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Daily Digest 11/19 - Middle Class Destruction, Rough Refuge for Wildfire Evacuees

Monday, November 19, 2018, 11:12 AM

Economy

Amazon's Accent Recognition Technology Could Tell the Government Where You're From (Sparky1)

She described a scenario in which knowing a user’s purchase history, existing demographic data, and whether they speak Arabic or Arabic-accented English, Amazon could identify the user as belonging to a religious or ethnic group. King said it’s plausible that the FBI would compel the production of such data from Amazon if it could help determine a user’s membership to a terrorist group. Data demands focused on terrorism are tougher for companies to fight, she said, as opposed to those that are vague or otherwise overbroad, which they have pushed back on.

Middle Class Destruction: Suicide Rates Soar Among American Workers (pinecarr, Adam)

With the American workforce declining for decades, only now it this disturbing evidence of the catastrophic damage that has already been done being released.

Suicide rates are rapidly expanding in almost every state, as it now becomes the 10th leading cause of death in the US and is one of three leading reasons that are on the rise.

Why Understanding the Brutal Reality of the SHTF Could Save Your Life (thc0655)

So, in the context of this particular study, the freeze response could be related to an overload of stimuli because of the demands of creating your plan. By having thought through various situations and getting into the habit of quickly developing plans, you can override your body’s natural desire to “freeze” and you can take definitive, potentially life-saving, action.

Living Through A Complete Collapse: Boots on the Ground -with Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre (pinecarr)

In this video Lynette Zang Interviews Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre; a father, husband and survivalist that has lived through the Argentine socio-economic collapse of 2001, and the consequences such collapse had in the years that followed. He's the author of numerous articles found on line and is recognized among the survival and preparedness community for his personal experience and no-nonsense approach to survivalism. He's also the publisher and owner of "Surviving in Argentina", a blog he keep up with updated articles, posts as well as reports of the situation in Argentina.

How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control (Sparky1)

The following year, when he raised concerns with Venezuelan officials, Daquin told Reuters, he was detained, beaten and extorted by intelligence agents. They knocked several teeth out with a handgun and accused him of treasonous behavior, Daquin said, prompting him to flee the country. Government spokespeople had no comment on Daquin’s account.

Ebola response suffers another setback, as WHO evacuates some staff (thc0655)

After Friday night’s violence subsided, several members of the Ebola response team “were exhibiting some distress,” Tedros said, and a decision was made to pull them back to Goma, a city south of Beni, so that they could get a few days of rest and counseling. Others insisted on staying in Beni, he said, calling them “very courageous people.”

Friday’s violence was the latest in a string of attacks in the region. Earlier in the week eight peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers died in an ambush on their joint operation aimed at routing out a stronghold of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces near Beni. A number of rebels were captured in the exchange.

Google's "Smart City of Surveillance" Faces New Resistance in Toronto (Sparky1)

Other, comparatively quaint plans include driverless cars, “mixed-use” spaces that change according to the market’s demands, heated streets, and “sensor-enabled waste separation.” The eventual aim of Sidewalk Labs’s estimated billion-dollar investment is to bring these innovations to scale — first to more than 800 acres on the city’s eastern waterfront, and then to the world at large. “The genesis of the thinking for Sidewalk Labs came from Google’s founders getting excited thinking of ‘all the things you could do if someone would just give us a city and put us in charge,’” explained Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chair, when Quayside was first announced.

South Africa white farmer land grabs will be LAW after change to constitution approved (thc0655)

Ian Cameron, of South African trade group AfriForum, previously warned: “We’re really heading for a state of anarchy if something doesn’t change drastically.

“I’m convinced this year we’ll see between 21,000 to 22,000 people having been murdered in the past year.”

Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’ (Sparky1)

A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night—for 18 months. "For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year," wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record "a failure of bread from the years 536–539." Then, in 541, bubonic plague struck the Roman port of Pelusium, in Egypt. What came to be called the Plague of Justinian spread rapidly, wiping out one-third to one-half of the population of the eastern Roman Empire and hastening its collapse, McCormick says.

Oil Prices May Have Reached A Bottom (Michael S.)

It appears unlikely that a continued decline in oil prices is supported by fundamentals, especially if the U.S. stops granting waivers on Iranian oil imports in six months

In a Walmart Lot, a Rough Refuge for Wildfire Evacuees (Sparky1)

Officials made it clear on Sunday that they did not want the Walmart tent camp to become a permanent fixture in Chico. While emphasizing that no one in the camp would be forced to leave, they said in a statement that they were assisting people who wanted to leave by relocating them to a site at the county fairgrounds. There are six American Red Cross shelters for fire evacuees, county officials said.

Climate Change Could Devastate Crop Yields. But New Research Shows Farmers Can Adapt. (newsbuoy)

None of this even gets at climate change's more dramatic effects: hurricanes that pick cotton fields clean, or floods that devastate a once-in-a-lifetime crop. As Pacific Standard reported after Hurricane Michael, farmers in Georgia say the latest round of storms may be the tipping point. They'll have to adapt to survive, changing planting schedules, crop varieties, or moving away from monoculture.

Ocean Shock: The Climate Crisis Beneath The Waves (Sparky1)

The changes below the surface are not an academic matter. Globally, fishing is a $140 billion to $150 billion business annually, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, and in some parts of the world, seafood accounts for half of the average person’s diet. But the effects of this mass migration in the world’s oceans are also much more intimate than that.

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Exec commits suicide by beating himself with blunt object

Not sure whether to put this in humor or in daily news.  Decided that it is far to dark to go into humor thread.

[Daniel] Best, a senior adviser to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, was found "unresponsive" at 5:25 a.m. on Nov. 1 near the garage door exit of a Navy Yard apartment building, which is located approximately a mile south of the Capitol. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. 

The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday said Best died from "multiple blunt force injuries" and it ruled his death a suicide. It would not release further information.

A drug industry insider, Best worked for over a decade as an executive for several companies, including ... Pfizer, Universal American, MemberHealth and CVS Caremark Corporation,....  Best was advising [HHS Secretary Ales] Azar .... on drug pricing. 

Reminds me of the husband who gave the history that both the fatal stab wounds in his wife's chest were due to her slipping and falling while carrying a knife--twice.

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Preparing by imagining how bad it "might" get

And keep in mind, Venezuela has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the world.  However those laws were sold to the public (i.e. for the sake of public safety), the gun laws benefit the Venezuelan government which in this crisis can count on the population being nearly completely unarmed.  This makes revolt very difficult, and makes rounding up dissidents very easy.  Public safety? Meh.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6405051/Murder-rate-soars-Venezuela-forcing-population-extreme-precautions-amid-shortages.html

As if coping with constant food and medicine shortages were not enough for crisis-weary Venezuelans, many live in constant fear in a country where three people die violently every hour.

The South American nation registered 26,000 homicides last year, 89 per 100,000 inhabitants and a figure 15 times the global average, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a non-governmental group.

How do ordinary Venezuelans try to survive in one of the world's most dangerous countries?...

'Venezuelans take precautions every day to try to protect themselves. But adapting to insecurity means they are losing their freedom,' the group's director Roberto Briceno told AFP.

Teacher Yamileth Marcano's younger brother Willis was stabbed to death for his smartphone as he left work.

'Was that what his life was worth, a mobile phone? Every time I hear of another home in mourning, the bad memories come back,' she told AFP...

'Young and old are being killed. Everyone's exposed to it. They rob you in the street, on the beach, in the market, at the hospital... it's terrible to live like this.'

Like her, almost everyone in Venezuela uses an older cellphone in public, keeping their smartphone out of sight.

The murder of former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear and her husband - shot dead by two youths in a roadside robbery in 2014 after their car broke down - is etched in the nation's collective memory.

Since then, an application called 'Pana' - a slang word for friend - was created to help ensure people could feel more secure on the road.

Recently, bikers with high-visibility vests, dark glasses and radios sped to the rescue of a young medical student in distress on the highway.

It took eight minutes for the rescue squad to reach Carmen Garcia after she had activated the 'Pana' panic button on her mobile phone after her car broke down.

'We provide a service that's fast, reliable and simple - not everyone can have security escorts or bullet-proof their car,' said Pana's chief, Domingo Coronil. 

'It used to be that only diplomats would bulletproof their cars, but in Venezuela ordinary citizens suffer the same problems now.'

In the streets of Venezuela it's rare to see a car without tinted, reinforced glass.

Sundown brings challenges for the citizens of Caracas. Once filled with light and bustle, economic crisis and accompanying crime means the capital now switches off at night.

'As soon as I leave my house I feel in danger,' said Adrialis Barrios, 23, who works in communications.

'If I go out at all, to the discotheque for example, I pay for someone I know to take me. I don't trust taxis.'

Most people now gather in private homes, being safer and cheaper, and prefer to wait until the light of dawn before they venture home.

Eglis Torres, a 60-year old builder, recently spent the night on a bench at Caracas airport, when he was heading to work in Costa Rica.

He arrived at the airport at 5:00 pm for a flight departing 7:00 am the next morning. His wife waited with him until his plane took off before heading back home, by bus.

'My car is old and it would be taking a risk to break down on such a dangerous road. The best thing to do is to wait at the airport and be with someone because they steal your suitcases,' Torres told AFP.

'It's a night without sleep but you don't miss the plane and you don't lose your life.'

Most foreign airlines prohibit their crews from staying overnight in Venezuela.

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