Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Morning Roundup

The Lost Secret Language of Sawmill Workers: "In 1955, when Popular Mechanics covered these industrial sign languages, many were already disappearing. But in the 1970s, Meissner and Philpott found a sign language still used in sawmills, and that the language had significant overlap with standard American sign language.

Untold story behind Saudi Arabia's debt agreement with the US:  Angry at US military support for Israel in the Yom Kippur war, Saudi Arabia recycled petrodollars back into the US economy by purchasing treasuries and obtaining leading edge military materiel with the caveat that the arrangement be kept secret.

4,700 Syrians approved for resettlement in the USA; another 7,900 pending review in Jordan.  The Obama administration wanted to reassure critics that it was planning on meeting its stated goal of resettling at least 10,000 Syrians before the end of the 2016 fiscal year.

Elite athletes and astronauts aren't the only ones exploiting the science of amino acid tabs as a short term protein based meal substitute.  Recent trends point to soccer moms substituting amino acid tablets as part of a weight loss strategy while preppers are adding them to their evacuation nutrition plans.  At a minimum, "survival" amino acid based meal replacement tablets meet basic nutritional needs and are more lightweight than MRES and don't require water or fuel to heat/cook.


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