McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard of living.
Both responses, “never again” and “don’t bother trying,” offer statements about the USA. The former says “America is the greatest country on Earth. We went to the moon. Surely, we can stop kids from getting shot to death at school! If the Brits can do it, so can we. ” The latter says, “No, we can’t. We’re America. The greatest country on Earth and the cost of the liberty that makes us so is that our kids may get shot to death at school.”
Every time there is another mass shooting and nothing happens it becomes a little easier to believe that the “don’t bother” crowd is right.
New Violence Reported in Eastern Ukraine (jdargis)
The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, on Monday accused Ukraine of violating an accord reached in Geneva last week that intends to reduce tensions in the region. “Steps are being taken — above all by those who seized power in Kiev — not only that do not fulfill, but that crudely violate, the Geneva agreement,” Mr. Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow, according to Reuters.
Mr. Chin and his supporters, who call themselves a financial arm of the “Occupy Central” movement, embody a trend that could prove increasingly troublesome for Beijing’s efforts to manage Hong Kong, which maintains its own separate administration and laws. Anxiety over mainland influence is reaching up the social ladder to include members of the professional establishment who outwardly appear to have much to gain from avoiding confrontation with the Chinese government and its supporters. While critics of Occupy Central warn that it could hurt economic confidence, its backers say Hong Kong’s long-term economic health requires political action to press for change.
Peter Schiff is an internationally recognized economist specializing in the foreign equity, currency and gold markets. Mr. made his name as President and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital. He frequently delivers lectures at major economic and investment conferences, and is quoted often in the print media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Time and Fortune. His broadcast credits include regular guest appearances on CNBC, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Channel, as well as hosting his own weekly radio show, Wall Street Unspun.
“Google knows more about every digital citizen than George Orwell dared to imagine in his wildest visions of 1984,” he says. Döpfner is particularly concerned about comments made by founder Larry Page, who said that there are lots of things the company would like to do but can’t do because they are illegal—pesky antitrust and privacy laws get in the way. Google has also expressed an interest in building floating working environments—for “seasteading.”
California’s Thirsting Farmland (jdargis)
And while this is not the state’s worst drought on record (that was in the 1920s), there are greater demands today on what water there is. A booming population and a sharp increase in lucrative crops like berries and nuts that require more water strain the system. In addition, environmental laws put into effect after the last major drought, in the 1970s, to protect fish and wildlife habitats have reduced the amount of water going to farmers.
The book is scattered with foreboding anecdotes of human impacts on these ancient organisms, many of them rare or even critically endangered. In South Africa, 13,000-year-old underground forests (populated by trees with most of their mass underground — a defense against fire in this arid region) are being poisoned to make way for fields and new roads. In Florida, kids high on meth started a fire inside the hollow trunk of a 3,500 year old cypress tree that burned it down. Being old, Sussman reminds us, is not the same as being immortal.
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