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Ryan Gendron
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My fear is that a reduction of corporate buying power will just open a power vacuum for other forms of corruption that will be even more pernicious. For example, at the state and local levels public employee union power is already more distorting than corporate buying power. Hence Vallejo's bankruptcy with San Jose, among other California municipalities, headed for bankruptcy as well. See Michael Lewis on some of the causes of California's financial problems (he slights immigration though). Their origins are not corporate: http://www.vanityfair.com/business/features/2011/11/michael-lewis-201111
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" The current homicide rate is around the levels it was at in the 1950s and 1960s. "
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Nicholas Kristof: "By my calculations, at least 10 times as many girls are now trafficked into brothels annually as African slaves were transported to the New World in the peak years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. So for those of you doubtful that “modern slavery” really is an issue for the new international agenda, think of Srey Pov — and multiply her by millions. If what such girls experience isn’t slavery, that word has no meaning. It’s time for a 21st-century abolitionist movement in the U.S. and around the world"

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"For the first time in half a century, a majority of young people aren’t working."

http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/youth-unemployment-in-united-states-in-line-with-arab-spring-countries/

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While perhaps I'm biased living in Calgary - this city is amongst the best to live in by some measures due to the $ from the tar sands - the attention it gets elsewhere relative to coal seems out of proportion...

"The result surprised me: coal exports look to be an even bigger climate disaster than the pipeline. There are, in fact, quite a bit more direct emissions from burning the coal than from the oil. That’s true even when one counts the energy-intensive tar sands extraction and processing—and, of course, there are plenty of upstream emissions associated with coal mining that I’ve left out of the equation here. (In order to make a roughly direct comparison, I also omitted emissions associated with both products’ mining, refining, transportation, and so forth.) Clearly we can ill afford either one of these projects, but until we have a clear energy policy that respects climate science we’ll be wrestling with these kind of killer projects one at a time."
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The disaster aspect depends on where you're at. If you are on an island with 10 foot elevation above the Pacific Ocean then, yeah, disaster. But if you are in Calgary and world temperatures go up a few degrees C then that would make your summers and winters more pleasant, no?
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"The study indicates that more than 80 percent of the communication initiated by whites was to other whites. Only 3 percent went to blacks. Black members of the same site were more open to dating whites and were ten times more likely to contact whites. Black men were actually slightly more likely to initiate contact with white women than black women..black women receive the fewest replies on the site, even though they are the most likely to reply. "
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"Where equality campaigners even dare to mention diversity, they argue that this handicap can be solved with a chequebook, ignoring the unfortunate facts that you can’t buy social capital, and that ethnically diverse populations are unwilling to support Scandinavian-style wealth redistribution"
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"This means we can only allow ourselves 80 to 85 g of red and white meat, or one burger and one chicken fillet every three days. That's an upper limit. Emissions may need to be cut further."
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+Brooke Johnson But I'm not claiming any causation. You are, by claiming that eating factory farmed meat causes poorer health. I'm saying that the existence of a country that eats a huge amount of factory farmed meat and does not suffer ill health (and is the fifth best country in the world for general measures of health) makes this claim extremely suspicious, to the point where I think that an average person who wasn't invested in the claim being true would simply decide that it's unsupported by evidence and give up on it; the claim is not passing simple plausibility tests.
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