This is a story about debt – 2008 was the crystallization of that, the years since have been the denial of it, and the years to come will be the resolution. Grant Williams, founder & publisher of the ‘Things That Make You Go Hmmm…’ research service, and co-founder of Real Vision TV, brings us an eye-opening presentation titled Crazy, where he puts into perspective the extraordinary levels of global debt and unprecedented monetary policy, and reminds us that the many factors that led to the ‘08 crisis are still very much present.
A large part of the downtown here remained closed on Saturday as investigators began a second day of piecing together the details of a sniper attack that left five police officers dead and nine more people wounded. The investigation, in which officials have conducted more than 200 interviews already, came as other cities faced protests overnight about police practices.
It was in Dallas that a peaceful, almost celebratory demonstration—involving religious groups, police officers, and ordinary people—turned into a nightmare, as a sniper (or maybe snipers) took aim at police, killing five officers in a shootout and standoff that lasted into the night. Police eventually killed the suspect—25-year-old Micah X. Johnson—using an explosive delivered by robot. Three others are in custody; their connections to the shooting aren’t known. Thus far, authorities have not found any evidence to tie Johnson, an Army veteran, to the Black Lives Matter movement or any political groups. According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown, Johnson “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.”
Navigating the Dangers of a Corrupt Wall Street (Tiffany D.)
A prime example is what happened in 2008 during the financial crisis, when corrupt bankers and crooked Wall Streeters nearly destroyed the economy to line their pockets. And sadly, nothing has truly changed today. Corrupt bankers and crooked Wall Streeters still rule finance and money today…
Zika-Infected Person Dies in Utah (jdargis)
While the individual contracted the virus elsewhere, there is limited risk that Zika will spread in the area. Salt Lake City is home to neither of the two mosquito species—A. aegypti and A. albopictus—that are known to transmit the Zika virus to humans. Though this is the first Zika-related death in the continental United States, the fact that the individual contracted it while traveling shows confirms that there is little reason to believe that Zika is spreading farther or faster than scientists originally predicted the disease might spread.
Navigant forecasts that demand for these cutting-edge batteries will increase in the medium term, pulling up annual energy capacity to 30.2 MWh in 2019 and further to 6.5 GWh in 2025. In 2015, sales of lithium-ion batteries for EV alone totaled 11.45 GWh, with Panasonic topping the list of producers. This compared with 6.58 GWh in 3014.
The epicenter of slime remains the waterways branching from the St. Lucie River near Stuart, a rich estuary contaminated by a steady flow of foul, nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee. Marinas, waterfront homes and even Atlantic beaches near the St. Lucie Inlet have been hit by waves of rank goo. A handful of samples from the area taken by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection also have contained concentrations of toxic algae that pose public health risks.
Now, scientists and the state are keeping an eye on a few other potentially vulnerable areas. At the top of the list: the Caloosahatchee River, which serves as the western relief valve for excess water from Lake Okeechobee. State samples already have shown isolated blooms but any dry spells combined with summer heat potentially could mean more green muck for the southwest coast in coming months.
Climate models project a big decline in Arctic sea ice, with the end of summer becoming essentially sea-ice-free within a few decades at the current rate of warming. But in Antarctica, the models project smaller long-term declines.
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