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Daily Digest 8/28 - 'Prison Economy' Secretly Grows, Hurricane Isaac Gathers Force

Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 11:47 AM


U.S. ‘Prison Economy’ Secretly Grows (David B.)

This conclusion should hardly be surprising to informed readers. The U.S. warehouses more of its own population in prisons than any other Western nation by a vast margin. Canada is a distant second, and then there is a further drop-off once we move past North American “incarceration mania”. Furthermore, the Corporate Media itself has been gushing over the fantastic growth curves of U.S. Private Prison Corporations (Dick Cheney’s favorite investment).

Overtreatment Is Taking A Harmful Toll (VeganD)

“Sometimes the test leads you down a path, a therapeutic cascade, where you start to tumble downstream to more and more testing, and more and more invasive testing, and possibly even treatment for things that should be left well enough alone.”

Business and Political Experiences Pull Romney 2 Ways on Economy (jdargis)

During the current campaign, Mr. Romney has embraced the conservative view that government can best help the economy by getting smaller, and he has selected as his running mate Representative Paul D. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who is a standard-bearer for fiscal conservatism. But a review of the positions that Mr. Romney has taken on economic issues during his two decades in politics reveals a recurring tension between his political commitments and his private sector experience at Bain Capital, which he often cited earlier in his political career in advocating a larger government role in the economy.

U.S. Energy Policy Debate too Myopic (James S.)

Much of the politicking during the U.S. presidential campaign of 2012 has centered on energy independence and access to so-called tar sands oil from the Athabasca deposits in Canada. Incumbent President Barack Obama already suffered a setback with green initiatives in the wake of the bankruptcy of solar panel company Solyndra. That being said, oil production in the United States is at historic highs during an administration seen by its critics as shutting the door on domestic energy.

Peak cheap oil is an incontrovertible fact (dfoley)

If the looming global oil crunch has been postponed for another decade or two as widely alleged, this is far from obvious in today’s commodity markets.

U.S. Gasoline Prices: High Price Could Continue Despite Low Demand (David B.)

On the crude oil side, although crude stockpile has gone through four consecutive weeks of draw, it is still above the 5-year range (See Chart Below). Moreover, as we are heading into the slow demand season of the year, inventory most likely will start to build again.

Tropical Storm Isaac Builds as It Churns Toward Coast (jdargis)

The tracking forecasts reached a consensus by Monday night that the storm, which was a little over 200 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and on the verge of becoming a hurricane, would land overnight Tuesday somewhere around southeastern Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane.

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists (jdargis)

Dire warnings of water scarcity limiting food production come as Oxfam and the UN prepare for a possible second global food crisis in five years. Prices for staples such as corn and wheat have risen nearly 50% on international markets since June, triggered by severe droughts in the US and Russia, and weak monsoon rains in Asia. More than 18 million people are already facing serious food shortages across the Sahel.

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Canada's Neo Cons are trying hard to catch up

The Stephen Harper Government is pressing ahead with a magor expansion of the prison system in Canada. That is despite the fact that all evidence confirms that crime has been steadily dropping for years in this country. J.

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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism

Preppers, everyone should go organic raw vegan for 3-6 months to experience food withdrawal and emotional eating withdrawal. Not to mention substance withdrawal. You haven,t lived until you live on only fruit and veggies for 6 months. Experience all kinds of crazy emotions and cleansing and detoxing. Great moments of strength and insight too. How will our diets change in the next 20 yrs? How will our bad habits change? Test change now and develop your knowledge accordingly. There are a lot of weeds in your yard that are very tasty. I won't eat them all.

Ooh wait the US isn't included, we can keep subsidizing corn production and feeding our animals so we can have $1 burgers. We can always chop down our trees for fire after grid down and oil skyrockets. Or eat raw burgers. Silly Einstein, "humanities success depends on their evolution to a vegetarian diet"

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Great suggestion

Popeye Superman,

Based on the Guardian article's info I think your suggestion is really useful - it's so easy to simply be blown away by the overarching reality and not really think about how to deal with it (particularly when you live in the West and can always find a cheap meat option somewhere).

When you first went organic / raw / vegan, what was the hardest part?  Why do you suggest 3 - 6months (does it take your body that long to adjust?).

Would love to hear some more details - is there a forum topic on this?  I shall have to check!

Thanks for the suggestion, I for one will set a date to start and at least try it.


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U.S. ‘Prison Economy’ Secretly Grows

A quick search found this


Canada second? Not even close.

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