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Daily Digest 9/1 - The Evolution Of Diet, Will Wages Ever Start Rising?

Monday, September 1, 2014, 11:09 AM

Economy

Labor Day Anxiety: Will Wages Ever Start Rising? (jdargis)

AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka points to a stagnant economy – and notably the lack of real pay hikes – as the “central issue” for American families right now. That’s how he put it at a breakfast with reporters, hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, just before Labor Day weekend.

Many economists say that, as the economy continues to gradually strengthen over time, the wage picture should improve. But they are divided over how quickly that will occur.

More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’ (jdargis)

Many business groups counter that government officials have drummed up a flurry of wage enforcement actions, largely to score points with union allies. If anything, employers have become more scrupulous in complying with wage laws, the groups say, in response to the much publicized lawsuits about so-called off-the-clock work that were filed against Walmart and other large companies a decade ago.

Syria’s violence prompts worst humanitarian crisis in a century (jdargis)

“This new milestone is as unacceptable as it is tragic. This level of human suffering, anguish and misery does not belong in the 21st century – it is a devastating new hallmark of human failure,” said IRC president David Miliband. “It should not take these numbers for the crisis to hit the headlines – we are witnessing the biggest humanitarian catastrophe for a generation in one of the least stable and most dangerous parts of the world. This crisis needs more public attention, more international financing and crucially more political endeavor to tackle the root of the crisis: political dysfunction that has led to violence, chaos and death.”

Ebola threat to Norway: Sweden fears first case (jdargis)

A man who recently travelled to a "risk area" for the virus was taken to Karolinska University Hospital in the Swedish capital suffering from a fever. He is being treated in an isolation unit.

Åke Örtqvist, doctor at the infectious disease unit at Karolinska hospital, said to Aftonbladet: "The risk is minimal of it being Ebola, but we handle all such cases in seriously. We have a high level of safety to ensure we don't overlook a possible case of contamination."

Surge In U.S. Oil Production Finally Reflected At Pump (James S.)

Geopolitical turmoil, particularly in oil-producing regions, usually means higher retail costs for petroleum products, specifically gasoline.

Not so this year. Oil analysts say American drivers taking their last summer road trips cars will enjoy the lowest pump prices this Labor Day weekend than they have in four years. That’s despite ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and between Russia and Ukraine.

Changing global diets is vital to reducing climate change (Arthur Robey)

The study shows that increased deforestation, fertilizer use and livestock methane emissions are likely to cause GHG from food production to increase by almost 80%. This will put emissions from food production alone roughly equal to the target greenhouse gas emissions in 2050 for the entire global economy.

The study's authors write that halving the amount of food waste and managing demand for particularly environmentally-damaging food products by changing global diets should be key aims that, if achieved, might mitigate some of the greenhouse gases causing climate change.

The Evolution Of Diet (jdargis)

The story is similar for each of the families I visit in Anachere, a community of about 90 members of the ancient Tsimane Indian tribe. It’s the rainy season, when it’s hardest to hunt or fish. More than 15,000 Tsimane live in about a hundred villages along two rivers in the Amazon Basin near the main market town of San Borja, 225 miles from La Paz. But Anachere is a two-day trip from San Borja by motorized dugout canoe, so the Tsimane living there still get most of their food from the forest, the river, or their gardens.

Water War: Dry In Detroit (Merle2)

Earlier this year, Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began turning off water utilities for overdue or delinquent accounts. Since April, the department has cut off the water for nearly 3,000 households per week — meaning roughly 100,000 Motor City residents are without water. Entrenched at the bottom of Detroit's current economic crisis, many of those without water are the city's poorest residents.

The city's shut-off campaign has garnered international press attention, and has been called "an affront to human rights" by representatives of the United Nations.

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Truthstream media sarcasm

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Re: France Asks for More ECB Action to Weaken Overvalued Euro

Looks like inflection point is not too far away.   Many I tried to talk to ignored me.  I will not be helping them when TSHTF.

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Ex-NSA Director, US Intel Veterans Write Open Letter To Merkel

Holy crap!

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-01/ex-nsa-director-us-intelligence-veterans-write-open-letter-merkel-avoid-all-out-ukra

Alarmed at the anti-Russian hysteria sweeping Washington, and the specter of a new Cold War, U.S. intelligence veterans one of whom is none other than William Binney, the former senior NSA crypto-mathematician who back in March 2012 blew the whistle on the NSA's spying programs more than a year before Edward Snowden, took the unusual step of sending the following memo dated August 30 to German Chancellor Merkel challenging the reliability of Ukrainian and U.S. media claims about a Russian "invasion."

Via AntiWar and ConsortiumNews, highlights ours

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO

"We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5.

You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian "invasion" of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the "intelligence" seems to be of the same dubious, politically "fixed" kind used 12 years ago to "justify" the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now.  Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicions of charges made by the US State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine."

 

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