iCEO routed tasks across 23 people from around the world, including the creation of 60 images and graphs, followed by formatting and preparation. We stood back and watched iCEO execute this project. We rarely needed to intervene, even to check the quality of individual components of the report as they were submitted to iCEO, or spend time hiring staff, because QA and HR were also automated by iCEO. (The hiring of oDesk contractors for this project, for example, was itself an oDesk assignment.)
The AP investigation found that most of the rural hospital closures so far have occurred in the South and Midwest. Of those at risk, nearly 70 percent are in states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act, although some experts are hesitant to draw a cause-and-effect correlation.
Hackler said rural hospitals can also struggle because they have difficulty recruiting health-care professionals to work in those areas, he said.
Peel back the layers of the TPP and you'll find what some believe to be a "corporate Trojan horse." Disguised as "free trade," the TPP's provisions and tactics undermine Constitutional safeguards and national sovereignty. But there's also a silver lining. The TPP exposes who, in the marbled halls of political power, is working for whom. It forces politicians to put their cards on the table, and by their hands you will know them.
Dollar Danger Zone (GE Christenson)
China has purchased and imported a massive amount of gold bars in the past 5 years. The magnitude of the gold migration from the west to Asia has been obscured intentionally. Clearly the western central banks and governments do not want the world to know how much gold they have sold to China. China does not want to announce how much gold they have purchased, which might panic the gold market and elevate prices, making additional purchases more expensive. China’s gold hoard will become a threat to the reserve currency status of the dollar, a fiat currency backed only by “faith and trust.”
If there is one thing more worrisome for the world's central planners than a stock sell-off, it is a bond rout 'proving' that they have lost control. The overnight carnage across global bond markets appears to have triggered someone (or someones) to step in – in dramatic size – to rescue bonds and save the world once again. Since the bond market is now massively illiquid and everyone is on the same side there is no way to orchestrated a controlled decline.
The cost of standardized technologies for wind and solar have fallen by at least a half in five years, to just below $2 million per rated megawatt ($2M/rated MW), versus the same cost for a coal plant. That coal plant may deliver two to three times the power at that all-in cost, but the costs are about the same because wind and solar do not have fuel and heavy maintenance costs. Fossil fuel plants deliver much more power, but because they pay for their fuel, the overall cost is about the same as for renewables…
Martin Rossman, a hay and alfalfa farmer in the Quesnel area, said he was surprised when he heard the government thought only 1,500 hectares of land had been reforested because the practice is clearly more widespread than that.
“I’ve had phones calls from a number of people that are just irate over that [number]. They said, ‘Where the hell are these people coming from?’” he said.
Farmers Growing Crops With Oil Wastewater Out of Desperation (gallantfarms)
As the LA Times points out, testing the contents of oil wastewater has been a “low priority” for the government in recent years despite evidence that it seeps into local water supplies. Unsurprisingly, oil companies have successfully lobbied to have fewer tests conducted on this wastewater. In fact, when the water is tested, the government looks for toxins found commonly in nature like arsenic, not the kinds of dangerous compounds that get used while drilling for oil. However, now that the wastewater is used directly on crops for human consumption, it seems especially pertinent to verify the safety of this water.
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