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Daily Digest 6/24 - The New Energy Rush, Foods The U.S. Eats That Are Banned In Other Countries

Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:55 AM


Didier Sornette: How we can predict the next financial crisis (John L.)

The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)

Didier Sornette studies whether it is possible to anticipate big changes or predict crises in complex systems.

Google Ventures Stresses Science of Deal, Not Art of the Deal (jdargis)

The data provides one answer to those questions, at least for now: Since its founding in 2009, Google Ventures has stood out in an industry that, for all its star power, has been dealing its investors a bad hand. In recent years, an investor would have done better with a ho-hum mutual fund that tracks the stock market than with some splashy V.C. fund. Venture capital funds posted an annual average return of 6.9 percent from 2002 to 2012, trailing major stock indexes, according to Cambridge Associates.

Phew, NSA Is Just Collecting Metadata. (You Should Still Worry) (jdargis)

Voice content is hard to process. It ultimately requires at least some human analysis, and that inherently limits the scale at which it can be used, no matter how much raw material the NSA might have. Intelligence agencies are famously backlogged in translating and analyzing even high-priority intercepts. More content only makes the problem worse.

Kerry Prods India to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions (jdargis)

India is one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gases in the world, and it has consistently rejected efforts by developed countries to slow down its energy consumption, fearing that it would retard its economic growth and hamper its drive to reduce poverty. India now ranks third in the world in production of carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, behind China and the United States.

Horizon - Fracking: The New Energy Rush (Anon.)

Iain Stewart investigates a controversial energy rush for the natural gas found deep underground, sometimes right under the places people live in and removed by the process called fracking.

Small-Scale Hydroelectric Projects Far more Damaging than Large-Scale Dams (James S.)

International agencies who believe that small hydroelectric plants can help to provide renewable energy to developing countries, and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are supporting projects all around the world.

The Lyme Wars (jdargis)

Kaleigh turned to alternative treatments often recommended by Lyme patients with similar experiences. She took herbs—turmeric and ginger, which are thought by some to strengthen the immune system—and she gave up gluten, grains, refined foods, and sugar. The goal was to reduce inflammation caused by her body’s production of insulin and to inhibit the growth of the bacterium that causes Lyme. She also began treatments with a Rife machine, an electromagnetic device invented in the nineteen-twenties which emits radio signals that, some researchers suggest, can destroy harmful bacteria. Although thousands of people are convinced that Rife therapy has helped them with Lyme and other diseases, little empirical evidence exists to demonstrate that it works. Nonetheless, Kaleigh began to feel better. She still has headaches and severe muscular pain at times, but she returned to Union a year ago and graduated this spring. She knows that her approach to Lyme disease is controversial and acknowledges that the improvements might be due to her dietary regimen or to Rife treatments or to a placebo effect. She doesn’t mind; after enduring such pain, she has found that fine points don’t matter.

8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries (jdargis)

Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and inhibits nerve-cell development.

Gold & Silver

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KWN: Former US Treasury Official - Fed Orchestrated Gold Plunge

Here's an interesting theory on an additional potential motive for manipulating the price of gold down (in addition to the one frequently discussed, to keep gold from looking like an attractive alternative to fiat currencies).  Thoughts?

From King World News on 6/22/13, @ http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2013/6/22_Former_US_Treasury_Official_-_Fed_Orchestrated_Gold_Plunge.html

Eric King:  “We had the Fed out with two straight days of propaganda and that was followed up by a smash in gold and silver.”


Dr. Roberts:  “Yes, that’s true.  It shows how irrational markets are.  In fact, there was nothing new in the Fed’s statement.  The markets have known for a long time that at some point the Fed is to taper down its bond purchases and eventually stop them.


So the lack of any real information in the statement makes the market reaction seem puzzling.  And it actually suggests that the too-big-to-fail banks had inside information, the Fed’s statement, and used it to short the stock, bond and gold markets...."


“They (banks with inside information) cleaned up on this Fed statement.  It’s entirely possible that’s what the Federal Reserve is doing is orchestrating events that make huge profits for the banks, and that this is the way it recapitalizes them.”

Here is the link to the actual interview with Dr. Roberts:


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