India surpasses 4 million coronavirus cases – Fox News

  1. India surpasses 4 million coronavirus cases  Fox News
  2. India crosses 4 million coronavirus cases with record surge  CNBC
  3. India Coronavirus Cases Surpass 4 Million  NPR
  4. COVID-19 outbreak is worsening malnutrition in India  Al Jazeera English
  5. Only Country Not Reaping Benefit Of Lockdown Appears To Be India: P Chidambaram  NDTV
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Daniel Prude: grand jury to investigate death of Black man in spit hood – The Guardian

  1. Daniel Prude: grand jury to investigate death of Black man in spit hood  The Guardian
  2. Rochester, New York City see violent clashes following Daniel Prude video release  Fox News
  3. Rochester officers in Daniel Prude arrest followed training, police union president says  CBS Evening News
  4. Daniel Prude Case: Grand Jury Will Be Set Up in Rochester Death  The New York Times
  5. The American Horror of Hooding  The New Republic
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The Hard Math Of Demography

The Hard Math Of Demography

Tyler Durden

Sat, 09/05/2020 – 19:50

Authored by Addison Wiggin via The Daily Reckoning,

Demography is destiny, they say.

The early classical economists — Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Mill, Marshall, and others — were keenly interested in the role that the young and the aged played in building wealth.

Living at a time when birth rates were high and populations were expanding, they wanted to determine how demographic growth changed wages, savings, and output; which classes benefited; and whether a larger population was a long-term blessing.

Two centuries on, Peter Peterson, in his book Gray Dawn, warns that we might pose a different question: What happens to the wealth of nations when the populations get old and begin to shrink?

In this chapter, we look at the effects of demographic shift… not because it is the only trend in place, but because it is one easily missed.

The Twin Pressures of Population Growth and Diminishing Available Resources

In his book Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, the historian Jack Andrew Goldstone argues that the great revolutions of Europe — the English and French revolutions — had one thing in common with the great rebellions of Asia that destroyed the Ottoman Empire and dynasties in Japan and China.

All these crises occurred when inflexible political, economic, and social institutions were faced with the twin pressures of population growth and diminishing available resources.

Across Europe in the early 1700s, populations began to increase as mortality rates from disease (such as plague) and famine declined, and birth rates remained high. A large excess of births over deaths during much of the early modern period produced a baby boom.

According to demographer Michael Anderson, the population in Europe doubled in the 100 years between 1750 and 1850. The “age of democratic revolution” in the late 1700s, including the French Revolution, coincided with an expansion in the proportion of young people.

Demographics and the French Revolution

A large, unruly, and youthful rural population was a leading cause of social stress in France prior to and during the Revolution. The population of France grew by 8 to 10 million people in the eighteenth century.

By contrast, in the previous century, the population had only increased by a million. Around 1772, Abbé Terray began the first serious survey of demographics in France. Terray pegged the population at 26 million.

By 1789, the eve of the French Revolution, Louis XVI is thought to have had nearly 30 million subjects in his realm — more than 20% of the entire population of non-Russian Europe.

These numbers, suggests a study published by George Mason University, had to have some effect. Arguably, they changed France both politically and economically. And, we might add, cost Louis his kingdom… and his neck.

Russia

Likewise, the Russian population doubled between the 1850s and the beginning of World War I. From 1855 until 1913, the population of the Russian Empire increased from about 73 million to about 168 million.

The stress of feeding and providing shelter for that many people was too great for the existing order. The principal problem in the countryside was shortage of land. Rapid population growth meant that the size of allotments decreased from an average size of just over five hectares in 1861 to less than three in 1900.

In the West, industry absorbed the swelling population, but Russia could only put about one third of its new population on the assembly line. There was a growing feeling that, unless something was done, the countryside would soon explode. The peasants had a simple solution to their problems — confiscate all private lands owned by the landlords.

In a paper presented at the European Population Conference 2001, the Russian historian Lev Protasov suggested that prior to the Russian Revolution, demographic factors played an important role in stirring up the masses.

Curiously, a striking number of the radicals who helped foment the revolution were born in 1880. “The 1880s’ generation,” says Protasov, “made up almost 60% radicals and dominated the left factions: 62% of socialist revolutionaries, 58% of the Bolsheviks, 63% of the ‘national’ socialists and 47% of the Mensheviks. To be sure the powerful showing of young radicals in the early 20th century has been noted by historians.”

In rural areas, peasants spit out children like watermelon seeds, leaving villages overwhelmed and “overheated.” Infant and child mortality rates fell thanks to better health care, nutrition, and sanitation.

“The Russian political cataclysms of 1905 and 1917 were ‘prepared’ not only by economic or political causes,” concludes Protasov, “but by nature acting out its own laws. The demographic bursts in the last decades of the 19th century, not only sharpened modernization problems, but speeded up the marginalization of society and gave abundant ‘human material’ to the first lines of the future revolution makers.”

Youth and Revolution

In his Clash of Civilizations, Samuel Huntington considers demographics to have been a major factor in political revolutions going back to the Protestant Reformation.

“The Protestant Reformation,” writes Huntington, “is an example of one of the outstanding youth movements in history.”

Citing Jack Goldstone, Huntington continues, “a notable expansion of the proportion of youth in Western countries coincides with the Age of Democratic Revolution in the last decades of the 18th century. In the 19th century successful industrialization and emigration reduced the political impact of young populations in European societies. The proportion of youth rose again in the 1920s, however, providing recruits to fascist and other extreme movements. Four decades later the post-World War II baby boom generation made its mark in the demonstrations of the 1960s.”

Population explosions have caused trouble. But now populations are falling. The effect could be equally devastating:

As all developed nations rely on taxes paid by young workers to support aging retirees, a declining and aging population will arrive just when the Western societies need more young people most.

Whereas young people generally exhibit a rebellious and revolutionary influence on society, what happens when people grow old? The exact opposite.

Turning Japanese

Fearfulness and loss of desire commonly accompany aging. Older people tend not to want as many things in life as young people. They lose their desire to impress friends, relatives, and partners.

Instead of buying items they don’t need, they tend to become fearful that they will not be able to obtain what they do need. There is nothing peculiar about this; it is just nature’s way of recognizing diminishing opportunities.

A man in his forties can start over. But in his late sixties, he no longer has the energy or the desire to do so. He therefore starts saving everything — tinfoil, money, rags — for fear he will not be able to get them when he needs them.

This is how an elderly individual tends to behave. But what does an aging society look like? We need only look across the ocean — to Japan.

They have been fighting a deflationary environment since the early 1990s, with no end in sight.

The rest of the developed world could also be turning Japanese — fighting a deflationary environment with no end in sight.



Source: Zero Hedge, The Hard Math Of Demography

Look up tonight: Mars and the moon come together after 11 p.m. – The Cincinnati Enquirer

  1. Look up tonight: Mars and the moon come together after 11 p.m.  The Cincinnati Enquirer
  2. Moon and Mars Saturday night  AccuWeather.com
  3. Catch the moon and Mars tonight  WLWT Cincinnati
  4. Destination Red Planet: For space buffs, this summer has brought multiple Mars bound space launches  The Times of India Blog
  5. Space discoveries that will blow your mind  MSN Money
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Former Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney expected to sign with Titans – Seahawks Wire

  1. Former Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney expected to sign with Titans  Seahawks Wire
  2. Jadeveon Clowney expected to sign with Titans, sources say  ESPN
  3. Jadeveon Clowney finally finds a home after agreeing to one-year deal with Titans, per report  CBS Sports
  4. Report: Titans to place Dane Cruikshank on IR  Titans Wire
  5. Source: NFL free agent Jadeveon Clowney switching agents  ESPN
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Kentucky Derby 2020 ends with massive upset (FULL RACE) | NBC Sports – NBC Sports

  1. Kentucky Derby 2020 ends with massive upset (FULL RACE) | NBC Sports  NBC Sports
  2. Activists want an African American horse owner to boycott the Kentucky Derby. Here’s why he won’t do it  CNN
  3. Indianapolis native’s horse finishes 6th in Kentucky Derby  WISHTV.com
  4. LIVE UPDATES: Demonstrators leave Churchill Downs just as Derby ends  WLKY Louisville
  5. The Kentucky Derby arrives in Louisville, amid protests and a pandemic  The Washington Post
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2020 Kentucky Derby payouts: Authentic wins with Tiz The Law second, longshot Mr. Big News in third – CBSSports.com

  1. 2020 Kentucky Derby payouts: Authentic wins with Tiz The Law second, longshot Mr. Big News in third  CBSSports.com
  2. Activists want an African American horse owner to boycott the Kentucky Derby. Here’s why he won’t do it  CNN
  3. Protest groups clash outside of Kentucky Derby | TheHill  The Hill
  4. Wagner’s Pharmacy: A Tasty Tradition  LEX18 Lexington KY News
  5. Racial Justice Protesters, Armed Militia Groups Demonstrate Outside Kentucky Derby  NBC Bay Area
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Saturday Night Live to Air Chadwick Boseman’s 2018 Episode in Tribute – Vulture

  1. Saturday Night Live to Air Chadwick Boseman’s 2018 Episode in Tribute  Vulture
  2. Disney’s Main Priority Revealed After Boseman’s Tragic Death  Looper
  3. Chadwick Boseman kept cancer fight private after learning ‘not to have people fuss over him’  NBC News
  4. IN MEMORIAM: BLACK PANTHER FOREVER  DAWN.com
  5. ‘Black Panther’ Producer Nate Moore Shared Chadwick Boseman’s Inspiring Final Text to Him  Yahoo Lifestyle
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Authentic holds off Tiz the Law to win Kentucky Derby

September 5, 2020

(Reuters) – Authentic held off a late challenge by favorite Tiz the Law to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs and give the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sixth win in the annual Run for the Roses.

Authentic, ridden by John Velazquez, set the early pace and managed to maintain his speed down the stretch in the 1-1/4 mile classic, which was held without spectators due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law was second, longshot Mr. Big News was third and Honor A.P. was fourth in the 15-horse race.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

UK’s Brexit negotiator says government is not scared of no-deal exit

David Frost says the country is fully ready for Australia-style agreement with the EU

The UK’s chief negotiator has said the government is not scared of walking away from talks with the European Union without a deal and vowed not to blink in the final phase.

David Frost is due to hold another round of key negotiations in London with his counterpart, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, next week as they look to agree a trade deal before autumn sets in.

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Source: The Guardian Politics, UK’s Brexit negotiator says government is not scared of no-deal exit

UK’s Brexit negotiator says government is not scared of no-deal exit – The Guardian

  1. UK’s Brexit negotiator says government is not scared of no-deal exit  The Guardian
  2. Brexit: Negotiator David Frost says UK not scared of walking away  BBC News
  3. UK warns EU on Brexit: We won’t blink first  Reuters
  4. The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s disastrous path to a Covid-19 Brexit  The Guardian
  5. Lefty luvvies ‘now backing Brexit’, foreign boats destroying UK waters – COMMENT  Express
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Joe Biden Supporters March, Threaten, Trash Restaurants and Businesses in New York…

Joe Biden supporters made things very uncomfortable for diners in Rochester New York last evening as they overturned tables, threw chairs and threatened patrons. . Additionally, another group rioted in Manhattan: NEW YORK – Eight people were arrested Friday night … Continue reading

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77 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported for Austin-Travis County – KEYE TV CBS Austin

  1. 77 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported for Austin-Travis County  KEYE TV CBS Austin
  2. COVID-19 Latest: Most Travis County Parks Reopen, Free Testing Saturday For Construction Workers  KUT
  3. Reopening of bars could be ‘a disaster’ warns Austin Public Health  KEYE TV CBS Austin
  4. Central Texas health officials give stark warning ahead of Labor Day  KXAN.com
  5. Labor Day weekend is not the time to crowd bars or gather with family, Travis County health authority says  KVUE.com
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Amazon Thwarts Contract Drivers After 'Cell Phone Tree' Exploit Discovered

Amazon Thwarts Contract Drivers After ‘Cell Phone Tree’ Exploit Discovered

Tyler Durden

Sat, 09/05/2020 – 19:20

Amazon.com has suddenly changed the way its contracted drivers for Whole Foods receive delivery jobs from the company, after Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that rogue operators had found a way to game the system by placing smartphones in trees in order to appear closer to pickup locations, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg on Tuesday revealed that drivers were putting smartphones in trees outside Whole Foods and Amazon delivery stations in the Chicago area to get a jump on rivals. Drivers in Las Vegas and the Washington, D.C., area also reported spotting mysterious phones outside Whole Foods locations. -Bloomberg

Now, several drivers in cities around the US have reported receiving more routes despite being several miles from Amazon-owned Whole Foods, for example. The drivers say that over the last several weeks, routes have been scarce – however one Chicago-area Whole Foods says that the cell phones have since disappeared from the trees.

A Tennessee driver who lives next to Whole Foods and receives routes every morning says he’s no longer receiving them.

Amazon declined to tell Bloomberg what they’d done, but the company pledged in an August email to investigate the situation, according to a person familiar with the company’s route assignment platform – who added that changing a few lines of code would be all that’s required to foil the scheme.

As Bloomberg reported, the rogue drivers had found a way to game Amazon Flex, an Uber-like app used to win orders and deliver them in their own vehicles. The extreme measures reflect stiffening competition for work in a pandemic-ravaged economy. Flex drivers earn as little as $15 per delivery, plus potentially a tip from the customer.

Someone placed several devices in a tree located close to the station where deliveries originate. Drivers in on the plot synced their own phones with the ones in the tree and waited nearby for an order pickup. The reason for the odd placement, according to experts and people with direct knowledge of Amazon’s operations, was to take advantage of the handsets’ proximity to the station, combined with software that constantly monitors Amazon’s dispatch network, to get a jump on competing drivers. The phenomenon prompted other drivers to complain to Amazon that its delivery dispatch system was being gamed. –Bloomberg

The Whole Foods drivers aren’t hourly, rather, they are gig workers who are paid by the job, so gaining an advantage through the smartphone app was a first step towards making more money than their competitors.

One person familiar with the system said that Amazon could solve the problem by creating a dead cellphone zone immediately around whole foods, so that drivers within a few miles of the store are offered routes, while those lingering in the parking lot don’t. The obvious flaw, however, is that customers wouldn’t take too kindly to dropped calls while shopping – and that giving work to those positioned further away increases delivery times for drivers who are not gaming the system, but legitimately near the location.

In June, the company discouraged ‘flex’ drivers from hanging out in Whole Foods parking lots to wait for routes.



Source: Zero Hedge, Amazon Thwarts Contract Drivers After ‘Cell Phone Tree’ Exploit Discovered