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USA: The Scariest Jobs Chart, Private Sector Edition ...

NOV 3 2012, 12:17 PM ET

The recovery is real, but it's still really far from the recovery we need. That's been the consistent message of the past three years, with consistent job growth that hasn't been near enough to end our jobs crisis much before the end of the decade.

But that might be changing. 

Now, there have certainly been plenty of false starts before, but this time might really be different. 

Housing is finally showing signs of life and austerity is mostly over. 

In October, this added up to 255,000 new jobs, including revisions to past months, and that despite us shedding 13,000 more public sector jobs. 

The self-inflicted economic wound that is firing cops and teachers has added a degree of difficulty to our already daunting jobs crisis, but that degree of difficulty is disappearing. 

As Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times points out, government jobs fell by 97,000 in 2009; 230,000 in 2010; 258,000 in 2011; before turning positive to the tune of 20,000 more jobs …


Dos personas trataron de entrar este martes en EE.UU. desde México conduciendo su todoterreno por encima de la valla fronteriza de cuatro metros de altura, un intento que resultó frustrado cuando el  automóvil se quedó atascado sobre la empalizada, informaron hoy medios locales.

El incidente ocurrió cerca de Yuma, en Arizona, y fue recogido hoy por algunos diarios estadounidenses en los que se especuló con que se trató de un arriesgado plan urdido por contrabandistas para introducir drogas o personas sin papeles en EE.UU.

Una patrulla fronteriza divisó el vehículo parado sobre la valla en una de sus rondas rutinarias de medianoche y observó cómo dos individuos huían hacia México dejando atrás las evidencias.

Antes de darse a la fuga, los pasajeros del automóvil, un Jeep Cherokee, habían logrado subir el vehículo hasta lo alto de la verja con ayuda de unas rampas, si bien el todoterreno perdió tracción y se quedó apoyado por su parte central sobre el extremo de la valla y sin poder avanza…

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Painful Lessons from Hurricane Sandy ...

- Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh (Bio and Archives) Saturday, November 3, 2012 

Having lived in the Tornado Alley for 30 years, I have learned many valuable lessons. After many raging tornadoes, straight line winds, and hurricanes I understood that churches and other Americans near and far, not the big government, were the first line of defense after a disaster.

Mennonites, Baptists, Mormons, and the National Guard came by truckloads with bulldozers, shovels, and chain saws to extricate their fellow Americans from trees and debris. Utility trucks from places as far away as Utah helped restore our power.

I have never met a Mormon who was not giving and caring to their fellow man. For this reason, I do not understand the sheer hatred against Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. At the same time, liberals bend over backwards to appease and co-exist with “religions” that preach hate and terrorism.

How can New Jersey turn down utility crews from Alabama who came to help restore their power, just because they …

Scaling up sustainability: time for forestry to come out of the forest ...

10 OCT 2012


Forestry is not an isolated sector disconnected from the world beyond the trees. teddy-rised

BOGOR, Indonesia (10 October, 2012)_Ending deforestation has been a political goal for decades, even centuries – an unmet ambition up there with finding world peace and eradicating global hunger. The challenge has received increased attention in the past five years because of climate change and the fact that forests keep massive stores of carbon away from the atmosphere.

The UN-backed scheme known as REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, plus the conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks), could see relatively large payments made to keep that carbon in the forests. As a consequence, a significant part of international forestry efforts has recently been focused on this one objective. Using forests to offset human-induced climate change is an admirable aim, and it is likely that other forestry objectives, such as conserving biol…


Outbreak Summary  ⇓ Progression of the Outbreak Investigation  ⇑ October 11, 2012 Final Case Count Update A total of 127 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported from 15 states. Since the last update, six new cases were reported from California. Among persons for whom information was available, illness onset dates ranged from July 3, 2012 to September 1, 2012. Ill persons ranged in age from less than 1 year to 86 years, with a median age of 33 years. Fifty-six percent of ill persons were female. Among 101 persons with available information, 33 (33%) patients reported being hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

September 14, 2012 Case Count Update A total of 121 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from 15 states. The 17 new cases are from 4 states: California (13), Hawaii (1), Illinois (1), and Washington (2). Among persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from July 3, …


By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)

Saturday. November 03, 2012

Winter Park, Florida

The IMO strongly believes that Fresh Produce inspection should be removed from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and transferred to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

* Currently the Meat and Poulty industry in the USA is regulated by the USDA and Fresh Produce falls under the FDA.

* Yet there are more drug related issues in the Meat and Poultry industry than in the Fresh Produce industry!

* The FDA is understaffed and under funded to carry out a responsible inspection of the USA Food Supply, not to mention the Drug industry.

* The FDA has admitted that they cannot carry out the mandate of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA).

* As it stands now, the FSMA will not be executed for another 5 to ten years.

* Currently the FDA inspects less than 1% of the USA food supply.