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Daily Digest 7/17 - Syria In Civil War, Drought Devastating For Farmers, The Ecology Of Disease

Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 9:49 AM


For Transit Relief, Congested Atlanta Ponders a Penny Tax (jdargis)

The proposal, which bundles 157 projects in 10 counties, is part of a July 31 referendum that will allow voters across the state to decide whether they want a new tax for transportation specific to their region. Voters in the Savannah area, for example, will decide on a $1.6 billion regional package of road and transit improvements, of which $229 million would be spent in Savannah.

Syria Denies Attack on Civilians, in Crisis Seen as Civil War (jdargis)

“What happened was not an attack on civilians,” Mr. Makdissi told reporters in Damascus, saying that the use of heavy weapons against such a small area would have been impossible. “What has been said about the use of heavy weapons is baseless.”

He announced a death toll of 39, of whom he said 2 were civilians. Activists initially said the death toll was above 200, but revised it downward to a list of 103 victims, overwhelmingly young male adults.

Texan Shale Boom Leads to Increase in Drug Trafficking (OPA)

Javier Pena, the head of the DEA in Houston, admitted that “once they get past the checkpoints, they are pretty much free,” therefore these new routes for avoiding the checkpoints are a real problem. “There will be employees who think they can make a quick thousand or 15 or 20 thousand (dollars). Once money is involved, someone will always go for it.”

Food Prices: The Endless Drought A Disaster For The Agriculture Industry (David B.)

It is being projected that in some of the major corn growing areas as much as 60 percent of the crops could be lost.

Many farmers that had been desperately hoping for rain are now becoming resigned to the fact that their crops are not going to make it.

The Ecology Of Disease (jdargis)

The problem is exacerbated by how livestock are kept in poor countries, which can magnify diseases borne by wild animals. A study released earlier this month by the International Livestock Research Institute found that more than two million people a year are killed by diseases that spread to humans from wild and domestic animals.

Rain 'almost apocalyptic' for wildlife, says National Trust (jdargis)

Relentless wet weather has also devastated puffin colonies on the Farne Islands - which are managed by the National Trust - with 90% of burrows lost on Brownsman Island, and puffins drowned in about half of burrows left flooded on other islands.

Meanwhile, bats have been hit by the cold conditions, particularly lesser and greater horseshoe bats - leading to a slow-down of pregnancies.

How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug (jdargis)

There is no national registry for drug-resistant infections, and so no one can say for sure how many resistant UTIs there are. But they have become so common that last year the specialty society for infectious-disease physicians had to revise its recommendations for which drugs to prescribe for cystitis -- and many infectious-disease physicians and gynecologists say informally that they see such infections every week.

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Jeff Faux on the decline of the middle class

Jeff Faux of the Economic Policy Institute argues Americans are in denial. Everyone knows, he says, but no one faces up to the fact that the United States can no longer afford to have subsidized unregulated markets, be the world’s global power and provide a steadily rising standard of living. One of these is possible, maybe two, but not all three, according to Faux. No group -- and certainly no politician of either party -- is addressing this new reality, he contends. Despite public posturing to the contrary, it’s America's middle class that will be sacrificed on this current path.

He is well spoken. Paraphrase: "This country was on the verge of a plutocracy. After Citizens United, we have tipped over the edge."



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For Transit Relief, Congested Atlanta Ponders a Penny Tax

As a resident of metro Atlanta and Georgia I have better/clearer perspective on this issue than the NY Times.  As a CM follower/member for a couple of years, I have a somewhat different perspective. 

According to the latest local polls, this vote will fail.  Opposition state-wide is at nearly 60% as of about 10 days ago and appears to be growing.  I plan to vote "No" as does my spouse. 

There is no coherent plan to address transportation in a way that confronts the realities of the Three E's in our opinion.  Frankly, I think that doing nothing is better that paying more in tax for "solutions" that will not matter when the predicaments we face (and soon will become obvious to the sheeple) start to have more impact.  I prefer to spend the money on my own solutions (land, food, supplies, community, ammunition, etc.) than turning additonal funds over to the State that is clueless.

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Fiscal Crisis in States Will Last Beyond Slump

“The ability of the states to meet their obligations to public employees, to creditors and most critically to the education and well-being of their citizens is threatened,”



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