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Daily Digest 7/7 - Banks Curtail International Money Transfers, Bejing Air Will Not Be Clean Until 2030

Monday, July 7, 2014, 9:37 AM

Economy

RBA’s Stevens Holds Benchmark Interest Rate at 2.5% (Arthur Robey)

In Australia, recent data indicate somewhat firmer growth around the turn of the year, but this resulted mainly from very strong increases in resource exports as new capacity came on stream; smaller increases in such exports are likely in coming quarters. Moderate growth has been occurring in consumer demand. A strong expansion in housing construction is now under way. At the same time, resources sector investment spending is starting to decline significantly. Signs of improvement in investment intentions in some other sectors are emerging, but these plans remain tentative as firms wait for more evidence of improved conditions before committing to significant expansion. Public spending is scheduled to be subdued. Overall, the Bank still expects growth to be a little below trend over the year ahead.

Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians (jdargis)

"The bosses informed us of this in June in a tone which made clear they recommended it ... They distributed and asked us to fill out a form for the donation. People started complaining - why should they donate to Crimea?" said Tatyana, 52, who declined to give her surname for fear of retribution.

"In our department, not one of us made the donation and our boss understood because she was of the same opinion," she said by telephone.

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? (jdargis)

Specifically, the North has claimed to create a Special Commission to investigate all of the suspected and actual cases. In response, Japan has agreed to relieve some of the sanctions it has currently enforced against the North including travel bans, some restrictions on financial transactions and port access in Japan for North Korean vessels. But, the extent of any sanctions relief will depend on Tokyo’s evaluation of the North’s sincerity in reopening the cases.

707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT is the most powerful American car ever (Lesphelps)

Not only does the Hellcat put the Challenger SRT at the top of the American muscle car list, besting the 662 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by a fair amount, but the monster motor is also the most powerful V8 in the world and the car third among all non-electrified autos sold by major automakers, trailing only the 16-cylinder Bugatti Veyron and V12 Ferrari F12.

Oh, and if you're worried about handing the keys over to your kids or a valet, don't. At least not as much. The Challenger SRT will come with two sets, one that restricts the engine to 500 hp and another that opens the gates of the Hellcat.

Silence From de Blasio on Expansion of Living Wage Law (jdargis)

After all, Mr. de Blasio has made it clear that he is determined to improve the lives of struggling New Yorkers. Already, he has expanded paid sick leave for workers, moved to institute a universal prekindergarten program and persuaded our reluctant governor (with a little help from the Working Families Party) to support legislation that would allow the city to increase its minimum wage.

Immigrants From Latin America and Africa Squeezed as Banks Curtail International Money Transfers (jdargis)

JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have scrapped low-cost services that allowed Mexican immigrants to send money to their families across the border. The Spanish bank BBVA is reportedly exploring the sale of its unit that wires money to Mexico and across Latin America. And in perhaps the deepest retrenchment by a bank, Citigroup’s Banamex USA unit has now closed many of its branches in Texas, California and Arizona that catered to Mexicans living in the United States and stopped most remittances to Mexico as it faces a federal investigation related to money laundering controls.

Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint (jdargis)

Over the next two years the lawyers, David Doniger and David Hawkins, and the scientist, Daniel Lashof, worked with a team of experts to write a 110-page proposal, widely viewed as innovative and audacious, that was aimed at slashing planet-warming carbon pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. On June 2, President Obama proposed a new Environmental Protection Agency rule to curb power plant emissions that used as its blueprint the work of the three men and their team.

Beijing residents will have to wait at least another 16 years to breathe healthy air (jdargis)

Last year, Beijing’s PM2.5 levels averaged 89.5 micrograms per cubic meter—several times higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization recommendations. “It takes time and effort to turn the ship around,” Pan said.

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707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT

There were HP Wars in the 1920's too.   Specifically about the car it is too heavy.

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Egypt

Egypt increases fuel costs 78%- expect more food riots.

Thanks Sax.

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707 hp Dodge Challenger SRT
KugsCheese wrote:

There were HP Wars in the 1920's too.   Specifically about the car it is too heavy.

Chrysler is spending development money on a 10 mpg super car instead of something that makes sense in todays world?  We are so toast!

I parked my 80+ mpg scooter at a convenience store the other day and ran in to get some milk.  When I got back there was a 1 ton, diesel V8 4X4 truck park next to my scooter.  Not satisfied with the factory design of the truck, the owner had replaced the wheels and tires with mud tires that were 5 feet tall, if they were an inch.  A couple of farm boys from Iowa had driven the truck to Wisconsin.  There was nothing in the truck bed.  There was no mud on the body or tires to indicate that the mud tires or 4X4 had been required for the trip.  Basically, they drove a 5-8 mpg truck hundreds of miles just to transport themselves.

It's just hard to watch sometimes, when I am trying so hard to limit my energy usage.

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yummm 707 HP :) Of course

yummm 707 HP :)

Of course that much HP starts to become undriveable.

I split the diff, my Charger sits in the garage "most" of the week, while I drive a Fiesta to and from work, and then my wife drives a plug in hybrid C-Max.  For her this car is absolutely the perfect car, as 95% of her trips are usually electric only.

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