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Daily Digest 2/12 - Good News Friday: Gold Outlook Improves, The Amazing Power Of Mushrooms

Friday, February 12, 2016, 12:58 PM

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

Brooklyn Youth Create Jobs (and Community Roots) Through Local Compost Program (Michael W.)

Mason and the group form part of BK Rot, a youth-run composting service. Bushwick has a 31.4 percent poverty rate—compared to 15.8 percent nationally—and a population that is 65.4 percent Hispanic and 37 percent foreign-born. Mason began working at BK Rot last summer, but the program started about three years ago. Sandy Nurse, a Bushwick resident, came up with the idea of collecting local compost by bike when she was supporting her own social and economic justice work by making bike deliveries. The crux was that the workers would be young people from the neighborhood, where good jobs with fair wages are hard to come by, especially for youth.

Viewpoint: The First Sounds of Merging Black Holes (Sterling C.)

For decades, scientists have hoped they could “listen in” on violent astrophysical events by detecting their emission of gravitational waves. The waves, which can be described as oscillating distortions in the geometry of spacetime, were first predicted to exist by Einstein in 1916, but they have never been observed directly. Now, in an extraordinary paper, scientists report that they have detected the waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) [1]. From an analysis of the signal, researchers from LIGO in the US, and their collaborators from the Virgo interferometer in Italy, infer that the gravitational waves were produced by the inspiral and merger of two black holes (Fig. 1), each with a mass that is more than 25 times greater than that of our Sun. Their finding provides the first observational evidence that black hole binary systems can form and merge in the Universe.

Gravitational Waves Exist: The Inside Story of How Scientists Finally Found Them (jdargis)

The collaborators began the arduous process of double-, triple-, and quadruple-checking their data. “We’re saying that we made a measurement that is about a thousandth the diameter of a proton, that tells us about two black holes that merged over a billion years ago,” Reitze said. “That is a pretty extraordinary claim and it needs extraordinary evidence.” In the meantime, the LIGO scientists were sworn to absolute secrecy. As rumors of the finding spread, from late September through this week, media excitement spiked; there were rumblings about a Nobel Prize. But the collaborators gave anyone who asked about it an abbreviated version of the truth—that they were still analyzing data and had nothing to announce. Kalogera hadn’t even told her husband.

The Dutch Are Opening a Poop Bank to Help Fight a Painful Disease (jdargis)

C. difficile is an extremely painful condition that can produce diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever. It’s also difficult to treat, because the bacteria are remarkably resistant to most antibiotics (in fact, people often get C. difficile infections after antiobiotic treatments, which, in the process of killing bad batcteria can also destroy good bacteria).

Gold outlook improves (Aaron M.)

The change in sentiment is notable, and coincided with the Bank of Japan reducing its deposit rate to minus 0.1%. There is a growing realisation that negative interest rate policy (NIRP) could also be on its way for the United States, so we must digress from considering the gold price to explore the potential effects of NIRP.Erik Townsend welcomes legendary investor Jim Rogers as MacroVoices’ first feature interview

Kanye West is the new gold, or why you should invest in his sneakers (jdargis)

And those sneakers were only released in December. You would be hard pressed to find another asset that gained as much value last year; stocks were mixed, bonds went sideways, and commodities were hit hard. Gold, the traditional safe haven in times of turmoil, fell by more than 10% during the year.

The Book Radical Mycology Showcases the Amazing Power of Mushrooms (jdargis)

The original intent of the book was to expand on the Radical Mycology website’s efforts to champion mushrooms as a source of food, medicine, and bioremediation (environmental cleanup). But when McCoy began undertaking additional research, he soon realized there was still a lot left to say about fungi, and the book became a compendium of information on the organisms and how they interact with other parts of the world. McCoy digs into the mushroom’s role in history, culture, science, and the environment, among many other topics.

Ostrich … It’s What’s for Dinner (jdargis)

"Everyone was so focused on cranking out chicks to sell to some other sucker that no one ever created a viable end market,” says McCoy. “Why would you slaughter a bird for $1,500 in revenue if you could sell it to your neighbor for $30,000? Why turn that into meat? That would be an $800 steak, so no one ever did. And as a result America never became used to eating ostrich.”

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Are you ready for your encounter with a homicidal Muslim?

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2016/02/12/muslim-terrorist-attack-in-ohio-msm-covers-it-up/#more-114969

A Muslim walks into a deli and asks whether the owner is Jewish or Christian. He is told it is owned by a Jewish man. He leaves and comes back with a machete, hacking up patrons of the deli. The police are baffled by this “random” attack. A Muslim from Somalia attacks a Jewish deli and the police and MSM can’t figure out the motive. The f***ing political correct bullsh** in this country is mind numbing.

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/02/12/was-ohio-restaurant-targeted-in-machete-attack-over-israel/

This lone wolf was on the terrorism watch list.  Take my word for it: if you think more than 25 suspects out of the many thousands on those lists is actively being followed, surveilled and "watched" you're out of your mind.  Or maybe you've just seen too many episodes of "24."

You have to be able to defend yourself from "whatever" for the 3-20 minutes it will take police to arrive.  A lot of bad stuff can be done in three minutes.

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YES thc0655

Will use whatever means available to protect the innocent people! Enough people stand against evil and they might rethink their strategy.

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I guess this is good news, sort of

Sad that it's been going on.  Sad that it was so widespread and reached the very top. But good news that at least in this instance someone is being held accountable, up to a point.

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/national-sheriff-of-the-year-pleads-guilty-rats-out-deputies-exposing-rampant-police-corruption-in-la_022016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca shocked everyone Wednesday when he pled guilty to lying to federal investigators — reversing years of insistence he had been unaware of the corruption and civil rights abuses which were once rampant throughout the county jail system he headed for 15 years.

In return for an agreement with prosecutors that they would not seek a prison sentence longer than six months, Baca admitted he had willfully made a number of false statements during the corruption probe and agreed not to contest a number of other allegations against him. 

“Today’s charge and plea agreements demonstrate that illegal behavior within the Sheriff’s Department went to the very top of the organization,” said U.S. Attorney for California’s Central District, Eileen M. Decker, reported KTLA“More importantly, this case illustrates that leaders who foster and then try to hide a corrupt culture will be held accountable.”

Filed in a federal court Wednesday morning, Baca admitted in his plea arrangement that he was aware his subordinates planned to approach the FBI agent in charge of the corruption probe in her home and he would not contest he directed deputies to “do everything but put handcuffs on” her, according to the L.A. Times. Additionally, Baca lied about his role in hiding an FBI informant inside the jail system — a plot given to his second-in-command, Paul Tanaka — so investigators could not contact him...

So far, the sweeping corruption investigation has led to the conviction of more than a dozen employees of the Sheriff’s Department.

While the depth of the corruption and civil rights abuses are shocking, Baca’s guilty plea evidences at least a modicum of possible justice. As the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, who agree Baca deserves to be punished, said of Wednesday’s developments:

“The plea agreement sends a strong message that no one is above the law. There must be zero tolerance for this type of failed leadership. This by no means undermines the dedication and hard work of the more than 9,000 deputy sheriffs who put their lives on the line protecting L.A. County residents.”

Imagine trying to be one of the honest, conscientious Sheriff's department employees in a system like that...

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Quote:

Are we still of any use? We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?

     - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

 

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Disparity in life spans between rich and poor growing in US

A growing body of data shows the disparity in lifespans between rich and poor continues to grow in US despite advances in technology and medicine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/13/health/disparity-in-life-spans-of-the-...

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A possible defence.

It appears to me that we must rely on the Jews to reign in the Zionist.

The Zionist are very effective in shutting down the Goyim with hate speech laws and the courts, but they do allow Jews a dissenting voice. 

(Except for Hudes who was laid out cold by a young thug for suggesting that Moses was Akhenaten at her Synagogue.)

Hint.  Always find a Jewish defense lawyer. 

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Concealed Carry
thc0655 wrote:

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2016/02/12/muslim-terrorist-attack-in-ohio-msm-covers-it-up/#more-114969

A Muslim walks into a deli and asks whether the owner is Jewish or Christian. He is told it is owned by a Jewish man. He leaves and comes back with a machete, hacking up patrons of the deli. The police are baffled by this “random” attack. A Muslim from Somalia attacks a Jewish deli and the police and MSM can’t figure out the motive. The f***ing political correct bullsh** in this country is mind numbing.

https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/2016/02/12/was-ohio-restaurant-targeted-in-machete-attack-over-israel/

This lone wolf was on the terrorism watch list.  Take my word for it: if you think more than 25 suspects out of the many thousands on those lists is actively being followed, surveilled and "watched" you're out of your mind.  Or maybe you've just seen too many episodes of "24."

You have to be able to defend yourself from "whatever" for the 3-20 minutes it will take police to arrive.  A lot of bad stuff can be done in three minutes.

I have been surprised by the news a few people I have known for a vary long time are now going CC.  I assume this is not unusual.  If I owned a storefront biz, I would put up a sign "Guns Allowed".

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It would be funny if they didn’t have the power to make YOU pay

It’s starting to feel like we have functioning markets again. Starting. Central bankers still seek to meddle where and when they can, but their role is largely done.

// one could also make a good case that it was Yellen’s rate hike that was the culprit. Or even Draghi’s ‘whatever it takes’. It doesn’t matter much anymore.

Though what should remain clear is that it was in their interference in markets to begin with, as extremely expensive as it has been extremely useless and dumb, that the real guilt resides

http://www.theautomaticearth.com/2016/02/is-this-debts-last-rattle/

 

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On Willful Blindness
Quote:

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice.

Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."

- Michael Rivero

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Gravity waves. 

Gravity waves. 

I have my doubts.  1/000th the width of a neutron?  Really? 1/1000th the width of a neutron over two and a half miles? I could startle it further than that with a moderately bad word.

Methinks she doth protest too much. 

And then the MSM went and endlessly repeated that teeth grindingly empty cliche

extraordinary claim and it needs extraordinary evidence

No they don't. Claims require evidence. Period. 

If all it took to sound erudite is to mouth that hogwash then any clown would be king. 

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