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Daily Digest 4/1 - CM In Guelph, Clinton Seeks New Approach On Iran, Clean Air Helps The Economy

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 9:25 AM
  • Energy, Economy Require New Approach, Guelph Officials Hear
  • Clinton Seeks Cooperation on Iran
  • Distressed Cities Weigh Bold Tactics in a New Fiscal Era
  • U.A.E. Closes Down U.S.-Financed Democracy Group
  • Industry in India Helps Open a Door to the World
  • Junta Leader in Mali Coup Vows to Keep Fighting Brief
  • At Summit, Nations Move to Increase Aid for Syrian Rebels
  • Clean Air Helps the Economy

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Energy, Economy Require New Approach, Guelph Officials Hear (jdargis)

As the world’s population continues to grow exponentially, the quantity and quality of available resources are on a steep decline, Martenson said, adding most of us don’t know how to adapt.

“What happens when the pie shrinks? We don’t really know because that hasn’t been a reality in most of our lives.”

Clinton Seeks Cooperation on Iran (jdargis)

She also expressed doubt about whether Iran has any intention of negotiating a solution that satisfies the U.S., Israel and other countries that believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran contends the program is solely for peaceful energy and research purposes.

Distressed Cities Weigh Bold Tactics in a New Fiscal Era (John M.)

These situations, as he put it delicately, are still rare, but not as rare as they once were. A number of cities and counties around the country with long-term problems have found themselves pushed over the edge by the recession and its lingering aftermath. The audience here listened to war stories from the emergency fiscal managers that Michigan has installed in a couple of its most distressed cities. Even Nassau County, on Long Island, one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, has seen its perennially troubled finances placed under a state-appointed control board.

U.A.E. Closes Down U.S.-Financed Democracy Group (jdargis)

Egypt’s investigation of the group, along with the International Republican Institute and others, prompted a fierce debate in Washington over whether to continue providing military assistance to the Egyptian military. The Obama administration eventually allowed $1.3 billion in arms sales to move ahead, but only after Egypt allowed American employees of the groups to leave the country.

Industry in India Helps Open a Door to the World (jdargis)

One truism about the tortured relationship between India and Pakistan is that there is never a perfect moment. For six decades, through three wars and one nuclear standoff, diplomats have tried, and failed, to improve relations. Now, the private sector is giving it a shot. Trade has become the most promising opening in the latest round of diplomacy, as progress remains largely stalled on tough issues like terrorism, water rights and the status of Kashmir.

Junta Leader in Mali Coup Vows to Keep Fighting Brief (jdargis)

Earlier, heavy gunfire rocked Gao, the main city in northeast Mali, and the junta’s leaders met in Burkina Faso with the West Africa bloc’s mediator, President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, and promised to work toward restoring constitutional order.

Earlier Saturday, Mahamane Diakite, an aide to the regional governor who was in Gao, said, “We can hear firing from heavy weapons.” He said he also saw two army helicopters taking off to fight the rebels. Gao serves as the military headquarters of northern Mali.

At Summit, Nations Move to Increase Aid for Syrian Rebels (jdargis)

The offer to provide salaries and communications equipment to rebel fighters known as the Free Syrian Army — with the hopes that the money might encourage government soldiers to defect, officials said — is bringing the loose Friends of Syria coalition to the edge of a proxy war against Mr. Assad’s government and its international supporters, principally Iran and Russia.


Clean Air Helps the Economy

The rationale for attaching the job-killing label to nearly all mentions of regulation is pretty clear: Even 32 months after the official end of the recession, the U.S. continues to have a joblessness crisis. While the overall unemployment rate has fallen from its 10 percent peak in October 2009 to 8.3 percent last month, the large majority of this decline was explained not by increased job creation, but by a drop in people classifying themselves as actively looking for work.

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Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

Chevy Volt Meets High Resistance, GM Suspends Sales

Posted by timothy on Saturday March 03, @09:24AM
from the get-it-resistance-ha-ha dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Hill reports that GM has announced to employees at one of its facilities that it is suspending production of the Chevy Volt for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees. Back when GM launched the beleaguered electric car, it boldly targeted sales of 10,000 in 2011 and 60,000 in 2012 but GM only sold 7,671 Volts in 2011 and just 1,626 so far this year. 'We needed to maintain proper inventory and make sure that we continued to meet market demand,' says GM spokesman Chris Lee. 'We see positive trends, but we needed to make this market adjustment.' Although President Obama promised he would buy a Volt 'five years from now, when I'm not president anymore,' the Volt has come under criticism from Republicans in Congress because of reports of its batteries catching on fire during testing. Ironically, the shutdown comes as gas prices are soaring, exactly the time when an electric car should be an easy sell." If it's still true that GM was taking a loss on every Volt sold, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.
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Orlov et al.

It is happening on Kalapsnik May 25 to 28 2012. at

There will be talks, workshops and moderated discussions on specific topics of interest with John Michael Greer, Carolyn Baker, Dmitry Orlov (that's me), Gail Tverberg, Thomas Whipple and others.

at Artemas Pasadena. (Wherever that is? Note to self: google earth)

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Kunsler in Full Throat

     In the drunken, drug-crazed twilight of its run as Leader of the Free World, America's collective imagination swerves from one breakdown lane to the other while the highway patrol throws a donuts-and-porn party down at headquarters and the news media searches the gutter on hands-and-knees looking for the spot where it dropped its brains.

J Kunsler.

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It is not Artemas, Pasadena, it is Artemas, Pennsylvania, approximately between Pittsburg and Wash., DC area.


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