Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stinky People Increase In California Drought + TPP Senate Votes, & More

Consumers changing their cleaning patterns in response to a drought isn’t unheard of. Unilever Chief Executive Officer Paul Polman recently told analysts and investors that Brazilians are showering 15 percent less because of water shortages. Meanwhile, the company’s products that are geared toward helping consumers use fewer resources are growing twice as fast as its other brands, and they’re more profitable, Polman said at a conference this month.






So who voted for TPP fast track in the 

Senate? 


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The government’s fiscal health is the worst among major industrialized economies, with public debt at more than 200 percent of nominal GDP due mainly to swelling social security costs amid the aging society.














'On the Offensive' Against Monsanto, France Removes Roundup from Store Shelves


Monsanto product will no longer be sold in aisles of nurseries frequented by amateur gardeners











Jesse Ruiz, the school district's interim CEO and board member, issued a statement Monday repeating assertions that CPS' projected $1.1 billion budget deficit was "the result of shamefully low state education funding and a broken pension system that penalizes Chicago taxpayers and our city's children."













Thinking Like an Elephant


I believe the disappearance of our megafauna impoverishes human life as well as wildlife. We evolved in a wonderful, terrible world, of horns and tusks and fangs and claws, and we carry with us the vestigial psychological equipment – a ghost psyche – required to navigate it. I believe we miss the thrill and fear the great beasts inspired, just as our ecosystems miss their interventions. So you can probably guess what I want to do. I want to bring them back.














German Banker: Obama Is Destroying Europe


Interviewed on June 6th by German Economic News, the chief economist at Bremer Landesbank, Folker Hellmeyer, says that because of Obama’s sanctions against Russia, German exports declined year-over-year by 18% in 2014, and by 34% in the first two months of 2015 (no later figures), but he asserts that “The damage is much more comprehensive than these statistics show,” because those are only the “primary losses,” and there are in addition “secondary effects,” which get even worse over time. 










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