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Polar bears, growing desperate for food, threaten native Alaskans

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[What a mess. See also: Special Investigation: Inside the Deadly Rhino Horn Trade. *RON*]
By Kamala Kelkar, PBS New Hour, 15 October 2016

While Carla SimsKayotuk was getting ready for work last year in one of the U.S. Arctic’s northernmost villages, she noticed her door wasn’t shut all the way. She scrunched her head down as she opened it slowly and peeked outside.

“And what do I see? Two huge eyes staring at me. It was a baby polar bear cub,” SimsKayotuk recalled. “My eyes got huge and his eyes got huge. I slammed my door shut.”

Fossil fuels and deforestation have pushed global temperatures up by nearly 2°F since the 1800s, and the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else, pushing polar bears onto natives’ door steps. As sea ice retreats past the shallow continental shelf in the Beaufort Sea off north Alaska into waters that can be too deep for foraging, increasing numbers of polar bears are finding land on the coast. If they’re hungry or curio…

Tracking the gig economy: New numbers

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[Being an employer means you accept that you bear some responsibility for your employees: nobody wants that nowadays. Two of the charts weren't reproducible here. See the original article for: 1) Change in nonemployer firms and payroll in select passenger ground transportation industries (2012-2014), and 2) Change in nonemployer firms and payroll in select traveler accommodation industries (2012-2014). Importantly, see also: Over 94 Million Americans Are Outside the Labor Force and That’s Almost Certain to Rise. *RON*]
Ian Hathaway and Mark Muro, Brookings Institute, 13 October 2016

For media inquries, contact: Allison Courtin acourtin@brookings.edu202.238.3556

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The gig economy, as reflected by nonemployer firms, is significant and growing fast. Overall, there has been a clear surge in nonemployer firms’ — a measure of contractor and freelance individuals — business activity in the last decade, which almost certainly ref…

How Wells Fargo Exemplifies the Drivers of Big Corporate Fraud

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[The short-term manipulation of stock prices through buy-backs, which artificially boosts CEO pay, has been a theme here. It has nothing to do with fundamental value and everything to do with government policies promoting virtually free money. See also: The Dash For Cash: Leaked Files Reveal RBS Systematically Crushed British Businesses For Profit, and How the owners of Fidelity get richer at everyday investors’ expense. *RON*]
By Lynne Parramore, Posted by Yves Smith on Naked Capitalism, 15 October 2016

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Ecuador's Legal Battle With Chevron Foreshadows Global Corporate Coup D'état

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[Global corporatocratic rule. See also: The debate over saving rain forests has gotten ugly. Now a Brazilian environmental official is dead. *RON*]
By Kyla Sankey, Truthout, 14 October 2016

In the past 50 years, the lives of Indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazon have been completely transformed. Since the arrival of Texaco in 1964, extensive environmental damage wrought by the extraction of oil and dumping of toxic waste has devastated the land, water and natural resources on which the Indigenous tribes of these regions have depended for more than 8,000 years.

Today, two of these tribes have ceased to exist due to the deaths of all their members, and others are at risk of being wiped out soon. In the remaining tribes, community members have suffered extensive and irreversible health problems: toxic exposure has generated a health crisis involving cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and leukemia.

With Islamophobia on Rise, Right-Wing Militias Threaten Communities in Kansas, Georgia

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[As white nationalist and Islamophobic rhetoric gains prominence in election, threats of anti-Muslim violence rise sharply. See yesterday's Kansas ‘Crusaders’ arrested for plot to bomb Somali community and the link to the Guardian story on Georgia, below. On the flip-side: No suspects: Local GOP headquarters set ablaze in N.C., swastika spray-painted nearby. *RON*]

By Nika Knight,Common Dreams, 15 October 2016

Two separate armed right-wing militias have threatened violence against Muslims in small towns in Georgia and Kansas, respectively, as xenophobic rhetoric fuels Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign.
"We ask our nation's political leaders, and particularly political candidates, to reject the growing Islamophobia in our nation." —Nihad Awad, CAIR In Kansas, three men claiming to be members of a right-wing militia called the Crusaders were arrested and charged on Friday for allegedly plotting to plant b…

Syria Interview: Assad — “This Conflict is About World War 3”

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[WW III talk continues rumbling along. Since it is an Assad interview with Pravda, it gives you the full Russian spin on things. See also: Russia Is Preparing for War, While The American Public Slumbers On. *RON*]
Scott Lucas, EA Worldview, 14 October 2016

In an interview published on Friday, Syria’s President Assad is given an opportunity by Komosomolskaya Pravda — an outlet of his ally Russia — to declare that he wants complete victory over the opposition and rebels.

Assad also evaluates that the Syrian civil war is part of a US quest for control of the world.

See also Syria Daily, Oct 14: Assad — No Alternative to Recapturing Aleppo

Question 1: Thank you very much, Mr. President. It’s a big happiness for me, and I’m very proud. Okay, I will start from my questions. The situation in Syria become more dangerous and more unpredictable. Why? Because this conflict draws inside more participants and more players. For example, who do we have now in Syria…