A New Declaration (goldrunner1)
That any way of life based on the hyper-exploitation of renewable resources is by definition not sustainable: if, for example, fewer salmon return every year, eventually there will be none. This means that for a way of life to be sustainable, it must not harm native communities: native prairies, native forests, native fisheries, and so on.
Now we did an easy but interesting exercise. The first quarter of 2013 saw sales of 14,2 million ounces of US Silver Eagles. We compared this Q1 2013 figure with the total of each year since this giant gold & silver bull market started in 2001. The comparison needs no additional comment (but readers should feel free though to comment in the section below).
Where’s the public outrage over sky-high CEO pay? (westcoastjan)
Gone are the days when the CEO and his senior management team hired outside consultants to set their own pay. Boards would typically defer to management, they in turn would decide how much to pay themselves and what performance targets they had to meet to earn extra hefty bonuses. “In those days, my job was literally to find ways to get the CEO the most money and to then to justify it to the board. It had little or nothing to do with shareholders,” says Ken Hugessen.
In pictures: Syrian refugees' most important things (westcoastjan)
Syria's civil war has forced more than a million people to flee, usually with only a small bag of possessions. Brian Sokol, with support from the UNHCR, has photographed some of the refugees holding treasures from their homes. Iman, 25, pictured here in Nizip refugee camp in Turkey, took only her son Ahmed and daughter Aisha and a Koran when she fled Aleppo. The religious book provides protection, she says.
Your Visions Of The Future (westcoastjan)
We set the global BBC audience the challenge of imagining the future without words. We received more than 800 stills and videos from all corners of the world.
U.S. Dollar: Ring-Fenced & Checkmate (Time2Help)
Consider the BRICS Development Bank. It is so much more than a fund to build railroads in remote African locations, as the delusional US press reports. It will form the giant credit line for countless projects upon which trade will be conducted, often called infrastructure, but so much more. It will gradually reveal itself to provide a second function, a core bank for trade payments outside the USDollar sphere. Steps are being made, extremely important steps, that will shape the next chapter. The United States will not play a role.
The financial collapse is related to Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROEI) that is already too low. I don’t see any particular EROEI target as being a threshold–the calculations for individual energy sources are not on a system-wide basis, so are not always helpful. The issue is not precisely low EROEI. Instead, the issue is the loss of cheap fossil fuel energy to subsidize the rest of society.
How Oil Sands Workers Use Karaoke to Cope (westcoastjan)
Like many of us, people here are caught between the economy-first side who charge that Greens are naïve hypocrites who just don't get what needs to be done to keep people warm and fed, while the environmentalists counter charge that the business guys value the science in their jets and Bentleys, but willfully ignore the same science when it clearly proves what the true cost of flying and driving is. Many Canadians are both knowledgeable and deeply concerned about the environment. But the argument cuts a lot deeper here — people's livelihoods are directly at stake.
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