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Daily Digest 6/30 - The Dirty Truth About Clean Energy, Epidemic Of Stress In China

Monday, June 30, 2014, 10:47 AM

Economy

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater (jdargis)

The shooting was a watershed moment in the American occupation of Iraq, and was a factor in Iraq’s refusal the next year to agree to a treaty allowing United States troops to stay in the country beyond 2011. Despite a series of investigations in the wake of Nisour Square, the back story of what happened with Blackwater and the embassy in Baghdad before the fateful shooting has never been fully told.

They're Dying at Their Desks in China as Epidemic of Stress Proves Fatal (jdargis)

Microblogging website Weibo is filled with complaints about stressed-out lives and chatter about reports of others, young and old, worked to death: a 24-year-old junior employee at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Inc., a 25-year-old auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; one of the chief designers of China’s next-generation fighter planes at state-run AVIC Shenyang Aircraft Corp.

“What’s the point of working overtime so you can work to death?” asked one commentator on Weibo, lamenting that his boss told employees to spend more time on the job.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek) (jdargis)

This seems like a problem with a simple answer: work less so I’d have more free time. I’ve already proven to myself that I can live a fulfilling lifestyle with less than I make right now. Unfortunately, this is close to impossible in my industry, and most others. You work 40-plus hours or you work zero. My clients and contractors are all firmly entrenched in the standard-workday culture, so it isn’t practical to ask them not to ask anything of me after 1pm, even if I could convince my employer not to.

The eight-hour workday developed during the industrial revolution in Britain in the 19th century, as a respite for factory workers who were being exploited with 14- or 16-hour workdays.

'70% of India Has Yet to Be Built' (jdargis)

Shirish Sankhe, a director in McKinsey's Mumbai office, offers more cause for optimism. For him, slums are cities waiting to be built. By that, he doesn't necessarily mean new cities conjured from scratch, like China's "ghost cities." Instead, he means developing the sophisticated infrastructure that India's furious urbanization demands. If and when these cities are built, they can be conceived as 21st-century metropolises, equipped to meet modern challenges like climate change in ways that established cities like New York can't be.

New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, State’s Top Court Rules (jdargis)

Parts of New York sit above the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that the Energy Information Administration estimates may hold enough natural gas to meet U.S. consumption for almost six years.

Aeon of the Waterbearers (June C.)

This disparity in water distribution is not just between Texas and Alaska of course, for instance most of the Middle East has been in severe drought for several years, while on the other hand in many places in East Asia such as China and Thailand, they have been subject to Biblical Level Flooding events.

Boom Meets Bust in Texas: Atop Sea of Oil, Poverty Digs In (jdargis)

Early one evening in May, Ms. Vargas, 28, cooked spaghetti for her three children and her grandmother. Ms. Vargas, a high school dropout, had just arrived home from her job as a restaurant cook. She and her grandmother, who works as a maid at a motel, make a total of roughly $1,500 a month, far below the federal poverty level of $2,325 for a family of five. Above their dining table, there was a portrait of the Last Supper and, tucked in a corner of the frame, a picture of Ms. Vargas’s uncle, unsmiling in a white uniform and one of at least three incarcerated relatives. The family ate and swatted at flies as trucks roared by.

The Dirty Truth About Clean Energy (James B.)

Media coverage of the energy industry often makes the players seem like the cast of a Hollywood Western. Coal and oil companies are the bad guys, ruining the environment and abusing the villagers for a quick buck. They are winning until wind and solar developers ride into town like the cavalry, their turbines and solar panels providing cheap, clean, and renewable electricity for all. Roll credits. Well, not quite. But in places like China, Ireland and Mexico, the villagers have become wary of the cavalry for good reason.

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Oxford University study: diet and carbon footprint

"The average meat-eater in the U.S. is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian, and close to three times that of the average vegan...The variations were so drastic that the study's authors suggested that countries should consider revising their definition of a sustainable diet. " http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/30/how-much-your...

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An Interview With Chris

This is a great interview.

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Agreed!

This is an enjoyable listen: wide ranging, complexities made easy to follow, calm delivery.  I'll be sharing the interview with those few folks who will listen to me on the 3 Es.  What a fascinating, unbelievable, messy corner we have gotten ourselves into!  What a call for transformation.

Susan

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Details matter

 

I agree that eating grass fed beef from your back pasture is a lot more sustainable than corn fed beef from a feedlot 1000 miles from your door.

The Oxford paper is a broad brush overview of averages. For example, on average they rank eating fish as slightly higher carbon impact than vegetarianism, but many fisheries are near collapse and some farmed fish / shrimp in the Asian tropics are certainly unsustainable given the chemical inputs they require. However catfish from your neighbor's pond? Maybe low impact.

A US vegetarian eats no meat, but are quinoa from Peru and pears form Chile sustainable with a low carbon footprint? I think not.

I think the take home message is to be aware of the overall impact of what we consume in general.

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Oxford University study: diet and carbon footprint

However if the study was to look at the difference between locally produced grass fed beef (which is a more healthy alternative to factory farmed beef) and the cropping required to support the vegetarian or vegan diet (where it is mostly followed) and the soil damage caused by that cropping the conclusions may have been quite different. I think it matters what your orientation is before the study questions are framed.

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Excellent!

Chris, this interview is a perfect supplement to the accelerated Crash Course.  It takes the broad concepts and utilizes the headlines of the day to reinforce the CC's key themes while the CC thinking puts today's headlines into meaningful context.   I suggest you put this interview as a companion resource to your new CC.

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Thumbs Up.

The whole hand up. I see that Chris's hands are muscular. He is walking the walk.

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Nice try.

I see that the piece on the dirty truth about clean energy is by Oil Price. Hmmmm?

They should learn from Big Coal. Set up a "Research Foundation" so that the link is not quite so obvious. Amateurs, sheesh!

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Saaaaaay.....That did come out good.
AkGrannyWGrit wrote:

This is a great interview.

Thanks for posting, I had not watched it yet.  Truthfully I rarely watch all of my talks through to the end anymore, but I did this one...and it all tied together pretty nicely.

I especially liked the end, which I thought up on the spot, about how we wish to shape the future rather than be shaped by the future.  Sounds reasonably accurate and positive...of course there's more to it, but that's a good single sentence if they only give ya one.

 

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On Taking Back Control

Here is another mob that is bent on using softly, softly to wrest control from the deep state using the deep state methodology.

I see Catherine Austin Fitts there among the notables.

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Comic Humor

My apologies if this offends anyone it is meant to provide comic relief.

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Take a Bow Alisa.

He struts upon the world stage, bending reality to his Will like a colossus.

Nutjob.

Alisa Rosenbaum has a lot to answer for.

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Thanks Tall,

I too was just pointing out another side of the matter. More details that matter. I posted this before http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-06-19/the-fat-of-the-land-eating-red-meat, and fully realize the poison foisted upon humanity by .69$/lb. chicken breast, or GM tofu. alot could be done to undo anthropogenic global warming, and ruminants, often vilified because they fart/burp methane, could oddly prove to be of help in the global warming experiment. we, my family feels, are called to husband this earth and all its critters. I wish our science was... well...I feel a Derrick Jensen moment  

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