How Many Had to Die for Your Eight Hour Day?

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A Doomstead Diner Archive article, reworked and republished on Labor Day, September 1, 2014
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“Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all weather of the world was originally purchased.”      ― Adam Smith  

 

How many people died for your eight-hour day?

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September in America. This tribute to the contribution and achievements of American workers  Was purchased, quite literally, in blood and tireless effort. Few today recall how the first Labor Day came about,  or what it means aside from a day off, and an opportunity to visit Walmart for “low low prices.” That could have something to do with its origins.

Many of the labor conditions that we accept as our birthright came at huge cost, borne by working-class people banding together to insist on better conditions for themselves and their comrades. As Americans, we take for granted the many working conditions that were won for us only by the struggle of organized workers coming together to work for common goals.  From the vantage point [...] Continue Reading…

Swimming in a Sea of Sewage

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The Fresh Kills (sic) Staten Island Landfill

Park Ave, NYC Trash.  No, this was NOT during the strikes of 1975 or 1981.  This was shot in 2010

Cockroaches on the streets of Naples, Italy in 2012

Rats at the Buffet Table in NYC

Fishing in Beijing

More Chinese Fishing

Blue Water is soooo Yesterday…

Refreshing the Water Bottle in Shanghai

Biking is Great Aerobic Exercise!

TEPCO sez, “No worries, we will store all the water as Ice Cubes after we Freeze it”

BP sez, “Gulf Shrimp thrive on Corexit”

BC Scientists are BAFFLED by Starfish Melting disease!

Even Crabs get the Blues sometimes…

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…Mostly, the trash is put “Out of Site-Out of Mind” in Landfills that are fairly distant from your Suburban bedroom community, so you don’t see them or smell them unless you take your own drive over to the dump to dispose of some of your junk. Mostly we employ public and private Garbagemen for this task, so you don’t see it unless you have one of these jobs. At least we used to call them Garbagemen when I was a [...] Continue Reading…

Comes the Precariat

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 “The sooner we realize that we are locked in deadly warfare with our ruling, corporate elite, the sooner we will realize that these elites must be overthrown.”― Chris Hedges
 
Tomorrow, September 1 and Labor Day, will mark the second anniversary of the death of Margaret Mary Vojtko, an adjunct French professor who, at the age of 83, had recently lost her job at Duquesne University.  Ms. Vojtko suffered cardiac arrest on a street corner in Homestead, right outside of Pittsburgh,  yards from the house where she had lived almost her entire life. Rushed to the hospital, she never regained consciousness. Vojtko was an adjunct professor of languages who, after decades of service, found out that her appointment would not be renewed. After decades of toiling in academic insecurity, she was unceremoniously dumped.
Vojtko was a member of the precariat. Most likely, so are you.
When the story moved, I took notice, as I had graduated Duquesne,  in days lost in the mists of the Anthropocene. Two and a half weeks later, Vojtko’s lawyer, Daniel Kovalik, published an op-ed about Vojtko called “Death of an Adjunct” in the Pittsburgh [...] Continue Reading…

Confessions of a Nomadic Slob

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Published on the Doomstead Diner on August 31, 2014

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You can read my last autobiographical Birthday Blog, “55″ from 2 years ago HERE.
Today is my 57th Birthday, and I have a confession to make.

I am a SLOB, and have been one my entire life.  Not just a Minor Slob, you leave me alone in a domicile long enough, and I can turn the place into a miniature version of a Public Landfill.

Besides being a Slob, I am also nowadays a Hoarder, although I have had tendencies towards Hoarding going back before the Lightbulb went off for me on Collapse.  For instance, I Hoarded for years Grolsch Beer Bottles with the reclosable ceramic stoppers, collecting over time a couple of hundred of these.  I wasn’t that big a fan of Grolsch beer, otherwise the numbers would have been in the thousands.  LOL.  However, I bought the Grolsch just to collect the Bottles, with the idea someday I would brew my own beer and reuse them to bottle it.  All these beer bottles sit in a Storage Unit in Springfield, MO, which I pay [...] Continue Reading…

55

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Today I am 55 Years Old.
There will be no Birthday Party for me, no Presents anymore.  Only my Mom still sent me Birthday Cards in these last years, but she passed into the Great Beyond last year.   I don’t have any children to remember my Birthday. Now each year just is marked by the August 31st Date which comes and goes, and I reflect on my Life in the Age of Oil during these days.
55 seems more Significant than most of the recent ones since the Big 5-0.  Mostly because of that Numerical Duplication of Numbers I suppose, a little like 666.  Also though because it pretty much represents 1/2 Century of Sentience here where I really was aware of the world around me.  I’ll write another one of these articles if I make it to 66 years, 6 Months, 6 weeks, 6 days, 6 Hours, 6 Minutes and 6 seconds old, if the Internet is still up and running and I am still walking the earth at that time and not entombed at GITMO being Waterboarded. [...] Continue Reading…

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NATO’s Options in Ukraine

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September 1, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – After provoking what is increasingly a devastating and expanding conflict in Ukraine, NATO appears to be out of options as its proxy regime loses its grip on both its military campaign against its own population in eastern Ukraine, as well as political control in the capital of Kiev itself. However, despite the turn of events, with NATO apparently rudderless, those seeking to undo and reserve the damage the West has created in Eastern Europe must not become complacent.NATO still possesses several options with which it can respond to its deteriorating proxy regime and the eroding of its interests both in the region, and around the world.
Propaganda Retrenchment Before Aggressive Military Aid 

As the West has done in Syria, it now seeks to do in Ukraine – a complete retrenchment of the official narrative regarding the nature of the ongoing conflict. Previously, the Western media has gone through great lengths to obscure overt Nazism running throughout both the political front it is propping up in Kiev, as [...] Continue Reading…

Environmental Control Drones: A True Tale from South Carolina

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Published on The Butterchurn on August 30, 2014

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A white truck with a decal on the side pulls into the driveway. The decal itself is unreadable from afar. A man wearing tan pants and a white shirt with a circular decal on the shoulder comes to the front door. As the man approaches, the decal on his shirt is easily readable “Environmental Department.”

The door is answered.

“Hello?” Says the homeowner.

“What’s going on in your backyard?” the agent asks.

“Just a little bit of permaculture” the homeowner responds.

“Put on some shoes and lets go back there and take a look”

“Bamboo???” The agent asks once they are both in the backyard.

“Yeah…it is planted all around the yard.”

“You know… it (the bamboo) is really devaluing your property. I could show you pictures of some overgrown bamboo that has taken over properties. It is bad to have. It gets out of control. Go back in the house. I’m going to take a few pictures and then I’m going to leave. It is not illegal to have a garden, but you have to keep your weeds trimmed to [...] Continue Reading…

CRASH2: the roadsigns become so frequent, people can’t see them for looking

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Published on The Slog on August 29, 2014

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  THIS WAY TO THE CRASH
Despite a consensus expecting US disposable income to grow by 0.2% in July, it fell by 0.1% – for the first time in six months. Having endured the jobless recovery, it looks like Americans might now be in for the cashless recovery.

In Russia, the economy is rapidly weakening: inflation is high, the ruble is weak, interest rates are climbing, and disposable incomes have dropped.

Eurozone inflation fell to its lowest level since November 2009 this August, as analysts warned that price growth in the currency bloc is “worryingly low”. “This is yet another bad indicator of the health of the eurozone economy”, said Luke Bartholomew, of Aberdeen Asset Management. Give that man a kupee doll.

Meanwhile, Italy – the country long targeted by The Slog as the real European basket case – saw its consumer prices drop by the most since records began. It’s the eurozone’s third-largest economy…and so firmly entrenched in recession, prices fell at twice the expected rate.

In the UK, retail behemoth Tesco has issued another profit warning, [...] Continue Reading…

America’s Creeping Into Syria Will Hang Itself in Ukraine

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The US has claimed it will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria – a tentative first step toward direct military intervention it has sought in attempts to overthrow the Syrian government since 2011. While the US is using the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) as a pretext to carry out these intrusions into Syrian territory, it was the US itself that created and to this day perpetuates ISIS and other extremist militant fronts amid a documented attempt to reorder the entire Middle East.

What is expected to follow is an incremental expansion of US military intervention in eastern Syria that will include further arming and funding of the very terrorist networks it claims it is violating Syria’s borders to attack, culminating in eventual military operations carried out against the Syria government itself.

The US’ justification for directly intervening in Syria however, only further undermines the very “international norms” it claims to champion, and opens the door for other nations it is menacing to use more direct means to confront its agenda of global military aggression, [...] Continue Reading…

China: Falling Faster

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First published at The Daily Impact  August 28, 2014
 

It is increasingly likely that our ailing Western industrialized economy will be preceded in collapse by that of China, whose degradation of the natural web of life has been far faster and more profound than ours. Every six months or so I check on China’s disintegration, plowing through metric tons of punditry on its Miracle-Grow GDP, its rising military power, its imperial ambitions — to come upon a patient in ICU, nearly comatose. If America is Dead Man Walking with respect to food, water, air and soil quality, China is The Walking Dead. [Really? I have to explain that? One is about a man about to die, the other about a zombie, already dead.]

China’s warp-speed industrialization, which blasted off in the 1990s, has destroyed its natural infrastructure “on a scale and speed the world has never known,” says director Jennifer Turner of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The intention was to follow our American model of progress [...] Continue Reading…

The 8th Crusade

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Tagged:Beheading, Crucifixion, Crusades, Drones, Hiroshima, Holy War, ISIS, Jerusalem, MENA, Nagasaki, NATO, Vlad the Impaler

 

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…Now that the local Doom Action has calmed down, we can go back and revisit some of the International Doom ongoing during the period, including the Beheading of a Journalist by the ISIS Propaganda team, complete with videos. Videos I didn’t watch though, partially because I don’t wanna use up my bandwidth and partially because the rumour is that it will soon be a Criminal Offense to WATCH any You Tube vids dropped on by ISIS propaganda experts. I got enough issues with Black SUVs tailing me these days, I don’t need to add grist to the mill here for watching illegal Decapitation Vids.
I have read in the Blogosphere though that the Decap Vid was actually fairly Tasteful, in that it did not show real gruesome Spurting Blood Monty Python style. Probably calculated on the part of the ISIS Propaganda team that [...] Continue Reading…

HOPE & SORROW – THE CIRCLE OF LIFE

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Published on The Burning Platform on August 26, 2014

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“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.” –
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

When you drive the PA Turnpike for 7 hours you have a lot of time to think. Our trip to Altoona was bittersweet. My oldest son is beginning his senior year at Penn State. He has his whole life ahead of him. But you never know for sure. His best friend was killed in a car accident one year ago. That tragic event has changed him. He is more serious and introspective. He is searching for a deeper meaning to life. He has downloaded a number of books about spirituality this summer.

He is worried about getting a job after graduation. His degree in Information Technology doesn’t guarantee a job. [...] Continue Reading…

Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California

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If you thought that the earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday was something, just wait until you see what is coming in the years ahead.  As you will read about below, we live at a time when earthquake activity is dramatically increasing.  This is especially true of the “Ring of Fire” which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 81 percent of all big earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and the entire west coast of the United States falls within the danger zone.  Over the past few years, we have seen huge earthquake after huge earthquake strike various areas along the Ring of Fire, but up until now the California coastline has mostly been spared.  However, there are indications that this may be about to change in a big way.

Early on Sunday, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the heart of wine country.  It was the largest earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years.  More than 120 people were injured, scores [...] Continue Reading…

Update on US natural gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables

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On August 6, I wrote a post called Making Sense of the US Oil Story, in which I looked at US oil. In this post, I would like to look at other sources of US energy. Of course, the energy source we hear most about is natural gas. We continue to be a net natural gas importer, even as our own production rises.

US natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production. In early 2014, natural gas prices have been higher, so natural gas production is rising again, roughly at a 4% annual rate.

The US-Canada-Mexican natural gas system is more or less a closed system (at least until LNG exports come online in the next few years) so whatever natural gas is produced, is used. Because of this, natural gas prices rise or fall so that demand matches supply. Natural gas [...] Continue Reading…

Peak UFO…

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…the decline of a cultural cycle

Peak UFO: Results of a query for “unidentified flying objects” in the JSTOR database, a collection of scientific journals. The number of articles mentioning the “UFO” concept is an indication of the scientific interest in the field. It peaked in the late 1960s and declined afterward.
When I came to age, in the early 1970s, the concept of UFO, unidentified flying object, was well entrenched in the worldview of the time. A worldview that included science fiction, space exploration, and UFOs together; a triad of different facets of the same idea: that space was the “new frontier” as President Kennedy said in 1960s, or the “final frontier” as it was repeated at the start of every episode of the first series of “Star Trek”.

Time has passed, and the frontier has turned out to be too difficult to reach. After the moment of enthusiasm of the post-war years, space exploration turned out to be too expensive for a society which started to be burdened by the growing costs [...] Continue Reading…

Dyshidrotic Eczema: Natural remedies and management for your dishpan hands

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Like most fellow sufferers, I have spent A LOT of money, thought and time searching for that “miracle cure.” A cure that I’m afraid just doesn’t seem to exist. Using conversations, interactions and correspondences with others who have eczema as a reference, it seems that there is no universal cure.  There is no miracle cream… even a prescription one.  I have found topical solutions that help, but they are not a cure.
Having eczema makes you question many, many things. If you’re on a real mission to heal then you have most likely paid much closer attention to what goes into your body and what goes on your body. You probably have quite the collection of health and beauty products. You’ve become an expert in bandaging. You know which lotions make your skin crawl and then explode. You become paranoid about most things that you come into contact with.
“Am I allergic to…. WATER?”  “What’s in this lotion?”  “Are the baby wipes eating [...] Continue Reading…

Daily Impact Double Feature– Flags Up: Take Cover

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Financial Storm Flags Up: Take Cover

First published at The Daily Impact  August 23, 2014
This is not about TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It), nor about the Crash of the Industrial Age (Wait! The acronym for that’s CIA!) that we expect. But it is about a very hard time we are all about to go through, most likely beginning before next year is out and ending God knows when. Most probably, it will not end, but like the last Great Recession simply deliver us to a new plateau of diminished expectations that will become the New Normal. This imminent event is being forecast by a rising chorus of voices like those who warned us 10 years ago that a prosperity based on subprime mortgages, and financial derivatives thereof, could not stand. These voices — actually some of them the very same people — are telling us that we face not one, but two, train wrecks that will be nearly simultaneous, in that one will bring on [...] Continue Reading…

Chill Winds

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Originally Published on Clusterfuck Nation  August 25, 2014

The new year officially starts in January, but for me, and perhaps many of you, the internal calendar re-sets at the end of the summer, where the programming of the school year lingers on. As the torpor of August sweeps away, one senses that heavier action lies ahead. Footsteps quicken in the crisping air, the days get shorter, and a new urgency propels events.
Consider, for instance, all the damage and destruction that ISIS (or ISIL or IS) has been able to pull off in summer heat that averages 110 degrees in the daytime in that part of the world. Many Americans would have trouble hoisting a jumbo shrimp out of a cocktail cup in that kind of weather, let alone scrambling around a desert with 30 pounds of firearms and extra ammo. The US has once again lulled itself into a false sense of security that it can control a battle theater with air power alone. So, here at summer’s end, we’re congratulating ourselves for “saving” the Mosul dam with drones and air strikes, but you can be sure that the next move [...] Continue Reading…

Your Robot Overlord Does Not Love You

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Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on August 23, 2014
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Your Robot Overlord Does Not Love You
 
The Three Laws of Robotics, a set of rules devised by science fiction author Isaac Asimov:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
                                                                                                                                                                  ― Isaac Asimov, “I Robot”
 
In the process of preparing last week’s overheated screed, I came across an article that, after nearly [...] Continue Reading…

Supply Chains, Population & Community: Conversation with Dmitry Orlov Part II

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Dmitry Orlov Part I
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In this part of the podcast, we discuss with Dmitry the issues of Supply Chains necessary to maintain our current Industrial Civilization, the possible effects of Supply Chain breakdowns, resiliency versus efficiency and how the various nations under the Soviet Union umbrella coped with the collapse of that mega-state.  Other topics include the possibilities for Near Term Human Extinction and principles underlying Sustainable Communities.
Coming soon to Diner Podcasts, a new Frostbite Falls Daily Rant on the 8th Crusade looking at the escalating assymetric warfare being pursued by the ISIS Caliphate in MENA.

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The Outrageous Beauty of MEDIEVAL CASTLES

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Note:  This is a very long article. You can just skip to the Parts that interest you. Or, if you just want to see the pictures, each one has a title in brown font, and a description in purple. Or, you can read the whole thing, and wind up smarter than a fifth grader.

PART I ——- A Brief History of Castle Architecture

PART II —— General Overview

PART III —– Castle Life (it often sucked)

PART IV —– Defending The Castle

PART V —— Castle Pictures

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PART I —— A Brief History of Castle Architecture

You may read something here and say to yourself, “That’s not correct!”.  Just keep two things in mind. First, as often is the case, much of what folks know about castles will come from television and movies …. and those TV castles will always show the late-period castles, even anachronistically, if necessary. (TV/movies are a terrible source of accurate information.) Secondly,  you must keep in mind that very many changes were made to castles during the roughly 500 year Middle Ages [...] Continue Reading…

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If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot--For millions of Americans a towed car can lead to a crippling spiral of stress, debt, joblessness, illness and, in many cases, incarceration.

History warns us that when once-powerful societies collapse, they tend to do so quickly and unexpectedly. That shouldn\'t come as much of a surprise: peak power usually means peak population, peak needs, and hence peak vulnerability.

The U.N.’s latest report on climate change is terrifying

The Search for Meaning in a Cryptic Google Translation of Untranslatable Words

California\'s 1-Percenters Are Flush With Water as Rest of the State Remains Parched Celebrities and moguls aren\'t doing without while the region suffers from a disastrous drought.

Fukushima groundwater bypass operation ineffective: Tepco

Methane Monster’s Grumbling Goes Global: 570 Methane Plumes Discovered on Atlantic Ocean Sea Floor

The \'Yellow Dragon\' Threatens Florida\'s Citrus Industry- invasive asian insect.

CISPA Is Back With A New Name: CISA is the newest and latest version of a bill that would give the NSA even more powers

BREAKING: CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement

Meet Cathy Jordan, she was diagnosed with ALS - She outlived 4 Neurologists, all thanks to marijuana, put the bucket down and legalize cannabis

Police Handler Let Dog Urinate on Michael Brown Memorial the Day He Was Killed
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Video shows CEO kicking puppy in elevator: ‘A friend’s pet caused me to lose control’

“Principles be damned”: How campaign finance reform just got crushed in a liberal state

Illinois School Bans Discussions of Michael Brown\'s Death
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How to Build a Survival Crossbow
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Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society

Bankrupt Detroit resumes shutting off water to residents despite international criticism

Hypersonic Weapons Global Arms Race

World\'s Largest Ice Sheets Melting at Fastest Rates in Recorded History

Artificial Intelligence May Doom The Human Race Within A Century, Oxford Professor Says

James Risen is about to go to jail for refusing to name his sources

The dying American dream, perfectly illustrated with Legos

Expert Explains In Detail How The Next Shock Will Shatter The Global Economy

CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data

Spotting The Next Detroit - America's Fasting-Shrinking Cities

"War On Terror" Is A Fraud - It Is Not Meant To Be Won, It Is Meant To Be Perpetual

Argentine Peso Collapses on Top of Rogue Regime

‘Nowhere Is Definitely Safe Anymore’: Inside the Besieged Ukrainian City of Luhansk

The Fragility of Microchips

Separate Ebola Strain Now Discovered in Central Africa Has Already Killed 13

Why Does a Florida County Need Eight $18 Million Helicopters?]

David Korowicz. Catastrophic Shocks through Complex Socio-Economic Systems.

The New Misery Index- jobs, earned income and the purchasing power of earnings.

Miami-Dade Police Union Boss Claims Body Cams Place Cops’ Lives at Risk

Tear Gas Is A Banned Chemical Weapon, But US Lobbying Made It Okay For Domestic Use... And, Boy, Do We Use It

Tar sands, trade rules and the gutting of human rights for corporate profit

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

Physicists Say Fukushima Reactors Pose Eternal Threat to Humanity

S. Korea bans imports of all fishery products from Japan's Fukushima region

Ban on Japanese fish remains in place due to Fukushima accident - oversight service

Study finds parts of Japan no longer safe for farming

The Police, the Military, and Ferguson

7,000 Trapped Ukrainian Forces; IMF to Fund Ukraine Wars?


Retired Cop Ray Lewis Blames Corporate America for the Situation in Ferguson

Images 3 years apart showing the severity of California's drought.

Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water. "We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking."

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins.

The Apocalypsi Library at the End of the World: Everything You Wanted To Know About Doom.

Fukushima Disaster: Inside The World’s Most Dangerous Room

Miami and New York City are ground zero in the battle against the rising seas

Oakland Protesters Hold Up Mirrors To Police Officers In Ferguson

Russia’s Humanitarian ‘Invasion’

US Top Brass: Striking Syria Back On The Table

How the Ultra-Rich .01% Have Sucked Up Even More of America's Wealth Than You Think

Did Ferguson Police Use "Kill Switch" on Livestream Signal The Moment They Created Chaos?

Cop pointing a rifle at protesters and says he will "fucking kill" them, tells them to go fuck themselves when asked his name

Persistently High Methane Concentrations over Beaufort Sea

Methane 'Blowholes': The Next Phase of Climate Change

30 stats to show to anyone that does not believe the middle class is being destroyed

“Nazi Safaris in Ukraine: Militiaman Fighting Against Government Forces Speaks Out – ‘Some Are Willing to Pay to Hunt Insurgents’”

Israel says US has a right to defend itself against unarmed teenagers

A simple way to counter the paranoia side effect of Marijuana

Ferguson’s Constitutional Crisis

Today is the day we have used all of 2014’s production of resources from planet Earth. Earth overshoot day moves 3 days earlier each year.

Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed

Why Does The Economy Stink? Because America's Owners Are Greedier Now Than Ever Before

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