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Daily Digest 1/29 - Good News Friday: Making The Switch To Solar, How Songbirds Hear Notes

Friday, January 29, 2016, 11:14 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

WeFuel is the latest app to deliver gas to your parked car (jdargis)

WeFuel is just the latest in a growing batch of startups that will bring fuel directly to your car, saving you the admittedly minor hassle of bringing your car to the gas station. Last year my Verge colleague Ben Popper wrote about Filld, another Silicon Valley startup that will fill up your tank for a $7 surcharge. There is also GasNinjas, FuelMe, and Yoshi, to name a few others. Most have similar fee structures, and are also starting out hyper local.

Obama Moves to Expand Rules Aimed at Closing Gender Pay Gap (jdargis)

The requirement would expand on an executive order Mr. Obama issued nearly two years ago that called for federal contractors to submit salary information for women and men. Ms. Yang said the rules would be completed in September, with the first reports due a year later.

A Single Cell Shines New Light on How Cancers Develop (jdargis)

The prevailing idea about the development of a cancer is that genes randomly mutate in a healthy cell, perhaps from sun exposure, perhaps from simple bad luck. The mutated genes drive aberrant cell growth, and the growing mass of cells accumulates more and more mutations that drive it to grow faster and spread until, finally, a cancer is formed.

For new wearable, monitoring health at the molecular level is no sweat (jdargis)

For their first generation of sweat-scanning wearables, Javey and colleagues set up an array of off-the-shelf sensors that track sodium, potassium, glucose, lactate, and temperature. Monitoring electrolytes such as sodium and potassium may help track conditions like dehydration, Javey said. Lactate levels may be useful for tracking muscle fatigue, and glucose may help monitor blood sugar levels.

The World's Best Oil And Gas Market Just Got 115% Better (Josh O.)

The governor said he has been working with Argentine senator Guillermo Pereyra (who also runs the Union of Private Oil and Gas Workers in the provinces of La Pampa, Neuquen and Rio Negro) on a plan to raise prices for conventional natgas, to $5.80 per MMBtu. With the draft measure having recently been delivered to national Energy Minister Juan Jose Aranguren.

Hastings couple making switch to solar power (Michael W.)

Working at full capacity, the solar panels are anticipated to generate up to 5 kilowatts of electricity an hour. The Smiths anticipate the panels ideally will replace 80 to 90 percent of their energy consumption at home.

How to Build an Electronic Bee Counter (richcabot)

A solution suggested itself when the two of us—a field applications engineer for Analog Devices and an amateur bee enthusiast—were working together on a previous project that involved capacitive sensing. Teachman (the bee enthusiast) commented to Perrault (the applications engineer) that the sensitivity of the AD7746 [pdf] capacitance-to-digital conversion chip was better than he had expected, and wondered, “Do you think we could measure bees with this?” All else being equal, the capacitance between two electrodes depends on the dielectric constant of the substance between them. Air has a dielectric constant of roughly 1, while water comes in at around 80. As living cells are mostly water, a bee should have a detectable dielectric signature. Intrigued by the idea, we developed a custom sensor setup to measure just that.

Songbirds recognize songs the way humans recognize vowels (jdargis)

The researchers set out to test complex sound recognition in a species of songbird, the European Starling. They trained starlings to recognize short sequences of four notes. Each of the four notes was played by a different musical instrument, meaning that each note had a different timbre, or sound quality. The sequence of notes either ascended from a low note to a high note or descended from high to low.

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Negative bond yield universe hits $5.5tn after Japan eases

Negative bond yield universe hits $5.5tn after Japan eases

Financial Times-40 minutes ago
Sharply falling yields have also encouraged a rise in issuance of high-quality debt. In the second week of 2016, issuance of European sovereign debt hit its ...

Brazil earmarks $20 bln in new loans to bolster economy

Reuters - ‎18 hours ago‎
BRASILIA Jan 28 Brazil will release 83 billion reais ($20.4 billion) in new credit from state-run banks for farmers, builders and other businesses suffering in a shrinking economy, resuming stimulus efforts it had largely eschewed in last year's ...

Brazil 2015 budget gap hits record as austerity fails

Reuters-1 hour ago
The closely monitored primary budget balance, or revenues after expenditures prior to debt interest payments, ballooned to a record 111.249 billion reais ($27.4 ...
Reuters-3 hours ago
The country posted a primary deficit of 71.729 billion reais ($17.6 billion) in ... The primary balance, or revenues after expenditures excluding debt interest ...

Norway to Buy Record Amount of Kroner as Oil Crash Stings

Bloomberg-5 hours ago
The government is this year using a record amount of its oil wealth to support growth and has said it stands ready to provide more stimulus if needed. Data on ...
 

Taiwan GDP shrinks for second straight quarter

MarketWatch-14 hours ago
Two rate cuts by the central bank have yet to make a significant impact on lifting the economy or prices, while any fiscal stimulus measures to help the economy ...
 

People's Bank of China pumps 100b yuan more into financial system

Hong Kong Standard-2 hours ago
The People's Bank of China today pumped 100 billion yuan of funds into the market, using reverse repurchase agreements (repo), a process in which central ...
 

'China's debt avalanche is the biggest worry'

CNBC-7 hours ago
Chu said China's debt boom may even be the world's biggest in such a short period ... "The size of banking sector assets has gone from $9 trillion in 2008 to $30 ...

Eighth Week of Europe Corporate-Debt Outflows Shows Limits of QE

Bloomberg-24 minutes ago
The European Central Bank's purchases of sovereign debt are no longer driving ... The Frankfurt-based institution will review the 1.5 trillion-euro ($1.6 trillion) ...
 

Global funds cut US equity holdings, raise cash: poll

Reuters - ‎4 hours ago‎
SPX suffered its worst January since 2009 and global stocks shed over $8 trillion. U.S. stocks shrank 1 percentage point to 37 percent of asset managers' global equity portfolios, with U.S. equities down more than 7 percent this year. A collapse in oil ...
 

Chicago Public Schools' exorbitant borrowing does not serve children

Chicago Tribune - ‎14 hours ago‎
CPS is already buried under $6.2 billion in debt. The school system expects to pay $538 million in debt service this year — about $1,370 for each student. Every child is denied $1,370 worth of education this year because CPS keeps up this desperate ...

IMF changes debt sustainability rules for large bailouts

Reuters-22 minutes ago
The changes allow the IMF to still handle debt crises like the one that ... a "systemic exemption" that allowed it to make a 30 billion euro loan to Greece as part of ...

Treasury head warns on Aust credit rating

SBS - ‎19 hours ago‎
John Fraser says the nation needs to remain at triple-A ranking to ensure it can service commonwealth debt. The interest bill is currently running at just over $1 billion a month. "This is projected to more than double within the decade, unless action ...

Kuwait sees budget deficit jumping by 50% in 2016-17

ArabianBusiness.com-9 hours ago
Kuwait's finance ministry said on Thursday that the Gulf oil exporter's 2016-17 draft budget forecasts a deficit of 12.2 billion dinar ($40.2 billion), nearly 50 ...

CIBC cuts Canada's economic growth outlook to 1.3% for 2016

CBC.ca-22 hours ago
"Even to achieve that pace, we're allowing for an additional $10 billion in stimulus relative to the election platform and $30 billion in federal deficit and a slightly ...

Derivatives Mean U.S. Cities Get No Free Pass From Crisis Legacy

Bloomberg-6 hours ago
Even in Chicago, a city contending with soaring pension bills and a school system ... that sold variable-rate bonds from the risk that interest costs would rise.

 

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RIP Paul Kanter of Jefferson Airplane - We Can Be Together

Maybe you heard, Paul Kanter died at 74 yesterday, founding member of the Airplane and Jefferson Starship.  He was one of the giants for those us who grew up immersed in the San Francisco sound of the era. It was a sound which, in full flight, had beauty, naivete, wisdom and monumental power drawn from tap roots deep in an another, unseen world.  With that high grade aviation fuel, it helped blow American culture off its moorings for a little while.  The idealistic Starship is still flying flat out, but it seems like it hasn't touched down in the real world for quite some time...

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Why some Greek pensioners may have to forage to survive

Wild greens known as "horta" have been a staple of the Cretan diet since Minoan times, but with Greece's rapidly worsening economic climate, foraging might once again become a way of life

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35430370

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Volunteers of America

Thanks Kelvinator for posting this sad milestone. I probably spent too much of my youth listening to The Airplane. Back then it was the Vietnam war that had our attention, but " Volunteers of America " sounds just as passionately appropriate today. I listen to that song from time to time to recharge my feelings of patriotic appreciation for the Founding Father's elegant attempt to mitigate the dark side of human nature, it still gives me goose-bumps.    

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Zika Virus and GM Mosquitoes

Connecting the dots? I will leave up to you to draw your own conclusions:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/brazil-genetically-modified-mos...

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/who-warns-zika-virus-is-spreading-explo...

 

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'Natural' mosquitoes are competent vectors - no help needed

 

Once a novel virus is introduced into a population with no immunity, as has been the case with Zika virus, it can spread quickly as newly infected people have high concentrations of virus in their blood, thereby infecting/colonizing more mosquitoes.

Other recent examples include: West Nile virus in the US:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2913730/

And Chikungunya virus emergence and transmission in the Caribbean:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4111178/

 

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US economic growth slows sharply

Undoubtedly this news is part of the reason for the stock market taking off today together with Japan instituting negative interest rates etc in a world where 'bad' news showing economic weakness is actually good news for the alternate reality that """markets"""" work in.

US economic growth slows sharply

 

What really makes me crazy though is the 'reason' for why the economy supposedly slowed.

The US Commerce department said one reason for the slower growth was a slowdown in consumer spending.

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Unseasonably mild weather held back some consumer spending, with another brake on growth from manufacturers who needed to run down surplus stock rather than make new goods.

Every first quarter economic activity is down because winter happens (the recent blizzard will be the latest excuse) and now every third quarter will be down because winter didn't happen enough!  'Sorry Martha, it just isn't cold enough to go out to Walmart and spend money we don't have...'

 

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What American collapse looks like today in policing

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/28/only-on-2-lapd-officers-say-more-patrol-needed-in-times-of-emergency/

 Officersicon1.png with the LAPD tell CBS2 that in the event of an emergency, you might have a long wait.

It’s a story that is Only On 2.

CBS2’s Randy Paige reports that many officers believe there aren’t enough of them to go around — especially in an emergency.

“The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can’t guarantee we’re going to get there in time to help you,” says Police Protective League President Jamie McBride.

He told Paige that Thursday morning between 5:30 and 10 a.m., there were just three patrol carsicon1.png assigned to the West LA division. Two cars to protect more than 200,000 people in a 65 square mile radius.

“West Los Angeles, at the minimum, should have seven patrol units, two-man units working,” McBride said.

Where I work, an officer who reveals to the public how many officers are working in a specific part of the city can be fired!  It's that sensitive politically.  In the above story out of LA the police union revealed the SHOCKINGLY thin level of manpower on the street, and the LAPD can't fire the union.  This is happening in every large and medium city in America and the politicians are keeping it from the citizens.  The politicians will say it's because they don't want to unnecessarily frighten the public.  Others would say they are only protecting their jobs and budgetary priorities (which deemphasize policing).  The union can be accused of seeking only to pad their officers' pockets with additional overtime to put enough cops on the street.  But the residents should be shocked that for a 4.5 hour period there were only 2 or 3 patrol cars covering 65 square miles where 200,000 people live.  

The take-away is: citizens should be aware of the problem and be prepared to defend themselves until police arrive.

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Where should your pension fund invest?

When it comes to a need for solutions, a longer term view is definitely worth considering. Any of the grey haired crowd worried about their 401K's have a valid concern. However, your kids and grandkids are going to question their seniors on why more funds weren't put into renewable energy while the capital was still flowing. I think it's time we start seriously looking at EROI and the implications over the long haul. The US military has been quietly investigating the ramifications of imported verses made at home energy. Should the rest of us not also consider our role in this?  

I think this is called marginal utility. Take a look at any cost per kilowatt hour graph and notice how the cost is coming down, as compared to this graph(Peak OIL, anyone). If you choose not to invest in renewables, your kids certainly will or be forced to! Return to capital or return on capital? Talk about a bubble!

IOC Capex vs Production 10-Yr History

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Hah! UTom.

However, your kids and grandkids are going to question their seniors on why more funds weren't put into renewable energy while the capital was still flowing. 

We are unable to see an energy solution if it were a naked nubile woman visiting at midnight. We are that blind. 

If it were a man-eating snail we couldn't be bothered to move out of it's way. We are that stupid. 

If it were pancakes and cream placed before us on the table we would need to be spoon fed. "Paging Mr. Darwin".

http://ecat.com/

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thc0655 wrote: The take-away
thc0655 wrote:

The take-away is: citizens should be aware of the problem and be prepared to defend themselves until police arrive.

 

That's all well and good, but if easy-access weaponry becomes outlawed on a large scale (knives, guns, Donald Trump's hairstyle etc) then all hell begins to break loose. We'll be back to the days of clubbing our neighbours for the right to 'earn' a meal. However, the police may not even have the means to attend a crime scene to assist.

 

A real-life parallel with this is Zimbabwe's police force at the height of its economic collapse, when budgets were cut to near-zero, officers went unpaid etc etc. If called by 'phone in the course of a domestic robbery or burglary the officers would calmly respond "Sure, of course we can come over while you're being robbed - can you come and pick us up?". Yep, no means of police transport. Not even bicycles with wooden wheels and stick-ended blue aluminium foil masquerading as a flashing light. One of my friends hid in his bedroom, got a burglary SOS to a neighbour in a hushed cellphone call. The neighbour raced to collect the police, who arrived amid much hullaballoo, and instructed him to give chase to the burglars in his 4WD vehicle while they sat in the back and admired the leather seats and general fitout. It seems far-fetched - and it would make a great sketch for a comedy show - but in a collapse situation it has precedent.

 

 

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paging Mr sensitive

"We are unable to see an energy solution if it were a naked nubile woman visiting at midnight. We are that blind. If it were a man-eating snail we couldn't be bothered to move out of it's way. We are that stupid. If it were pancakes and cream placed before us on the table we would need to be spoon fed. "Paging Mr. Darwin".

Ahhhhh Arthur, your errors elude you due to intellect. We do not see for a lack or vision, intellect or sloth. The error occurs due to lack of feeling, the heart must go where the others trend or dissonance and incoherence abound. 
 
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Fun Friday

OK, I'm getting seriously concerned about all you fine folks wearing out your " keys on your devices when describing the """markets""".  So I propose just spelling the offending item backwards.  Stekram.  See, easy and no quotes needed!  New word, sounds kind of sinister or unpleasant.  Fitting, no?  Aloha, Steve.

BTW, has anyone watched the new (?) series on Netflix- "Occupied"?  Near future fiction on Russian occupation of Norway to force it not to shut down it's petro production.  Interesting.....

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Paging Mz. Sensitive

Billions must die for lack of energy and I must worry about your feelings? 

I cannot work up a tear, even if I screw up my eyes. Any apology from me would be so false that it would cause my very soul to blush.

Thank you for the amusement though.

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I cannot work up a tear, even if I screw up my eyes. 

Try Vicks vapo-rub. A swipe under each eye does the trick.

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Policing in 3rd world collapses

You're exactly right locksmithuk!  And the other unmentionable tragedy neither of us have mentioned yet is that policing in 3rd world collapses becomes an entrepreneurial affair.  That is, everyone knows police aren't paid enough to keep doing the job, so they are expected to find ways to "supplement" their government income.  First, that's shaking down foreign tourists (if they still have any).  But then it goes dark as the police just become another criminal gang working any angle they can find to produce some income, regardless of the morality.  And don't think police gangs allying themselves with organized crime and drug dealers is the worst of it.  Wait until some clever police discover the big payoffs for them are allying themselves with criminal politicians and criminal military leaders.

And yes, disarming the public only makes the suffering at the hands of criminals (and corrupt police) exponentially worse.  The corrupt, tyranical government realizes they are at risk of the people violently resisting them, so they disarm the public under the guise of "public safety" and "common sense gun laws". That creates a vacuum that the criminal class is able to exploit for themselves while the rulers are busy committing democide.  That's why in the US many of us see the 2nd Amendment as the right that protects all the others and we will not allow it to be overruled or diluted into insignificance.

Of course, Nazi Germany is the gold standard but they were just one of many to do exactly the same thing.

http://spectator.org/articles/63424/hitler-and-gun-control

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”
By Stephen P. Halbrook
(The Independent Institute, 280 pages, $22.95)

One of the issues that liberals and gun control advocates are most loath to discuss is how heavily and effectively totalitarians and mass murderers have relied upon gun registration and other firearms controls to round up “enemies of the state.” Hitler, Stalin, Castro, and Mussolini all seized upon gun laws to punish, incarcerate, and even exterminate their opponents, while permitting their own evil cliques to expand and strengthen the state and party monopolies on gun ownership.

Stephen P. Halbrook, an attorney and Research Fellow with the Independent Institute in California, has written a remarkably well-documented analysis of how Adolf Hitler and his Nazi henchmen in the government made private, “unauthorized” gun ownership a capital crime, while using registration records to effectively turn ordinary Germans into instant criminals.

Halbrook’s book took 15 years to research and write, and he relied on German archivists and translators to assist him in plowing through original records and files from 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s Germany. The result is Gun Control in the Third Reich, a fascinating, readable, informative and important book.

Conservatives, libertarians, and pro-Second Amendment advocates who believe or presumed that Hitler initiated all of the gun controls of the era will be disabused of that misinformation by Halbrook. We learn from him that extensive gun registration and controls were actually implemented by liberal Weimar Republic leaders in the late 1920s. In those days, Berlin and other German cities were repeatedly rocked by violent street battles between Communist and Nazi thugs, with police often bearing the brunt of the confrontations. For example, during Communist-led confrontations in Berlin, one Erich Mielke murdered two police captains, earning his Communist “street cred,” while cavalierly creating orphans. Mielke escaped prosecution by making his way to the Soviet Union, where he remained until the Nazi defeat in 1945. Mielke thereupon joined the East German Secret Police (STASI), where a frightening bureaucracy relied on hundreds of thousands of informers, while internal “professionals” were refining new ways to physically and psychologically torture countrymen whose loyalty to the state was under review.

Mielke clawed his way to become director of the STASI in 1957, where he remained a feared and hated presence until the collapse of the Communist government in 1989.

In 1931, the Berlin police recorded the murders of 47 members of the Nazi Brownshirts (SA), and 80 members of the Communist Rotfront (Red Front), mostly in street battles with each other. In this sort of environment, German liberals of the day were hoping that gun registration and controls would restrain the violence racking their urban centers. In a lesson for future jurisdictions considering new restrictions on private ownership of firearms, it became obvious that neither the Nazis nor the Communists registered or turned in their weapons. Ordinary, law-abiding Germans did register their legally owned guns. But they were no threat to public tranquility.

On October 4, 1938, Nazi police arrested one Alfred Flatow in Berlin. His crime: being a Jew in lawful possession of a firearm. Lawful because he had dutifully registered his guns in January 1932, complying with the pre-Hitler anti-firearm decrees of the Weimar Republic. The arresting police were probably unaware that Flatow won Gold and Silver medals for Germany in the 1896 Olympics. He had also served in the German army in the 1890s.

As Weimar leaders were implementing their gun registration initiatives, they stressed how lists of gun owners and registrants had to remain confidential and needed to be kept away from “radical elements.” Less than a year later, Hitler took control of the national government, and his minions did gain possession of the entire national list of gun registrants. The Nazis used the registration lists to identify Jews, Roma, and other “enemies” who possessed firearms, so they could be disarmed.

In 1942, the Nazi government ordered Flatow to be deported. This action was protested by some of his Christian teammates from the 1896 German Olympic team, but to no avail. In October he was transported, along with 1,021 other deportees, to the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. In December, the 73-year old Alfred Flatow died at the camp, of starvation.

The Weimar gun control law of 1928 allowed police to deny firearms ownership to any “unreliable” person. The Nazis seized on this language, eventually making unauthorized ownership of guns and other weapons a very serious crime. As the Nazis were consolidating their power in the 1930s, there were two incidents where young male Jews, acting alone, assassinated Nazi leaders. In Paris, a young man shot and killed a German diplomat, and in Switzerland, the leader of the local Nazi party was also fatally shot. After each incident, the Nazis used the Ministry of Propaganda to demonize all Jews, and moved to restrict Jewish access to weapons. The Paris incident became the excuse for sparking the terrible “Kristallnacht” pogrom, where synagogues were set ablaze, Jewish stores were looted, and many Jewish citizens were beaten by brownshirted thugs.

On November 10, 1938, the Nazi Interior Department formally decreed that persons defined as Jews under the infamous Nuremberg Laws were prohibited from possessing any types of weapons. They declared that Jews possessing weapons would be subject to 20-year sentences in concentration camps. In the nations and territories invaded and occupied on Hitler’s orders, private gun ownership was punishable by death.

The Nazis also moved to control others who possessed weapons. Despite protests, the government banned all voluntary “shooting clubs” (Schuetzenvereine) in Germany. These clubs were popular forms of recreation across the nation, and many club leaders opposed the ban and even expressed objections to the Nazi government. As Hitler was rapidly centralizing and broadening his powers, he dissolved all local and independent shooting and sports clubs on May 10, 1933. Two weeks later, he created the Nazi-controlled German Shooting Sport Association (Deutscher Schiesssportverband), which became another mouthpiece for the Nazi government and, with war on the horizon, a source of males already trained in marksmanship.

And this is why Obama has been opposed at every turn on gun control.  It's not an NRA thing.  It's an American thing.

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Population disarmament

From where I sit way over here across the pond from the US, it appears that Uncle Sam has stage 1 of a totalitarian status locked in: the stupendous stockpile of domestic ammunition by Homeland Security. What's interesting are:

1) the illegality of some of these purchases under International Law

2) the apparently disproportionate purchase volumes in relation to prior usage levels in wartime theatre.

 

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the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.  As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month.  Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.  In America.

 

Source from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/#3d2a88dc5e01

 

In my experience it is very difficult to outthink an organised & determined totalitarian regime. First they'll quietly change the laws, then they'll starve you (it makes you far more compliant), then they'll remove your last vestiges of self-protection and freedom. By the time you've figured out the gameplan you also realise that you were out-manoeuvred 10 moves ago. I know - it's bordering on doom-mongering, but that's the reality of being ruled by sociopaths. That's why the tenets of resiliency & community promoted here on PP are exceptionally important for us all.

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do you think that it's as you say? Or is it corporate graft?

The way I understood it, their order was for all that ammunition over the next thirty years or so. If that's true, then it might be more a case of guaranteeing patronage to a company that wants bid-free business.

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Michael_Rudmin wrote:The way
Michael_Rudmin wrote:

The way I understood it, their order was for all that ammunition over the next thirty years or so. If that's true, then it might be more a case of guaranteeing patronage to a company that wants bid-free business.

 

Who knows? When it comes to a government's - or a corporation's - stated intent I'd never believe anything I was told at face value. The real answer probably lies 10 layers deep, below the subterfuge, distraction and real tidbits of honesty. I tend to value actions before words, and the way many US police forces are currently behaving towards their citizens I'd be guessing that the volumes in those weapons tenders are going to have to be revised.

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