“Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages” -Angela Y. Davis
Fears that food prices will rocket at the end of the year after a poor US harvest were heightened after predictions that a drought across the Midwest will to continue for at least another week.
Maize yields are suffering after a long drought that hurt the crop in its crucial pollination phase, experts said, as the price of Chicago new-crop corn jumped more than 3% to its highest since last autumn.
Soybean crops and the crucial wheat harvest are also expected to suffer in the blistering heat, which has stayed in the high 30s centigrade for much of the last few months. A repeat of the drought in 2010 in another crucial wheat producing country, Russia, which saw food prices rise in the UK, is likely to make the situation worse, while soybean producers Brazil and Argentina have also suffered poor weather.
The US government played down the extent of the problem with figures showing farmers planted more fields of maize and soybeans, which it said should offset the fall in crop yields.
But traders argued the drought was serious and likely to push up prices further. The Chicago Board of Trade (CBoT) December corn contract rose 3.2% to $6.55 (£4.17) a bushel, while November soy added 0.7% to reach $14.38 a bushel. September wheat gained 1.2% to $7.66 a bushel.
US December corn jumped almost 15% last week and September wheat gained more than 10%, while November soybeans added nearly 4%.
Is this a mosquito? No. It’s an insect spy drone for urban areas, already in production, funded by the US Government. It can be remotely controlled and is equipped with a camera and a microphone. It can land on you, and it may have the potential to take a DNA sample or leave RFID tracking nanotechnology on your skin.
Actual research paper
Sums it up well, no?
Finally, some good news coming out of Washington, D.C. According to theAssociated Press, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be finalizing a 20-year ban on uranium mining today on over 1 million acres of public land near the Grand Canyon. Granted, there are already thousands of mining claims in place around the area, which won’t be affected by this new ruling, but it’s nice to hear about some good news, especially surrounding the amazing Grand Canyon.
The Pentagon has quietly shifted combat troops and warships to the Middle East after the top American commander in the region warned that he needed additional forces to deal with Iran and other potential threats, U.S. officials said.
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who heads U.S. Central Command, won White House approval for the deployments late last year after talks with the government in Baghdad broke down over keeping U.S. troops in Iraq, but the extent of the Pentagon moves is only now becoming clear.
Officials said the deployments are not meant to suggest a buildup to war, but rather are intended as a quick-reaction and contingency force in case a military crisis erupts in the standoff with Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program.
The Pentagon has stationed nearly 15,000 troops in Kuwait, adding to a small contingent already there. The new units include two Army infantry brigades and a helicopter unit - a substantial increase in combat power after nearly a decade in which Kuwait chiefly served as a staging area for supplies and personnel heading to Iraq.
The Pentagon also has decided to keep two aircraft carriers and their strike groups in the region.
Earlier this week, the American carrier Carl Vinson joined the carrier Stennis in the Arabian Sea, giving commanders major naval and air assets in case Iran carries out its recent threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic chokepoint in the Persian Gulf, where one-fifth of the world’s oil shipments passes.
U.S. - home to 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners.
NPR - Prisons (retroactive “correction”) funded at the expense of education. [Listen Here]
Tim DeChristopher, What Love Looks Like: A conversation between Terry Tempest Williams and Tim DeChristopher. Orion Magazine, January/February 2012
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