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Daily Digest 10/28 - Against The Grain, The Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:35 AM

Economy

Ebola And The Vast Viral Universe (jdargis)

How long shed virions can persist if kept moist and unbuffeted — for example, in soil or in body excretions like blood or vomit — is not always clear but may be up to a week or two. That is why the sheets and clothing of Ebola patients must be treated as hazardous waste and surfaces hosed down with bleach.

Ebola, Natural Cures, And Panic: A Rant (Terry L.)

The last thing we need is to panic now. Anyone in NYC or the US who is not a health care worker is at absolutely minimal risk for ebola right now. With proper methods, which now are in place at Bellevue and elsewhere, health care workers who treat these patients are also at very little risk. (And let’s be clear, even if they do get infected, most people who are caught early and get good attention with good healthcare in the west will be fine in a few weeks.)

Which Hazard Is Better Contained: Ebola or Extreme Economic Inequality? (Doug S.)

What we need now is a third requirement in the U.S. Congress's mandate to the Federal Reserve. It is this: Fed policies must work effectively to narrow the economic inequality gap whenever 5% of the population own more than 50% of the nation's stock market wealth--an undemocratic power outcome. The new mandate would be simple and effective, necessitating immediate change in central bank operations, since the top 5% currently own over 80% of the nation's stocks.

A New Push to Get Low-Income Students Through College (jdargis)

On Tuesday, a handful of institutions will announce an ambitious new effort on this front. Led by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the coalition is setting a specific goal for which it can be held accountable. Today, only about one in three top-performing students from the bottom half of the income distribution attends a college with a high six-year graduation rate (at least 70 percent). Within five years, the Bloomberg coalition wants to raise that to one in every two students.

Doug Casey’s Views on the Military/Police, Education, Markets & Manipulations (Herman J.)

“When you join the military, you’re putting yourself completely under the control of people that may be despicable, and you have to follow their orders like a robot. So it’s a horrible situation for a free person to put himself in.”

In respect to the junior mining industry, Mr. Casey said, “Right now we’re at one of the great cyclical bottoms of all times.”

The End of the Crisis for Now: America Is Awash in Energy (Evan K.)

Across America, something unusual is happening on main streets, in suburban strips, and at country stores: workers are lowering the prices on the signs for gasoline. Veterans of the energy crisis that began in 1973 and has continued, with perturbations, ever since, are trying to get their heads around this enormous reversal of fortune: there is no energy crisis for any fuel in America as winter approaches. That was the message delivered loud and clear at the annual Energy Supply Forum of the United States Energy Association (USEA).

Against The Grain (jdargis)

Nearly twenty million people contend that they regularly experience distress after eating products that contain gluten, and a third of American adults say that they are trying to eliminate it from their diets. One study that tracks American restaurant trends found that customers ordered more than two hundred million dishes last year that were gluten- or wheat-free. (Gluten is also found in rye and barley; a gluten-free diet contains neither these grains nor wheat.) The syndrome has even acquired a name: non-celiac gluten sensitivity. “I’ve been gluten-free these last four years, and it has changed my life,’’ Marie Papp, a photographer, told me at the expo. “I would have headaches, nausea, trouble sleeping. I know that I’m intolerant because I gave it up and I felt better. That explanation is probably not scientific enough for you. But I know how I felt, how I feel, and what I did to make it change.” She went on, “I’m a foodie. It’s been five years since I had biscotti. And I just had one here, gluten-free. And it rocks.”

Arctic melt means more severe winters likely, for now (jdargis)

Mori and colleagues then pushed the analysis one step further and used their models to explore whether the cold Eurasian winter trend was likely to last. Their models suggest it won't. The Arctic could have no sea ice during the autumn by some time in the 2030s, says Scaife, at which point things will change. "The key thing here is that they argue that climate change wins in the long run," he says. So while winters may be cold for now, it might not be all that long before they follow the global warming trend.

Gold & Silver

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Agrarian resistance

good read, a very good read, a bit idealistic, but...http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-10-24/oxford-real-farming-conference-power-lies-and-the-need-for-agrarian-resistance

time to milk i'm late and can hear "Peanut" and "Chance" voicing their reminders

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