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Daily Digest 1/11 - Good News Friday: Organic Farming On The Rise, Not All Environmentalists Eat Tofu

Friday, January 11, 2019, 9:02 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!

Economy

The retreat of global democracy stopped in 2018 (tmn)

In recent years, threats to democracy around the world have become increasingly obvious. The Arab spring fizzled. China’s leader is poised to rule for life. Populists with autocratic tendencies have won elections in the Philippines, Brazil and Mexico and subverted democratic institutions in Hungary, Turkey and Poland. Perhaps because the trend is so glaring—strongmen in different countries often copy each other’s tactics, soundbites and scapegoats—voters are not taking it lying down. Political participation improved more than any other measure on the EIU’s index. This is true even in advanced democracies such as the United States, where voters are highly disgruntled.

Creuzot Offers Insight Into How He Will Run Dallas County District Attorney's Office (Jen H.)

The new district attorney cited some examples when he spoke to reporters about what the office may not prosecute.

"Well, certainly first-time marijuana offenders and simple criminal trespass. We know that most of those people, obviously, they are poor, number one. Number two, they may suffer from underlying circumstances and problems such as mental health or substance abuse. And putting them in jail is not going to solve any of those problems," Creuzot said.

Nurses' donation helps cancel $8.9M in medical debt in northern Michigan (Jen H.)

RIP Medical Debt is a New York-based organization that was founded by two people who once worked in the debt collection business. It uses charitable donations to buy and cancel debts for patients and families who face financial charges.

Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Alzheimer’s Disease in Brain Scans Six Years Before a Diagnosis (jdargis)

Positron emission tomography (PET) scans, which measure the levels of specific molecules, like glucose, in the brain, have been investigated as one tool to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms become severe. Glucose is the primary source of fuel for brain cells, and the more active a cell is, the more glucose it uses. As brain cells become diseased and die, they use less and, eventually, no glucose.

La Jolla woman earns Guinness World Record for oldest trapeze artist (Adam)

She became a trapeze artist sort of by chance. It was on her 78th birthday that a friend gave her a gift certificate to try trapeze for the very first time. That was eight years ago and now, Goedhart has become a seasoned veteran.

"For me, it's another world," said Goedhart. "It is a world that I didn't expect in my life and I feel very blessed that I got that little coupon."

More Than 600 Environmental Groups Just Backed Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal (RS)

The letter sent to Congress on Thursday lays out the 626 groups’ vision for a Green New Deal. On the energy side, it calls on the government to stop leasing federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, to end approval for new fossil fuel infrastructure, and utilize the Clean Air Act to set more stringent standards for greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. It also calls for shifting to 100 percent renewable power by 2035 if not sooner.

Organic farming is on the rise in the U.S. (Adam)

Still, organic farming makes up a small share of U.S. farmland overall. There were 5 million certified organic acres of farmland in 2016, representing less than 1% of the 911 million acres of total farmland nationwide. Some states, however, had relatively large shares of organic farmland. Vermont’s 134,000 certified organic acres accounted for 11% of its total 1.25 million farm acres. California, Maine and New York followed in largest shares of organic acreage – in each, certified organic acres made up 4% of total farmland.

Not all environmentalists eat tofu: the hunters fighting climate change (tmn)

The relationship between hunters and conservation has always surprised me. Yet it’s often imperative to the success of major initiatives in the south, thanks to the influence of the not-for-profit organization Ducks Unlimited, which has a worldwide membership of 700,000 and has helped conserve over 13m acres of habitat. There are more than 34 million sportsmen and women in the United States.

Gold & Silver

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New Green Deal, again

From the above article:

 The letter sent to Congress notably mentions that any energy transition must “exclude all combustion-based power generation, nuclear, biomass energy, large scale hydro and waste-to-energy technologies.” That rules out a lot of carbon emission-free energy, notably nuclear, which Snape referred to as “fool’s gold.”

correct me if I’m wrong, but nothing close to that is remotely possible in THIS universe working with THESE laws of thermodynamics, and undeniably in the next ten years! Unless we reduce earth’s population to about 500 million. Then we can all go back to living like they did in the 1800’s (and I mean 1800 BC). 

So, again, I have to conclude that the REAL goals of the “New” Green Deal are not environmental but political (because the political goals ARE feasible and would have to come first to reduce earth’s population to < 1 billion and have a shot at the environmental goals). The real goals apparently are to  Transition to a communist utopia by war, starvation and pestilence thereby slashing earth’s population and providing a big new tax source for our communist dictator and his/her political machine (though they will have killed all their tax donkeys and therefore defunded their own effort).  I’d have some respect for these “New” Green Deal people if they would be honest about these details of their plan.

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

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Green New Deal--What is the plan?

I am requesting information from the environmentalist / progressive group here:  What kind of power sources are being contemplated in the Green New Deal?  Or is there some radical restructuring of society (like no suburbs, reducing air travel) being proposed that will dramatically reduce energy comsuption?

Please help advise.  What is the plan?

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Local US tax revolts

Here in Philly we're busy defeating Mayor Kenney's 1.5 cents/ounce sweetened beverage tax ("soda tax"), and many of us on principle more than economics.  Who could've anticipated that?  (A: Everybody except City Hall.)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/residents-of-philadelphia-found-a-novel-way-around-the-citys-unpopular-soda-tax-2019-01-11

In CaliUtopia weed smokers are avoiding the now-legal pot shops and continuing to buy from illegal (aka untaxed) sources on the street.  What?  Tell me it's not true.

https://apnews.com/37866c4831844c5f8b82ddd87c2fe7c6

Do you think it's too early to start buying AND WEARING our yellow vests? I'm ordering mine today. I'll let you know if I get any reactions when I'm out in public.  I might write one or more slogans on my vest.  Yous have any suggestions?  "End the Fed?"

https://www.amazon.com/SHORFUNE-Visibility-Reflective-Closure,Breathable-Standard/dp/B072MDVXY5/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1547232232&sr=8-9&keywords=yellow%2Bsafety%2Bvest%2Bwith%2Bpockets&th=1

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thc0655 wrote:Here in Philly
thc0655 wrote:

Here in Philly we're busy defeating Mayor Kenney's 1.5 cents/ounce sweetened beverage tax ("soda tax"), and many of us on principle more than economics.  Who could've anticipated that?  (A: Everybody except City Hall.)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/residents-of-philadelphia-found-a-novel-way-around-the-citys-unpopular-soda-tax-2019-01-11

In CaliUtopia weed smokers are avoiding the now-legal pot shops and continuing to buy from illegal (aka untaxed) sources on the street.  What?  Tell me it's not true.

https://apnews.com/37866c4831844c5f8b82ddd87c2fe7c6

Do you think it's too early to start buying AND WEARING our yellow vests? I'm ordering mine today. I'll let you know if I get any reactions when I'm out in public.  I might write one or more slogans on my vest.  Yous have any suggestions?  "End the Fed?"

https://www.amazon.com/SHORFUNE-Visibility-Reflective-Closure,Breathable-Standard/dp/B072MDVXY5/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1547232232&sr=8-9&keywords=yellow%2Bsafety%2Bvest%2Bwith%2Bpockets&th=1

I live in a suburb of about 400k. Our last local election had a strict term limits proposal for city council on the ballot. The person responsible for getting it on the ballot was much maligned in the local media.

I voted for it, hoping there would at least be enough support to make locals take notice. It passed 2 to 1 and the city council has gone apoplectic.

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Russian meddling or AGS?

Are the Russians stealing the North Pole or is it AGS (anthropogenic geomagnetic shifting)?  Either way we need to raise more taxes, spend more on national defense, shore up the banks and pay for some serious scientific studies.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/earths-magnetic-pole-is-on-the-move-fast-and-we-dont-know-why/news-story/341c92307a6b19d25b38836c6097be9d

But, according to the science journal Nature, something strange is going on deep down below.

It’s causing the magnetic North Pole to ‘skitter’ away from Canada, towards Siberia.

“The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move,” Nature reports.

On January 30 (delayed due to the US Government shutdown), the World Magnetic Model — which governs modern navigation systems — is due to undergo an urgent update.

This model is a vital component of systems ranging from geopositioning systems used to navigate ships through to smartphone trackers and maps.

The current model was expected to be valid until 2020. But the magnetic pole began to shift so quickly, it was realised in 2018 that the model had to be fixed — now.

“They realised that it was so inaccurate that it was about to exceed the acceptable (safe) limit for navigational errors,” Nature reports.

But the movement of the north magnetic pole has been the object of study since 1831. Initially, it was tracked moving into the Arctic Ocean at a rate of about 15km each year. But, since the mid 1990s, it has picked up speed.

It’s now shifting at a rate of about 55km a year.

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That oughta work. No problem.

http://www.gp.org/green_new_deal

Summary of the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is a four part program for moving America quickly out of crisis into a secure, sustainable future. Inspired by the New Deal programs that helped us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Green New Deal will provide similar relief and create an economy that makes our communities sustainable, healthy and just.

THE FOUR PILLARS OF THE GREEN NEW DEAL

I - THE ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS

Our country cannot truly move forward until the roots of inequality are pulled up, and the seeds of a new, healthier economy are planted. Thus, the Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that ensures all citizens: 1. The right to employment through a Full Employment Program that will create 25 million jobs by implementing a nationally funded, but locally controlled direct employment initiative replacing unemployment offices with local employment offices offering public sector jobs which are "stored" in job banks in order to take up any slack in private sector employment.

  • Local communities will use a process of broad stakeholder input and democratic decisionmaking to fairly implement these programs.
  • Pay-to-play prohibitions will ensure that campaign contributions or lobbying favors do not impact decision-making.
  • We will end unemployment in America once and for all by guaranteeing a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work.

2. Worker's rights including the right to a living wage, to a safe workplace, to fair trade, and to organize a union at work without fear of firing or reprisal.

3. The right to quality health care which will be achieved through a single-payer Medicare-for-All program.

4. The right to a tuition-free, quality, federally funded, local controlled public education system from pre-school through college. We will also forgive student loan debt from the current era of unaffordable college education.

5. The right to decent affordable housing, including an immediate halt to all foreclosures and evictions. We will:

  • create a federal bank with local branches to take over homes with distressed mortgages and either restructure the mortgages to affordable levels, or if the occupants cannot afford a mortgage, rent homes to the occupants;
  • expand rental and home ownership assistance;
  • create ample public housing; and,
  • offer capital grants to non-profit developers of affordable housing until all people can obtain decent housing at no more than 25% of their income.

6. The right to accessible and affordable utilities – heat, electricity, phone, internet, and public transportation – through democratically run, publicly owned utilities that operate at cost, not for profit.

7. The right to fair taxation that's distributed in proportion to ability to pay. In addition, corporate tax subsidies will be made transparent by detailing them in public budgets where they can be scrutinized, not hidden as tax breaks.

II - A GREEN TRANSITION

The second priority of the Green New Deal is a Green Transition Program that will convert the old, gray economy into a new, sustainable economy that is environmentally sound, economically viable and socially responsible. We will:

1. Invest in green business by providing grants and low-interest loans to grow green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally-based companies that keep the wealth created by local labor circulating in the community rather than being drained off to enrich absentee investors.

2. Prioritize green research by redirecting research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar and geothermal. We will invest in research in sustainable, nontoxic materials, closed-loop cycles that eliminate waste and pollution, as well as organic agriculture, permaculture, and sustainable forestry.

3. Provide green jobs by enacting the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 16 million jobs in sustainable energy and energy efficiency retrofitting, mass transit and "complete streets" that promote safe bike and pedestrian traffic, regional food systems based on sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing.

III - REAL FINANCIAL REFORM

The takeover of our economy by big banks and well-connected financiers has destabilized both our democracy and our economy. It's time to take Wall Street out of the driver's seat and to free the truly productive segments of working America to make this economy work for all of us. Real Financial Reform will:

1. Relieve the debt overhang holding back the economy by reducing homeowner and student debt burdens.

2. Democratize monetary policy to bring about public control of the money supply and credit creation. This means we'll nationalize the private bank-dominated Federal Reserve Banks and place them under a Monetary Authority within the Treasury Department.

3. Break up the oversized banks that are "too big to fail."

4. End taxpayer-funded bailouts for banks, insurers, and other financial companies. We'll use the FDIC resolution process for failed banks to reopen them as public banks where possible after failed loans and underlying assets are auctioned off.

5. Regulate all financial derivatives and require them to be traded on open exchanges.

6. Restore the Glass-Steagall separation of depository commercial banks from speculative investment banks.

7. Establish a 90% tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.

8. Support the formation of federal, state, and municipal public-owned banks that function as non-profit utilities. Under the Green New Deal we will start building a financial system that is open, honest, stable, and serves the real economy rather than the phony economy of high finance.

IV - A FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY

We won't get these vital reforms without a fourth and final set of reforms to give us a real, functioning democracy. Just as we are replacing the old economy with a new one, we need a new politics to restore the promise of American democracy. The New Green Deal will:

1. Revoke corporate personhood by amending our Constitution to make clear that corporations are not persons and money is not speech. Those rights belong to living, breathing human beings - not to business entities controlled by the wealthy.

2. Protect our right to vote by supporting Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s proposed "Right to Vote Amendment," to clarify to the Supreme Court that yes, we do have a constitutional right to vote.

3. Enact the Voter Bill of Rights that will:

  • guarantee us a voter-marked paper ballot for all voting;
  • require that all votes are counted before election results are released;
  • replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions;
  • celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday;
  • bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred from the polls;
  • do away with so-called "winner take all" elections in which the "winner" does not have the support of most of the voters, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation, systems most advanced countries now use to good effect;
  • replace big money control of election campaigns with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves;
  • guarantee equal access to the ballot and to the debates to all qualified candidates;
  • abolish the Electoral College and implement direct election of the President;
  • restore the vote to ex-offenders who've paid their debt to society; and,
  • enact Statehood for the District of Columbia so that those Americans have representation in Congress and full rights to self rule like the rest of us.

4. Protect local democracy and democratic rights by commissioning a thorough review of federal preemption law and its impact on the practice of local democracy in the United States. This review will put at its center the "democracy question" – that is, what level of government is most open to democratic participation and most suited to protecting democratic rights.

5. Create a Corporation for Economic Democracy, a new federal corporation (like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) to provide publicity, training, education, and direct financing for cooperative development and for democratic reforms to make government agencies, private associations, and business enterprises more participatory.

6. Strengthen media democracy by expanding federal support for locally-owned broadcast media and local print media.

7. Protect our personal liberty and freedoms by:

  • repealing the Patriot Act and those parts of the National Defense Authorization Act that violate our civil liberties;
  • prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI from conspiring with local police forces to suppress our freedoms of assembly and of speech; and,
  • ending the war on immigrants – including the cruel, so-called "secure communities" program.

8. Rein in the military-industrial complex by

  • reducing military spending by 50% and closing U.S. military bases around the world;
  • restoring the National Guard as the centerpiece of our system of national defense; and,
  • creating a new round of nuclear disarmament initiatives.

Let us not rest until we have pulled our nation back from the brink, and until we have secured the peaceful, just, green future we all deserve.

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Definition of Platitude: The new GreenDeal?

While it isn't difficult to share a desire for a more equitable and just world, the mechanism to implement such a solution on a dynamic planet with an increasing human population, seems a tad sanctimonious, given the current political environment in play around the world. The implementaton and adjudication of resources, to this end, does present challenges. Equality of, let alone Equity of outcome, would be a challenge, IMHO.

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How can I sign up for the green new deal?

Do I have to go to Venezuela, or can I sign up here?

Look, it all sounds very nice, and it COULD be done right, such that all new employment goes towards actual EROEI - positive projects.

But the opportunities for derailment are many; and the cost of derailment is huge; and when it doesn't work out, the liberal response tends to be "suck it up", until the outcry is large, at which point history has shown us it's "slaughter the people".

So I really think that the best way to sign up for this might be to go to Venezuela.

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About that New Green Deal

I haven't parsed through the entire list of proposals, mainly because I went straight to energy and found this at bullet #1 on their wesbite:

Move to 100% clean energy by 2030. Invest in clean energy technologies that are ready to go now. Redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy.

/Insert record scratch sound clip here/

Whoa there Nelly! 

Is the Green Party aware:

  • that 2030 is now just 11 years away?
  • That humans have never entirely moved from one energy source to another?
  • That fossil fuels are still 80% of the mix for Americans?
  • That even if we stopped selling ICE vehicles tonight, there would still be ~ 1/2 of them on the road in 2030?
  • That there isn't enough lithium in the world to replace even a fraction of the current US vehicles with EVs?
  • That no manufacturing plants yet exist to build EV or their batteries at scale?
  • That jets cannot and will not be ready to run on batteries by 2030, if ever?
  • Ditto for large ships.  Uh, and tractors.  Also long-haul trains.  Also Abrahms main battle tanks.  

If, instead they meant electricity, instead of energy, then they goofed big time because it's hard to take a proposal seriously that cannot even get the most basic of terms right.

If they meant energy as in all types and sources of energy, then this proposal is DOA becuase it is so far off the mark it's not even worth debating as a means of moving the needle.

Having a goal of moving to 100% energy by 2030 shows they haven't studied the issue and don't know the issues involved.  

I think a great, super-duper goal would be to get one small city or big town to try and have a 100% go at renewables electricity only.  And no cheating by importing parts from fossil fuel subsidized external sources when something breaks.  Full cycle, complete replacement, can it be done?

The main learning, I am imagining, will be that low EROEI energy sources are harder to live on than high energy sources.  Of course you give a polar bear the choice between a fat seal and pile of celery and they will show that nature has already understood the wisdom here.

But I suspect the Green Party hasn't quite caught onto the distinction yet, and possibly views a solar panel as equivalent to a diesel generator.  Electrons are the same, but the solar electrons are greener.  

We desperately need more energy education in the US!

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Just suppose...

... that they were TARGETING 100%, understanding fully that they wouldn't get it? Would you find that worthwhile?

I REALLY do not want to try something that is far off the mark as this. I am in full agreement. But if, somehow, they won, I would want to try to help them hit the mark.

I rather suspect that if you downgraded our standard of living, accidentally killing forty percent of the population in the process, made failure equivalent in penalty to treason, ... you could hit 100% by 2030, IFF you had not so damaged viability as a gountry that invaders then moved in and overturned everything you had done.

But there are other ways, as well. Green concrete congested housing with shared shtuff, shared dining halls, shared library, etc.

Instead of air travel, light rail units that go out in front of the train, then dock live during transit; as a unit drops off the back: all trips one way.

Cheaper and better than solar is wind, which concentrates the solar. Cheaper and better than solar is wave,which concentrates the wind. So wave power.

Those are a few ways. Yeah, if they win, I'd be willing to try to help on the tech end.

Truth is, everything we do will be damaging, though.

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Magnetic Poles on Walkabout

thc0655,

The magnetic poles have always wobbled since we have been able to accurately measure and record their positions. Lately, the poles have started migrating and at an accelerating pace. This may be leading up to a magnetic pole flip. We get those periodically as evidenced by magnetic variations in mid-Atlantic rift deposits.

Here is a website that discusses the issue: http://magneticreversal.org/. It has a couple of good videos explaining where we are and possibly where all this is going. Some "Fast Facts" from this site ...

1) The south pole has already left antarctica and the north pole is racing across the arctic ocean.

2) “Earth’s magnetic poles are getting ready to flip.” -Mission Manager, SWARM/ESA

3) The magnetic field began weakening in 1600.

4) The magnetic field weakened 10% from the 1800s to 2000.

5) Earth’s magnetic field was weakening 5% per century, but now is weakening 5% per decade.

6) As of 2014 the magnetic field is continuing to weaken rapidly.

7) Magnetic reversals can occur in less than 100 years.

8) Magnetic reversals lead to extinction events.

9) Magnetic reversals may cause biblical floods.

Grover

 

 

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Neocon approved fact-checker plugin for your browser

Caitlin Johnstone reports that NewsGuard is a "fact checker plugin" to evaluate the contents of websites.  It is written by a neoconservative group and fact checks your article's content to ensure that it matches the neocon approved narative

NewsGuard’s advisory board reads like the fellowships list of a neocon think tank, and indeed one of its CEOs, Louis Gordon Crovitz, is a Council on Foreign Relations member who has worked with the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation. Members of the advisory board include George W Bush’s Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, deep intelligence community insider Michael Hayden, and the Obama administration’s Richard Stengel, who once publicly supported the need for domestic propaganda in the US. All of these men have appeared in influential think tanks geared toward putting a public smiley face on sociopathic warmongering agendas.

Though the advisory group is clearly neoconservative, the funding of the group is not publically available.

What could be better than being sure the neoconservatives approve of a post before allowing it to be viewed?

The product which NewsGuard markets to the general public is a browser plugin which advises online media consumers whether a news media outlet is ["]trustworthy["] or ["]untrustworthy["] based on a formula with a very pro-establishment bias which sees outlets like Fox News and the US propaganda outlet Voice of America getting trustworthy ratings while outlets like RT get very low ratings for trustworthiness. This plugin [allows]... individual internet users can voluntarily download to help their rulers control their minds.

And to reduce advertising income streams to alternative media sites that are NOT supportive of the neoconservative goals, they offer BrandGuard.

The company has created a service called BrandGuard, billed as a “brand safety tool aimed at helping advertisers keep their brands off of unreliable news and information sites while giving them the assurance they need to support thousands of Green-rated [i.e., Newsguard-approved] news and information sites.

BrandGuard is designed to decrease advertising revenue to non-neocon approved alternative websites.

In summary:

We may be absolutely certain that NewsGuard will continue giving a positive, trustworthy ranking to the New York Times no matter how many spectacular flubs it makes in its coverage of the establishment Russia narrative, because the agenda to popularize anti-Russia narratives lines up perfectly with the neoconservative, government agency-serving agendas of the powers behind NewsGuard....

Whoever controls the narrative controls the world.

Who in the world would want to let the neocons filter their web content?

NewsGuard markets itself to state governments in order to get its plugin installed in all of that state’s public schools and libraries to keep internet users from consuming unauthorized narratives. It has already succeeded in accomplishing this in the state of Hawaii, with all of its library branches now running the NewsGuard plugin.

Even if you don't want to have a neocon content filter, your social media sites will do it for you.

NewsGuard is also planning to get its news-ranking system integrated into social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, pursuing a partnership which will make pro-establishment media consumption a part of your experience at those sites regardless of whether or not you download a NewsGuard app or plugin.

In a separate, but parallel line of thinking, recall that the google search ranking algorithm is secret and proprietary. Which hits ranked at the top are already suspected of being influenced by compatability with "approved narratives."

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pay attention to section III - the Fed and the big banks

I tend to sympathize with the tone of the Green New Deal but agree the specifics have problems, particularly on energy. But let's not miss the fact that they, unlike either of the two main parties, are properly identifying the Fed and the big banks as a root cause of the ills of the world. As anyone who has watched Bill Still's epic The Money Masters (or the lesser work, The Secret of Oz) knows, the banksters have been at the game for centuries, They're very good at it, and they've got just about everyone fooled into thinking the game is something other than what it really is (or have paid key people to flack various counter-memes).

Nationalization of the Fed, a breakup of the big banks, and repatriation of the seigniorage benefit to the people through public banking are essential. This coordinated set of actions, along with putting down the mad-dog enforcement arm of the operation -- the black ops side of the intelligence complex -- would finally start hacking at the base of the problem, rather than dealing with the effects.

Some of you are already thinking: "What, give money-printing power to the government?? Crazy!" I agree that the potential for government overspending is there under such a plan. But as it is now, we let the banks get the benefit of new money creation (remember the $2.7T after 2008?), and then the government has to borrow it from them at interest. That's double-bad, and it hasn't stopped the government from making the "firehose of money" bigger every year, anyway. And remember, SOMEONE has to borrow the new money into existence so the interest on the old money can be satisfied, or the big ol' Ponzi scheme we call the monetary system collapses.

Anyway, my point is: Whatever other flaws there are in the Green New Deal, the financial section has a lot of items that all Americans and all political parties should be supporting.

Mark

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to many problems to list all at once

The green new deal has too many problems to list all at once, but a glaring one is the "guarantees" to a job, a "living wage" and government subsidiizng housing to that individual to have it at or below 25% of income.  WHy would anyone bother to go to the new free colleges or apply themselves at work if the ones that are going to be taxed is the middle class/upper middle class that makes more than having 75% left after housing.....

 

NO ONE, and I mean no one, pays as little as that towards housing around here, not renters, not home owners, no one.  WHo in the world is going to pay for this ? A lottery to live in this area with all housing government owned ? All of this is straight out state controlled communisiom, and we have seen too many examples of how this works.  Voice the "wrong" opinions around your town, n housing slot for you !

 

People need to be reminded of hw much worse it can be !  Right now, sure pay 50% of your income to hpusing IF you want to stay living in this area -- But, you are free to move !! ANd likely should, but that is not my business.  Right now, this is a large and free country with n brriers between the states and counties and no one telling you where you have to live

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Modern Monetary Theory

PP should interview Dr Michael Hudson about the Modern Monetary Theory movement.  He's probably the expert's expert on monetary history.  

https://michael-hudson.com/tag/mmt/    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/11/145003.html

Then there's Ellen Brown's movement to create state owned banks like the one in North Dakota that has thrived for a century as well as Post Office banks.  She's even said that a state bank and bitcoin could coexist quite well.

Bill Still's Money Masters gets into the long history of tally sticks.  It was a fiat currency that was used for 700 years in England.  I never hear about them from people denouncing fiat currencies as failure prone.  The tally sticks were sticks of wood that had unique markings carved into them before they were split in half.  So, you have sticks of wood being used as money for centuries and you have items made from wood (aka paper money) that's supposedly not a legitimate form of money.  Am I missing something here?

My personal belief is that all money is fiat.  Sure, gold is a tangible asset, but its value is about as real as a paper dollar.  If people believe it has value, it has value.  If I was totally dehydrated and dying in the desert and had to choose between water or a bar of gold what do you think I would take.  One has real value and the other has belief system based value.

 

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A Real New Green Deal

The only New Green Deal that has any chance of success is the tried and true vasectomy.  Nothing will work as long as this planet is so grossly overpopulated.  Good luck getting that one promoted.  Maybe the churches can get into it by promising 72 heaven based virgins to the people who voluntarily sterilize themselves.  Personally, I would prefer 72 sluts. ;-)

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Yet another problem

mntnhousepermi wrote:

But, you are free to move !!

But is your hard-to-find employment and pay cheque free to move with you?

(Or am I mssing the point?)

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Yet another problem

mntnhousepermi wrote:

But, you are free to move !!

But is your hard-to-find employment and pay cheque free to move with you?

(Or am I mssing the point?)

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ezlxq1949
ezlxq1949 wrote:

mntnhousepermi wrote:

But, you are free to move !!

But is your hard-to-find employment and pay cheque free to move with you?

(Or am I mssing the point?)

 

You are free to find anther job or create your own.  Maybe take the job around here and live with alot of peple to the room while you bank some cash, then move.  ALot of people who find it expensive here are pouring coffee part time orworking in a shop.  Just about anywhere else in the country has better pay to housing ratios. 

 

The point is, you have choices right now.  Under a communist orer you would be assigned a job and housing.

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