39 thoughts on “Debt Sealing”

  1. an idiom which seems apropos for our newest fed holiday from thefreedictionary:

    the day of reckoning
    or
    a day of reckoning
    day of reckoning or day of reckoning, is a time when people are forced to deal with an unpleasant situation which they have avoided until now. The day of reckoning has arrived. You can’t keep writing checks on a bank account that doesn’t have any money in it. We consulted a sympathetic attorney, and prepared for a day of reckoning. Note: According to the Bible, when the world ends, there will be a day of reckoning, when God will judge everyone’s actions and send them either to heaven or hell.

  2. something else to think about today but more chilling.

    from 60 minutes last night in case you missed it.  welcome to the brave new world of truth and trust trashed.

    Synthetic media, better known as deepfakes, could be a goldmine for filmmakers. But the technology has already terrorized women who have had their faces inserted into pornography. And it could potentially disrupt society. Bill Whitaker reports.

  3. And the circular firing squad continues. 

    Liberal Democrats have become the mainstream of the party and less willing to compromise with dwindling moderates

    Moments after President Biden instructed House Democrats to make concessions or risk derailing passage of his economic agenda, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus hastily gathered in the depths of the Capitol on Oct. 1 to talk strategy about what policies they could sacrifice.

    No one was ready to compromise.

    According to several lawmakers and aides who participated in the two-hour meeting, members stood up one by one to vouch for establishing universal pre-K, making the child tax credit permanent and guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid family leave. Others mentioned the need to expand Medicare to cover dental, hearing and vision, which would get them one step closer to the progressive goal of Medicare-for-all.
    […]

    I’m fine with those spending priorities, but show me how you get it through the Senate. I’m not fine with doing nothing. 

  4. john did a number on misinformation last night. kinda reminding me of how trail threads are received 1st thing in the mornings, towards the end of his info *piece he made fun of morning messages like this one

     

    *Misinformation: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – YouTube

    John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

  5. Today in New Hampshire… we call it Leaf Peepers Day.  But they’re going to be kinda disappointed this year.  It’s raining…  and we haven’t gotten a frost yet, so the color is kinda dull and late.
     
    ps… something tells me that Native Americans would much rather have better schools, better housing, better job opportunities…  etc., etc… than some crummy holiday.

  6. Renee,  colors here are also kinda dull and late.  Odd stuff happening.  The maples are all over the place – from the red maples that are starting to show to the sugar and black maples that went green to brown and dropped their leaves without a show.  It’s the yellows that aren’t contributing around here.  Beeches and birches are going to brown fast and the oaks ain’t doing shit yet. Autumn glory weekend is coming up this weekend in Oakland, MD, and unless something up there changes it ain’t looking very glorious.

  7. I had my first Canadian Snowbird sighting today – old couple from Ontario in Subaru headed south.  Seems that the snowbird migration may be starting a little early this year.

  8. Covid 19 by the numbers over the past week – from WaPo.
    In the past week in the U.S. …

    New daily reported cases fell 10.1% 
    New daily reported deaths fell 6.8% 
    Covid-related hospitalizations fell 7.1% 

    Among reported tests, the positivity rate was 6.4%.
    The number of tests reported fell 41.9%  from the previous week.Read more

    Since Dec. 14, more than 401,819,000doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the U.S.
    More than 187,215,000people have completed vaccination, or about 56.39% of the population. 

    Beware of that new cases reported number – testing dropped 41% so it’s hard to think it’s reflective of the real numbers.

  9. The “Civil War” lady in Iowa on Saturday made a splash.
    Wait till General Sheridan  rides through takes all her grain and burns her barn. 
     

  10. The old port of Rome,  at Ostia has a midden pile of broken amphora that is 142 feet high, and contains around  40 million jars in it. 

  11. Trashing the planet and hiding the money isn’t a perversion of capitalism. It is capitalism
     

    George Monbiot

     
    Exploiting people, exploiting land, and keeping its ugly side secret. Its historical effects are all too recognisable in the Pandora papers now
     
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/06/offshoring-wealth-capitalism-pandora-papers

    Capitalism was arguably born on a remote island. A few decades after the Portuguese colonised Madeira in 1420, they developed a system that differed in some respects from anything that had gone before. By felling the forests after which they named the island (madeira is Portuguese for wood), they created, in this uninhabited sphere, a blank slate – a terra nullius – in which a new economy could be built. Financed by bankers in Genoa and Flanders, they transported enslaved people from Africa to plant and process sugar. They developed an economy in which land, labour and money lost their previous social meaning and became tradable commodities.

    As the geographer Jason Moore points out in the journal Review, a small amount of capital could be used, in these circumstances, to grab a vast amount of natural wealth. On Madeira’s rich soil, using the abundant wood as fuel, slave labour achieved a previously unimaginable productivity. In the 1470s, this tiny island became the world’s biggest producer of sugar.

    Madeira’s economy also had another characteristic that distinguished it from what had gone before: the astonishing speed at which it worked through the island’s natural wealth. Sugar production peaked in 1506. By 1525 it had fallen by almost 80%. The major reason, Moore believes, was the exhaustion of accessible supplies of wood: Madeira ran out of madeira.

    It took 60kg of wood to refine 1kg of sugar. As wood had to be cut from ever steeper and more remote parts of the island, more slave labour was needed to produce the same amount of sugar. In other words, the productivity of labour collapsed, falling roughly fourfold in 20 years. At about the same time, the forest clearing drove several endemic species to extinction.

    In what was to become the classic boom-bust-quit cycle of capitalism, the Portuguese shifted their capital to new frontiers, establishing sugar plantations first on São Tomé, then in Brazil, then in the Caribbean, in each case depleting resources before moving on. As Moore says, the seizure, exhaustion and partial abandonment of new geographical frontiers is central to the model of accumulation that we call capitalism. Ecological and productivity crises like Madeira’s are not perverse outcomes of the system. They are the system.

    Ole’ George makes a great case.

  12. Study: To solve Brazil’s energy and food crisis, store more water

    Sept. 28, 2021

    Researchers discovered that greater amounts of water in Brazil’s reservoirs could increase precipitation and river flow significantly, effectively resolving its hydroelectricity crisis.

     
    https://www.waterworld.com/water-utility-management/energy-management/press-release/14211204/to-solve-brazils-energy-and-food-crisis-store-more-water
     

    This seemingly counter intuitive finding has major implications for water and energy management in Brazil, which is in the midst of a historic drought — and a resulting energy crisis for a country that gets two thirds of its energy from hydropower.
    The study suggests that keeping the reservoirs at low levels since a drought in 2014 could have exacerbated the problem and contributed to the water and energy crisis facing Brazil today.

    I watched this drought start 7 years ago . Sal Palo was drinking mud . They are cutting 200,000 acres a day of trees down there.  That ain’t helping things .
     
     
     

  13. As Moore says, the seizure, exhaustion and partial abandonment of new geographical frontiers is central to the model of accumulation

    Hey, that’s what the extraterrestrials are going to do to us!

  14. Hopefully, humans can infect them with anti-vax sentiment and they’ll exterminate themselves with easily preventable earth-borne diseases

  15. yeah i was at this party recently and threw a can in the trash and got chided by the homeowner, “oh we recycle”.  They have a heated pool🤦‍♂️ 

  16. Old man your musical selections are spot on. The first three are in my top 20. The third in my top 10 for Cream. And the connector scrum looks like planning went into it. 

    Exit function strikes again. I love Linda … LOVE her. But WADR I have to give the Willing award to Lowell and Little Feat. Hers is wonderful but theirs is definitive.

  17. This is the biggest week of my life.  To take the oldest idea of my life to fruiting is really strange  at this age. 
     
    But this idea  is my best. 

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