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Daily Digest 7/22 - U.S. Refines Syria Plan, Cities Waging War On Gardens

Sunday, July 22, 2012, 9:57 AM

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Economy

Failing to Break Up the Big Banks is Destroying America (Jaime)

The main motivation behind the administration’s indulgence of serious criminality evidently is fear of the consequences of taking tough action on individual bankers.

A $150 Billion Burden: What to Do About Subprime Student Loans (jdargis)

Since the financial crisis, lenders such as Wells Fargo and Sallie Mae have become more responsible. They've tightened up their underwriting practices substantially and are now handing out fewer loans (as shown in the graph below) and picking more qualified borrowers.

Stymied at U.N., U.S. Refines Plan to Remove Assad (jdargis)

Administration officials insist they will not provide arms to the rebel forces. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are already financing those efforts. But American officials said that the United States would provide more communications training and equipment to help improve the combat effectiveness of disparate opposition forces in their widening, sustained fight against Syrian Army troops. It’s also possible the rebels would receive some intelligence support, the officials said.

City officials are waging a war on gardens (Thomas C.)

If you start looking for stories like these, you’ll turn them up in droves. In 2010, Clarkston, Ga., fined a gardener named Steve Miller for planting too many vegetables. In 2011, Oak Park, Mich., told Julie Bass she couldn’t grow any vegetables in her front yard because vegetables weren’t “suitable” yard plants. (“You can look all throughout the city and you’ll never find another vegetable garden that consumes the entire front yard,” a city official told the local TV station.) And in Chatham, N.J., Mike Bucuk, a young would-be organic farmer, had to fight with the entire town just to grow some vegetables his family’s property.

Syrians Hold On to Optimism at a Tent City in Turkey (jdargis)

In Syria, a short distance away, the anti-Assad forces have made tactical progress in parts of the northern countryside, carving out areas largely under opposition control. In their most potent strike, a bomb attack killed four of Mr. Assad’s top security officials last week. In many places, the opposition says, government units are confined to garrisons, from which they fire with artillery, mortars and machine guns, but rarely venture out.

Growth Cooled As Americans Curbed Spending: U.S. Economy Preview (jdargis)

Consumer purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the world’s largest economy, are weakening at a time Europe’s debt crisis and looming U.S. tax-policy changes threaten to further restrain corporate investment. The deceleration in growth, a concern Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke highlighted last week, will make it harder to trim unemployment stuck above 8 percent since February 2009.

Reliance Profit Declines On Refining Margin, Lower Gas Output (jdargis)

“Operations are still weak and the outlook for gas output and refining continue to be difficult,” said Juergen Maier, a fund manager in Vienna at Raiffeisen Capital Management, which manages about $1.1 billion in emerging-market assets, including Indian stocks. “Globally economies are slowing down, which makes it difficult to improve the margin for refining.”

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$21tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/21/global-elite-tax-offshore-economy

"A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network."

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Near-Riot Follows Anaheim Officer-Involved Shooting

Saturday afternoon, July 21, 2012, Anaheim, California... Following an officer-involved shooting that left one person dead, an angry crowd gathers. Police fire bean bag rounds and unleash dogs on a crowd that includes women and children. Watch the video footage.

Near-Riot Follows Anaheim Officer-Involved Shooting (July 21, 2012)
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/7530254-near-riot-follows-anaheim-officer-involved-shooting/

If you see an angry crowd, get the hell out. Especially if you have children, GET OUT. You don't know what will happen and you can't trust that there will be safety in a volatile situation like that - from the crowd or from the police.

Poet

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IMF to cut off aid to Greece: reports--Insolvency in September

"The International Monetary Fund is expected to cut off further rescue aid to troubled Greece, reports said Sunday. The move is likely to lead to debt-saddled Greece's insolvency in September. Reports say Greece will not be able to meet debt-reduction targets by 2020, meanign the country will need $60.8 billion in additional aid. But other European nations are unwilling to keep funding the nation, reports said. "

Greece Back at Center of Euro Crisis as Exit Talk Resurfaces

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The break down of the fabric of society

Poet wrote:

Saturday afternoon, July 21, 2012, Anaheim, California... Following an officer-involved shooting that left one person dead, an angry crowd gathers. Police fire bean bag rounds and unleash dogs on a crowd that includes women and children. Watch the video footage.

Near-Riot Follows Anaheim Officer-Involved Shooting (July 21, 2012)
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/7530254-near-riot-follows-anaheim-officer-involved-shooting/

If you see an angry crowd, get the hell out. Especially if you have children, GET OUT. You don't know what will happen and you can't trust that there will be safety in a volatile situation like that - from the crowd or from the police.

Poet

Well,

... So it begins.

What happened prior to the camera rolling that brought forth the brutal response of the police. Yes, brutal. Our forefathers are once again rolling in their graves.

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