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    Daily Digest 11/28 – Disease Victims Shut Out Of Workers’ Comp, How Long Can FL Citrus Survive?

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    Saturday, November 28, 2015, 5:45 PM


House passes bill to overhaul the Fed (Aaron M.)

In a letter to Congress this week, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen warned that audits would hinder the central bank’s policymaking deliberations.

“The bill would severely impair the Federal Reserve’s ability to carry out its congressional mandate and would be a grave mistake, detrimental to the economy and the American people,” Yellen wrote.

Vladimir Putin refuses to speak to Turkish president over Ankara’s lack of apology (richcabot)

Mr Erdogan sounded a conciliatory note on Friday, saying he “attached a lot of importance to our relations with Russia” and that he wanted to meet Mr Putin on Monday during the climate summit in Paris next week.

But he also warned Mr Putin was “playing with fire” following Russian authorities’ arrest of 39 Turkish businessmen for visa violations on Thursday.

Disease victims often shut out of workers’ comp system (richcabot)

Americans hurt at work have a difficult enough time with the state-by-state system when their injury is so obvious and immediate — such as an amputation — that it can’t be blamed on anything but the job. When it comes to chemically induced illnesses and other job-triggered diseases that creep up over time, according to researchers and the federal agency overseeing occupational safety, workers’ comp rarely works at all.

Europe: Here We Go Again (Aaron M.)

The European economic crisis just keeps getting worse. The European Commission is now planning to pool all money for bank bailouts among nations. That means the funds set aside in Germany to weather German bank failures can be used in France. Meanwhile, the EU is preparing to relax the stability policy (austerity) because of refugees and terror. This emergency position will allow countries to now increase their debt under the exception of “Acts of God”. This clause can pretty much justify anything.

Auto-dealing congressman draws complaint (richcabot)

“The specific actions of Rep. Williams must be reviewed for compliance with current rules, but even if he did clear his amendment with the Ethics Committee, his actions are a prime example of why the current rules are both too weak and in need of further clarification,” said Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center Policy Director in a press release.

China ‘cloning factory’ to produce cattle, racehorses and pets (richcabot)

The £21 million “commercial” facility will edge the controversial science “closer to mainstream acceptance”, Chinese media said, following the development of a technique which began when Dolly the sheep became the first cloned mammal when she was born in Scotland in 1996.

DEA Agent Speaks Out: We Were Told Not to Enforce Drug Laws In Rich Communities (richcabot)

‘You know, if we go out there and start messing with those folks, they know judges, they know lawyers, they know politicians. You start locking their kids up; somebody’s going to jerk our chain.’ He said, ‘they’re going to call us on it, and before you know it, they’re going to shut us down, and there goes your overtime.’

Glenn Greenwald: Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks (richcabot)

The CIA’s former acting director, Michael Morell, blamed the Paris attack on Internet companies “building encryption without keys,” which, he said, was caused by the debate over surveillance prompted by Snowden’s disclosures. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) blamed Silicon Valley’s privacy safeguards, claiming: “I have asked for help. And I haven’t gotten any help.”

How Long Can Florida’s Citrus Industry Survive? (Merle2)

In Florida, citrus is so important, oranges are on the state’s license plate. But a disease, citrus greening, has taken a severe toll on Florida’s signature crop. Researchers and growers are working on a solution but they received a shock recently: The U.S. Department of Agriculture said, after years of decline, there would be an additional 20 percent drop in Florida’s orange production this season.

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