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Geopolitics / World Wrassling Diplomacy - Kunstler
« on: June 12, 2018, 06:45:36 AM »
World Wrassling Diplomacy - Kunstler


Why not war with Canada? That pissant “nation” is cluttering up the northern half of OUR Continent, which we struggled mightily to free from wicked Old Europe. What doesn’t Justin Trudeau get about that? And when we’re done with him, how about a few rounds with Frau Merkel and the wee frog, Monsieur Macron? I’d like to see the Golden Golem of Greatness in a leotard and one of those Mexican wrestling masks, tossing these peevish international dwarves out of the ring like so many sacks of potting soil.

And now it’s off to Singapore for a championship bout with the opponent known as “Little Rocket Man.” There’s an odd expectation that these two avatars of unreality will settle the hash that has been simmering for sixty years between the divided Korea and the USA. Mr. Trump will make a deal to turn North Korea into a golfer’s paradise and Mr. Kim will promise to beat his nuclear arsenal into nine irons and putters. And then they’ll celebrate on Air Force One with bags of Big Macs and Buckets o’Chicken. (Let the aides and advisors fight over the Singapore Noodles and squid beaks in garlic sauce.)

The New York Times lost its shit Monday morning with a lead editorial that hauled onstage the stock villain from The Times’ repertory of international bogeymen: Russia.

    If a president of the United States were to sketch out a secret, detailed plan to break up the Atlantic alliance, that plan would bear a striking resemblance to Trump’s behavior. It would involve outward hostility to the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Germany and Japan. Specifically, it would involve picking fights over artificial issues — not to win big concessions for the United States, but to create conflict for the sake of it. A secret plan to break up the West would also have the United States looking for new allies to replace the discarded ones. The most obvious would be Russia, the biggest rival within Europe to Germany, France and Britain. And just as Russia does, a United States intent on wrecking the Atlantic alliance would meddle in the domestic politics of other countries to install new governments that also rejected the old alliance.

Ah, so…. To The Times, Canada, Britain, France, Germany and Japan are little more than a pain-in-the-ass-ex-wives-club, and North Korea is the irresistible porn star with a huge rack, proffered by that evil old pimp, Russia, in the never-ending game of Rope-a-Dope they’ve been running on Mr. Trump since even before he glided down that fateful escalator in his gilded Fifth Avenue tower. Surely, the wicked Putin has rigged up the Singapore hotel with the latest spy-ware and loaded the president’s closets with whores and real estate developers to tempt Mr. Trump into every sort of unnatural act dreamed up in the Kompromat labs of Yasenevo.

I’m all for world peace, and I would like to attempt to take the Kim-Trump meeting seriously, but it is hard to imagine two characters less prepared by the rigors of reality than this pair. Each has been dwelling in a magic kingdom of his own life-long. Both exhibit behaviors typical of children: sulking, threats, bluster, and mysterious mood shifts. The supposedly serious adults around Mr. Trump must be going through the Xanax like Tic-Tacs. The military attachés around the inscrutable Kim might recall the 2016 execution of two NK ministers shot to death with anti-aircraft guns for displeasing the boss — one of them for merely falling asleep during a Kim speech. Who cleaned up that mess, I wonder.

Maybe something good can come out of this improbable set-up. I expect a kind of vaudeville act: a few moments of the two principals pretending that they understand what each is saying… a hopeful communiqué announcing the blooming of a million flowers, and a fateful blowup a few hours into the honeymoon when Kim, Trump, and all the spear-carriers on both sides realize that they had no idea what they were talking about.

Then, on Thursday or thereabouts the long-awaited DOJ Inspector General’s report comes out, after a going-over by the very folks at the FBI whose conduct is the subject of that review. I expect a new layer in the mighty cake baked by the white knights of the Resistance. This one will be called Redacto-Gate.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/world-wrassling-diplomacy/ :icon_study:

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Just an old photo someone posted without comment or link that caught my eye. Got me thinking a bit as well.  :dontknow: :icon_scratch:   :cwmddd: :Thinkingof_:

                                 

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From the masterful pen of a brilliant and extremely perceptive author.


You Think It's All About Guns?




Is it possible that we Americans only pretend not to notice the conditions that produce an epidemic of school shootings, or is the public just too dumbed-down to connect the dots?

Look at the schools themselves. We called them “facilities” because they hardly qualify as buildings: sprawling, one-story, tilt-up, flat-roofed boxes isolated among the parking lagoons out on the six-lane highway strip, disconnected from anything civic, isolated archipelagoes where inchoate teenage emotion festers and rules while the few adults on the scene are regarded as impotent clowns representing a bewildering clown culture wrapped in a Potemkin economy that has nothing to offer young people except a lifetime of debt and “bullshit jobs” — to borrow a phrase from David Graeber.

Santa Fe, Texas, High School

The world of teens has been exquisitely engineered to steal every opportunity for colonizing the chemical reward centers of their brains to provoke endorphin hits, especially the cell-phone realm of social media, which is almost entirely about status competition, much of which revolves around the wild hormonal promptings of teen sexual development — at the same time they are bombarded with commercial messages designed to prey on their fantasies, longings, and perceived inadequacies. All of this produces immersive and incessant melodrama along with untold grievance, envy, frustration, confusion, and rage. And, of course, where the cell-phone universe leaves off, the world of video games begins, so that boys (especially) get to act-out in “play” the extermination of their competitors and foes.

I will venture to say — against the tide of current sexual politics — that adolescence is much tougher for boys these days than it is for girls. Every boy in one way or another faces his archetypal hero’s journey, the hard-wired seeking to become powerful in one way or another, to accomplish something, to prevail over adversaries, to win the goodies of life. This country used to be a place where young men had many useful and practical paths to follow in enacting that eternal script.

That has changed utterly in a couple of generations. Young men are being out-competed by young women who enjoy the advantage of being hard-wired to cooperate with others in the hive-like corporate workplaces that require tractable drones who will just follow instructions. The smart ones can easily avoid pregnancy, too, and still enjoy sex and all the exciting social games it entails.

For young men, beyond the repellent corporate world of work are only fantasies about triumphing in pro sports, show business, or the drug trade, with pornography and masturbation in place of the tension-filled process of mate-seeking. There is also plenty of opportunity these days for archetypal acting-out in warfare, but our wars lately are devoid of valorous story-lines, and instead of dying nobly for a cause, our soldiers are more likely to come home with shattered brains and bodies from campaigns of no discernable meaning.

And so high school is the launching pad for all that, though in this era of protracted adolescence, mass murders also take place on college campuses. The part of the forebrain that regulates judgment generally doesn’t complete its development in young men until sometime in their early twenties. And college is swiftly becoming as meaningless as high school, given the economic landscape, and the debt racketeering now deeply associated with higher education.

It’s all part-and-parcel with an American way-of-life that is not what it advertises itself to be. It’s become a cruel hologram of a distant memory of a land that sold its soul for a few decades of comfort and convenience, and ended up in a wilderness of addiction to cheap hits of pleasure. Pleasure is not happiness and the constant seeking to satisfy pleasures is not a journey to meaning. The catch is that this toxic way of life has poor prospects for continuing as a practical matter. History is catching up with our foolishness and history will prove to be even more wrathful than a lonely, confused, seventeen-year-old boy with a pistol and shotgun.

http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/you-think-its-all-about-guns/  :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study:


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Conspiracy / Fluoride: A Big Mistake?
« on: April 08, 2018, 09:45:08 AM »
What is fluoride? Is it safe to drink? Is it safe for your children? Should we be adding fluoride to our water supply?  What about fluoridated toothpaste? In this report we speak with two men from the Fluoride Action Network who are taking water fluoridation and the government head on, with science on their side as they are suing the EPA to end the deliberate fluoridation of water in the U.S.

                              <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/VQAjWu0hBnw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/VQAjWu0hBnw</a>

 :dontknow:

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Futurology / Autos and Trucks
« on: April 08, 2018, 07:12:03 AM »
This is not my field and is only an inquiry.

Assuming as I do, that the automobile as we know it today is going the way of the dodo bird, and fast, not ten or twenty years from now. My view of this matter comes from my view of slow collapse, cheap oil running out very soon, bankrupt countries unable to repair, let alone build the roads required, a middle class crashing into poverty, inflation and rapid depletion of available resources at a reasonable cost, pollution and other matters.

My idea is that cars will disappear first followed by trucks later as they are required for food distribution.

Any one have some solid ideas on how this will likely play out?

Are we going the uber taxi route where no one owns a car but calls uber?

The car rental for a day or week route?

The public transport route?

Will we all have to move to a city where we can walk most of the time to our needs?

Will we have to move toward huge food distribution areas where we bus in and out weekly to shop?

What will happen to suburbia?

Will society change  and people if we find ourselves unable to leave our homes often and what will this do to the current and future economy as well as specific industries

Will real estate prices collapse around the entire nation and go to astronomical prices in major cities which forces folks to live in closet sized apartments or condos.

My interest is economic on these matters and not scientific. Think we are in slow not very rapid collapse and am only seeking ideas on how to prepare for possible outcomes in this next phase that I feel is directly ahead of us.

Of course no one need tell me it isn't going to happen, am aware of the distinct possibility that my ideas are completely wrong on this matter. Just contemplating exposure, planning for possibilities and trying to protect myself and family from financial ruin for as long as possible.

Any thoughts on the matter at any time most welcomed. Thanks, GO

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Collapse of Credibility In Mainstream Press Burdens Its Readers

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | March 19, 2018




It’s not just President Trump who thinks “fake news” is a problem. Even the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward is warning that some reporters are becoming “emotionally unhinged” covering President Trump and crossing over into a “tone of ridicule.”

Science magazine, the peer-reviewed journal whose headlines usually run to “Random heteropolymers preserve protein function in foreign environments” or “Organometallic and radical intermediates reveal mechanism of dipthamide biosynthesis,” devoted a recent article to “The science of fake news.” It observed that “general trust in the mass media collapsed to historic lows in 2016.”

The Science article was by David Lazer of Northeastern University, Matthew Baum of Harvard, and 14 other scholars affiliated with, among other institutions, MIT, Tufts, Indiana University, University of California Santa Barbara, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia, Brown, and Boston College. They advocated identifying and reacting to “fake news” in part by focusing on the intent of publishers.

That, they write, “allows us to avoid the morass of trying to evaluate the accuracy of every single news story.”

With all due respect to the academics, evaluating the accuracy of “every single news story” is precisely the responsibility of every single reader. The alternative — blindly trusting the story, suspending skepticism or independent judgment just because the article confirms your existing point of view, was shared on social media by a friend, or comes from a “credible” news organization — is a kind of infantilization.

To the credit of the academics, they float “empowering individuals” as one possible solution to the “fake news” problem. They mention “education” to “improve individual evaluation of the quality of information sources.”

They do, though, worry that “an emphasis on fake news might also have the unintended consequence of reducing the perceived credibility of real-news outlets.”

It seems to me that the bigger risk to what the academics credulously call “real-news outlets” is that editors erode a publication’s credibility by allowing inaccurate, partisan, fraudulent, or tendentious news to slip through. It’s not just the outright hoax-perpetrators such as Janet Cooke at the Washington Post, Stephen Glass at the New Republic, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times. It’s also the way bias, double-standards, or sloppiness slip into even run-of-the-mill, routine news coverage.

Take, for example, the New York Times news article reporting on President Trump’s decision to hire Lawrence Kudlow as chairman of the National Economic Council. It devoted three paragraphs to a poll that “found support dipping slightly for Mr. Trump’s signature tax law: 49 percent of respondents approved of the bill, down from 51 percent in February.”

Given that the poll’s margin of sampling error was 1.5%, the idea that a two percentage point move either way is newsworthy is questionable. If the poll had moved two percentage points in the other direction and President Trump tweeted triumphantly about it, you can bet that Times “fact-checkers” would have been all over his case about being statistically illiterate.

The same Times news article faulted Mr. Kudlow for having been “wildly wrong” by, as the Times put it, “denying the existence of recessions while they were already underway during President George W. Bush’s administration.”

As an example, the Times quoted Mr. Kudlow as writing in December 2007, “Despite all the doom and gloom from the economic pessimistas...the resilient U.S. economy continues moving ahead.”

It’s not clear to me that Mr. Kudlow’s December 2007 view qualifies as “wildly wrong.” The nonpartisan National Bureau of Economic Research, which has a committee of eminent academic economists that retrospectively dates recessions, describes December 2007 as “the peak of the business cycle,” meaning that it was both the “last month” of the expansion and the “first month of the recession.” Fourth quarter real GDP growth in 2007 was positive, not negative.

Even if Mr. Kudlow was wrong, wildly or less than wildly, in December 2007, he sure had plenty of company. One New York Times news headline from that month was “Shares Rally on Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data.” The lead paragraph of that news article spoke of “renewed optimism about the outlook for the economy.”

Another Times news headline from that month was “Economy Holding Up, Reports Find.” That article began, “Maybe the American economy is not going to keel over just yet, after all. Government reports released Thursday showed surprising resilience in the broader economy.”

Attempting to evaluate the accuracy of each individual news story may be a “morass,” as the peer-reviewed professors put it. But readers who shirk the task do so at their own peril.


https://www.nysun.com/national/collapse-of-presss-credibility-puts-the-burden/90218/ :icon_study: :icon_study:

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Economics / OECD GDP Forecasts 2018
« on: March 13, 2018, 12:43:12 PM »

                                 

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Spirituality & Mysticism / Cain and Abel - Kim Jong Un
« on: March 06, 2018, 07:30:46 AM »
Quote Eddie:

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I expect the South Koreans to take a pacifist approach here. I applaud their efforts to solve the problem, but they're kinda stuck between the empire, on which their booming economy depends, and NK, whose intentions are (or should be) fairly suspect. I doubt Kim Young Fatty's ideas of unification are much like what Moon thinks.
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A man who would murder his own brother cannot be trusted with anything. While I heartily applaud and approve of any improvement in their relationship and ours, to trust this evil barbarian would be the height of folly and sheer idiocy.

                                   

   The Death of Abel

Gustave Doré (1832-83), artist

H. Pisan, engraver

1866

Source: The Holy Bible


“And it came to pass . . . Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him” (Gensis 1:2)

“And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not.

Am I my brother's keeper? . . . (Genesis 4: 8,9)


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Chief Diner brown noser and ass kisser of recognized geniuses GO just caught the latest from Stephen Hawking.
It's beyond my brain what he is talking about, but I'm posting it with the firm conviction that one of our Diner wizards can explain it and let us know where he has gone wrong with this, nonsense, and of course to brown nose him.


                                 

  Stephen Hawking says he knows what happened before the dawn of time
  :icon_scratch:

 
 It's the biggest question in the universe. What happened before the Big Bang? Now world-famous physicist Steven Hawking says he has an answer.

“The boundary condition of the universe ... is that it has no boundary,” Hawking tells the National Geographic’s Star Talk show this weekend.

In other words, there is no time before time began as time was always there.

It was just different.

He tells physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that amid the almost infinitely small quantum foam of the singularity before the Big Bang, time existed in a ‘bent’” state.

It was distorted along another dimension — always getting fractionally closer to, but never becoming, nothing.

So there never was a Big Bang that created something from nothing.

It’s just looks that way from our point of perspective.

“All the evidence seems to indicate, that the universe has not existed forever, but that it had a beginning, about 15 billion years ago,” Hawking says in one of his lectures.

“There must have been a beginning. Otherwise, the universe would be in a state of complete disorder by now, and everything would be at the same temperature. In an infinite and everlasting universe, every line of sight would end on the surface of a star. This would mean that the night sky would have been as bright as the surface of the Sun. The only way of avoiding this problem would be if, for some reason, the stars did not shine before a certain time.”

But things were different at the Big Bang.

“The density would have been infinite,” Hawking says.
“It would have been what is called, a singularity. At a singularity, all the laws of physics would have broken down. This means that the state of the universe, after the Big Bang, will not depend on anything that may have happened before, because the deterministic laws that govern the universe will break down in the Big Bang.”

This has long posed a serious problem for physics, he says.

“Since events before the Big Bang have no observational consequences, one may as well cut them out of the theory, and say that time began at the Big Bang. Events before the Big Bang, are simply not defined, because there’s no way one could measure what happened at them.”

But there are ways to figure out what came before, he says.

“Quantum theory introduces a new idea, that of imaginary time. Imaginary time may sound like science fiction, and it has been brought into Doctor Who. But nevertheless, it is a genuine scientific concept. One can picture it in the following way. One can think of ordinary, real, time as a horizontal line. On the left, one has the past, and on the right, the future. But there’s another kind of time in the vertical direction. This is called imaginary time, because it is not the kind of time we normally experience. But in a sense, it is just as real as what we call real time.”

This has enormous implications when it comes to the Big Bang.

“James Hartle of the University of California Santa Barbara, and I have proposed that space and imaginary time together, are indeed finite in extent, but without boundary. They would be like the surface of the Earth, but with two more dimensions. The surface of the Earth is finite in extent, but it doesn’t have any boundaries or edges. I have been around the world, and I didn’t fall off. “

There’s no raw physics that supports his idea. Yet.

But Hawking’s insight has proven right before.

What we do know is that when it comes to the Big Bang — and black holes — our understanding of physics breaks down.

The only certainty about the infinitesimally small quantum building blocks of our universe is that they are uncertain. Simply observing them can cause them to change. They can be in two places — or two states — at once.

They seem to be a physical embodiment of probability and potential: elements of reality that haven’t quite yet decided what they’re going to do.

While it dictates our lives, we still don’t know what time is. Or exactly where it comes from.

We know how it works. We know its effects.

It’s like gravity.

It doesn’t entirely seem to fit in the ‘big’ world of the physics we experience, nor the ‘weird’ world of the subatomic.

But, like the strange behavior of quantum physics, perhaps time has a lot more left to tell.

This story originally appeared in news.com.au.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/03/05/stephen-hawking-says-knows-what-happened-before-dawn-time.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fscitech+%28Internal+-+SciTech+-+Mixed%29  :icon_study: :icon_study: :icon_study:                 :spacecraft:

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MEXICO’S OIL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DISINTEGRATE: PEMEX Suffers $18 Billion Loss

I became a peak oiler reading this stuff 10 years ago much to the dismay of my bank account. :'(

Still am by the way, I was just to early as they all say. :laugh: ;D :exp-grin:

Whatever the case they now are talking about Cantrell running dry soon. Count me as a believer, but the oil market doesn't believe it, at least not right now.  :icon_scratch: :dontknow:

Many charts in this article for interested parties, will only post part of it, Sunday mornings make me want to shy away from this stuff for more artistic enjoyable type topics.




MEXICO'S OIL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO DISINTEGRATE: PEMEX Suffers $18 Billion Loss



The situation in Mexico’s oil industry continues to rapidly disintegrate as falling oil production and rising costs resulted in an $18 billion fourth-quarter loss for the state-run oil company, PEMEX.  Part of the reason for the huge financial loss at PEMEX was the fall in the value of the Mexican Peso.  While PEMEX’s costs are in Pesos, it sells crude oil and purchases petroleum products in Dollars.  Because the Mexican Peso declined 8% versus the Dollar, it put a huge strain on the company’s year-end financials.

Regardless, Mexico’s oil production continues to fall due to the natural decline from resource depletion.  However, as Mexico’s oil production falls, its net oil exports have dropped significantly as well.  Thus, falling net oil imports translates to less revenue for PEMEX.  According to BP’s 2017 Statistical Review, Mexico’s net oil exports hit a low of 587,000 barrels per day (bd) in 2016, down from 1,867,000 bd in 2004:

While Mexico’s oil production declined from a peak in 2004, its domestic consumption has remained basically flat.  Which means, Mexico’s net oil exports have fallen by more than two-thirds in just 12 years.  Unfortunately, it looks like Mexico’s oil production will be down another 10% in 2017.

                                     


https://srsroccoreport.com/mexicos-oil-industry-continues-disintegrate-pemex-suffers-18-billion-loss/  :icon_study: :Thinkingof_:

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Geopolitics / Migrants Are Hot-Button Issue as Italians Prepare to Vote
« on: February 25, 2018, 07:03:41 AM »

                                   


wsj.com
Migrants Are Hot-Button Issue as Italians Prepare to Vote
Giovanni Legorano and Marcus Walker

Feb. 25, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

UMBERTIDE, Italy— Armando Paolucci, an itinerant butcher from this rugged town in central Italy, voted for left-wing parties all his life. Once, he even ran as a Communist candidate for the local council.

But on March 4, besides celebrating his 65th birthday, he will vote for the anti-immigration Lega (League) party in Italy’s national elections. The country’s center-left incumbents, he says, have lost touch with ordinary people and are devoting too many resources to support migrants.

“We who are from here are worth less to them than the new arrivals,” Mr. Paolucci said, standing beside his van where he sells porchetta roast pork at Umbertide’s weekly market.

Immigration has become a central battleground in Italy’s election, along with fear of crime, a battered economy, and disgust with political incumbents. Parties of the right are pledging to kick out hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants.

The governing center-left, which argues there are no simple solutions, is struggling to prevent an erosion of its vote—even in bastions such as Umbertide, a town once so solidly left-wing that local cynics called it “little Stalingrad.”

Italy is at the forefront of Europe’s migration crisis, now that the Balkans and other paths to Europe have become less passable for people from the poor and war-torn regions nearby. More than 750,000 migrants have reached Italy’s shores since 2011, most of them rescued from rickety boats while trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa.

A survey by research institute Demos & Pi in November found that 43% of Italians think immigrants represent a danger to public order and people’s safety, up from 33% in 2015. Italian authorities argue the angst is overblown: Crimes rates in Italy have dropped by 17% in the last two years, according to the Interior Ministry. But the fears are dominating the election.

Italy’s vote is the latest in a series of major European elections that have pitted nativist movements and other anti-establishment insurgents against governing centrists. The result, as in many other European countries, is likely to be a fragmentation of the political landscape, making stable governments hard to form. Left-of-center parties in particular are struggling to respond to a cocktail of economic and identity fears among working-class voters.

Opinion polls suggest the likeliest outcome is a hung parliament, with no party or alliance winning a majority. But outright victory for a right-of-center alliance is also possible. That alliance, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and including the Lega, has risen to 38% support in surveys, thanks partly to its tough line on immigration. The 5 Star Movement, an eclectic anti-incumbent group, has around 28% support in polls, while the ruling center-left Democratic Party trails with around 23%.

Some parties have dialed up their anti-immigrant rhetoric this month, after a far-right gunman shot and wounded six African migrants in a city in central Italy before giving the fascist salute.

Lega leader Matteo Salvini condemned the shooting by a former local candidate from his party, but suggested migration was the real problem. “Out-of-control immigration brings chaos, hatred, social disputes...drug dealing, rape, robberies and violence,” he said. Mr. Berlusconi said irregular migrants “represent a social bomb ready to explode.”

A few days after the Feb. 3 shooting, Mr. Salvini launched the Lega’s election campaign by visiting Umbertide, an industrial town of 17,000 people in the hilly Umbria region, where the construction of a large Islamic cultural center and mosque has sparked a fierce debate. Visiting the building site, Mr. Salvini promised to block its completion if his party wins power. He declared Islam “a law, not a religion” and “incompatible with our values, our rights and our freedom.”

"We are in a democracy so everybody can express his opinion, but I think some politicians have wrong ideas about Islam,” says Chafiq El Oqayly, head of Umbertide’s Islamic association.

Many locals worry the cultural center will attract Muslim migrants from all over central Italy. Anna Di Fiore, a 19-year-old graphic-design graduate from a local technical college, says she is uncomfortable with how it could change the town. Her parents always vote for the left, Ms. Di Fiore says, but Mr. Salvini’s visit persuaded her and her boyfriend to vote for Lega.

“We are for putting Italians first,” says Vittorio Galmacci, head of the Lega chapter in Umbertide. “Like the Catholic religion says, we should love our neighbor first, before those who are more distant.”

The town’s ruling Democratic Party, which sold the land to the local Islamic association, is striving to tamp down the controversy. Umbertide has had a Muslim minority for decades, including many North Africans who came to work at local factories and tobacco farms. “They came for jobs that Italians did not want to do,” said local Democratic leader Lucia Ranuncoli. The roughly 3,000 Muslims in the area have never posed a problem, she added. “The cultural center is being instrumentalized.”

The 5 Star Movement, which is increasingly turning against immigration too, says recently arrived migrants in Umbertide haven’t fit in. “Once, the Muslim community was completely integrated,” said local representative Michele Venti. “Now we know very little about them.”

The debate is dividing Umbertide, as it is Italy as a whole. “Feelings of hate, of turning away from other people, have been aroused, even in this small town,” Ms. Ranuncoli said. “It’s an election driven by emotions.”


https://www.wsj.com/articles/migrants-are-hot-button-issue-as-italians-prepare-to-vote-1519563600 :icon_study:

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You're not going to like this.

I've spent some time recently on a "new" bit of "fun" that a few of my various scanning tools have flagged as potentially nasty coming from various sites around the Internet, including some very well known sites.

There is an ugly little bit of game-playing going on and it doesn't appear to be one site or two either; it's spreading, and it's neither an accident nor is there any evidence that the sites in question have been hacked -- that is, this looks intentional on the part of the site owners.

What are they doing?  Hijacking your CPU during the time you're on their site to run hash calculations.

Guess what that's for?  Cryptocurrency mining -- and the site is keeping the results.

I assume that someone has come up with a "package" that these sites can put in their HTML that then grabs the appropriate resources and runs them, assuming it's not blocked.  All you see is a slowdown and more CPU consumption on your computer, but the mere act of visiting and viewing their content results in your computer being used to make them money.  While the actual amount of hashing one person with one computer visiting the site could do is extremely small for a site that generates a lot of views the potential financial reward to said site owner (which I assume they are splitting with the code developer in some fashion) could be quite material.

Isn't that special folks?  This almost wins over the scam I found on some fairly major sites last year that were attempting to load things on mobiles, targeting Android specifically, but only on if you visited from an Android handset.  I reported on that one at the time.

This sort of hijacking of resources should be treated as a felony violation of the law and it's very traceable since it's coming from "ad code" that a site owner has to insert intentionally into their site's HTML generation code, but you know damn well it won't be. :-\

https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232879 :icon_study:

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“What We Know As The United States Might Not Survive The Collapse”

Lynette Zang and Joseph Tainter discuss what a global economic collapse today would look like. (Spoiler alert: it’s not good)

Joseph Tainter interviewed by Lynette Zang of ITM Trading

    Dr. Joseph Tainter has a PHD from North Western University, Studied Anthropology at the University of CA, Berkeley, is currently a Professor in the Department of Environment and Society Studies at Utah State University and is the author of The collapse of Complex Societies.

    Books that were discussed by Dr. Tainter:

    The Collapse of Complex Societies (New Studies in Archaeology) https://www.amazon.com/Collapse-Compl

    Drilling Down: The Gulf Oil Debacle and Our Energy Dilemma https://www.amazon.com/Drilling-Down-

                                          <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/jxM-Vexnhv8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/jxM-Vexnhv8</a>

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James Kunstler is always worth my time.

Interesting and worthwhile but not a GO Top Recommendation. Berman is knowledgeable for sure, but lacks a preciseness that I find desirable in a proclaimed Expert.


  http://kunstler.com/podcast/kunstlercast-299-happened-peak-oil-chat-art-berman/  :icon_study:

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