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Daily Digest 6/6 - CA Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Norway To Divest From Coal

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:19 AM

Economy

The Jobs Recovery Is Going Strong (jdargis)

The one mystery this leaves is how to reconcile the robust job growth the United States is experiencing with tepid readings on overall economic growth. Gross domestic product contracted at an 0.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter, and based on data that is out so far analysts expect a so-so 2 percent growth reading for the second quarter, which ends June 30. Combine those, and the American economy appears to have grown at something like an 0.7 percent annual rate for the first half of 2015, which is wildly inconsistent with the 217,000 average monthly job creation so far this year.

Newsweek, Wash. Times Publish False Headlines About EPA Fracking Study (Merle2)

In addition to mischaracterizing the EPA study, Newsweek and The Washington Times also excluded EPA's explanation of why its findings don't necessarily indicate "a rarity of effects on drinking water resources." The agency identified several "limiting factors" in its analysis, including insufficient data, the lack of long-term studies, and inaccessible information, stating that these limitations "preclude a determination of the frequency of [drinking water] impacts with any certainty." As the Environmental Defense Fund stated in a press release about the EPA study, "Better and more accessible data on activities surrounding hydraulic fracturing operations is needed."

The inside story of how the Clintons built a $2 billion global empire (jdargis)

Today, the Clinton Foundation is unlike anything else in the history of the nation and, perhaps, the world: It is a global philanthropic empire run by a former U.S. president and closely affiliated with a potential future president, with the audacious goal of solving some of the world’s most vexing problems by bringing together the wealthiest, glitziest and most powerful people from every part of the planet.

All The Happy Workers (jdargis)

Few private-sector managers are required to negotiate with unions any longer, but nearly all of them confront a much trickier challenge, of dealing with employees who are regularly absent, unmotivated, or suffering from persistent, low-level mental-health problems. Resistance to work no longer manifests itself in organized voice or outright refusal, but in diffuse forms of apathy and chronic health problems. The border separating general ennui from clinical mental-health problems is especially challenging to managers in 21st century workplaces, seeing as it requires them to ask personal questions on matters that they are largely unqualified to deal with.

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes (jdargis)

Lacking the expertise to mount its own projects, the Red Cross ended up giving much of the money to other groups to do the work. Those groups took out a piece of every dollar to cover overhead and management. Even on the projects done by others, the Red Cross had its own significant expenses – in one case, adding up to a third of the project’s budget.

California Farmers Dig Deeper for Water, Sipping Their Neighbors Dry (jdargis)

On the nearby trees, some leaves had turned yellow and the almond husks appeared smaller than usual. In February, Mr. Hundal received emails from various water districts, informing him that, because of a historic drought that has left reservoirs nearly dry, he would most likely get no surface water to irrigate his 4,000 acres of crops this summer. Not one drop.

The global warming 'hiatus' is a myth, says new Science study (Arthur Robey)

Rising temperatures across the planet have set new records, and NOAA has declared 2014 was the hottest year in modern history.

The globe experienced its hottest month of March since record-keeping began in 1880, and the period of January to March was also the warmest on record, NOAA has said.

Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change (jdargis)

“It lays the groundwork for the transformation of cultural and political views in a major topic that people would rather avoid,” he said. “This requires people to say, ‘What are we going to do? What are our choices? What do we believe in?’ ”

Gold & Silver

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Police work not exactly what it appears to be/should be

Upon entering into a career in law enforcement, I was shocked to discover how political and subjective it can be.  On the surface it might appear to be supremely objective.  The laws are in writing for everyone to read.  Court procedures are written and have developed over the decades and even centuries.  So it should just run like clockwork depending on whether people are obeying the law or not. NOT!

In Wellston, MO, the influence of politics and economics are being displayed for what they are in all police departments: FAR MORE influential in policing than any of us would like to accept or believe.

http://fox2now.com/2015/06/01/23-wellston-police-officers-turn-in-badges/

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/06/05/entire-police-dept-disbanded-after-councilwoman-and-her-son-were-arrested-210863

The St. Louis suburb of Wellston, Missouri, no longer has a police department and some are blaming a city councilwoman’s personal mission to protect her self-confessed drug-dealing son as the reason.

On Monday, all 23 officers on the force discovered that they had lost their jobs, the locks on the police station had been changed and they were forced to turn in their guns and badges, Fox 2 St. Louis reported.

Tensions have been mounting between the town’s police department and Councilwoman Janet Dixon after police raided the home of her son Terrance Dixon in late 2013, according to LEO News.

Shortly after the raid, three of the police officers involved, including the officer who captured Dixon on tape confessing to dealing drugs out of his home, were fired by the city council, LEO News reported.

The firings were reversed. Soon after, police were called to a domestic violence situation where Terrance Dixon was again arrested and the officer who made the arrest was, again, fired. The vote to disband the police department came Monday evening, after an arrest that morning of Councilwoman Dixon on suspicion of possessing a defaced firearm, according to LEO News.

The Wellston City Council voted 5-2 in a closed session to completely disband the police department. Instead, they would bring in officers from the neighboring Vinita Park to police their neighborhood. Officially, according to StlToday.com, the move was meant to cut spending in the cash-strapped city.

“With limited resources, I think it is so important for our cities to at least consider collaborating and sharing more resources,” Wellston Mayor Nate Griffin told reporters.

Wellston Police Chief G.T. Walker had a much different take on why the department was disbanded. He claims that it was a direct result of “dirty politics” that the department was disbanded, claiming that Dixon herself led the charge to disband the department after the arrests of her son and herself.

One of the other Councilwomen, Linda Garner, strongly opposed the move to disband the department, telling reporters that she was angry that the vote seemed to be made in extreme haste and without opening discussion with the public.

According to this report in Fox 2, Former Police Chief G.T. Walker was offered a job in the new department, but he declined to take the job, saying he “couldn’t take the job in good conscience” after the other officers were let go.

Each of the officers will be “eligible to apply for jobs” this week in the new department. There is no official word as to how many job openings will be available for new police officers.

Disbanding an entire police department because a councilwoman and her son cannot seem to obey the law may seem extreme, but in Obama’s America where police have been villainized, it wouldn’t be all that shocking.

This is a petty, pitiful small town and its shenanigans.  The bigger the city the more subtle and hidden the foolishness, but it's everywhere.  Keep it in mind as we hear about the Baltimores and Fergusons and so on.

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