Are there really 21 million slaves worldwide? (westcoastjan)
Slavery experts believe there is nowhere in the world where people are legally shackled, beaten and sold as if they were property, but the ILO’s report “2012 Global estimate of forced labour” estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour.
Its definition of this is “work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily”.
We Need to Save Canada From the Harper Economy (westcoastjan)
Canada’s manufacturing sector has taken it on the chin from the high dollar, which was propped up by the oil mania. “Export growth has shifted from the leading edge of the Canadian economy in the 1990s to a lagging edge,” Glen Hodgson, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, wrote in a recent dispatch.
Gold: 14 years and Three Patterns (GE Christenson)
Instead of listening to self-serving banker opinions, let’s examine the data. The following chart shows monthly prices for gold since 2000. Note that highs and lows as listed in the monthly data are slightly different from actual hourly highs and lows. For this analysis over 14 years, the differences are immaterial.
The sanctions announced Thursday are limited. They affect only funds in the United States, or controlled by U.S. financial institutions abroad. Visa restrictions and cancellations affect only travel to the United States.
The U.S unilateral sanctions come less than a week after the administration called for a $1 billion package of economic and energy assistance to the new government in Kiev. The U.S. House signed off on that plan Thursday.
The Top 10 Cities For Solar Power (amanda)
Fresno scores highest with 182.92 megawatts per person–which 1BOG puts down to the city’s relatively small population and several nearby utility-sized projects. Phoenix, Las Vegas and Sacramento come next. They owe their top positions to nearby deserts, which again are ideal for bigger projects. San Francisco is in fifth place, mainly because of high electricity prices (which encourages homeowners to switch from the grid) and several big solar companies based in the city.
‘Careless Farming Adding To Floods’ (westcoastjan)
Scientists are particularly concerned about maize, the crop that creates most rainfall run-off.
Some experts want maize to be banned from steep slopes altogether because its bare rows contribute so much to flooding and silt.
from the EIA
New York Manholes for Electric Car Charging (James B.)
HEVO owner Jeremy McCool likens the device’s functioning to that of a tuning fork, and says it provides a more efficient, powerful and safer way to charge an electric vehicle, though he admits the device has not yet been tested in the real world.
“This Year I’m Going To Watch Stuff Die” (Richard B.)
As California gets drier and hotter, no one is more vulnerable than farmers. And no one is likely to have to do more to adapt to what many experts fear will be a more drought-prone environment. But California farmers aren’t the only ones dealing with drought. Sixty-five percent of America’s cow herd is in states that are under drought conditions.
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