Daily Digest 12/14 - API Reports Huge Crude Draw, U.S. Gov't Criminal Enterprise
With improved services came spikes in medical bills, which most people couldn't afford to pay. That often left hospitals in massive debt. That was certainly the case for Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas, when an administrator came up with a solution to save the hospital. In 1929, he offered a group of city school teachers a deal — pay 50 cents a month into a hospital plan, and everyone who signs up gets guaranteed care at radically reduced rates. The idea — which merged health insurance with employment — became a regional and then national sensation, and led to the creation of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The NSA, in other words, detailed key elements of Bitcoin long before Bitcoin ever came into existence. Much of the Bitcoin protocol is detailed in this document, including signature authentication techniques, eliminating cryptocoin counterfeits through transaction authentication and several features that support anonymity and untraceability of transactions. The document even outlines the heightened risk of money laundering that’s easily accomplished with cryptocurrencies. It also describes “secure hashing” to be “both one-way and collision-free.”
So, what are the rich doing with their money? Fitts says, “Gold is what it has always been and that is a real store of value. I am a gold girl. If you look at the smart money and central banks around the world, the smart money is buying gold, and the smart money is buying land. If you read the land report, that’s the top holders of land in the United States. Their holdings have doubled since 2008. I see tremendous amounts of money moving into hard assets.”
‘HQ’ in 120 Years (blackeagle)
Quiz Daddy first rose to prominence on the shoulders of an extremist group of initial HQ players known as the Dilly Dillies, who quietly toppled American democracy—first through campaigns in small local elections that promised extra HQ lives to voters, and eventually by claiming seats in the House and the Senate. By the time Tom Brady’s robot was starting his 44th season as quarterback of the New England Patriots, the Dilly Dillies had effectively taken over the government, and thus, society as it was once known.
Mattson explained that when the body goes without nutrition for 10 to 14 hours, it stops living off energy stored in the liver and turns to fat stores as a replacement. That, of course, leads to weight loss, which, he notes, is the science behind the 5:2 diet, in which people fast for two days each week. He further explains that for the body to use fat stores, it must first convert them to ketones. Ketones, he adds, act directly on nerve cells, causing them to produce BDNF, and that would explain why the mice showed improved cognitive functioning.
Amazon + Whole Foods? It’s Not Working (Tiffany D.)
In other words, forget the exclusive (and expensive) focus on organic. Sell the same food and beverage goods you can buy elsewhere (and which Amazon can buy cheaply in huge, bulk quantities).
The Barclays analysts made another interesting insight. Innovation — new foods, new packaging, unique products you can’t find elsewhere — is a big reason behind the rapid growth of chains like Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
API Reports Huge Crude Draw (Uncletommy)
Distillate inventories, too, saw another build this week, up 1.538 million barrels, against a forecast of a 902,000-barrel build. Distillate inventory has risen three weeks in a row leading up to this week, according to information by the Energy Information Administration, but are still almost 30 million barrels shy of the same week last year.
Inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma, site decreased by 2.704 million barrels this week.
Exxon To Disclose The Real Risk Of Climate Change (Michael K.)
Also, Exxon’s total oil and gas production has actually declined in four of the last five years—Bloomberg calculates that Exxon averaged 4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) in the first nine months of 2017, down from 4.51 mb/d in 2011. Part of that is because of Exxon’s size—a depletion rate that leads to the erosion of several percentage points from a rather large number is still a large number.
“In Harper’s era, it was open warfare with the media,” Max Bothwell, an environmental scientist for the Canadian government, told Smithsonian Magazine. “I suspect something similar is about to happen in the U.S.”
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