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In this photo taken,Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, Folorunsho Alakija, attends a function in Lagos, Nigeria. Ventures Africa a pan-African magazine says Africa has many more billionaires than previously reported, 55 of them worth $143.88 billion. The magazine's survey surprised by identifying oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija as the richest black woman in the world, saying that she is worth $7.3 billion. Forbes magazine in its respected list had estimated Alakija's fortune at $600 million and Oprah Winfrey's worth at $2.9 billion. (AP Photo)

In this photo taken,Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Aliko Dangote,said to be Africa's richest man attends a function in Lagos, Nigeria. Ventures Africa a pan-African magazine says Africa has many more billionaires than previously reported, 55 of them worth $143.88 billion . The report predictably identifies Nigerian manufacturer Aliko Dangote as the richest African worth $20.2 billion, among 20 Nigerians listed. (AP…

Project Urban Forest Infographic Shows How Trees Effectively Combat Carbon Emissions

by Sam Dickie


Planting trees remains one of the cheapest, most effective means of drawing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – which is why it’s the main objective of the Sustainable Glasgow Project

They created this infographic to share some interesting facts about trees and how much carbon people produce. 

The Sustainable Glasgow Project funds carbon offsetting projects through the receipt of donations, and they offer individuals and organizations opportunities to offset carbon dioxide from their day to day activities by planting trees.

 Check out the full infographic after the jump!

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LESS IS MORE !!! : The Whole Government Shutdown In One Simple, Beautiful Chart


OCT. 8, 2013, 12:51 PM 

The outstanding folks at are out with an excellent visualization of who's really hurting during the government shutdown.

Most importantly, it shows you the scale of certain departments when it comes to employment.

This rectangle represents all the employees of the federal government. It's divided into smaller boxes that correspond to individual departments. 

* Those boxes are sized proportionally to the number of people who work in them.

 * The red portion are furloughed employees. 

* The blue portion are people exempt from furlough and still on the job. 

* The different shades of blue refer to why they're still on the job.

So, for instance, NASA — a smaller box on the lower right — has 97% of its employees furloughed.

Finally, the government shutdown in one chart:

As the Washington Post's Brad Plumer noted on Twitter, the Department of Defense indicated over the weekend they'd be recalling many of their workers, so …

QUALITY OF LIFE : The best and worst countries for older people

By Kirsten Korosec

| October 8, 2013, 8:50 AM PDT

In just four decades, one-fifth of the world’s population—or more than 2 billion people—will be aged 60 or over.

Some countries—and not just the wealthiest ones—have done a better job preparing for the spike in the number of older people, according to Global AgeWatch Index.

Global AgeWatch Index ranked countries by how well their aging populations are doing based on income security, health status, employment and education and enabling environment, a category that includes civic freedom, access to public transport, physical safety and social connections. 

The index issues scores to show how near a country is to the ideal value of 100. The higher the value, the better older people fare.

Older people are faring the best in Nordic, Western European, North American and some East Asian and Latin American countries. Sweden is the best place for older people. 

Norway, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada round out the top five. The United States comes…

Kingston's Ecuador Mango Program Off To An Early Start

by Kingston Companies
Posted: 2013-10-08 09:01:39 EST

IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO — Kingston Fresh announced that its mango crop from Ecuador is off to an early start which is just in time to meet high customer demand.

Kingston Fresh’s President Ken Nabal, explained, “Kingston is excited to announce the first arrivals of the season of our Ecuadorian mangoes. Although volume will be light to start, it will be much anticipated to help fill a supply void left from reduced mango volumes from Brazil year to date. Our first containers will be shipped during the week of November 9th. ”

Mr. Nabal commented, “Overall quality looks great to start and season forecasts call for volumes similar to last season. The size profile will be heavy to 10/12ct calibers with peak volume slated for the mid November through mid December period which is ideal for key holiday retail promotions.”

The company announced earlier that is has changed its name to Kingston Fresh as part of a rebranding initiative. 

David O. Kingsto…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : The Roots of the USA Government Shutdown

Geopolitical Weekly

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013 - 04:04


By George Friedman

In general, Stratfor deals with U.S. domestic politics only to the extent that it affects international affairs. 

Certainly, this topic has been argued and analyzed extensively. 

Nevertheless, the shutdown of the American government is a topic that must be understood from our point of view, because it raises the issue of whether the leading global power is involved in a political crisis so profound that it is both losing its internal cohesion and the capacity to govern. 

If that were so, it would mean the United States would not be able to act in global affairs, and that in turn would mean that the international system would undergo a profound change. I am not interested in the debate over who is right. I am, however, interested in the question of what caused this shutdown, and ultimately what it tells us about the U.S. capacity to act.

That is one reason to address it. A broader reason to address it is to unders…

Venezuela, on the path to implosion, expels diplomats

By Editorial Board

Published: October 6

THE EXPULSION of three U.S. diplomats by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro last week should be taken as one more symptom of the unravelling of the crackpot socialist regime inflicted on the country by the late Hugo Chávez. 

Mr. Maduro, a former bus driver picked by Mr. Chavez to replace him as he was dying of cancer, accused Charge D’affairs Kelly Keiderling and two colleagues of plotting to sabotage the crumbling national electric grid, histrionically shouting “Yankee, go home” for good measure.

The charges are ridiculous, but there is logic to their timing. Mr. Maduro’s government is besieged by the consequences of 14 years of disastrous economic policies: inflation that has risen above 45 percent; severe shortages, including of food staples and toilet paper; chronic power outages, including one that turned out lights in 70 percent of the country last month; and one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime.

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This Is Such An Embarrassing Picture For America



Thanks to the standoff in Washington DC, President Obama was forced to cancel a visit to East Asian countries, and to note attend of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).

Wonkblog and others noticed this incredibly embarrassing picture of all the world leaders standing on a stage at the meeting, and the US only being represented by John Kerry, who was forced to stand in the back row, and far off to the side (since he's not a head of state, presumably).

Putin, obviously, is loving the prominence.

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Global trade weakening, economy to slow: APEC statement

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Australia sees free trade deal with China within 12 months

2:42am EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia | Tue Oct 8, 2013 2:42am EDT

(Reuters) - The 21 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation trade group promised on Tuesday to implement responsible macroeconomic policies that will help offset slowing global economic growth and weaker trade.

"Global growth is too weak, risks remain tilted to the downside, global trade is weakening and the economic outlook suggests growth is likely to be slower and less balanced than desired,"
the group said in a prepared statement.

"We will implement prudent and responsible macroeconomic policies to ensure mutually reinforcing effect of growth and to maintain economic and financial stability in the region, and prevent negative spillover effect."

(Reporting by Randy Fabi, Lesley Wroughton and Alexei Anishchuk. Editing by Jason Szep)

USA ECONOMY : Economic Confidence Falls Off The Cliff



Thanks to the government shutdown, there's no government economic data, which is going to make it harder to get a read on what the shutdown is doing to the economy.

Fortunately there's a slew of data collected by the private sector, whether it's the ADP Jobs Report or the ISM Manufacturing surveys.

And there's this: The Gallup daily tracker of US Economic Confidence, which asks a rolling pool of 1500 adults how they see the economy.

It's fallen off a cliff.

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