The Growing Threat to the Service Industry (Tiffany B.)
It seems that every day brings with it another fight against Uber. In numerous instances, lawmakers are legislating against the taxi-replacement company. They’re doing so to protect vocal taxi drivers who are demonstrating violently against Uber because they feel threatened that the app-based service is simply better and more efficient … and because government realizes that it risks losing control over parts of public policy.
It shows the economic ignorance of the power base. Politicians are trying to legislate winners instead of allowing the free market to determine the best business model. That never works out well for an economy because it lards the system with unnecessary rules and roadblocks that always have unintended consequences.
20 Survival Lessons from the Greek Crisis (pinecarr)
Ferfal identifies “Lessons Learned” from the Greek Crisis that parallel his experience surviving the crisis in Argentina.
It took hundreds of millions of years for photosynthetic plants to trickle-charge the battery, gradually converting diffuse low-quality solar energy to high-quality chemical energy stored temporarily in the form of living biomass and more lastingly in the form of fossil fuels: oil, gas, and coal. In just the last few centuries—an evolutionary blink of an eye—human energy use to fuel the rise of civilization and the modern industrial-technological-informational society has discharged the earth-space battery.
Retired Army Gen. Mike Flynn, who was head of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, told al-Jazeera this week that US drones create more terrorists than they kill. He said: “The more weapons we give, the more bombs we drop, that just…fuels the conflict.”
Still Washington pursues the same strategy while expecting different results.
U.S. investors looking to benefit from this trend can play the story a few ways. Certainly U.S. coal companies could see some benefits, but unfortunately those benefits will probably be small. It costs a lot to ship coal, and it’s not clear the U.S. has a sustainable advantage in producing coal for Asian use.
Investors could also look to invest in major manufacturers like Emerson which sell equipment to coal-fired power plants. Those revenues are relatively small in comparison to the size of the firms though.
Water mafia: Why Delhi is buying water on the black market (westcoastjan)
Young men charge towards the truck, clambering onto the top with pipes, which are then lowered into the tank. Others push the drums in place – there’s a mad scramble to fill them up with clean water.
Fights break out as some people are pushed out of the way.
Sandorkraut: About A Pickle Maker (Arthur Robey)
Since the beginning of time, humans have been fermenting our food. Sauerkraut, chocolate, beer, cheese: Because of fermentation these foods not only last longer — they are delicious. But although nearly every region of the world has cultivated its own unique fermentation traditions — and devoted eaters — the practice has all but disappeared from many modern households.
The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture (LesPhelps)
Organic certification is process-based. That is, certifying agents attest to the ability of organic operations to follow a set of production standards and practices which meet the requirements of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the [National Organic Program] regulations . . . If all aspects of the organic production or handling process were followed correctly, then the presence of detectable residue from a genetically modified organism alone does not constitute a violation of this regulation.
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