Part of the reason has to do with lost jobs and stagnating incomes. At the same time, the psychological frame — how Americans feel about their security and prospects — and the sociological — how they stack up in relation to their parents, friends, neighbors and colleagues — are just as important as purely economic criteria. And on both these counts, middle-class Americans say they are feeling increasingly vulnerable.
But if Brazil’s drought is shocking, Wall Street’s shortsighted approach to the country is appalling. Institutional investors’ reports on the country – the seventh largest economy in the world – cite worries about inflation, government cutbacks and low consumer confidence. But I could not find a single analysis that mentioned the existential threat facing the country: the megadrought that is expected to last decades and could destroy the Brazilian economy. Not a single analysis cited the brutal global impact that this will cause.
The agreement also contains a clause forcing law enforcement to notify the FBI if freedom of information requests are filed by members of the public or the media for such information, “in order to allow sufficient time for the FBI to seek to prevent disclosure through appropriate channels”.
Cops and Robbers (jdargis)
That alternate worlds coexist here is perhaps best reflected in the economies that sustain them. For all the job growth and promise—the $47.5 million plans for a university medical school, the gleaming $206 million wing for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, the chic McAllen Public Library—the average per capita income in Hidalgo County is only $14,222. And yet it’s impossible not to notice the many Cadillac Escalades and Louis Vuitton purses in the area, which are sometimes distant by-products of still another concurrent universe: that of the thriving drug trade run by the Gulf cartel, the Zetas, and local street gangs. The influence of smugglers is diffuse and indirect, but it’s undeniable; a popular joke among law enforcement agents is that without the drug trade, half the businesses in the Valley would fail.
What’s more, traffic courts handle a wide range of minor infractions that have nothing to do with driving, such as littering, sleeping on the sidewalk, or failing to pay transit fare. That means people accused of offenses unrelated to driving can easily lose their driver’s licenses and get stuck with huge debts. And regardless of the original incident, when people lose their licenses, it can be significantly harder to find or maintain employment, which can subsequently make it much more challenging to pay the owed fees, advocates noted.
“We’re able to import fruits and vegetables from any country we want,” he says. “We no longer live in that era where our parents or grandparents used to tell us, ‘You can’t have strawberries, you can’t have zucchinis, that’s not in season right now.’ ”
“We’re coming on five years, and we’ve been working tirelessly in the regulation division since it happened,” said Allyson Anderson, associate director of strategic engagement in the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. “We’ve doubled down on building a culture of safety,”
More Than Honey (jdargis)
To his credit, Imhoof wastes little time pointing fingers at the possible culprits. Yes, the CCD is probably due to pesticides, mites, antibiotics, transportation, genetic inbreeding or stresses—but that’s beside the point. The simple fact is this: When bees are domesticated, they fail to thrive.
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