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Daily Digest 11/16 - Good News Friday: CO Votes To Abolish Slavery, Preventing Allergies In Children

Friday, November 16, 2018, 10:55 AM

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!


Colorado Votes To Abolish Slavery, 2 Years After Similar Amendment Failed (jdargis)

Colorado's original language closely mirrored the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As ratified in 1865, that amendment states: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

Sucking your baby's pacifier might protect them from allergies, study says (tmn)

The research found lower levels of a troublesome, allergy-causing protein in babies whose mothers reported sucking on their infants' pacifiers, adding to a growing body of evidence that early exposure to microbes may prevent allergies in children.

"The idea is that the microbes you're exposed to in infancy can affect your immune system's development later on in life," said Dr. Eliane Abou-Jaoude, an allergy fellow with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. She is presenting her findings this weekend at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting.

NASA predicts people on Mars within 25 years (Thomas R.)

"If we start now, in 25 years we might have these technologies available to help us and protect us from these long transit times," he said.

Under current conditions, just an outbound trip to Mars would take so long that any astronaut would receive the same amount of radiation than ordinarily would be deemed safe over the course of an entire career.

How a Low-Carb Diet Might Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight (jdargis)

“This study confirms that, remarkably, diets higher in starch and sugar change the body’s burn rate after weight loss, lowering metabolism,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who was not involved in the research. “The observed metabolic difference was large, more than enough to explain the yo-yo effect so often experienced by people trying to lose weight.”

Part of the Answer to Climate Change May Be America’s Trees and Dirt, Scientists Say (jdargis)

Other scientists agreed that storing more carbon in forests and soils could be a potent tool, though some were more cautious about how much was feasible in practice. For instance, the authors of the study used remote-sensing data to identify more than 100 million acres of land in the United States that is not currently being used for crops or pasture but that could be suitable for planting more trees, which absorb carbon from the air.

Cover crops reduce nitrates without hurting yield (Sparky1)

Iowa soils are highly vulnerable to nitrate loss between April and June when natural nitrate production exceeds typical crop demands. In this study, analysis of water samples from those three months showed a statistically significant reduction in nitrate concentration in the cover crop strips.

This Chemical Is So Hot It Destroys Nerve Endings - In A Good Way (tmn)

This leaves other varieties of sensory neurons unaffected, because RTX is highly specific to TRPV1. “So you gain selectivity because it only acts on TRPV1, which is only on a certain class of fibers, which only transmit pain,” says Yaksh. “Therefore you can selectively knock out pain without knocking out, say, light touch or your ability to walk.”

This nurse drove through a wall of fire to save his patients during the deadliest blaze in California history. (tmn)

Instead of driving to safety, Pierce and his workers returned to the hospital to find more people had arrived looking for medical attention. So they got right back to work.

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Oh Slavery, White Nationalists Burden

The transatlantic slave trade, which endured for over 400 years, stitched together disparate, and as Sharla Fett reminds us, often incommensurable worlds. In Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade Fett traces the devastating odyssey made by 1,800 African “recaptives” on four intercepted slaving vessels—the Echo, the William, the Wildfire and the Bogota—between 1858 and 1860.



© 1991 Stephen Levine
(To be read slowly to a friend or silently to oneself.)

Begin to reflect for a moment on what the word “forgiveness” might mean.
What is forgiveness? What might it be to bring forgiveness into one’s life, into one’s mind? Begin by slowly bringing into your mind, into your heart, the image of someone for whom you have some resentment.
Gently allow a picture, a feeling, a sense of them to gather there.
Gently now invite them into your heart just for this moment.
Notice whatever fear or anger may arise to limit or deny their entrance
and soften gently all about it.
No force.
Just an experiment in truth which invites this person in.
And silently in your heart say to this person, “I forgive you.”
Open to a sense of their presence and say, “I forgive you for whatever pain you may have caused me in the past, intentionally or unintentionally, through your words, your thoughts, your actions. However you may have caused me pain in the past, I forgive you.”
Feel for even a moment the spaciousness relating to that person with the possibility of forgiveness.
Let go of those walls, those curtains of resentment, so that your heart may be free.
So that your life may be lighter.
“I forgive you for whatever you may have done that caused me pain, intentionally or unintentionally, through your actions, through your words, even through your thoughts, through whatever you did.
Through whatever you didn’t do.
However the pain came to me through you, I forgive you.
I forgive you.”
It is so painful to put someone out of your heart.
Let go of that pain.
Let them be touched for this moment at least with the warmth of your forgiveness.
“I forgive you, I forgive you.”
Allow that person to just be there in the stillness, in the warmth and patience of the heart.
Let them be forgiven.
Let the distance between you dissolve in mercy and compassion.
Let it be so.
Now, having finished so much business, dissolved in forgiveness, allow that being to go on their way.
Not pushing or pulling them from the heart, but simply letting them be on their own way, touched by a blessing and the possibility of your forgiveness.
And now gently, giving yourself whatever time is necessary, allow the other person to dissolve as you invite another in.
Now gently bring into your mind, into your heart, the image, the sense, of someone who has resentment for you.
Someone whose heart is closed to you.
Notice whatever limits their entrance and soften all about that hardness.
Let it float.
Mercifully invite them into your heart and say to them, “I ask your forgiveness.”
“I ask your forgiveness.”
“I ask to be let back into your heart. That you forgive me for whatever I may have done in the past that caused you pain, intentionally or unintentionally, through my words, my actions, even through my thoughts.”

“However I may have hurt or injured you, whatever confusion, whatever fear of mind caused you pain, I ask your forgiveness.”

And allow yourself to be touched by their forgiveness.

Allow yourself to be forgiven.
Allow yourself back into their heart.
Have mercy on you.
Have mercy on them.
Allow them to forgive you.
Feel their forgiveness touch you.
Receive it.
Draw it into your heart.
“I ask your forgiveness for however I may have caused you pain in the past.
Through my anger, through my lust, through my fear, my ignorance,
my blindness, my doubt, my confusion.
However I may have caused you pain, I ask that you let me back into your heart.
I ask your forgiveness.”
Let it be.
Allow yourself to be forgiven.
If the mind attempts to block forgiveness with merciless indictments, recriminations, judgments, just see the nature of the unkind mind.
See how merciless we are with ourselves.
And let this unkind mind be touched by the warmth and patience of forgiveness.
Let your heart touch this other heart so that it may receive forgiveness.
So that it may feel whole again.
Let it be.
And now gently bid that person adieu and with a blessing let them be on their way, having even for a millisecond shared the one heart beyond the confusion of seemingly separate minds.
And now gently turn to yourself in your own heart and say, “I forgive you,†to you.
It is so painful to put ourselves out of our hearts.
Say, “I forgive you,” to yourself.
Calling out to yourself in your heart, using your own first name, say “I forgive you,” to you.
If the mind interposes with hard thoughts, such as that it is self indulgent to forgive oneself, if it judges, if it touches you with anger and unkindness,
just feel that hardness and let it soften at the edge.
Let it be touched by forgiveness.
Allow yourself back into your heart.
Allow you to be forgiven by you.
Let the world back into your heart.
Allow yourself to be forgiven.
Let that forgiveness fill your whole body.
Feel the warmth and care that wishes your own well-being.
Seeing yourself as if you were your only child, let yourself be bathed by this mercy and kindness.
Let yourself be loved.
See your forgiveness forever awaiting your return to your heart.
How unkind we are to ourselves.
How little mercy.
Let it go.
Allow you to embrace yourself with forgiveness.
Know that in this moment you are wholly and completely forgiven.
Now it is up to you just to allow it in.
See yourself in the infinitely compassionate eyes of the Buddha, in the sacred heart of Jesus, in the warm embrace of the Goddess.
Let yourself be loved.
Let yourself be love.
And now begin to share this miracle of forgiveness, of mercy and awareness.
Let it extend out to all the people around you.
Let all be touched by the power of forgiveness.
All those beings who also have known such pain.
Who have so often put themselves and others out of their hearts.
Who have so often felt isolated, so lost.
Touch them with your forgiveness, with your mercy and loving kindness, that they too may be healed just as you wish to be.
Feel the heart we all share filled with forgiveness so that we all might be whole.
Let the mercy keep radiating outward until it encompasses the whole planet.
The whole planet floating in your heart, I mercy, in loving kindness, in care.
May all sentient beings be freed of their suffering, of their anger, of their confusion, of their fear,
of their doubt.
May all beings know the joy of their true nature.
May all beings be free from suffering.
Whole world floating in the heart.
All beings freed of their suffering.
All beings’ hearts open, minds clear.
All beings at peace.
May all beings at every level of reality, on every plane of existence, may they all be freed of their suffering.
May they all be at peace.
May we heal the world, touching it again and again with forgiveness.
May we heal our hearts and the hearts of those we love by merging in forgiveness,
by merging in peace.


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A thorn by any other name?

A forgiveness meditation reeks of cheap grace in my opinion.

I find it interesting that many immigrants from feudal Europe had a rather dim view on owning slaves, as opposed to the Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and English (many of whom were Catholic and Calvinists); were all involved on global trade and empire. Those unfortunates who were tied to the land seem to have had empathy for slaves and chose not to own them. Many of the political precepts that came out of central Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries reflect a more egalitarian approach.You might wish to consider the following:


"Thus Heinrich Heine, poignant critic of German social and political conditions, also directed his scorn at the "peculiar institution" and the treatment accorded black people. He ridiculed German immigrants with his ironic advice: "You good German farmers! Go to America! Everyone there is equal ... with, of course, the exception of several million slaves... The brutality used in dealing with the latter is more than just shocking." Heine then substantiated this statement by recounting a heinous example of racial prejudice.9 Whereas Heine's judgment was motivated by humanistic idealism, prospective emigrants were not necessarily of the same mind. They were primarily interested in acquiring farms and finding jobs where they could apply and utilize their own labor."

Not necessarily so for many forced immigrants and serfs:

As with slaves, serfs could be bought, sold, or traded (with some limitations as they generally could be sold only together with land), abused with no rights over their own bodies, and could not leave the land they were bound to. Serfs who occupied a plot of land were required to work for the lord of the manor who owned that land. In return they were entitled to protection, justice, and the right to cultivate certain fields within the manor to maintain their own subsistence. Serfs were often required not only to work on the lord's fields, but also in his mines and forests and to labor to maintain roads. The manor formed the basic unit of feudal society, and the lord of the manor and the villeins, and to a certain extent serfs, were bound legally: by taxation in the case of the former, and economically and socially in the latter.

Should we be so harsh on Central Americans hoping to make better lives for themslves?

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Citizen Killed in Gun Confiscation: "Red Flag Laws"


Maryland Man Killed by Cops Trying to Take His Guns

Under “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Law

Many of the "alternative-mindset" (especially those of us who have "red-pilled") are quite worried about the appearance of "Red Flag Laws" whereby an uninvolved person can report to the police that a certain gun owner poses a danger.  A court order is created to confiscate that individuals firearms.  There is no due process, no crime, no evidence required, and the targeted individual is not present to explain his side of things.

All it takes is a good story and a sympathetic judge to take away someone’s guns. In this case, it was a relative of the deceased who filed the petition after an incident that occurred in the beginning of the week. We don’t know the details so there’s no way to judge...

Officially called Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), “red flag” laws permit police, healthcare providers, or family members (or pretty much anyone, really – let’s be honest here) to petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves.

In this incident, an aunt, who does NOT live with the targetted individual, reported to the police that he was a danger.  In a pre-dawn, 5:00 am visit, police went to his Maryland home and rang the doorbell.  The individual answered the door (sleepy and in his pajamas I assume) holding a firearm.  When he saw that it was the police he set the firearm down and talked with them.   The police explained that he had not committed any crime nor been charged with any wrong doing, but that a relative had made a statement that he was "a danger."  They were there with a court order to confiscate all of his firearms under the new Red Flag Laws.

He explained that "no, they many not take his firearms."

What happened after that is unclear, (several explanations have been reported) but a struggle ensued and the targeted individual was shot by the police.  (He is dead and not able to give his side of the story, naturally.)


Many of us suspect that at least some of the high profile shootings are psy-ops intended, or at least being used, to frighten the public and cause them to beg for incfreased government protection.   

GREEN Meme opinion leaders "spontaneously emerge" to encourage us to "demand that something be done about the gun violence."  (Even thought the incidence of homicide on a per capita basis is in a downtrend.)  Especially, virtuous people want the removal of guns from "dangerous people" who might become criminals some day in the future.

Dangerous people most certainly include those such as myself, who doubt that kerosene burning in an open fire can melt steel, that the steel beams in a random fire would melt would symmetricly, that the upper portion of a building can crush the lower portions (the piledriver mechanism), that the cement elements of the building would be reduced to micron sized dust particles and that the high grade military explosive thermate and iron microspheres would be found in that dust.

Remember that in the old Soviet Union, opposition to the government was framed as psychiatric disease and lead to incarceration.  Similarly, drug laws can be used to take down political opponents when planted drugs are found during an arrest spurred by an anonymous tip.

Similarly, under the ascendant GREEN Meme morality of our society, a person who owns a gun is by definition crazy.  GREEN Meme believes in the power of "reason," "love" and "the principles of civilization," which do not permit virtuous citizens to plan on violence consciously.   A very intelligent and educated friend explained to me his deep antipathy to citizen gun ownership:  "A gun has ONLY ONE function--To injure another human being!  I will not tolerate that in my home!" 

Apparently there was no awareness that a gun could also defend a human being or that another human being could bring injury to him uninvited.

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Thanks Uncle Tommy

I was nauseated by the forgiveness meditatuion

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To Newbuoy, truly your meditation was grand and poetic.

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Re:NASA predicts people on Mars within 25 years

"NASA predicts people on Mars within 25 years"

Extremely unlikely. NASA cannot even send astronauts into space. Currently NASA still uses Russia to transport astronauts to the space station. NASA is in a state of grid lock over future launch vehicles and congress continues to cancel existing development, in favor of future vehicles as politicians switch between contractors (ie which contractors are favored by the politicians controlling NASA budget).

On top of that I doubt NASA will have much of a budget within 10 years:

1. US Fed Debt will top $22T in just a few months

2. Peak Oil is very close. and will certainly be in a significant decline with the next 10 years

3. Demographics are going to absolutely crush the economy: Pensions & entitlments such every expendable dollar of revenue & interest payments near $1T per year within about 10 years.


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Ouch. This Was Rough!

James Cordier has written a lot of books on options selling and runs (ran?) a site called optionsellers.com

Must have been a super rough week, because this got posted on Friday.

That was legitimately hard to watch, the emotional devastation is just pouring out of James.  His clients must have gotten slaughtered following his system?

This is the sort of severe disappointment and financial pain so many bulls are going to experience as they cling to the outdated notion that markets only ever go upwards. 

When the bottom is finally reached, maybe a decade or more in the future, bears will have their turn at the wheel as too many of them cling to the opposite view after things begin to go upwards again.

Being flexible and adaptive is the best form of diversification you can have...

At any rate, we found out at least some (most?) of the people was on the wrong side of the "long oil, short natural gas" trade last week.  The doofuses at OptionSellers.com were selling naked puts and calls on oil and NG apparently.


Leverage on leverage.  What could possibly go wrong?

Writing naked calls is the very definition of picking up pennies in front of a steamroller.  But writing them on NG futures?  Well that steamroller has a turbocharged M1 Abrahms tank diesel engine on it.

Note the part in the "Mea Culpa" note above where they casually announce that people's accounts "may potentially have a debit balance."

That translates into "your account definitely now has a debit balance and it's ginormous."  Formerly wealthy clients are now worth a lot less or possibly even less than nothing.

As I said; ouch!

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No Tears

We certainly travel in different circles.  Living near the edge and understanding the challenge of putting food on the table and affording a doctors visit I have no tears.  Not traveling to the French Riviera, watching the sunset in Australia or boating with wealthy cronies as a cause for a heartfelt crisis is sad. Sad in a pathetic kind of way.  Where was the empathy for we Middle Class as we lost our homes due to medical bills, our jobs and self respect and the opportunities for our children.  Some rich dudes loose their money and its a crisis.  A little short on compassion and empathy here.

Perhaps this is a snapshot of the future.

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a short squeeze

And this is what the chart looked like in natgas.  I did wonder what the story was behind the really ridiculous move I saw this week.  Now we know.  Whenever a move like this takes place, someone, somewhere, is getting blown up.

Naked puts and calls on futures?  What could possibly go wrong?

Hmm.  This might also explain at least part of the oil move too.

The banksters who clear the trades for the fund know what the fund's positions are.  Any bets they were trading against their own clients?  From what I understand, that's a pretty common thing to do.

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cmartenson wrote:

This is the sort of severe disappointment and financial pain so many bulls are going to experience as they cling to the outdated notion that markets only ever go upwards. 

When the bottom is finally reached, maybe a decade or more in the future, bears will have their turn at the wheel as too many of them cling to the opposite view after things begin to go upwards again.

Yeah, ouch.  That's a sad reminder of what happens when a belief system smashes headlong into reality.  This guy obviously deeply believed that his investment system worked, as he built a career on it.  And it apparently did work - until it didn't. 

A good opportunity to introspect and examine one's own biases and beliefs; and perhaps come to terms with the fact that one day they may be shattered like those held by Mr. Cordier. 

Sadly, there will be more of this in the future. 


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"When wealth is passed off as merit,bad luck is seen as bad character.This is how idealogues justify punishing the sick and poor.But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw.Stigmatize those who let people die,not those who struggle to live."Sarah Kendzior

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Suites with Family

In my somewhat long working-class career, everytime the little/big man in the suit started talking "family" it was T-minus time to pack your desk within 3-months. EVERY time. If you ever hear a pretty suite use the F-word, take heed and cash that check.

I also confess to being one who fell under the spell of a perma-bear, loosing the abiltiy to be flexable and agile and lossing all gains from short instruments in 2011. Once the losses start, the "belief" got tested, eventually tasting the bitter truth. No more Vegas money. Probably a good thing. (still hurts, alittle)

Just sent someone towards New Harbour. Hopeful to save their boat from taking on water--because of a "rouge" wave.

Meanwhile, an increase in health insurance costs is likely to force me to suspend some subscriptions. There is no risk tolerance in the budget, no income going into the bank account.

Breath, ohm!

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“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States


“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

  — Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher

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Know Thy Meme And It Shall Set You Free

Canadian cultural observer Peter Limberg talks about Stoicism, philosophical sandboxes, the Intellectual Explorers Club, making uncertainty sexy, and navigating the conflicts between today's memetic tribes.


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Re: Rough
cmartenson wrote:

James Cordier has written a lot of books on options selling and runs (ran?) a site called optionsellers.com

Must have been a super rough week, because this got posted on Friday.

Already yanked. Or maybe James Cordier pulled it down on advice from counsel.

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