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    Daily Digest 6/4 – Arctic Methane Alert, Plants Are Much Smarter Than We Think

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    Thursday, June 4, 2015, 3:04 PM


Forming A Community Of Conservation In San Diego (jacqueline_sobriquet)

Building on a model from a U.K. organization, a group of people in San Diego has come together to help each other build a more conservation-minded, sustainable lifestyle.

It’s a response to the drought, of course, but Transition Streets San Diego is also focused on energy, transportation, food and waste.

The secret money behind Vladimir Putin’s war machine (Jason B.)

Stung by sanctions over Ukraine and oil’s plunge, Putin is turning to defense spending to revive a shrinking economy. The outlays on new tanks, missiles and uniforms highlight the growing militarization that is swelling the deficit and crowding out services such as health care. Thousands of army conscripts will be moved into commercial enterprises for the first time to aid in the rearmament effort.

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point (Jason B.)

“At around 03:45 a.m., the Ukrainian side carried out a provocation by shelling our positions practically along our entire front,” Kononov said.

Kononov listed several positions far apart from one another along the 450-kilometer (280-mile) front.

The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion (Jason F.)

The second half of the 1960s was a boom time for nightmarish visions of what lay ahead for humankind. How the apocalyptic predictions fell as flat as ancient theories about the shape of the Earth is the focus of this installment of Retro Report.

Stepping Up to the Plate (Taki T.)

While I hope additional mining companies take the matter up with the agency, Neumeyer not only did the right thing, he set a precedent that, to my knowledge, had not previously occurred in the 30 years that I have closely followed the silver market and, most likely, long before that. Much to my puzzlement over the decades in alleging a silver price manipulation on the COMEX, was the lack of questioning of the price discovery process on that exchange by those most damaged by it – the mining companies.

How to Ride the Lithium Battery Boom (Kevin J.)

Tesla’s Gigafactory and Powerwall, plus other proposed battery plants and uses, are sparking a surge in demand for lithium, says Jonathan Lee of JGL Partners. Lee expects double-digit compound annual growth rates over the next few years as battery prices continue to fall and demand rises. The lithium space is small and entrenched, but the widening gap between supply and demand is prying an opening for new entrants, which Lee believes provide the best investment opportunities in the sector.

Plants are much smarter than we think (Richard B.)

For Stefano Mancuso, all of this means that humanity needs to radically rethink its relationship with plants. In his new book, “Brilliant Green,” he lays out the case for approaching plants as fellow intelligent life-forms. Doing so, he says, will give us key insights to fields across the sciences, from botany to robotics.

Arctic Methane Alert — Ramp-Up at Numerous Reporting Stations Shows Signature of an Amplifying Feedback (Nervous Nelly)

But now human beings — through fossil fuel emissions — are dumping heat trapping gasses into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate. These gasses are most efficient at trapping heat in the colder, darker regions of the world. And, due to a combination of massive Northern Hemisphere burning, and release from the Arctic carbon stores themselves, the highest concentrations of greenhouse gasses can be found exactly where they are needed least — in the world’s far northern zones.

Drought May Cost California’s Farmers Almost $3 Billion In 2015 (Merle2)

…Groundwater is now running low as well, especially in the Central Valley of California, the heart of California farm country. “This is concentrated in those areas that don’t have access to underground water,” Howitt says. “These places are in what we call the Central Valley, the San Joaquin Valley. The impacts are hitting small farmers and farm workers [there].”

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  • Thu, Jun 04, 2015 - 3:22pm



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    IMF says Fed should delay rate hike until first half of 2016


    1. IMF Cuts U.S. 2015 Economic Growth Forecast to 2.5%
    2. IMF says Fed should delay rate hike until first half of 2016
    3. Canadian household debt levels rise to $1.82 trillion: RBC
    4. China Said to Double Local Bond-Swap to Defuse Debt Bomb
    5. Levels of UK household debt at record high, says think tank
    6. California still owes feds $8 billion for unemployment insurance
    7. Brazil Debt Level Will Grow Despite Austerity Push, Moody’s Says

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  • Thu, Jun 04, 2015 - 6:27pm



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    Baltimore prosecutor attempting to block release of autopsy

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other "sensitive" documents as she prosecutes the six police officers involved in his arrest.

    Mosby told The Baltimore Sun that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media."

    But an attorney for one of the officers said the effort shows that "there is something in that autopsy report that they are trying to hide."

    "Mrs. Mosby is the one who did an announcement discussing what she said the evidence was in a nationally televised speech," said Ivan Bates, who represents Sgt. Alicia White. "Now that it is time to turn over the evidence, to ask for a protective order is beyond disingenuous…

    The move is the latest effort by Mosby's office to restrict information in the high-profile case. Her office has also sought a gag order to prevent participants from discussing the case in public, and has broken with a long-standing practice by not giving a copy of the autopsy report to Baltimore police.

    In a response to Mosby's latest filing, defense attorneys said Wednesday that they have been denied an outline of evidence and claims against the officers, and have not been allowed to inspect a knife that was taken from Gray during his arrest…

    "Nobody would know anything but the state and the defense, so they would totally hide it from the public," Bates said. "If your case is as good as you said it was, why don't you just show the evidence? … You can't holler and say, 'I'm about accountability for the citizens,' and then run around filing for a protective order."

    The Sun is one of 19 news organizations contesting Mosby's gag order request…

    They noted Mosby's office took less than two weeks to conduct an investigation into the officers, and said they had "deep-seated concerns" about Mosby attending public events such as a Prince concert and a circus and doing interviews with outlets such as Vogue Magazine while the lives and careers of the officers "remain in jeopardy."

    "It is the position of the Defendants that they have been unlawfully charged, that the charges are the by-product of a State's Attorney's Office with deep conflicts of interest, and that the charges are mired by prosecutorial misconduct, which is ongoing in nature," the defense attorneys wrote. "These issues are impairing the Defendants' rights of due process — rights which continue to be injured with each passing day."

    I forget.  How many autopsies did we have on Michael Brown's body?  Were the results made public right away?  In Ferguson was anybody subjected to a court gag order to prevent them from speaking about the case in public (such as those who claimed Brown was shot in the back or while his hands were raised trying to surrender)?


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  • Fri, Jun 05, 2015 - 10:33am

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    Thanks for heads up on

    Thanks for heads up on methane rise.

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    The Unrealized Horror of the Population Explosion

    It fascinates or perhaps horrifies me that anyone can look around, even casually, and say that the horrors of population explosion are unrealized.  

    I could list all kinds of reasons why I don't think 7+ billion people on Earth is all that good an idea, but basically, anyone who can't see it manifest in their daily surroundings just isn't going to get it.

    I can't visit a major city for more than an hour without wondering how anyone can see today's situation as even marginally sustainable.

    Perhaps some people who, in the sixties predicted starvation in the seventies were off a bit, but the people in the seventies, who predicted we were headed for world wide famine in the twenty-forties are presently tracking right on target.

    It's looking like the idea that mankind will always manage to pull himself out of the messes he creates, is an idea that's run it's course.


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  • Fri, Jun 05, 2015 - 11:00am

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    Re: The Unrealized Horror of the Population Explosion


    It fascinates or perhaps horrifies me that anyone can look around, even casually, and say that the horrors of population explosion are unrealized.  


    Yeah, our good buddy Jim Kustler tore that ridiculous article apart pretty thoroughly.  Here's a snippet:

    Twenty Three Geniuses

    If there is a Pulitzer Booby Prize for stupidity, waste no time in awarding it to The New York Times’ Monday feature, The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion. The former “newspaper of record” wants us to assume now that the sky’s the limit for human activity on the planet earth. Problemo cancelled. The article and accompanying video was actually prepared by a staff of 23 journalists. Give the Times another award for rounding up so many credentialed idiots for one job.

    Apart from just dumping on Stanford U. biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb (1968), this foolish “crisis report” strenuously overlooks virtually every blossoming fiasco around the world. This must be what comes of viewing the world through your cell phone.

    One main contention in the story is that the problem of feeding an exponentially growing population was already solved by the plant scientist Norman Borlaug’s “Green Revolution,” which gave the world hybridized high-yielding grain crops. Wrong. The “Green Revolution” was much more about converting fossil fuels into food. What happens to the hypothetically even larger world population when that’s not possible anymore? And did any of the 23 journalists notice that the world now has enormous additional problems with water depletion and soil degradation? Or that reckless genetic modification is now required to keep the grain production stats up?

    No, they didn’t notice because the Times is firmly in the camp of techno-narcissism, the belief that the diminishing returns, unanticipated consequences, and over-investments in technology can be “solved” by layering on more technology — an idea whose first cousin is the wish to solve global over-indebtedness by generating more debt. Anyone seeking to understand why the public conversation about our pressing problems is so dumb, seek no further than this article, which explains it all.

    Climate change, for instance, is only mentioned once in passing, as though it was just another trashy celebrity sighted at a “hot” new restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Also left out of the picture are the particulars of peak oil (laughed at regularly by the Times, which proclaimed the US “Saudi America” some time back), degradation of the ocean and the stock of creatures that live there, loss of forests, the political instability of whole regions that can’t support exploded populations, and the desperate migrations of people fleeing these desolate zones.

    As averred to above, the Times also has no idea about the relation of finance to resources. The banking problems we see all over the world are a direct expression of the limits to growth, specifically the limits to debt creation. We can’t continue to borrow from the future to pay for our comforts and conveniences today because we have no real conviction that these debts can ever be repaid. We certainly wish we could, and the central bankers running the money system would like to pretend that we could by making negligible the cost of borrowing money and engaging in pervasive accounting fraud. But that has only served to cripple the operation of markets and pervert the meaning of interest rates — and, really, as a final result, to destroy any sense of consequence among the people running things everywhere.


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  • Fri, Jun 05, 2015 - 11:44am

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    please read these articles

    The Carbon Ranch


    Farming: A Not-For-Profit Enterprise? 

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  • Fri, Jun 05, 2015 - 12:59pm

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    Thanks Robie!

    From the second article.. hear, hear!

    My thinking is that few people look at life in this way because the world of money champions a philosophy of consumption using extremely clever advertising to convince us that striving for more money to buy more stuff is the only way to happiness. Our cultural attitude helps by suggesting that living in the cheap lane is a mark of sloth, almost immoral.  Some religious sects have taught outright that wealth is a sign of God’s blessings. Add to that the ignorance of those who think of farming as dirty, lowly, physically distasteful work. What emerges is a farmer whose goal is money enough to buy big farm machines that eliminate physical work so that he has the time and money to sweat profusely on an exercise machine.

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  • Sat, Jun 06, 2015 - 1:35am

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    you must have your mare settled(and your milk cow too). If i can be of help let me know

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