Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

Glut Of Lobster Brings Price To A 20-Year Low In Maine

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Scott Beede returns an undersized lobster while checking traps in Mount Desert, Maine, May 21, 2012. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Global warming and other factors are causing an oversupply of lobsters in Maine.

Canada, which is the largest importer of Maine lobster meat, experienced an early season and its own glut of lobsters due to warming waters.

Maine lobstermen have seen an 80 percent increase in their own bounty over the past few years.

The result is that prices have dropped to about half since 2007, says eighth generation lobsterman Jason Joyce of Swan’s Island Maine.

This year, Maine state legislators passed a bill allowing the industry to tax itself so it can market its overabundance of lobster.

The industry has raised 2.5 million dollars.

“The money will be used to market the Maine lobster brand,” Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, told Here & Now.

The industry will also brand new food products containing Maine lobster because “Lobster is becoming an ingredient,” McCarron said.

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Matt Damon talks “class warfare” at Elysium Premier


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Published on Aug 12, 2013

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Futuristic Movie ‘Elysium’ Underscores Today’s Ills

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Published on Aug 9, 2013

South African filmmaker Neil Blomkamp returns with a new sci-fi film, Elysium. Like his previous futuristic drama District 9, Elysium tackles social separation in a dystopian future. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

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Natural Gas, Environmental Regulations Hurt US Coal Regions


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Published on Aug 12, 2013

Many power plants in the United States are using natural gas instead of coal to generate electricity, reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists say fuel climate change. While this may be good for the environment, VOA’s Brian Padden reports that, for the people in the coal dependent Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States, the decline in coal production threatens their livelihood.

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What Are the Consequences of Free Trade with Foreign Countries? Noam Chomsky on NAFTA (1993)


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Published on Jul 24, 2013

An increase in domestic manufacturing output and a proportionally greater domestic investment in manufacturing does not necessarily mean an increase in domestic manufacturing jobs; this increase may simply reflect greater automation and higher productivity. Although the U.S. total civilian employment may have grown by almost 15 million in between 1993 and 2001, manufacturing jobs only increased by 476,000 in the same time period. Furthermore from 1994 to 2007, net manufacturing employment has declined by 3,654,000, and during this period several other free trade agreements have been concluded or expanded.

In 2000, U.S. government subsidies to the corn sector totaled $10.1 billion. These subsidies have led to charges of dumping, which jeopardizes Mexican farms and the country’s food self-sufficiency.

Other studies reject NAFTA as the force responsible for depressing the incomes of poor corn farmers, citing the trend’s existence more than a decade before NAFTA’s existence, an increase in maize production after NAFTA went into effect in 1994, and the lack of a measurable impact on the price of Mexican corn due to subsidized corn coming into Mexico from the United States, though they agree that the abolition of U.S. agricultural subsidies would benefit Mexican farmers.[41] According to Graham Purchase in Anarchism and Environmental Survival, NAFTA could cause “the destruction of the ejidos (peasant cooperative village holdings) by corporate interests, and threatens to completely reverse the gains made by rural peoples in the Mexican Revolution.”[42]

The preparations for NAFTA included cancellation of Article 27 of Mexico’s constitution, the cornerstone of Emiliano Zapata’s revolution of 1910–1919. Under the historic Article 27, Indian communal landholdings were protected from sale or privatization. However, this barrier to investment was incompatible with NAFTA. With the removal of Article 27, Indian farmers feared the loss of their remaining lands, and also feared cheap imports (substitutes) from the US. Thus, the Zapatistas labeled NAFTA as a “death sentence” to Indian communities all over Mexico. Then EZLN declared war on the Mexican state on January 1, 1994, the day NAFTA came into force.[43]

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Although The U.S. Has Only 5% Of The World’s Population It Holds 25% Of The World’s Prisoners


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Published on Aug 12, 2013

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Till Debt Do US Part: ‘Country’s backlog much bigger than declared’ (ft. Jim Rogers)

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