Paul Craig Roberts asked how the IMF was still so successful in getting countries to take out huge loans. His answer was that “they’re paid,” I assume in the form of bribe money.
Native peoples in Canada are different and must be frustrating to Harper. Money was never that important to them (gasp!), and they can’t be bought. How refreshing. I mean, to think they actually value the land, the environment more than money!
“Today, the Punjab, whose name means “land of five rivers,” is running out of water.
The thump of well-boring rigs echoes across the plain. Farmers try to drive wells deeper than their neighbors’. The water table is dropping at a rate of about 3 feet a year.
High-intensity agriculture has exacted other costs: Exhausted or salt-contaminated soil, resistant pests and plumes of fertilizer and pesticides in streams and aquifers.
Similar problems have arisen around the world. Agriculture accounts for more than 90% of all the fresh water used by humans. Demand is so great that many of the world’s mightiest rivers no longer reach the sea year-round. Grain farmers in the top three cereal-producing countries — China, India and the United States — are pumping water from aquifers faster than rainfall can replace it.”