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[RD] News Thread of the Americas

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by ReindeerThistle, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. ReindeerThistle

    ReindeerThistle Zimmerwald Left

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    I did not see other treads like this, except for specific issues, so I am starting a thread that deals with the goings on in the Americas, in part to give Euro, Australian, Asian and African CFC members a glimpse of life on this side of world (beyond the bad news we all get.) I also want non-Americans to post things they see in their media sources about North and South America.

    I don't want to be overly heavy, and I don't want a lot of heated discussion of the news people post. I just want folks to share news and views about any topic under the sun, however serious or whimsical.

    Also: wikipedia is not "news." Do not cite wikipedia articles as news or fact, please. Wikipedia is universally disregarded by journalists and scholars as an unvetted and frequently incorrect "source."

    To start, some good news:
    Raúl receives Fernando González Llort

     
  2. Glassfan

    Glassfan Mostly harmless

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    Thanks, Glassfan. Love the beaver story!

    Rich, working poor rising fast as middle class shrinks

    Sounds like another depressing article, but the organization and organizers featured are friends of mine.

     
  4. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-26420414

    So, Bill Gates has regained the top slot from Carlos Slim.

    How much would every person in the US get if all the wealth of the top 1% were redistributed among everyone?

    Total global wealth is ~$240 trillion. Distributed amongst 7 billion people that's about $34,000 for each man, woman, and child.

    Still, as they say, if you did do that one day, on the very next day some people would have nothing and some people would have a lot again.
     
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    The juxtaposition of this entry with the "trophic cascade" (wolves) video reminded me of old objections to "trickle down" theory. Nature yes - politics, not so much.:crazyeye:
     
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    Haha. Indeed. "Wolf" of Wall Street is a misnomer. More like parasite.

    State of Conflict: Bill Moyers on North Carolina’s Right-Wing Takeover & the Citizens Fighting Back

    Clearly THE most underreported activities of impact in North America...

    Here is the full show from "billmoyers.com"

    And photos:


     
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    BirraImperial Pura Vida!

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    Some news from CR.
     
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    I kept being told that wolves actually completely destroyed the environment of Yellowstone when they were introduced.
     
  10. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    Yes. It's a nice video.

    Nevertheless, organisms (including mankind!) can equally have devastating effects on ecosystems. I think it's a mistake to assume that the natural world will inevitably achieve some kind of stable equilibrium which is always beneficial.
     
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    Wow! Do you know where I can find links?
    This is correct... but since humans took the wolves and humans put them back... it's proof to me humans can have a positive effect on our environment.
     
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    I know about it because I have family in Georgia. Here's a link to an AJC teaser about a recent protest in Governor Nathan Deal's office, but the full article is behind a paywall that is not as easily subverted as the NYT's. Here's another short one on protests in a state senator's office about a bill that would challenge stand-your-ground laws in Georgia (but isn't going anywhere because the Republican legislature won't bring it up).
     
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    Wow... just, wow.
     
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    Nom, Nom, Nom,...:woohoo:
     
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    Justice in the USA:

    Exclusive: Freed Ex-Black Panther Marshall "Eddie" Conway on 44 Years in Prison &FBISurveillance

     
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    NSA spying
     
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    A number of mysterious goat heads have been found in NYC's Prospect Park.
     
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