The Deadly Global War for Sand (cmartenson)
There’s so much demand that riverbeds and beaches are being stripped bare, ocean beds denuded, and landscapes devastated. (Desert sand, shaped more by wind than by water, generally doesn’t work for construction.) Governments are cracking down in response—which in turn has spawned a worldwide black market in sand. In a shocking number of countries, people are being imprisoned, tortured and murdered over sand. Still, the amount of sand being mined worldwide is increasing—at terrible costs to people and the planet.
This victory for the Standing Rock Sioux would likely not have been possible without the aggressive independent reporting of Democracy Now!, whose pictures created significant public pressure.
On September 8th, five days after the events, local authorities took the incredible step of filing criminal trespassing charges against Amy.
“The Iranians have a permanent presence in that part of the world … [as] there is a lot of instability in the Red Sea and Iranian ships are there to prevent pirates from boarding Iranian ships and they’ve been doing that for a number of years now, having also protected the ships of other countries,” political analyst and Tehran university professor Mohammad Marandi told RT, adding that the “real problem is the US presence” in the region.
What have the central bankers and the governments they serve done to our money? Legendary forecaster and publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer Jim Grant joins us to discuss the bankers’ war on the rest of us.
If no portable toilets are in reach, open urination and defecation are commonplace. Tens of thousands of homeless Illegal immigrants, undocumented or waiting for a decision of their asylum application, waste away trying to pass the time in the city. Although their prospects of being granted asylum as Africans are bleak, they’re hoping for a decision that would grant them an apartment, welfare and make France their new home.
The Grapes Of Wrath, 2011 (westcoastjan)
The novel stands as a chronicle of the Great Depression and as a commentary on the economic and social system that gave rise to it. Steinbeck’s opus to the working poor reverberates across the decades. He wrote the novel in the midst of the last Fourth Turning Crisis. His themes of man’s inhumanity to man, the dignity and rage of the working class, and the selfishness and greed of the moneyed class ring true today.
That set in motion the biggest test imaginable of a basic argument that has consumed ivory-tower economists, union-hall organizers and corporate executives for years on end: What if paying workers more, training them better and offering better opportunities for advancement can actually make a company more profitable, rather than less?
While he cannot say much on this topic, Shawyer indicated that the EmDrive’s controversial reputation and ridicule on the internet serves a key purpose for the UK and US military – if it is actually possible to create a propellant-less rocket engine, then this would be really useful in spy satellites, as it would enable the military to get close to a target without anyone knowing it was there.
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