Monday

Farmers markets are killing each other
NPR

“There are way too many markets. The markets have started cannibalizing both customers and farmers …”

Hollywood Employs More Workers Than Mining and Farming
Bloomberg

  •  Report shows entertainment industry’s spread beyond California
  •  Film, TV have $10.3 billion trade surplus with rest of world

Meteor blast over Bering Sea was 10 times size of Hiroshima
The Guardian

A meteor explosion over the Bering Sea late last year unleashed 10 times as much energy as the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, scientists have revealed.

The fireball tore across the sky off Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula on 18 December and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT. It was the largest air blast since another meteor hurtled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, in Russia’s south-west, six years ago, and the second largest in the past 30 years.

Unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor, which was captured on CCTV, mobile phones and car dashboard cameras, the December arrival from outer space went largely unnoticed at the time because it exploded in such a remote location.

‘I have to perform to save my life’:
Medical bills kept rock legend Dick Dale touring till the end

WaPost

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Tributes have begun popping up online, with many celebrating his distinctive sound. But the musician’s life story was also a constant struggle against health problems — and to pay medical bills. After his first cancer diagnosis in 1965, Dale continued to battle the disease. Up until the end of his life, Dale was explicit that he toured to fund his treatment.

“I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die,” he told the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2015. “Sure, I’d love to stay home and build ships in a bottle and spend time with my wife in Hawaii, but I have to perform to save my life.”

Selling Used Panties Online Is a Thing …
And Harder Than You Might Think
Motherboard

China admits nearly 13,000 ‘terrorists’ have been arrested in Xinjiang
AFP

China on Monday defended its controversial security crackdown in the fractious far west region of Xinjiang, saying nearly 13,000 “terrorists” have been arrested there since 2014.

Beijing has come under international criticism over its policies in the region, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps, according to human rights groups.

The State Council, China’s cabinet, hit back again with a white paper saying that the government “is relentless in striking hard, in accordance with the law, at any conduct advocating terrorism and extremism”.

The document states that Xinjiang has long been part of Chinese territory but that “terrorist and extremist forces” have fomented separatist activities by “falsifying” the region’s history.

Facebook finds 40% of Americans live in “news deserts”
AP

—-> So, the company that helped suck up all the world’s news advertising is now complaining because local news outlets can’t afford to feed them news. 

It Wasn’t Just Khashoggi:
A Saudi Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent

NY Times

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman created a secret team that spied on, kidnapped and tortured Saudi citizens a year before Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Members of the team that killed Mr. Khashoggi, a dissident journalist, were involved in at least a dozen operations since 2017, according to officials.

—-> And the Prince of Darkness is welcome to visit the White House any time. 

Today’s conflicting medical advice:
Remember that aspirin you were supposed to take every day.
Uhm. Forget it.
USA Today

—–> And by the way remember when eggs were bad for you, then they were good for you, and now they’re bad for you again? Uhm….


Researcher: Quit giving mega-killers the “celebrity treatment” they crave
AL.com

Adam Lankford, a criminologist at the University of Alabama, who has studied the influence of media coverage on shooters, said it’s vitally important to avoid focusing excessive attention on gunmen.

“A lot of these shooters want to be treated like celebrities. They want to be famous. So the key is to not give them that treatment,” he said.
Social media creates a spectacle society that makes it easier for terrorists to achieve notoriety

The use of social media technology and livestreaming marks the attack as different from many other terrorist incidents. It is a form of violent “performance crime”. That is, the video streaming is a central component of the violence itself, it’s not somehow incidental to the crime, or a disgusting trophy for the perpetrator to re-watch later.

In the past, terrorism functioned according to what has been called the “theatre of terror”, which required the media to report on the spectacle of violence created by the group. Nowadays, it’s much easier for someone to both create the spectacle of horrific violence and distribute it widely by themselves.

In an era of social media, which is driven in large part by spectacle, we all have a role to play in ensuring that terrorists aren’t rewarded for their crimes with our clicks.


Police issue ‘virtual kidnap’ alerts to California schools
Sacramento Bee

Laguna Beach police say victims received phone calls claiming their daughters had been abducted and would be harmed unless money was wired to a Mexican bank account. Police say there were no abductions in either case.

Tourist hordes turned away during “Poppy Apocalypse” 
Times of San Diego

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California’s Lake Elsinore on Sunday closed flower-filled Walker Canyon to visitors and shuttles. “Residents have been screaming at the people directing traffic. Estimated 50,000 visitors. Twice as many as last weekend. People lined up since 5:30 am. It’s insane.”

Why New Zealand can do what the U.S. hasn’t been able to: Change gun laws in the face of tragedy
WaPost analysis

New Zealand’s gun lobby mainly represents a core of rural supporters, whereas more than 86 percent of New Zealanders now live in urban areas and form a largely liberal majority. In the United States, the ratio of citizens living in urban areas is slightly lower. More importantly the U.S. system of representation and the way congressional districts are drawn increase the significance of rural Republican voters disproportionately. That helps explain why the NRA can pressure politicians into following its demands, even though NRA supporters account for only a fraction of all U.S. voters.

In contrast, New Zealand’s election system is designed in a way that the number of lawmakers a party has in Parliament is aligned with its share among all votes cast. The mixed member proportional voting system — which is also in place in countries such as Germany — is supposed to prevent small interest groups from being able to gain disproportionate influence over lawmakers.

Feds seize 1 million lbs. of pork smuggled from China to N.J. amid swine fever outbreak
NJ.com

“Agriculture specialists made a critical interception of these prohibited animal products, and stopped them from entering the U.S. before they could potentially cause grave damage,” said Troy Miller, director of Customs and Border Protection Field Operations in New York/Newark.

—–> Can someone please explain why we need meat from China?

Maybe the message from France is:
It’s all over for capitalism

Bloomberg

France is sounding an alarm for the world’s advanced economies: capitalism is tearing them apart.

President Emmanuel Macron and his Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire are using France’s presidency of the Group of Seven to argue that the system fuels inequality, destroys the planet and is ineffective at delivering goals in the public interest. The country has already experienced some of the fallout firsthand in the Yellow Vest movement that erupted late last year.

They’re pushing a reinvention that includes minimum global taxes and higher levies on tech giants like Amazon and Facebook. There are echoes of that in the self-proclaimed democratic socialists in the U.S. and firebrand Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who last week said “capitalism is irredeemable.”

One thought on “Monday

  1. “Capitalism is tearing us apart.” Partly true, but in the mouths of politicians, it’s CYA all the way. Like complaining about fire because we lit one in the living room, burned down the house. We have never been … have never wanted to be … a pure capitalist country. What we have wanted and needed is sensible control of markets, monopoly, labor law, commercial code. Fire’s great … in the frickin’ fire place.

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