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Daily Digest 6/4 - Teens and Technology, What Would Happen if All the Bees Died Tomorrow?

Monday, June 4, 2018, 10:42 AM

Economy

Ex-Plunge Protection Team Whistleblower: "Governments Control Markets; There Is No Price Discovery Anymore" (Thomas R.)

One glimpse at a few days suring 2007/8 and it is clear that 'someone' with infinitely deep pockets was able to support markets on several critical days - though, of course, anyone proclaiming intervention was propagandized away as a conspiracy theory wonk. However, as Dr. Pippa Malmgren - a former member of the U.S. President’s Working Group on Financial Markets - it is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact: "there's no price discovery anymore by the market... governments impose prices on the market."

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News (yogmonster)

What was, will not be for much longer. Power structures around the globe are advancing their agendas by the day. Can these agendas, and the decimation they are causing, be exposed and halted in time to salvage anything? The answer to that question may yet depend on our collective actions, or inactions. What will our priorities be? How many will add their voices to the effort of waking the masses?

Modern Civil War Without Guns — So Far! (thc0655)

If the late Mr. Minzey is correct, it is only a matter of time before current conditions turn violent or parts of the country attempt to secede. The divisions are so pronounced that it is difficult to see how they are solved within the current political framework and consistent with our Constitution.

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 (tmn)

This shift in teens’ social media use is just one example of how the technology landscape for young people has evolved since the Center’s last survey of teens and technology use in 2014-2015. Most notably, smartphone ownership has become a nearly ubiquitous element of teen life: 95% of teens now report they have a smartphone or access to one. These mobile connections are in turn fueling more-persistent online activities: 45% of teens now say they are online on a near-constant basis.

Is your child's use of electronics an addiction or a bad habit? (Thomas R.)

“Thomas just wouldn’t do anything other than play on his computer and phone. I’d lock digital devices up in my safe, but he’d outsmart me.” An avid gamer, he reached the point in which she couldn’t even get him out of bed in the morning to go to school. “Little did I know he’d been up all night playing video games on a laptop that he’d been able to take home from his private school.”

In Win For Privacy Rights, Court Says Police Need Warrant To Search Area Around Home (Jen H.)

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court reversed that decision. Writing for the court majority, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the private area around a house, known as the curtilage, is part of the home itself and cannot be searched without a warrant. The court rejected the police's contention that the motorcycle was like an automobile, which the court has long ruled can be searched without a warrant if an officer sees something in plain sight.

Having sex and reproducing in space comes with serious scientific and ethical problems. We may need to create a new species of human to make it work. (Thomas R.)

NASA and other space agencies — as well as individuals like Elon Musk— are actively working towards creating settlements on Mars. But before humans can attempt to establish long-term outposts on Mars or elsewhere in space, we have a lot to consider. Beyond the logistics of space travel, food, water, breathable air, and radiation, there's the question of human reproduction.

Another Shocking Opioid Statistic (tmn)

Other severe health conditions seem to produce a much more robust public-health response than opioids have. One in five Americans gets skin cancer before age 70, for example. Therefore, many states ban the use of tanning beds among minors, dermatologists regularly check their patients’ moles, and millions are spent each year on skin-cancer awareness.

Are Plants Conscious? (tmn)

If consciousness literally means being “with knowledge,” then plants fit the bill perfectly. Of course, they do not have the sense organs we are used to, such as the eyes and the ears, to receive stimuli from the environment. But they do have cells and tissues (say, photosensitive receptor cells) that do the trick as well as—and sometimes better than—an animal or human eye or ear would. The data they receive from the constantly changing world is essential for their survival. In fact, they change in tune with the world and with the seasons, growing when the conditions are optimal, or shedding leaves and bringing life to a minimum in the cold of winter.

10 Everyday Items That Emit Radiation (Thomas R.)

Don't think bananas and Brazil nuts are the only radioactive foods out there. Basically, any food that is high in potassium naturally contains potassium-40 and is slightly, but significantly radioactive. This includes potatoes (radioactive french fries), carrots, lima beans and red meat. Carrots, potatoes, and lima beans also contain some radon-226. When you get right down to it, all food contains a small amount of radioactivity. You eat food, so you are slightly radioactive, too.

What Would Happen if All the Bees Died Tomorrow? (Thomas R.)

While bees are not the only pollinators we have (bats, birds, butterflies, and some flies can do this work, too), they're by far the best creatures for the job. In part, this is because they need pollen to feed their larvae, so they're biologically driven to gather the stuff. Other pollinators visit flowers only to suck nectar, and any pollen that sticks to them in the process is a happy accident.

Gold & Silver

Click to read the PM Daily Market Commentary: 6/1/18

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Geoengineering or just too many people flying?

Thanks to a Zerohedge comment I discovered flightradar24.com. As a consequence I can identify all or almost all of the commercial flights over my city. I am also able to verify by sight those flights that land here as the result of being in the flight path of the local airport and airbase. All or almost all contrails can be attributed to these commercial flights. Although we have less air traffic than many areas, we suffer from the popularity of Seattle and San Francisco. Most flights overhead are destined for or originate in these two cities. Destinations/originations include the middle east, Europe, and cities like Chicago, Boston and New York. 

Many days the contrails completely cover the skies -- but they can all be attributed to commerial flights thanks to the aformentioned website. The amount of air traffic is staggering. Visit the site and zoom in and out of different locations around the world. Keep in mind that there are now 12000 private jets in the U.S. Not surprisingly, this is more than the rest of the world combined.

I recently met a neighbor who is responsible for maintenance on equipment at a gold mine in Ghana, Africa. The company flies him home for three weeks after stints of working for six weeks. I find this remarkable. I have another neighbor who at the age of 70+ routinely flies all over the U.S. for his work. (He had never noticed contrails before I mentioned them and pointed out several in the sky at the time.) I know people who fly to second homes in Hawaii and elsewhere several times a year. Many people are flying for B.S. jobs that should not even exist in the first place.

How will these pervasive contrails impact food production?

Perhaps geoengineering can be summarized best by Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us." I'm proud to say that after a career of flying sometimes once a week or more, I have not flown since 2004. I haven't missed it one iota.

 

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Matt Holbert wrote: Thanks
Matt Holbert wrote:

Thanks to a Zerohedge comment I discovered flightradar24.com. As a consequence I can identify all or almost all of the commercial flights over my city.

Thanks for sharing that link! I live in the Bay Area and for the few months I didn't work I would watch the skies for hours some days. We not only have the air traffic and contrails, but amazing cloud formations that blow in and out of the bay. I've always wondered how I could identify all the aircraft, especially all the helicopters. Sure enough, I just watched a SW Air fly overhead identified by this website.

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the carbon footprint of non-negotiable human yeast

imagine a boeing 777 which weighs over 700,000 pounds
now imagine the energy requred to get that to 35,000' going 600 mph
finally imagine 40,000 of these a day

is it any wonder c02 is increasing at over 3ppm/year?

in 2011 i stopped traveling by air... because i am an environmentalist and my lifestyle is negotiable. sadly, most of my "green" friends are distracted by straws and bottlecaps while they continue their entitled, epic vacations to oversea locations.

THIS is why our species is destined to fail.

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-05-21/smoking-by-any-other-name/

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And we're worried about contrails?

http://time.com/5300139/guatemala-fuego-volcano-eruption-location-death-toll/

And to add to your comfort level, many of the great pandemics of history followed increased volcanic activity and comet appearance. Now there's something to look forward to!

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Visuazling The Energy Required For Air Travel

shastatodd wrote:

imagine a boeing 777 which weighs over 700,000 pounds
now imagine the energy requred to get that to 35,000' going 600 mph
finally imagine 40,000 of these a day

To hit that point home, here's a video visualizing the 7,000 flights that go in and out of the UK's Heathrow Airport every single day:

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Great article

shastatodd- Thanks of the resilience.org link. Your comment on "greens" reminded me a friend who wrote a book entitled "It's Easy Being Green." She sold quite a few copies because most folks just want to just do the "easy" stuff. Believe me, if you did all the things in the book you would have only reduced your eco-footprint by less than 2-3 percent at most. She celebrated her success by flying to Africa (from the Pacific Northwest) for a safari vacation. : )

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Air Travel :-)

 

"My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel."

 

https://www.quotes.net/quote/58496

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It's all about time...

MM- Have you read the Resilience.org article that shastatodd linked to above? It explains the fallacy of the wired.com article that you linked to... 

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Let me expand on my comments above...

since it seems that this is either a case of people unwilling to accept reality and/or people guilty about their lifestyle....

This morning the skies over Spokane are filled with hazy cloud. So much so that I thought there must be a forest fire somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. (I couldn't find one in an online search.) However, direct observation and identifying commercial flights in the area (see link above) substantiates the belief that the haze is a function of contrails from commercial flights. These contrails expand -- again, visually confirmed on multiple occasions -- and cover the sky for hours after the planes have left the area. Is there something in the fuel of these commercial planes? I don't know, but the pattern would lead one to believe that the contrails are a function of temperature and moisture. Is there spraying going on? Again I don't know. However, direct observation would lead one to believe that the majority of the haziness is caused by commerical flights. 

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