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Daily Digest 3/26 - We're All Weird, Unthinkable Truths Of Nuclear War

Monday, March 26, 2018, 11:03 AM

Economy

Facebook is losing control of the narrative — and maybe the platform (blackeagle)

Cambridge Analytica’s data misuse may ultimately have had little effect in influencing elections here or abroad. But the way Cambridge Analytica obtained its data, and reports that the company held on to the data, despite telling Facebook it had deleted it, have renewed concerns about data privacy on the world’s biggest social network. After learning that data from a researcher’s personality quiz app had improperly been shared with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook took the company at its word that it had purged user profiles: “That to me was the most astonishing thing,” former employee Christopher Wylie told The Guardian. “They waited two years and did absolutely nothing to check that the data was deleted. All they asked me to do was tick a box on a form and post it back.”

The 100 million city: is 21st century urbanisation out of control? (blackeagle)

But new research suggests that the changes Lagos has seen in the last 60 years may be nothing to what might take place in the next 60. If Nigeria’s population continues to grow and people move to cities at the same rate as now, Lagos could become the world’s largest metropolis, home to 85 or 100 million people. By 2100, it is projected to be home to more people than California or Britain today, and to stretch hundreds of miles – with enormous environmental effects.

Diving into the unthinkable cold truths of a nuclear war (from 2016, blackeagle)

Nuclear war offers a multitude of bad ways to die. The bulk of the initial deaths from a nuclear bomb come from the intense heat from the detonation itself, followed by the firestorms triggered by the blast. Extrapolating from the incendiary bomb attacks in World War II (Tokyo and Dresden being among the more infamous), the authors note, “the projected number of injured requiring medical treatment would be drastically reduced relative to that projected by blast scaling, as many injured that would otherwise require treatment would be consumed in the fires.” If not vaporized at the center of a blast, many of those who survive the initial moments would then promptly be burned alive by a raging super-fire extending for many kilometers from the hypocenter of the blast.

Silver Price Best Setup In Years & Update On Continued Meltdown In Stock Markets (yogmonster)

The reason I believe the gold and silver prices will start to take off when the stock markets begin to really plunge lower is due to the setup of these assets since the Fed’s Q3 policy at the end of 2012. Because the precious metals sold off from 2013 to 2016 and are still close to their lows, they are ripe for much higher prices. However, the real estate and stock markets are near their highs. Thus, we are going to experience one hell of a disconnect between the stock and real estate market and precious metals.. quite the opposite that took place after 2012.

How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections (blackeagle)

The blog post came as Halderman, Heninger, and a raft of other researchers formally presented their academic paper detailing their findings to the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Denver on Wednesday. The paper, titled "Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice," received extensive media coverage in May when the paper was first released. Besides exposing the likely secret behind the NSA's mass interception of encrypted communications, the paper also revealed a closely related attack that left tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services open to less sophisticated eavesdroppers.

New investors discovering they have hefty tax bills to pay may be contributing to bitcoin's fall (blackeagle)

"For younger people who don't have taxes top-of-mind, or have never invested before, they're shocked," said Cathie Wood, CEO & CIO at ARK Invest. "People had huge gains last year, and they don't have enough in crypto to pay those."

Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking (lambertad)

The results were striking: individuals who completed these tasks while their phones were in another room performed the best, followed by those who left their phones in their pockets. In last place were those whose phones were on their desks. We saw similar results when participants’ phones were turned off: people performed worst when their phones were nearby, and best when they were away in a separate room. Thus, merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals’ cognitive capacity—on par with effects of lacking sleep.

Yale Research Confirms What You've Always Suspected: Nobody Is Normal (blackeagle)

The Yale study takes aim at this understanding, revealing the world isn't neatly divided into the healthy or unhealthy, the ideal and the subpar. By analyzing a host of traits -- from the beak shapes of specific bird species to psychological characteristics like our appetite for risk taking -- the authors show that these qualities exist along a continuum, and separating the "normal" from the "weird" is usually impossible.

My 3-Point Checklist for Prospering in a Crash (Tiffany D.)

Now, I’m not saying the market is headed that way at the moment. But manufacturers, aluminum producers and steelmakers’ shares slid sharply lower this week over trade war concerns. Add to the mix worries over inflation, rising interest rates and falling technology shares … and you can see why the market has been so volatile lately.

What Trump's New Appointment Means For Oil Prices (Michael S.)

John Bolton was a fierce supporter of the 2003 war in Iraq, and comes to the White House as an unreconstructed proponent of the invasion. In fact, one would be hard pressed to name a proposed war that he has not supported. In the past, he has repeatedly advocated for military conflict in both North Korea and Iran, preemptively, and that remains the case today.

The state of residential solar power (blackeagle)

On average, the power from the Sun striking the Earth’s surface is 175 W/m2. If we assume that 10 percent of this incident solar energy could be converted to electricity, supplying the energy used by the United States would require covering roughly two percent of the land in the US with solar cells—that's roughly the area of North Dakota. Since this is about 30 times our available roof space, supplying the grid with electricity from the Sun means building large solar farms.

Gold & Silver

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Caption contest

As the economy, environment and energy collapse social conditions are continuing to collapse also.  Violent crime and government oppression at the barrel of a gun are going to increase.  Some will defend themselves with force, as is their natural right.  Some won't.  In the lead up, governments and totalitarians out of government will attempt to disarm citizens to make them more "manageable."  This is of no concern for those who have chosen pacifism because they don't have weapons, though if citizen disarmament succeeds it will cement the course of their future.  But for those who would exercise their natural right to self defense, citizen disarmament is a first order priority in a world in which the Three E's are collapsing.

Caption contest:

https://www.ammoland.com/2018/03/demeanor-of-march-for-our-lives-student-leaders-could-be-movements-achilles-heel/#axzz5ArMGl0yh

http://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=13305

https://townhall.com/columnists/scottmorefield/2018/03/26/make-no-mistake--the-gun-controllers-want-to-take-away-your-right-to-selfdefense-n2464592

 

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The end game of gun-banners revealed in their own words

https://downtrend.com/vsaxena/heil-hogg-marchers-endgame/

One of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting survivors who spoke at the “Heil Hogg” march this Saturday made it clear in her speech that she and her peers seek far more than just the banning of bump stocks and “assault weapons.”

“There are so very many things, so many steps to take. … We will take the big and we will take the small, but we will keep fighting. When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile. We are not here for bread crumbs. We are here for real change,” said Parkland mass shooting survivor Delaney Tarr.

And so the veil has finally been lifted …

Ok, so maybe it's not fair to let a teenager speak for a whole movement, a movement that has been active for about 50 years.  How about a retired justice of the Supreme Court writing in the NY Times today?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/27/opinion/john-paul-stevens-repeal-second-amendment.html

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform. It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.

 

 

 

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Your attempt to portray these high school kids whose friends had recently been murdered by another lunatic with a gun, as some kind of brown shirts is appalling.  A raised fist is not a Nazi salute.  They held their hands extended.  Raised fists have been used to symbolize many things over the years, including black power or just about any kind of athletic victory.

These kids are abnormally articulate which is a credit to the school and their parents.  They are also idealistic and perhaps a bit naive thinking they can change the world.  We'll see if they can.  They seem to have a good start.

You can agree or disagree with their stance on guns, but do no demean their motivations or character at the risk of demeaning your own.

Oh yeh, black armbands are a well known symbol of mourning.

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Doug -it's perception

THC's conment was not demeaning it came across to me as concern.  Perhaps "you" perceived it as demeaning.

We need to remember that we are statistically more likely to killed by our government than by war.  And being armed gives us some protection from our ever over-reaching government.  Think Pol Pot of Cambodia, Stalin, Hitler and even the US who have interred the Japanese and Alaska Natives during WWII. The deplorable conditions of the Alaskan's who were interred were equal to those in concentration camps.  So we should watch this naive new movement with concern especially since it's so much easier for governments to categorize, watch, and kill with impunity anyone and everyone.

My 2 cents.

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Our History - REMEMBER It

This is worth watching and showing to your children.  It's what Governments do.

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Data, please ...
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 statistically more likely to killed by our government than by war

Please provide a source for that claim.

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Data

It's from memory, but I will try to find a source you will find more credible.

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https://www.hawaii.edu/powerk

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM

Just to give perspective on this incredible murder by government, if all these bodies were laid head to toe, with the average height being 5', then they would circle the earth ten times. Also, this democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century. Finally, given popular estimates of the dead in a major nuclear war, this total democide is as though such a war did occur, but with its dead spread over a century.

Democide = "the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicize and mass murder."

 

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civilization

So the gun control advocates are making one important assumption: the future will be more or less like the present - with the current response times of police, the current number of police, and the current relative state of civilization.

If this assumption is not borne out - if we end up moving more towards a "world made by hand", where things become a lot more decentralized, where we have to rely on our own resources a lot more, then gun control is exactly the wrong thing to do, since you guarantee that the law abiding citizens are the ones that are unarmed at exactly the time when "the civilization" we know and love slowly fades away.

From that standpoint, ramping up gun control seems like exactly the wrong thing, at exactly the wrong time.

"Lets disarm everyone a few years before peak oil hits, right before the world becomes a lot more chaotic..just before the police get defunded, when we end up having to operate on a lot less surplus energy, where citizens have to help themselves a whole lot more often, where things become decentralized..."

We might as well ban solar panels, or canned beans, or composting, or sustainable farming while we're at it.  If people are trying to become more resilient just in case we are headed for a world of less, that means providing for their own defense too.

Just my thoughts.

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Death by Government

All you want to know and much more.

"Death by Government" by R.J. Rummel.

Rummel calculates 260 million people murdered by their own governments in the 20th century.

 

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Distraction with a purpose?

When Zionists are yelling loudly that you don't need guns, you might wish to seriously consider having them. Just ask the Palestinians.

This is great distraction for the masses from all of the other pressing items in the world by the way.

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3 biggest methods of democide

It is very hard to even take in the magnitude of the killing of citizens by the oligarchy ("democide") described by Political Science Professor Rudolph Rummel.  His website is maintained by the University of Hawaii here.   262,000,000 people in the 20th century.

It looks to me that the low tech democides of the 20th century employed 3 main themes:

1.  Arresting people in their homes or public places, taking them to a field and shooting them in a field.

2.  Arresting people and taking them to "camps" for prolonged imprisonment, where inadequate shelter, food and water killed them.

3.  Surrounding an area (like the Ukraine) cutting off the delivery of food by truck and rail. The people inside were left to starve. (an engineered famine)

The rounding up and arresting huge numbers of people simply cannot be done if the population is armed and can find the spunk to fight back at the time of their death.   (This sounds very difficult to me.)  If you think about the psychology of a storm trooper it seems that most is based on the love-of-power-to-hurt-and-dominate mindset.  It is just no fun to be a bully if you think you are going to be hurt.

Having control of your own food production and stored food would help with #3.

 

 

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Re: Gun Protests

AKGranny Wrote:

"We need to remember that we are statistically more likely to killed by our government than by war. And being armed gives us some protection from our ever over-reaching government. "

You can indirectly count the 17 murdered Florida high school students as gov't victims since there were over 40 complaints filed to the local police/sherriff's office as well as the FBI. Why aren't these students protesting that both the FBI and the Local Sherriff department failed in taking action? This incident should have never happened if Law enforcement did its job! 

Oh that's right the FBI is too busy chasing ghosts over a fake Russia Election meddling scandal, or too busy hiding Hillary and Obama crimes. Anyone rememeber the ATF's Fast & Furious program?

It wouldn't supprise me that the FBI knew this was going to to happen and deliberately failed to take action so they can use the incident for more funding and more power. Thats the way the gov't works! It blames society for its own failures, and then uses crisises  for a power grab, that make even bigger problems. Its a never ending cycle: Win-Win for the gov't and always a Lose-Lose for Liberty.

 

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Democide

SP as usual you pretty well nailed it. I would add to Ukraine Palestine (Gaza ) where the Israelis control even the amount of calories Palestinians are allowed. I would also like the include the genocide which no one knows or cares about, Tibet. Since the Chinese invasion there has been a systematic murder of Tibetans and destruction of their culture. The ecological destruction is heart breaking, (the Chinese dump their nuclear waste there) The desperation of Tibetans is evidenced by over 150 self immolations since 2009. Those trying to escape to India are shot. There is no coverage of this in the West. I no longer shop at Chinese retail outlets such as Walmart. I do not buy any Chinese goods unless it is my only option for something I need. The same goes for Israeli products.

Thank you Sand Puppy for your TRUTH FILLED posts

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And Here It Is

(I guess that thc0655 and Time2Help were referring to this)

The official mouth piece of the Deep State, the New York Times, now calls for a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Opinion | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

When those who wish to dominate you call for you to disarm yourselves, we must be very skeptical.

 

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Maybe it’s time

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Don't forget the Armenian genocide by the Turks

http://www.armenian-genocide.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide

It's estimated that the Turks systematically killed 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 (fellow citizens), who of course were disarmed in advance.

The Armenian Genocide (ArmenianՀայոց ցեղասպանություն,[note 3] Hayots tseghaspanutyun), also known as the Armenian Holocaust,[9] was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians,[note 2] mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey.[10][11] The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople (now Istanbul) to the region of Ankara 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases—the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly, and the infirm on death marchesleading to the Syrian Desert. Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre.[12] Other ethnic groups were similarly targeted for extermination in the Assyrian genocide and the Greek genocide, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.[1][2] Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.[13]

Raphael Lemkin was moved specifically by the annihilation of the Armenians to define systematic and premeditated exterminations within legal parameters and coin the word genocide in 1943.[14] The Armenian Genocide is acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides,[15][16][17] because scholars point to the organized manner in which the killings were carried out. It is the second most-studied case of genocide after the Holocaust.[18]

Turkey denies the word genocide is an accurate term for these crimes. In recent years, Turkey has been faced with repeated calls to recognize them as genocide.[19] As of 2018, 29 countries have officially recognized the mass killings as genocide, as have most genocide scholars and historians.[20][21]

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/armenians.htm

The Young Turks decided to glorify the virtues of simple Turkish peasantry at the expense of the Armenians in order to capture peasant loyalty. They exploited the religious, cultural, economic and political differences between Turks and Armenians so that the average Turk came to regard Armenians as strangers among them. 

When World War I broke out in 1914, leaders of the Young Turk regime sided with the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The outbreak of war would provide the perfect opportunity to solve the "Armenian question" once and for all. The world's attention became fixed upon the battlegrounds of France and Belgium where the young men of Europe were soon falling dead by the hundreds of thousands. The Eastern Front eventually included the border between Turkey and Russia. With war at hand, unusual measures involving the civilian population would not seem too out of the ordinary.

As a prelude to the coming action, Turks disarmed the entire Armenian population under the pretext that the people were naturally sympathetic toward Christian Russia. Every last rifle and pistol was forcibly seized, with severe penalties for anyone who failed to turn in a weapon. Quite a few Armenian men actually purchased a weapon from local Turks or Kurds (nomadic Muslim tribesmen) at very high prices so they would have something to turn in.

At this time, about forty thousand Armenian men were serving in the Turkish Army. In the fall and winter of 1914, all of their weapons were confiscated and they were put into slave labor battalions building roads or were used as human pack animals. Under the brutal work conditions they suffered a very high death rate. Those who survived would soon be shot outright. For the time had come to move against the Armenians.

The decision to annihilate the entire population came directly from the ruling triumvirate of ultra-nationalist Young Turks. The actual extermination orders were transmitted in coded telegrams to all provincial governors throughout Turkey. Armed roundups began on the evening of April 24, 1915, as 300 Armenian political leaders, educators, writers, clergy and dignitaries in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) were taken from their homes, briefly jailed and tortured, then hanged or shot. 

Next, there were mass arrests of Armenian men throughout the country by Turkish soldiers, police agents and bands of Turkish volunteers. The men were tied together with ropes in small groups then taken to the outskirts of their town and shot dead or bayoneted by death squads. Local Turks and Kurds armed with knives and sticks often joined in on the killing.

Then it was the turn of Armenian women, children, and the elderly. On very short notice, they were ordered to pack a few belongings and be ready to leave home, under the pretext that they were being relocated to a non-military zone for their own safety. They were actually being taken on death marches heading south toward the Syrian desert.

I will not be lectured or shamed by these people, or their sympathizers, or their puppet-masters:

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(I wish you could but) You can't make this stuff up

Democrats introduce "bullet control" law:

http://dailycaller.com/2018/03/27/dems-introduce-bullet-control-bill/

When he ran for President in 1968, comedian Pat Paulsen already thought of bullet control:

You have to laugh to keep from crying.

 

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The Solution - hint it's not guns it's how we treat people

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