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A little-known Chinese tycoon is preparing to build a canal across Nicaragua

James Griffiths

May 12, 2014 03:26

Yup, a rival to Panama’s canal. And he's breaking ground this year. 

Here are 7 things you should know.

A rival looms. (Elmer Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

SHANGHAI, China — Does the world really need another canal allowing freighters to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic?

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega thinks so. In June 2013, he signed a deal to grant a 50 year concession to a Hong Kong-based company to build a rival to the Panama Canal across his country. 

Construction is due to begin in December 2014.

There’s a lot about the project that’s likely to make hawks in Washington, DC lose sleep — not the least of which is the partnership between Russia and a somewhat mysterious Chinese entrepreneur, on a strategic project right in America’s backyard.

Here’s what you need to know. 

1. A canal across Nicaragua? Sounds big.

Yes, the proposal for the Nicaragua Canal is ambitious. Very ambitious. It involves constructing a waterway stretching from the Caribb…


Soil is the basis of life on Earth..

At PIP were working towards transforming our soils into vibrant mineral rich ecosystems.. But it takes time and currently at PIP we use a lot of imported organic matter..

This is doable on a scale of a few acres here and there but the question of how we do it in a panic and on a huge scale when the food supply chain breaks is a tough one I'm not sure I can answer without gritting my teeth and slightly squinting at the thought of the inevitable societal disruption...
Better to start now.

Paper money won't help when you need soil...


Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die

Submitted by Tyler Durden

on 05/16/2014 20:02 -0400

In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high

But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning?


Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die (courtesy of Vincent Lewis' Unsold Cars)

Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom. Please do see this on Google Maps....type in Sheerness, United Kingdom. Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway. Left of A249, Brielle Way.

Timestamp: Friday, May 16th, 2014.



This scary NASA map shows how the world’s forests are going up in smoke

Simeon Tegel

May 13, 2014 02:10

Hey, weren’t those the same trees that produce our oxygen?

LIMA, Peru — The world’s forests are in trouble. If you think we’re joking, then just take a look at this frightening NASA image.

Forest fires around the world from May 1-10. (Jacques Descloitres/NASA)

Based on satellite data, it shows how much forest around the world was on fire during the first 10 days of May.

Experts that GlobalPost spoke with believe forest fires are likely now burning at record levels — at least since human beings first began walking the Earth.

No one really knows this for sure. Some nations, such as the United States and Brazil, publish detailed data, while others, such as Congo or Russia, do not.

What scientists are certain about is this: Wildfires are getting worse with climate change, in the United States and much of the world.

To be clear, the dots on the NASA map are not to scale — otherwise most of Central America(seen below) would just have burned down, and you probably woul…

What the FCC's net neutrality vote means for the Internet

Rebecca Lee Sanchez

May 16, 2014 08:19

A proposal before the commission would initiate a new online economy by allowing Internet service providers to charge websites for better, faster delivery of their content to American users.

Activists protest outside Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the commission is about to meet to receive public comment on proposed open Internet notice of proposed rulemaking and spectrum auctions May 15, 2014 at the FCC headquarters in Washington, DC. The FCC has voted in favor of a proposal to reform net neutrality and could allow Internet service providers to charge for faster and higher-quality service. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted three-to-two to push forward a highly controversial proposal that critics argue could signal the end of net neutrality.

The rules outlined in the proposal would initiate a new online economy by allowing Internet service providers to charge websites for better, faster …