Saturday News Round-Up

The weekend and I try to find stuff that is not all that reported and pass it along to my readers…..just my small attempt to lighten the boredom we all are experiencing these days.

Many years ago I visited Amsterdam and being a red blooded American male I had to go visit the so-called “red light district”….it was truly eye opening (in more ways than one)…….but that is a memory I shall keep to myself (he said with a smile)……

There is a move about to begin…..

Dutch lawmakers have given the green light to plans to move sex workers away from Amsterdam’s famous red light district. City councilors from several parties supported Mayor Femke Halsema’s proposal to move brothels from the alleyways of the city center, where tourists often stopped to gawk at women in windows waiting for customers, to a new “erotic center” elsewhere in the city, Guardian reports. Amsterdam is currently locked down, and Halsema has been pushing to make it a more upmarket destination when tourists return. “This is about a reset of Amsterdam as a visitor city,” says Dutch lawmaker Dennis Boutkan.

The mayor also wants to ban tourists from buying cannabis in the city’s coffee shops, but other lawmakers worry the move would lead to a surge in illegal drug dealing on the street and it has less support than the plan to shift sex workers out of the area. “Banning tourists is very hardcore,” a fishmonger tells the BBC. “There are guys who come and say ‘We want some fried cod’. We’re going to sell a lot less fish to people who are stoned, I don’t see a bright side.” Police and prosecutors, however, support the proposal to require people to show proof of residency before buying cannabis in Amsterdam. Similar restrictions are already in place in the rest of the country.

looks like those wacky guys on Reditt is at it again….they are finished with Game Stop and may move on to silver…..

The same group of traders who sent prices of GameStop soaring last week is now pulling a similar move with silver, reports CNN. Silver futures rose 11% Monday to about $30 an ounce, which the AP reports is an eight-year high. Meanwhile, the phrase “#silversqueeze” was trending, a reference to the “short squeeze” maneuver being pushed by many in the WallStreetBets forum on Reddit. The phenomenon was spilling over into tangible sales of silver bars and coins, with retail sites warning customers they can’t keep up with demand. In the case of silver, members of the WallStreetBets forum say the move is a way to punish big banks, which they allege have been artificially suppressing prices of the precious metal for years.

 

There’s some skepticism about that, and a faction of the Reddit forum wants traders to stay focused on GameStop, notes Business Insider. It gets more convoluted: Some in the forum theorize the silver squeeze is bogus and is being engineered by the same hedge funds losing big on GameStop. Still, big names such as the Winklevoss twins are in full support. “The #silversqueeze is a rage against the machine,” Tyler Winklevoss tweeted. “If silver market is proven to be fraudulent, you better believe gold market will be next,” added Cameron Winklevoss. Uncertainty in the gold market could theoretically give a boost to Bitcoin, in which the twins have a huge stake. The Wall Street Journal reports that analysts figured it was “inevitable” for the day traders to move into other areas after having such big success with stocks such as GameStop and AMC theaters.

This is for new parents…..check the baby food you are feeding your child…..

A House Oversight Committee report says alarming levels of toxic heavy metals—including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury—have been found in major-label baby food products. The heavy metals can imperil infant neurological development in infants. The subcommittee’s chairman expressed frustration with federal regulators, the Washington Post reports. “Over the last decade advocates and scientists have brought this to the attention of the Food and Drug Administration,” Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi said. “The FDA must set standards and regulate this industry much more closely, starting now.” The agency said it’s looking over the panel’s findings. The panel asked seven labels to provide the results of their internal tests. Gerber, Beech-Nut, HappyBABY, and Earth’s Best Organic baby foods did; Plum Organics baby foods, Walmart’s Parent’s Choice, and Sprout Foods did not.

Because the heavy metals occur naturally, there’s no need to panic, a Consumer Reports expert said. “You want to minimize the risk,” he said, per CBS. “You can’t eliminate it entirely, but you can minimize it.” He suggests parents make sure their child’s diet is varied, avoiding snacks that have high levels of heavy metals, such as crackers and puffs. Rice and sweet potato products absorb pollutants more readily, he said. A US agency ranks arsenic as the most dangerous naturally occurring substance, with lead No. 2. “Exposure to these toxic heavy metals affects babies’ brain development and nervous system,” said an expert at the Environmental Defense Fund. “It affects their behavior, permanently decreases their IQ and, if you want to boil it down to dollars, their lifetime earnings potential.” The committee posted its report here.

More information if needed…..https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/05/congressional-report-reveals-manufacturers-knowingly-sold-toxin-tainted-baby-food