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Daily Digest 8/6 - What Hiroshima Looks Like Today, The Real Risk Of Backyard Chickens

Monday, August 6, 2018, 12:08 PM


The New Housing Crisis: Shut Out Of The Market (Adam)

Home construction per household is now at its lowest levels in nearly six decades, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This isn't just a problem in San Francisco or New York, where home prices and rents have gone sky-high. It is also a problem in midsized, fast-growing cities farther inland, like Des Moines, Iowa; Durham, N.C.; and Boise, Idaho. In Boise, an analysis by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed there is a demand for more than 10 times the number of homes being built right now.

I Gave Up AC This Summer To Live Within My Means. America Should Try That (Marshall S.)

Opening the windows at night, after the sunset, I can shed five degrees in an hour of opening the windows to let in the light, cool breeze of a summer night. The low will be in the low 70s perhaps in the mid to low 60s. With my buttoned-up, tight, modern-insulated house to block out the daytime sun and the wide-open windows running my central fan to vent hot, stale air, my house will be in the 70s, tops, during the hottest part of the day if I don’t act as if I were born in a barn.

Just 30 minutes of hookah smoking can increase cardiovascular risk, study says (Thomas R.)

After analyzing the results, they found that 30 minutes of hookah smoking raised blood pressure levels. It also increased heart rate by 16 beats per minute and significantly upped measures of arterial stiffness, “a key risk factor in the development of cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack or stroke,” the authors wrote.

Jamie Dimon cautions the 10-year Treasury yield could hit 5%: 'It's a higher probability than most people think' (Adam)

The rate on the closely followed 10-year note remains below the 3 percent level despite Dimon's expectations; it fluttered above the threshold last week before slipping back to 2.95 percent by Monday morning. The yield has struggled to stay above the 3 percent level despite a U.S. unemployment rate below 4 percent, gross domestic product above 4 percent and a swell in government stimulus in the form of tax cuts and big spending.

‘Morally repugnant’: Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies (Jen H.)

“Were we consulted, we would have observed that routinely taking children from migrant parents was morally repugnant, counter-productive and ill-considered,” the group wrote. “We cannot tolerate association with the immigration policies of this administration, nor the illusion that we are consulted on these matters.”

Rosenstein reveals how the Justice Department is fighting attacks on US elections (Jen H.)

The report is an important signpost as the midterm elections approach. Just before Rosenstein spoke at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for security and trust, told a panel at the conference that the company had observed phishing attempts against midterm candidates.

CDC Breeds Fear Over Salmonella in Backyard Chickens. Here’s the real risk. (Joe M.)

That means .006% of people who live in a home with backyard chickens have of caught salmonella. Less than one-tenth of one percent of people who live amongst backyard chickens have been sickened by them this year.

Just one out of every 15,330 people who keep backyard chickens has caught salmonella. The risks hardly seem newsworthy.

Here's what Hiroshima looks like today — and how the effects of the bombing still linger (Thomas R.)

The device that exploded over Hiroshima destroyed about two-thirds of the city's structures in a blinding flash of light. At the time, Hiroshima's population was approximately 300,000. The atomic bomb immediately killed 80,000 and injured 35,000 more. By the end of 1945, 60,000 more people had died as a result of the blast.

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CDC and germ panics

An enormous amount could be written about this breeding of the fear of germs and microbes.

The advertising industry stokes "germ panics" in guilty mums who are constantly told that they will harm their children if they don't keep their homes as spotless and germ-free as the inside of an autoclave. This, that and the other cleaning agent promises to "kill over 99% of all germs." Maybe, but it's the under-1% remaining strong ones which breed to fill the space left by the removal of the weak. Natural selection in operation!

And yet our gut contains more microbes than we have cells in our bodies. (I've had mine analysed. Hey, I've got Archaea in there! That pleases me for some reason I can't articulate at the moment.)

Quite what the destiny of all of this, I cannot say. Two guesses: (1) more profits for the raft of corporations that feed off this insecurity; (2) population control by means of germ panics public health scares concerns.

How about this:

The idea is first to confuse, then create a climate of acceptance, and finally do away with every form of liberty that stands in the way of power.


Or am I just overwrought?

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Fear Sells

I agree with you ezlxq1949. When I was a kid, I had all kinds of dirty farm chores to do. For fun, we would play in the mud (warm season) and bundle up and play in the snow when it flew. When I'd get scrapes and scratches, I'd just ignore it. I'm not allergic to anything that I know of (including hard work.) I get a cold about once every 2-3 years. I'll be damned if I'm going to get a flu shot; however, I did get a tetnus 4 way booster a year or two back. That's the last one of those I'll ever need.

Several friends get flu shots every year. Many times they get the flu in spite of their vigilance. The excuse is that the companies guessed wrong about which strains would dominate. Yet they chastise me for not getting one. What will happen when flu shots are no longer available?


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