate consumption to embrace our own oppression? It turns out Orwell and Huxley were both right. Huxley saw the first stage of our enslavementOrwell saw the second.

…While we were entertained, the regulations that once kept predatory corporate power in check were dismantled, the laws that once protected us were rewritten ... we are skillfully manipulated by lies and illusions to one where we are overtly controlled.

When our authoritative institutions lie to the people as a normal part of day to day function, how can the average person tell what is true?  

A current example is Russia-Gate

Mike Whitney at Unz Review explains his views.

The report (“The Dossier”) that claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia, was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

In fact, each element of the Russia-Gate scandal are traced back to opposition research paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaigns:

  • ·      The company (CrowdStrike) that claims that Russia hacked DNC computer servers.....
  • ·      The FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Trump’s alleged connections to Russia was launched on the basis of information gathered from the report....
  • ·      The surveillance of a Trump campaign member (Carter Page) was approved by a FISA court on the basis of information from this report. 
  • ·      The Intelligence Community Analysis or ICA was (largely or partially) based on information from this report.
  • ·      The information that was leaked to the media alleging Russia hacking or collusion was based on the report.
  • ·      The entire Russia-gate investigation rests on the “unverified and salacious” information from a dossier that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton Campaign.

Whitney summarizes his impressions: 

Regular readers of this column know that we have always believed that the Russiagate psyops originated with Brennan [at the CIA]. Just as the CIA launched its disinformation campaigns against Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi, so too, Russia has emerged as Washington’s foremost rival requiring a massive propaganda campaign to persuade the public that America faces a serious external threat...

Charles has written about virtue signaling.  I find that in my facebook feed after the Florida school shooting, that the only acceptable attitude among people of virtue is that weapons must be banned.  Don't you dare say anything different.  So this is a form of functional censorship where outrage, virtue and grief are fused to funnel the population into a single acceptable viewpoint.

The weapons ban makes way for the second phase of social control, Orwell’s.  I believe that this marks a transition point where the citizenry becomes powerless before the severest abuses of a police state.  This transition point enables, full Orwell.

Survival blog this month has some practical ideas for responses.

 

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Weapons ban

sand_puppy wrote:

Charles has written about virtue signaling.  I find that in my facebook feed after the Florida school shooting, that the only acceptable attitude among people of virtue is that weapons must be banned.  Don't you dare say anything different.  So this is a form of functional censorship where outragevirtue and grief are fused to funnel the population into a single acceptable viewpoint.

The weapons ban makes way for the second phase of social control, Orwell’s.  I believe that this marks a transition point where the citizenry becomes powerless before the severest abuses of a police state.  This transition point enables, full Orwell.

 

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Weapons ban

sand_puppy wrote:

Charles has written about virtue signaling.  I find that in my facebook feed after the Florida school shooting, that the only acceptable attitude among people of virtue is that weapons must be banned.  Don't you dare say anything different.  So this is a form of functional censorship where outragevirtue and grief are fused to funnel the population into a single acceptable viewpoint.

The weapons ban makes way for the second phase of social control, Orwell’s.  I believe that this marks a transition point where the citizenry becomes powerless before the severest abuses of a police state.  This transition point enables, full Orwell.

 

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Half farmer, half dentist

I first heard of this idea from CHS.  That is that each citizen is half farmer and half architect (or whatever their other trade or profession is.)  They do both.  Raising their own food on their own farm and doing their regular day job.

I believe that we will also come to the combined duties of "half teacher/dentist/administrator and half security officer."   Communities will need to consolidate these functions. 

Hospitals do not have effective security staff until at least one doctor or nurse is killed by angry patients or family.  Dedicated security officers are just too expensive to keep around all of the time.  I believe that combined healthcare worker/security officer is a thing of the future.

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In order to do this effectively, though...

... you have to first attack the professional licensure rackets.

And please note that I say the above as a licensed Professional Engineer.

The sad truth is that we've taken so many things in our society that do not require advanced education and/or licensure, and made it so that you literally cannot do them without the involvement of a licensed professional.  Even something as basic as building your own house -- something that was commonplace 100+ years ago -- cannot be done in the vast majority of municipalities without a licensed P.E. or R.A. to stamp the plans submitted for the building permit.

Then there's the codes themselves, which are designed to prevent sustainability (regulations against greywater use or mandating a septic tank or sewer connection), prevent people from doing the work themselves over a longer period of time (short-range expiration of building permits), etc.

I remember reading Ivan Illich's "Tools for Conviviality" where he described a program that was run, surprisingly enough, during Mao's rule where rural farmers who wanted to help the cause of public health in their villages could go to government-provided classes during the off-season.  After a few years of this, and at no imposition to their primary occupation as farmers, they had enough training that they could operate as health clinicians in areas where there wasn't a doctor.  This wasn't a licensed position -- it was just based upon a basic body of knowledge and utility to the local community.  Imagine trying to do something similar today in the US, what the reaction of the state would be.

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How to Stop Violence

How to Stop Violence (Slate)

"In the wake of a string of horrific mass shootings by people who in many cases had emotional problems, it has become fashionable to blame mental illness for violent crimes. It has even been suggested that these crimes justify not only banning people with a history of mental illness from buying weapons but also arming those without such diagnoses so that they may protect themselves from the dangerous mentally ill. This fundamentally misrepresents where the danger lies.

Violence is not a product of mental illness. Nor is violence generally the action of ordinary, stable individuals who suddenly “break” and commit crimes of passion. Violent crimes are committed by violent people, those who do not have the skills to manage their anger. Most homicides are committed by people with a history of violence. Murderers are rarely ordinary, law-abiding citizens, and they are also rarely mentally ill. Violence is a product of compromised anger management skills."

"Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Lopez is suspected of fatally shooting three people before killing himself at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas on April 2, 2014."

 

Wonder what could possibly be making so many people so angry? Could it possibly be a side effect of an unfair and predatory debt based monetary system coupled with a media complex hell bent on pushing a divide and conquer agenda.

 

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