Usually, before high-level talks like these, both sides spend a long time telegraphing their expected outcomes.
Such signals serve as public commitments, both to the other side of the negotiation and to publics at home. It’s a way for both sides to test one another’s demands and offers. And it’s a way for both sides to know what they’re getting into, reducing the risk of surprise or embarrassment.
System Nearly Fell Apart Last Month (pinecarr)
Chris Martenson from Peak Prosperity tells Silver Doctors the Fed may not be able to control a future crash.
Martenson says the recent stock market correction nearly collapsed the system, and he suspects it was only saved by officials stepping in and buying the market. He explains why it appears someone is manipulating the markets, suppressing volatility. In the future, will officials be able to prevent a collapse? The market will win out eventually, he says.
It should be no surprise that USG, Inc.’s finances are such a disaster, because for the past generation and longer, the CEOs of USG, Inc. have never in their lives held real jobs in the productive economy, other than GW Bush’s brief stints as a member of an oil and then a baseball investor group, which is not the kind of real job we mean. Instead, these CEOs have all been professional politicians, who by definition do not contribute to the real economy, but rather, feed upon it.
The Battle Between Bitcoin and Bankers Heats Up (Tiffany D.)
Following bitcoin’s 2009 launch, a decade-long perfect storm of economic, political and social conditions gave way to a price move from $0.001 to $10,000, as public trust in governments and banks plunged to an all-time low.
When it comes to school discipline policy, the federal government has an unimpressive track record. In the past, it has pressed local schools to adopt tough “zero-tolerance” rules for guns (including things that appear to be guns), resulting in children being suspended for “guns” made out of a nibbled Pop Tart or a stick. Similarly, on too many occasions, its get- tough, policies on sexual harassment have led to disciplinary actions against kindergarteners and first-graders—children generally too young to spell “sexual harassment,” much less engage in it.
Increased demand for light, sweet crude could widen its premium over heavier, sour crudes with a higher sulfur content. That wider price gap could boost the advantage some U.S. refiners have gained by configuring their plants to further process heavy, sour crude over the past 20 years, as it cheapens the cost of heavy crude feedstock.
A Warning Cry From the Doomsday Vault (jdargis)
Svalbard is the farthest north one can travel commercially, about an 1 1/2 hour flight from northern Norway. The vault is about a 10 minute drive from town, past a coal-fired power plant and up a winding two-lane road. Unless armed with a high-caliber rifle, driving is essential, since leaving town also means venturing into polar bear country. The site’s entrance, not far from the abandoned coal mine that served as the first Nordic seed vault, shines at night like a green beacon, lit up by an artwork of fiber optics, steel and glass called Perpetual Repercussion.
As cities look for ways to mitigate the effects of global warming, urban green spaces are often cited as a potential solution. Green spaces can reduce temperatures in cities where paved surfaces magnify hot weather, and they can capture storm water to reduce flooding as climate change leads to increasing rainfall in some parts of the country.
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