Fears that Mount Agung would explode in Bali sparked the evacuation of 50,000 mere days ago. But the volcano hasn’t erupted yet, instead, Mount Sinabung is now exploding.
More than 75,000 people living in the area have fled since the announcement that the Mount Agung volcano’s eruption is imminent. The fear that Mout Agung will go off at any time has just been ratcheted up to the highest level as well, leaving displaced residents rightly concerned. While all attention was focused on the potential imminent eruption of Mount Agung in Bali, another deadly Indonesian volcano has dramatically exploded in Sumatra.
Sinabung is located on the “Ring of Fire,” a volatile zone of seismic activity with hundreds of active volcanoes and 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes.
The ugly truth about health care in America is that being sick is big business. Hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and doctors all profit when a person is ill, and this has led to horrific problems like people being given unnecessary surgeries, doctors prescribing harmful and ineffective medications, and the chemotherapy racket. As more and more people wise up to the fact that the system is basically designed to reward illness, the question of how this situation can be improved inevitably arises.
What if doctors got paid to keep patients healthy instead of keeping them sick? Vermont is hoping to find out as it experiments with a new health care model that would offer hospitals and doctors financial incentives when their patients are healthy rather than only when they come in sick. Should the experiment prove to be successful, they’d like to apply it to 70 percent of their residents by the year 2022, and it could cause a sea change in the way Americans pay for their health care.
Instead of paying for each X-ray or operation, lump sum payments will be made to keep people healthy. One aspect of this is focusing on diagnosing the problems that affect a person’s well-being, such as food, housing, and transportation.
This year, OneCare Vermont, an accountable care organization, has transitioned 30,000 Medicaid patients into their experimental model. Their system’s software can identify people who have chronic health conditions and other complex medical needs so that care and support can be coordinated for them. Rather than billing for medical scans and overnight stays, the hospitals are getting upfront monthly payments for managing the care of the patients they are assigned, while primary care practices will get payments for helping with outreach.
BlueCross has said that it is hoping to move some of its members into this new payment model next year, including those who buy plans using its Affordable Care Act exchange.
“The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
To declare that the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes — would bring terrible retribution.”
Louis D. Brandeis
Today was another Comex options expiration for the precious metals. And it went as expected.
from Daily Bell:
$60 Billion plus is the U.S. dollar equivalent to how much Bitcoin is currently in circulation. That amount of money would keep the Estonian government running at current expenditures for almost 60 years.
$60 billion is more than double Estonia’s Gross Domestic Product.
So what if Estonia released a cryptocurrency that was that successful? It’s not a stretch to think the first government-sponsored crypocurrency would do as well or better than Bitcoin. It would still have to be structured properly on the blockchain with secure technology. But the legitimacy an actual country and government could give to a digital cryptocurrency is immense.
Just from the money Estonia made off a Bitcoin level token offering, they wouldn’t have to charge taxes anymore. The country could become a bastion of unprecedented wealth, as every investor and business in the world would want to move to a zero tax rate jurisdiction.
The idea has been floated to start a digital currency based on the Estonia e-residency program.
But the idea is still in the infant stages, not an official government proposal as some rumors indicated. The confusion came from the fact that the Managing Director of Estonia’s e-residency program Kaspar Korjus posted an article discussing the possibility of a government-backed cryptocurrency.
This would enable Estonia to invest in new technologies and innovations for the public sector, from smart contracts to Artificial Intelligence, as well as make it technically scalable to benefit more people around the world. Estonia would then serve a model for how societies of the future can be served in the digital era…
As with e-Residency however, the longer term opportunities could be far greater and possibly beyond anything we can currently comprehend.
In time, estcoins could also be accepted as payment for both public and private services and eventually function as a viable currency used globally.
I would call their current online services a “beta program.” They are still figuring out exactly who wants their services and why.
E-residency currently costs $50. It allows e-residents from Estonia and abroad to open an e-business all online. It is basically a package of online tools for people who want to do international business more easily. It is still somewhat limited, but their list of products is growing. You can sign documents online with a special ID card, and open bank accounts. You are being sold a legitimate online identification.
by Tracey Watson, NaturalNews:
It’s official: The last vestiges of common sense have now finally gone out the window. The Washington Times is reporting that climate alarmists are calling for those who do not buy into the catastrophic man-made global warming narrative to be jailed … for murder! That’s right folks; if you don’t accept the idea that humans are causing temperatures to soar at an alarming rate and destroying the planet, you’re a murderer – and must be punished as such.
Recent headlines clearly reflect the increasing frustration felt by climate change fanatics.
A September 1 headline in Outline declared, “Climate change denial should be a crime,” with writer Brian Merchant claiming, “In the wake of Harvey, it’s time to treat science denial as gross negligence — and hold those who do the denying accountable.”
An article a week later in the Nation boldly stated that, “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” with the writer angrily declaring that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.”
These writers and other global warming believers claim that any who contradict or refuse to accept this belief – but particularly those in governmental and other positions of authority – should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Alarmism has risen exponentially since Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in the States, with many – mistakenly – believing that global warming was responsible for their exceptional power and destructiveness. (Related: Preppers see Hurricane Harvey as a precursor for what’s coming; some disasters are just too big for governments to handle.)
from Daily Bell:
How can something be considered a crime if there is no victim?
This is a problem. You can go through life making sure you don’t hurt anyone, and still break the law. Wouldn’t that be great if you could simply base your actions on common sense and respect for the standards of a community?
Instead, people must also make sure they don’t do anything labeled wrong by the government. Of course, it is impossible to know all the laws which the government has created. And what they call wrong is not always intuitive, nor offensive.
Government statute law goes beyond the resolution of disputes between individuals and groups. In contrast, the whole point of common law was to settle disputes in non-violent ways.
Now, there are third-party enforcers trolling around looking for a statute that has been broken. There doesn’t have to be a victim. No one has to have been wronged by the legal breach. They actually create conflict instead of resolving it. Their actions often lead to violent altercations, rather than deescalating disputes.
In an essay called “The Obviousness of Anarchy,” John Hasnas discusses the origins of common law, and how it was born out of anarchy. He says that clearly, no society can exist without governance. Part of the definition of a society is that it is somewhat organized and held together by common traditions. But that does not necessarily mean government, as the term has come to be understood.
In arguing for anarchy, I am arguing that a society without a central political authority is not only possible but desirable. That is all I am doing, however. I am not arguing for a society without coercion. I am not arguing for a society that abides by the libertarian non-aggression principle or any other principle of justice. I am not arguing for the morally ideal organisation of society. I am not arguing for utopia. What constitutes ideal justice and the perfectly just society is a fascinating philosophical question, but it is one that is irrelevant to the current pursuit. I am arguing only that human beings can live together successfully and prosper in the absence of a centralised coercive authority. To make the case for anarchy, that is all that is required.