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Daily Digest 8/28 - Artificial General Intelligence Is Here, Great Barrier Reef headed for ‘massive death’

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 11:42 AM

Economy

Why Are Millions Of Democratic Voters Missing From The Rolls? (News Buoy)

"Despite all the voter drives in the United States, despite kids marching after the Parkland shooting and the subsequent drive to register young voters, despite the massive influx of refugees from Puerto Rico into Florida, for example, you see the total number of registered Democratic voters plummeting. Two million voters altogether have been wiped off the voter rolls since the 2016 election — net — which would be impossible without the mass purges coordinated by Kris Kobach."...

China’s Mass Internment Camps Have No Clear End in Sight. (Sparky1)

"As Uighurs were disappearing from cross-border conversations, distinctive new building complexes began cropping up throughout the region: large construction projects surrounded by double fences and guard towers, all clearly visible on satellite imagery. Hundreds of thousands of minority men and women, mostly Uighurs but also others, have disappeared into these compounds in the last year, usually with no notice to family members and no charges of illegal activity. As police have struggled to round up enough Uighurs to meet internment quotas, the tiniest signs of potential disloyalty to the authorities, such as giving up drinking or not greeting officials, have become grounds for disappearance. Contact with the outside world is one of those signs of purported untrustworthiness."

Artificial General Intelligence Is Here, and Impala Is Its Name (Sparky1)

One of the most significant AI milestones in history was quietly ushered into being this summer. We speak of the quest for Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), probably the most sought-after goal in the entire field of computer science. With the introduction of the Impala architecture, DeepMind, the company behind AlphaGo and AlphaZero, would seem to finally have AGI firmly in its sights.

'Capitulate' If Gold Hits This Level - Analyst  (Thomas R.)

The weak precious metals market has tested the patience and perseverance of many gold bulls this summer, with one long-standing yellow metal optimist now saying he will have to “capitulate” if gold hits $1,140 in August.

“In my trading book, I keep my bullish bet in gold on, but I stand ready to capitulate if gold prices close below $1,140 per oz by the end of August,” Metal Bulletin precious metals analyst Boris Mikanikrezai wrote in a Seeking Alpha post on Wednesday.

Energy

Big oil companies want the U.S. government to protect them from climate change (Paul D.)

Like other oceanfront projects, this one would protect homes, delicate ecosystems and vital infrastructure, but it also has another priority — to shield some of the crown jewels of the petroleum industry, which is blamed for contributing to global warming and now wants the federal government to build safeguards against the consequences of it.

The Permian Could Soon Have Too Much Pipeline Capacity (Michael S.)

The Permian could soon have too much pipeline capacity, a glut that will present problems for midstream companies.

You could be forgiven for doing a double take on that sentence. There has been a lot of attention paid to the pipeline woes in West Texas, but because of the unfolding shortage, not a surplus. The flood of supply over the past few years suddenly ran up against a wall of fixed takeaway capacity in 2018.

Environment

Great Barrier Reef headed for ‘massive death’ (Adam T.)

In 2016 and 2017, marine heat waves caused by climate change resulted in mass bleaching, which killed about half of the corals on the Great Barrier Reef, along with many others around the world.

"Somewhere between a quarter and a third of all marine species everywhere has some part of their life cycle in coral reefs," he says. "So, you take out coral reefs and a third to a quarter of all marine species gets wiped out. Now that is ecological chaos, it is ecological collapse."

Recycling in the United States is in serious trouble. How does it work? (Sparky1)

Most Americans — who recycle nearly 87 million tons of waste each year — likely think that the plastic and paper thrown into those special blue bins gets sorted by some nebulous government agency and automatically becomes an environmentally-friendly product.

 

But that's not how it works. Recycling, first and foremost, is a business.

Incredible drone footage shows isolated Amazon tribe (Thomas R.)

In the 51-second clip released by FUNAI, the Brazilian government's Indian Affairs department, tribespeople are shown moving through a deforested area in the jungle and one tribe member appears to be carrying a bow and arrow.

The agency said it captured the drone shots during an expedition last year to monitor isolated communities, but only released them on Tuesday to protect their study. FUNAI also released still images showing the tribespeople’s existence in the remote region.

Scientists Are Puzzled By Mysterious Lights In The Sky. They Call Them STEVE (Thomas R.)

There's a light in the night sky over Canada that's puzzling scientists. It looks like a white-purple ribbon. It's very hot, and doesn't last long. And it's named STEVE.

STEVE: as in, Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.  -  Naturally.

Gold & Silver

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Seems like trouble is brewing

It seems like "someone" behind the scenes is determined to spark a conflagration in Syria.  There have already been several attempts that haven't got the bonfire going sufficiently, and now it looks like everybody knows there's going to be another attempt any day now.  

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-28/us-pushing-gambit-syria-something-big-coming-officials-ramp-threats

We warned previously that something big is coming in Syria as the final showdown for al-Qaeda held Idlib looms with the Syrian Army and Russian aerial and naval forces taking position. 

Pentagon and US officials continue pushing the gambit, setting the stage to play the "Assad is gassing his own people" card should so much as an inkling of a White Helmets allegation emerge, in an unprecedented level of telegraphing intentions for leverage on the battlefield. 

And right on cue CNN has ramped up its coverage over the past of week of the "last rebel-held stronghold" in Syria, sending a hijab-covered reporter into the territory under rebel permission to interview civilians which CNN says Assad seeks to wipe out, possibly through sarin or other chemical attack

If you're aware of that then you'll want to expand your mind by reading/listening to this interview.  The same nefarious behind-the-scenes characters instigated WWI (for the good of civilization, of course).

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/08/no_author/hidden-history-of-ww1-2/

So here’s their plan of how to proceed.   The only way they could create this New World Order with the English-speaking hierarchy in control was to get rid of Germany.  Germany had progressed to the point economically and in other ways to even surpass the British Empire in some ways, and it was a real threat to their idea of the English-speaking Anglo-Saxon world government, so they planned this war.  They knew that they had to get Russia and France and their land armies in to squeeze Germany.  There was a lot of behind-the-scenes talking to Russia and France back as early as 1904 about the war.

Rockwell:  Wow.

Denson: None of this was known to the Parliament.  This was all secretly done.  So they promised the Russians that, you know, you get into this war and you can get Constantinople and get your warm water port, get into the Mediterranean, when in reality, they never intended for Russia to be successful in that.  They were going to let Russia get in the war and help them but they were going to prevent Russia from achieving that goal.  They talked to France suggesting that, they can get Alsace and Lorraine back.  So that was the carrot at the end of the stick for these two countries.

So, they’re waiting for a spark that they can fan the flames and get the war going.  There was an incident in Morocco that looked promising but it turned out the Germans didn’t take the bait.  But when the Archduke of Austria was assassinated –they weren’t a part of the plot to assassinate– but they took that spark and fanned the flames by putting their representatives into the inside of the Austrian government and the decisions it made as well as in Serbia to make sure that they did not settle the incident.  And the demand that Austria made was, we want to come into Serbia and make our own investigation, and the Serbians were instructed not to agree to that.  The Kaiser had indicated to the Austrians that he would support them.  Then when he saw how bad it was getting, he tried to talk them out of the conditions.  But they went on, and Austria then declares war.

So Edward, who became Edward VII, was, of course, related to the Czar.  He was considered a ne’er-do-well by Victoria and she had him on a very strict allowance, you know, but he was traveling around extensively just going on pleasure trips. But Lord Rothschild created an unlimited expense account for him.  He would talk to heads of government.  The Russians were convinced that they needed to mobilize and go to war.  So then their treaty with France then brought France in.  So Russia and France mobilized before Germany ever did anything.  Finally, Germany had to protect itself.

So that’s how they got World War I started, using that incident, the Archduke, as the spark.  But they had all these other plans made to get the war going.

Rockwell: John, what about the Lusitania?

Denson:  Yes, they had to get America in, so the Lusitania is a major thing.  Of course, Winston Churchill was involved there.  He made sure that he was not in England at the time, but all of this was planned in advance.  The Lusitania was built to have secret compartments to store things in.  It was financed partly by the British government with an understanding that in time of war they could control the Lusitania, but it was still a passenger ship.

One new thing I learned from these books was that the true manifest of the Lusitania showed it was carrying a huge supply of explosives that were being taken to Britain.  This true manifest was found in the presidential library of Franklin Roosevelt in 2012.  The false manifest that was used at Customs showed a few bullets were stored there, nothing to worry anybody.  But the secret compartments on the Lusitania were designed for hiding and storing the explosives.    The Secretary of State tried to get Wilson to warn people not to be on the Lusitania.  He refused to give the warning because the whole plan was to use that to get America in.  But America was so much against getting in, that the sinking of the Lusitania didn’t do the trick.  But it shows you sort of a Pearl Harbor deal, where you’re trying to provoke something and to get America into the war.  So that was the important part of it.

"Welcome to the Hunger Games.  And may the odds be ever in your favor."

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