Friday, July 1, 2022



Do We Need Trendy Terms to Encourage Recycling?


I don’t know why the media has to come up with stupid terms for everything. Reading about sustainable living, every time I see the word “lifecycling” I feel like I am hearing nails on a chalkboard. Everything has to be trendy and new, so apparently, the word recycle is out. Now recycling is a lifestyle.

Lifecycling takes recycling to the next level; it’s a philosophy that embraces new, creative uses for products as a way extend their cycle, positively benefit your personal life and keep as much garbage out of landfills as possible.

Of course, I think recycling is great. I really love efficiency and hate waste, so reusing everything I can is pretty satisfying. But thriftiness is a big motivator. I take pride and find satisfaction in keeping my expenses a fraction of my overall income.

On the ten acre mini-farm I live and work on, there were a lot of random materials left when we moved in. We found a way to recycle almost everything.

One of our chicken coops is 90{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} wood that was left on the property, and the other 10{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} was leftover wood from building a shed. I removed an old concrete walkway in front of the house and made a berm as a backstop for shooting. Old buried bricks were turned into a patio under the live oaks. I also lined some garden beds with more salvaged bricks and cinder blocks.

We compost the insane amount of leaves which fall off the huge oak trees and use the compost in the gardens. We are expanding out rainwater collection, and one structure is getting solar panels next week!

We used pallets to make a gate and the floor of an outdoor kitchen. In fact, the counter and sink for the outdoor kitchen were snagged for free off craigslist when someone threw them out. Craiglist is a great resource to find cheap or free raw materials for any number of projects.

My brother-in-law, who owns the mini-farm with my sister, works for himself buying used items at yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales, and selling them on eBay. His whole business is centered around reuse, finding good items a new home, not in a landfill.

So even though I hate the term “lifecycling” I do love the concept. It’s just funny to me that it is being sold as a cool new movement of youngsters! Actually, it was the norm back in the day. People sewed and patched holes in clothing. Composting veggie scraps was a no brainer. Fences were even sourced from backyard lumber.

Recycling has the potential to free up a lot of capital. Since we find so many free and cheap materials, it means the mini-farm can grow that much quicker. Even things like buying used chicken processing equipment instead of buying it new meant that money could instead be spent on building a fourth chicken coop.

Haley: ‘No Point’ in Another Consequence-Free UNSC Meeting on NK Missiles; US is ‘Done Talking’


The United States sees no point in holding an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Monday on North Korea’s second long-range missile test in 24 days “if it produces nothing of consequence,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Sunday, after tweeting that the U.S. is “done talking” about the issue.

“North Korea is already subject to numerous Security Council resolutions that they violate with impunity and that are not complied with by all U.N. member states,” she said in a statement, following the test-firing Friday of what appears to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Another resolution that does not significantly increase pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime would be “of no value,” Haley continued.

“In fact, it is worse than nothing, because it sends the message to the North Korean dictator that the international community is unwilling to seriously challenge him.”

“China must decide whether it is finally willing to take this vital step,” Haley said. “The time for talk is over. The danger the North Korean regime poses to international peace is now clear to all.”

North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported that the missile, identified as a Hwasong-14, had reached an apogee of 3,724 kilometers (about 2,313 miles) and flown a distance of 998 kms (620 miles) in 47 minutes and 12 seconds, before splashing down as planned in the ocean.

It also claimed that the test had reaffirmed the missile’s re-entry capabilities. A ballistic missile re-entry vehicle needs to be able to withstand the extreme heat encountered when it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Pyongyang is known to have been testing heat shields for that purpose.

A previous, first ever-test of the same projectile on July 4 lasted 39 minutes, with the missile achieving an apogee of 2,802 kilometers (about 1,740 miles) and flying a distance of 933 kilometers (580 miles).

Friday’s missile landed in the sea west of Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to President Trump by phone, and said afterwards early Monday that China and Russia in particular “must understand how serious the situation is and step up the pressure” on Pyongyang.

“Together with President Trump we came to a full agreement on the need for additional measures,” Abe said. China is North Korea’s closest ally and Russia has also been reluctant to act against it at the U.N.

Although U.S. treaty allies Japan and South Korea are the nations most immediately threatened by Kim’s missiles, some proliferation experts believe the KN-14 capable in theory of reaching the United States.

A photo posted on an official regime propaganda website shows Kim Jong-un and military officials celebrating after an ICBM launch on Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: Uriminzokkiri)

(In Friday’s test the missile was fired in a steep upward trajectory, describing a high arc before splashing down almost 600 miles from the mobile launchpad. Experts say that with a flatter angle and more typical trajectory, the missile could reach much of the continental U.S.)

In a much-cited release, Union of Concerned Scientists co-director David Wright said based on current information the missile appeared capable of reaching the U.S. West Coast and major U.S. cities including Denver and Chicago, and possibly even Boston and New York. He did caution however that that assessment did not take into account the mass of the payload used in the test, compared to the mass of an actual warhead.

“The conservative range estimate of this North Korean Hwasong-14 mobile ICBM capability is around 9,500 km [5,900 miles] when put in an operational and energy efficient trajectory, proving most of the United States’ major cities are within range,” said the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance in the U.S.

Dick Morris: Obama Working Directly With Media to Sabotage Trump


Political strategist Dick Morris says Barack Obama is directly feeding the mainstream media daily narratives in a bid to sabotage Trump from his war room two miles from the White House.

“Obama has set up a secret operation in a war room just about two miles from the White House where Michelle has her offices and so do many of the former aides to Obama,” said Morris.

“They meet there and they have a twice daily conference call….8:30 and 9:45 every morning and they develop talking points for the media for the day to how to sabotage and how to undermine Trump,” he added.

Former Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius and Andrew Slavitt, former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are both working with Obama and were instrumental in sinking Trump’s recent attempt to repeal Obamacare, according to Morris.

“It’s a war room, it’s just like in the middle of a campaign – it’s like the campaign never stopped and all of the key players are on that conference call,” said the political strategist.

Morris’ information confirms reports that originally emerged back in March when it was revealed that Obama was leading the charge to “oust” Donald Trump from the presidency by either forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.

4-Year-Old Boy Among 36 Shot in Chicago Weekend Violence


A 4-year-old boy was among at least 36 people shot in Chicago this weekend as violence across the city left four dead and nearly three dozen others wounded. 

The child was wounded in a shooting that also left a woman dead and a teen injured on the city’s West Side Friday, marking the weekend’s first homicide and bringing the city to more than 400 homicides so far this year. 

The shooting occurred at about 5:19 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Kamerling Avenue in the city’s Austin neighborhood. The child was shot in the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police said.

A 19-year-old man was shot in the left arm and taken to Mt. Sinai in good condition and a 27-year-old woman was also shot in the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. The woman was later pronounced dead.

Area North detectives were investigating and no one was in custody. Police said the 19-year-old has “gang affiliation.” 

A second fatal shooting happened just after midnight Saturday, when three people were shot in the 2500 block of West Lithuania Plaza. The victims told police they were standing on the sidewalk when they heard shots and felt pain. 

An 18-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center. A 33-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to the head and was taken in serious condition to the same hospital. A 34-year-old woman  was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder, police said. 

At about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old man was found unresponsive in a backyard in the 9800 block of South Peoria. The man was found with a gunshot wound to the back and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The most recent fatal shooting happened just after midnight Monday, when a 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen while walking on a sidewalk in the 7600 block of North Ashland. The man was shot when a gunman opened fire from a passing black Dodge Charger, police said. He wsa taken to Loyola Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

Source: 4-Year-Old Boy Among 36 Shot in Chicago Weekend Violence – NBC Chicago
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Flash Crashes Are a Permanent Part of U.S. Markets: Should You Worry?


Over the past year, there have been flash crashes in multiple markets, raising concerns that fat fingers, algorithms and/or rogue hedge fund traders are still running amok. We’ll get to the specifics in a moment, but to put the unusual trading patterns in context, you need some important background information.

Wall Street On Parade began reporting on flash crash activity following the Granddaddy of all flash crashes thus far – the event on May 6, 2010 when the stock market did a bungee jump, briefly plunging 998 points, with hundreds of stocks momentarily losing 60 per cent or more of their value and knocking out stop-loss orders for retail investors. Former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro estimated at the time that individual investors had lost more than $200 million in these improperly triggered stop loss orders on May 6. (Read our skepticism on the official regulatory report here.)

What is a stop-loss order? Small investors frequently put in place standing stop-loss orders that rest on the stock exchange order books to sell a stock at a pre-determined exit price that is lower than the current market in order to “stop” further losses. Once the target price of the stop-loss order is reached, the order automatically becomes a market order and is executed at where the market happens to be. In properly functioning, orderly markets, this would typically mean the stop-loss order would be executed at, or close to, the designated target price. In flash crash markets, on the other hand, it can result in massive losses to the little guy. (Read more granular details on these types of orders here.)

A stock market where stocks can lose 60 percent of their value in minutes, lock in losses for the little guy, then stage a miraculous recovery, is not really the kind of place where most people want to put their serious money. Indeed, the May 6, 2010 flash crash, following the revelations of abject corruption on Wall Street that emerged from the 2008 crash, permanently destroyed the confidence in U.S. markets for millions of Americans.

Given the outcry over the May 6, 2010 flash crash, one would have thought that Federal regulators would have gotten a solid grip on the situation to prevent another major flash crash. But just a little more than two years later, Bloomberg News was reporting the following about insane market disruption from Knight Capital:

EU Proposes Freezing Bank Accounts to Bailout Megabanks


After nervous customers panicked and drained their accounts, ultimately causing the collapse of Spanish bank, Banco Popular, equally jittery European Union officials are debating the merits of freezing access — preventing anyone from withdrawing any money — at the first sign of a bank run.

Proponents claim measures to halt a rush of withdrawals would prevent the downfall of floundering financial institutions at their most vulnerable point — in hopes of staving off a catastrophe at least as harrowing as that of 2008 — while detractors admonish the move might have precisely the opposite effect, with investors rushing to yank funds at the slightest indication of trouble.

“The desire is to prevent a bank run, so that when a bank is in a critical situation it is not pushed over the edge,” ‘a person familiar with German government’s thinking’ told Reuters.

“Giving supervisors the power to temporarily block bank accounts at ailing lenders is ‘a feasible option,’ a paper prepared by the Estonian presidency of the EU said, acknowledging that member states were divided on the issue,” Reuters reports.

“EU countries which already allow a moratorium on bank payouts in insolvency procedures at national level, like Germany, support the measure, officials said.”

A cursory autopsy of last month’s Banco Popular failure had economic officials scrambling to figure out how best to prevent a similar financial debacle; but the idea of cutting customers’ access to their own funds when conditions warrant, blasts apart a Pandora’s Box of potentialities — all, favoring the State and banking industry over individual customers.

While officials contend cutting off account access would theoretically prevent a bank already in distress from going under, when scores of people withdraw money at once, the proposal toes a fraught but sacrosanct line blocking government overreach from private, individual finance.

According to the Estonian paper perused by Reuters, an additional measure proposed the development of a mechanism whereby customers in such a situation could withdraw “at least a limited amount of funds.”

200 Scientists Want Tougher Limits on Chemicals in Personal Care Products


In June of 2017, a group of 200 scientists and medical professionals called on the international community to ratchet up restrictions on the production and use of triclosan and triclocarban – 2 antimicrobial chemicals found in shampoos and cosmetics. They cite “extensive peer-reviewed research” which suggests the ingredients are potentially harmful. [1]

In late 2016, the FDA banned 19 chemicals in hand and body soap over concerns about their effect on human health and the environment. Despite the ban, dangerous chemicals are still commonly used in other personal care products.

A senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), David Andrews said:

“Other ongoing uses are not addressed by the recent FDA action, and more needs to be done.” [2]

The group of scientists and medical professionals said in a statement published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives that the chemicals, which have been used for decades, should be reserved for use only in situations where there is an “evidence-based health benefit.” [1]

They added:

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Even The Washington Post Admits “The Quest To Prove Russian Collusion Is Crumbling”


While everyone is fixated on President Trump’s unbecoming and inexplicable assault on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the media has been trying to sneak away from the “Russian collusion” story. That’s right. For all the breathless hype, the on-air furrowed brows and the not-so-veiled hopes that this could be Watergate, Jared Kushner’s statement and testimony before Congress have made Democrats and many in the media come to the realization that the collusion they were counting on just isn’t there.

As the date of the Kushner testimony approached, the media thought it was going to advance and refresh the story. But Kushner’s clear, precise and convincing account of what really occurred during the campaign and after the election has left many of President Trump’s loudest enemies trying to quietly back out of the room unnoticed.