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New York photographer Terri Gold says she wants to find ‘the grace notes’ of humanity. She has vivid memories of spinning an old-fashioned globe as a child, and as an adult, she dreams of faraway places and the secrets they keep hidden.

In her ongoing photography project, ‘Still Points in a Turning World’, Gold sought to track down tribes around the globe that appear to stand still while time rushes forward.

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

Young Suri boys in Ethiopia bring home freshly caught fish

The pictures have been taken over the course of a decades-long career and ripe for a discussion about the globalizing forces that threaten indigenous cultures.

‘My earliest memories are of spinning a globe. I was always drawn to the last mysterious corners of the Earth. I wanted to visit with people who have not forgotten the old ways, who feel their past in the wind,’ Gold tells DailyMail.com.

‘The names of far off lands called to me – Samarkand, Lhasa, and Timbuktu. I dreamed of traveling with a caravan across the Himalayas, of finding hidden kingdoms. As soon as I was old enough, I stepped into my dreams with three cameras around my neck and my life’s journey began…’

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Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold.

It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry.

For background to this article, please see my November 27 article Cash Chaos in India, 86% of Money in Circulation Withdrawn; Cash Still King in Japan.

Large denomination means 500-rupee ($7.30) and 1,000-rupee notes ($14.60), which account for more than 85 percent of the money supply. They are no longer legal tender, effective immediately.

As one might imagine, chaos ensued. And it continues.

India Confiscates Gold

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‘Pesticides are causing serious problems all over the world. Most pesticides and herbicides, once taken up by the body, go to war with the endocrine system, blocking the body’s ability to regulate its own hormones. In India, these dangerous pesticides are beginning to contaminate the country’s most healthy, top export spices.

Countries that import India’s spices report rising levels of pesticide residue. Spices adulterated with pesticides include turmeric, cumin, ginger, chili and pepper. This is a huge problem, considering the fact that India has 45 percent of the market share for these and other important spices.’

Read more: India’s spice trade at risk, as pesticides and pathogens contaminate popular seasonings including turmeric, chili and pepper

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India looks to use US formula to convince France and Australia –  Indian Express by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | January 27, 2015 A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama announced a resolution to the nuclear liability issue and administrative arrangements, India  plans to engage with France and Australia in the next few weeks to clear the remaining hurdles before nuclear commerce.

India will share the Indo-US formula on resolving the nuclear liability issue with France to resolve the issue of liability with the latter as well, sources said — this has come in the way of nuclear commerce with Areva, the French nuclear supplier.

With Australia, the sources said, India will share the template of its administrative arrangements with Canada — and now the US — so that uranium from Australia can be supplied without further delay. India signed an uranium supply agreement with Australia last September, when Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the country.

……….The US is said to be no longer insisting on tracking these supplies, required under its rules to ensure it is not being used for military purposes. -……http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-looks-to-use-us-formula-to-convince-france-and-australia/

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An Iranian oil tanker (file photo)

An Iranian oil tanker (file photo)

India is ready to pay Iran in euros rather than rupees for crude oil imports after an Iranian official recently said Tehran prefers euro payment, Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry sources in New Delhi say.

The unnamed sources said India will change the current practice of rupee payment as soon as Iran files an official request to that effect, the Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday.

On March 16, Mohsen Qamsari, the director for international affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), said Tehran prefers to receive payments for crude oil exports to India in euros rather than in rupees following the easing of sanctions against Iran as a result of the Geneva nuclear deal.

The National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said in January it is resuming crude oil delivery to Asian buyers in its own vessels as sanctions ease following the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

On January 20, the European Union Council suspended part of its sanctions against Iran according to the Geneva nuclear deal between Tehran and the Sextet of world powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – which was signed last November.

Given the volume of its transactions with India, Qamsari said, Iran prefers being paid in euros for crude oil exports to India because of its “increased utility” for Tehran.

Iran’s January oil shipments to the Indian customer were 31 percent higher year on year.

India is among Asia’s major importers of energy, and relies on the Islamic Republic to satisfy a portion of its energy requirements.

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A report by an international foundation on modern slavery has revealed that nearly 30 million people are enslaved across the globe.

The index released by the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) on Thursday said the slaves are either trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labor, fall victims to debt bondage, or are even born into servitude.

Almost half of these people are in India, where “by far the largest proportion of this problem is the exploitation of Indian citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labor,” the survey found.

The index also showed that aside from India, the problem is most rampant in the West African country of Mauritania, where four percent of the population is estimated to be held in slavery.

The report by the Australian-based group described Mauritania as a nation with “deeply entrenched hereditary slavery,” where “people in slavery may be bought and sold, rented out and given away as gifts.”

Benin, Gambia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Haiti and Nepal are among other countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery, the report said.

The WFF index ranked 162 countries on the number of people living in slavery, the risk of enslavement, and the strength of government action to counter the illegal activity.

Figures indicate human trafficking along with arms dealing is the second largest industry in the world after drug dealing.

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CNBC Core Viewership Drops To Fresh 20 Year Low, Worst Nearly Since Inception

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If last night the year 1993 was notable for India, as the Rupee had its largest plunge since March of that year two decades ago, today 1993 is just as memorable for CNBC. The reason: according to the latest Nielsen data, in July the financial network’s prime (25-54 demographic) viewership just tumbled to a fresh 20 year low of just 37,000, the lowest since, you guessed it, March of 1993. Why is this a problem? Considering CNBC came on air in its current post-FNN incarnation in 1991, the core viewership is now about as low as it has ever been for the struggling broadcaster which as recently as 2007 was ranked as the 19th most valuable cable channel in the US.  Now: not so much.

Total viewership fared a little bit better: it too plunged last month dropping to just 128,000, but that was the lowest in “only” just under a decade, or since September 2004. At the current pace of viewership declines, however, the 2004 low of 118,000 will also likely be taken out quite soon.

Finally, CNBC’s Fast Money (-32% Y/Y), Mad Money (-42% Y/Y) and Kudlow (-52% Y/Y) all had all time low ratings in the “all viewers” category in August 2013.

Is the exodus from CNBC an issue of content credibility, or just retail revulsion to manipulated, centrally-planned markets, or even simpler, just not enough disposable income to daytrade, we will leave the $64,000 answer to CNBC’s proud new owners.

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India Hopes Floating Solar Power Plants will Help Bring Energy Independence

India’s energy problems have been well documented over the past couple of years, most notably during the huge blackouts in 2012 which left over 700 million without power.

Boosting oil or natural gas consumption is not an economically, nor environmentally, viable option, so India must look to improve its energy independence by increasing domestic generation capacity.

The constantly falling costs of solar PV panels makes solar power an attractive option for India, and one of the latest solar projects to begin development is the country’s first ever floating solar power plant.

SP Gon Choudhury, Director at Development Consultants Private Limited and Vice Chairman at Calcutta Institute of Technology, is leading the team that will build the floating power plant on a pond at the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata.

Related article: Germany Proves Sunshine is not Necessary for a Booming Solar Industry

 The Victoria Memorial pond
The Victoria Memorial pond. (TripAdvisor)

The Hindustan Times quoted Choudary as explaining that “a floating solar power station would prove to be a revolutionary step as it could solve the perennial problem of land. Such pilot projects are also going on in a few countries such as France and Australia.

Studies have also shown that if the rear surface of solar panels are kept cooler, then their ability to generate power goes up by 16%. As these solar panels would be floating on water, they are expected to stay cool and hence we can generate more power than those set up on land.”

Related article: US Energy Department Claims the Cost of Solar Power will Fall 75% by 2020

The solar panels will be attached to a platform that floats on airtight, plastic or tin drums. The 100 square metre power plant will have a generating capacity of 10kW, giving it a power-to-size ration of 100 watts per square metre, or about a 10% efficiency.

Choudary stated that “requests have also been sent to a few other state government agencies and departments so that the water bodies near Patuli and Science City off the EM Bypass could be utilised.”

The next phase of the plan would be to install floating solar power plants at hydroelectric dams, such as Panchet and Mython. “This would not only help conserve water for the dry seasons when power generation goes down because of lack of water but would also help us generate extra power – solar and hydro from a single station.”

By. Joao Peixe of Oilprice.com

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Nuclear energy – the sick man of the corporate world

safety-symbol-Sm1. Major nuclear accidents Mayak (Russia) 1957, Windscale (UK) 1957, Three Mile Island (USA)  1979, Chernobyl, 1986, Tomlsk, Siberia 1993, Fukushima, 2011 – who’s next?

nuclear-costs32.  USA is the top nuclear country with 104 commercial reactors, average age 32 years, (and who knows how many military and research ones.  Wikipedia lists nearly 50 types of USA naval nuclear reactors.)  Commercial nuclear power development is paralysed in USA, because the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is waiting for a new “Waste Confidence Rule” –  a plan for permanent radioactive waste disposal.    Rust bucket nuclear reactors are a problem in every “nuclear”country, with France particularly afflicted, unable to afford costly safety upgrades.

3. New nuclear reactors? – There are Finland And France’s  financial disasters of the Generation IV Olkiluoto, and Flamanville unfinished reactors. USA’s financial, legal disaster of Plant Vogtle?    China?  The nuke lobby touts China – but no new reactors have actually been built there in recent years. The mess of competing designs, (and all of them unaffordable) .

4. Squabbles within nuclear industry Conventional nuclear reactors versus  reprocessing reactors. Big reactors versus small ones. Thorium-fuelled  reactors versus uranium ones. A labyrinth of designs competing for sales Westinghouse 1000, Generation IV, Generation V, Fast Breeder, Travelling Wave Mini Reactor, Thorium Liquid Fuel Reactor, Power Reactor Innovative Small Module (PRISM) –  all apparently proven to be safe, because they’re not the same as the Fukushima ones. Work that out!

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Anxiety in mining industries
. Uranium fuel versus thorium.Uncertainty – will thorium reactors make uranium mining obsolete. But, will thorium be a dud?

Countries in cutthroat competition to sell reactors overseas. France, China scrambling to sell to UK. USA, Russia, Japan compete for India. Every multinational nuclear company salivating about sales to Middle Eastern countries!

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nuke-&-seaL5. Most reactors are near the sea. Sea level rise combines with extreme weather events to endanger them.  Nuclear reactors (and uranium mining) require huge amounts of water, but with climate change, fresh water becomes scarcer.

6.  Still, the commercial  nuclear industry is utterly entwined with nuclear weapons.  But formissile-money defense, security – nuclear weapons are not needed.

7.  – financial problems in USA and elsewhere have led falling demand for electricity, removing the nuclear lobby’s argument about endless growth in energy need. Even in China, the growth cycle will eventually contract.

8. Storage systems now add to the advantages of solar power, which is also becoming cheaper. Wind and solar systems can be up and running within  a short period of time, (unlike nuclear) . Decentralised solar and wind are farmed alongside traditional agriculture and leave no environmental scar on the land –   and their fuel is free!

9. The USA wrestles with the danger of its nuclear reactors, radioactive spent fuel ponds,  – at least we get to hear about this.  UK in a crisis with its piles of plutonium. Japan in the biggest dilemma with its dangerous facilities and wastes. China – well – we don’t get to hear about China – a totalitarian state, where dissent is not tolerated. That does not inspire confidence in its nuclear safety.

10. Governments, corporations, and mainstream media are all embroiled in the well funded fairy tale of safe, necessary, nuclear power,  in the influence of the nuclear and weapons lobbies. . But, worldwide, distrust and opposition to nuclear is growing. The nuclear industry is losing the.hearts and minds of people, and they know it.

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[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC)

[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

11 Signs That Italy Is Descending Into A Full-Blown Economic Depression

 

When you get into too much debt, really bad things start to happen.  Sadly, that is exactly what is happening to Italy right now.  Harsh austerity measures are causing the Italian economy to slow down even more than it was previously.  And yet even with all of the austerity measures, the Italian government just continues to rack up even more debt.  This is the exact same path that we watched Greece go down.

 

Austerity causes government revenues to drop which causes deficit reduction targets to be missed which causes even more austerity measures to become necessary.  But if Italy collapses economically, it is going to be a far bigger deal than what happened in Greece.  Italy is the ninth largest economy on the entire planet.  Actually, Italy used to be number eight, but now Russia has passed it.

 

If Italy continues to stumble, India and Canada will soon pass it as well.  It really is a tragedy to watch what is happening in Italy, because it really is a wonderful place.  When I was a child, my father was in the navy, and I got the opportunity to live there for a while.  It is a land of great weather, great food and great soccer.  The people are friendly and the culture is absolutely fascinating.  But now the nation is falling apart. 

 

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Triple Canopy, founded in Chicago in 2003 by U.S. Army Special Forces veterans.

Before Boston, there was Mumbai.
US trained mercenaries may have been used in both attacks.

Some of the Mumbai gunmen appear to have been beer-drinking white men, according to a BBC report.According to the BBC, 27 November 2008:

(BBC NEWS Mumbai attackers create ‘killing zone’):

“The ‘fair skinned’ men, as Mr Mishra remembers them, simply carried on killing…”

Triple Canopy have recent experience managing cases in India, Nigeria and Somalia.

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In the Mumbai attacks of 2008, eyewitnesses said some of the attackers “included Nigerian or Somali mercenaries.”

“It appears that the Obama administration has decided on its hired guns of choice: Triple Canopy, a Chicago company…”Triple Canopy has … a record of hiring mercenaries from countries with atrocious human rights records…”
(Triple Canopy, ‘Obama’s Blackwater’ / ISN Triple Canopy Takes Over …)Wayne Madsen reports that a ‘mercenary firm’ working for the US government has been carrying out ‘false flag’ terrorist attacks in Asia, with the assistance of Mossad and India’s spy service RAW. 

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By. James Burgess

Scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) have made a proposal to cover major roads and highways in the state of Gujarat with elevated platforms that will hold solar modules.

The pilot project that they hope to install will cover the 205 kilometre long Ahmedaba-Rajkot highway, with computer simulations suggesting that the project would produce 104MW of electricity.

Following a success in Gujarat the scientists hope that the idea will spread to other highways around the country, and have estimated the power generation potential for some of the major national highways.

The 93km Ahmedabad-Vadodara highway could produce 61MW of solar power, the 5,839km Golden Quadrilateral Highway which connects four Indian cities could generate 4,418MW of power, and the 7,300km North-South-East-West Corridor which stretches across all of India both length and breadthways, is estimated to have the potential to create 5,524MW.

You may be questioning the need to build the solar PV panels on roofs over the highways, and the answer is land. Land in India is a highly limited resource and therefore expensive. Doubling up, by using the same land for highways and solar farms is a handy way of reducing costs. Talks have even been held about the possibility of introducing the same system to the nation’s railway network.

Other than the cost of land there are other advantages to building solar roofs along the highways: most transmission lines in India run alongside the highways, which mean connecting to the grid wouldn’t be too difficult or expensive; some of the power generated could be used to light the roads at night, and power infrastructure located along the highway; also, many major industrial parks are located off the highways, so providing the power from the solar panels would be much cheaper and more efficient as it does not require long transmission lines.

 

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“Should big multinational pharamaceutical firms be allowed to play with the lives of millions of Indians?”

In his January editorial piece in Kisan Ki Awaaz (National Magazine of the Farmer’s Voice), Krishan Bir Chaudhary claims there is a conscious attempt by officialdom in India to remove farmers from farming.
If his claim were to be valid, it would come as little surprise when we consider that, due to the restructuring of agriculture in favour of Western agribusiness, over 250,000 farmers have committed suicide in India since 1997. If there is such as ploy, the strategy would appear to be going according to plan. And that’s not even factoring in the unconstitutional land grabs that have booted farmers off their lands to make way for nuclear power plants, various ‘developments’ or ‘special economic zones’.
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Grrreat… Next thing will be a brain scan to determine if you lied about your alibi, India is moving that way.

Judges in the Philadelphia court system are now taking advantage of powerful new computer models to help determine how much jail time an offender should get.

Computers have been forecasting weather and economic trends for years, but applying algorithms to human behavior is relatively new.

“This all comes about because of new developments in statistics and computer science that are available to us that really weren’t five or ten years ago,” says University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Berk, a pioneer in the field.

His forecasts, which use an algorithm to predict whether someone will offend again, have been used by city probation and parole officers for about three years, to decide how much supervision a defendant needs.

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According to some who believe in signs and prophecies, based on the ancient Mayan calendar, the world may have ended by the time you read this, in which case you won’t be reading it! Maybe those people know a thing or two because, given the current state of play, would it come as a great surprise if the world were to actually come to an end?

But, regardless of any prophecy, I can guarantee right now that the world will shortly be coming to an end – for many people. US-backed conflict in Syria will fuel even more death and destruction in that unfortunate country. The US is banking on it. Where would its plans be to dominate the world if it could not rely on killing and brutality brought about by stoking ethnic and sectarian conflict? Such tactics have already caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. The strategy persists and the killing goes on.

What is happening in Syria at this moment is symptomatic of a criminality that too often goes unquestioned, that is too often regarded as normal and thus acceptable thanks mainly to the mainstream media. People have been softened up to accept barbarity as normal and thus as acceptable by a global corporate media that takes as fact whitewashed official statements and press releases justifying militarism and consequent mass murder by the US government, the British government or any other number of governments.

The result is that this criminality pervades all aspects of life in 2012.

Thanks to a toothless mainstream media, it is regarded as normal and thus acceptable that the international system of trade and finance has allowed capital to be shifted around the globe at ease, resulting in big profits and environmental degradation, easy money and cheap labour, private gain and public havoc. All of this is done according to the warped rationale of the market, supported by dogma masquerading as economic theory.

It is regarded as normal and thus acceptable that the food and pharmaceuticals industries work to sicken and treat us and that ‘big oil’ works hand in glove with agribusiness to impose a system of water intensive, chemical-industrial agriculture at the expense of biodiversity and environmental sustainability.

US militarism is implemented on behalf of bankers and any other number of corporate interests and is carried out under the lie of ‘humanitarianism’ or the ‘war on terror’. The profiteering nuclear energy and resource extraction industries are destroying democracy and placing people and environments in jeopardy in India.

The mainstream media serves to make barbarity acceptable.

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