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The World Wants Democracy but Not American Version
Nearly three decades after the Cold War’s end, it’s no longer clear that American-style liberal democracy has carried the day. Xi Jinping has consolidated power in China on a scale not seen since Mao. Vladimir Putin has served longer than any other Russian leader since Stalin. Even many democracies are being undermined by populism. Democracy remains the form of government most likely to create lasting security and prosperity. A few oil-producing nations aside, the world’s wealthiest countries are democracies, and democracies are also less likely to go to war with one another.http://time.com/5590236/what-defines-worldwide-democracy/?utm_source=facebook.com&xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_medium=socialflowfb&utm_campaign=time&fbclid=IwAR0-GOVyhdJSWDGZeeK4xUJUHuxMVmn_w_YPm-qZ8_-beikyTNQtmmyy6Dk
Trump signed 2 Criminal Justice Reform Bills
President Trump today signed two criminal justice reform bills, the "First Step Act" and the "Juvenile Justice Reform Act." The president was flanked by Republican and Democratic lawmakers as well as activists from both sides. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and CNN's Van Jones were among the group that spoke about their efforts to work with each other to get the bill approved by Congress and signed into law.
Melania Trump : Alleged victims need evidence
First lady Melania Trump said victims who make accusations of sexual misconduct "need to have really hard evidence" in a recently taped interview, echoing a statement she made in October 2016 amid allegations against her husband. "If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence," Trump said in a sit-down interview with ABC News that took place in Kenya last week during her first major solo trip to Africa. Trump also said she supports women, but she echoed her husband, President Donald Trump, adding that men need to be supported, too. "I support the women and they need to be heard," said Trump. "We need to support them and, you know, also men, not just women." https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/politics/melania-trump-metoo-evidence/index.html?utm_content=2018-10-11T02%3A30%3A52&utm_source=fbCNNi&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link
Wasting Food = Wasting Energy
FAO’s Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity. Some key findings from the report: The carbon footprint of food produced and not eaten is estimated at 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases: making food wastage the third top GHG emitter after the U.S. and China. Globally, the blue water footprint (i.e. the consumption of surface and groundwater resources) of food wastage is about 250 cubic kilometers (km3), which is equivalent to the annual water discharge of the Volga river, or three times the volume of Lake Geneva. Produced but uneaten food occupies almost 1.4 billion hectares of land; representing nearly 30 percent of the world’s agricultural land area. Fifty-four percent of the world’s food wastage occurs “upstream” during production, post-harvest handling and storage, according to FAO’s study. About 46 percent of it happens “downstream,” at the processing, distribution and consumption stages. While it is difficult to estimate impacts on biodiversity at a global level, the report continues, “food wastage unduly compounds the negative externalities that mono-cropping and agriculture expansion into wild areas create on biodiversity loss, including mammals, birds, fish and amphibians https://www.triplepundit.com/2013/09/food-waste-big-time-hit-climate-water-land-biodiversity/