Daily Digest 1/10 - Locating Facism At Home, Extinct Supercow Returning To Europe
The Education Department evaluated typical student debt and earnings information for some 1.2 million recent graduates across 8,637 such programs. About 95 percent of 2,042 at-risk vocational programs are at for-profit colleges, the department said. They range from law schools and master's degree programs to undergraduate certificates. Steve Gunderson, who leads Career Education Colleges & Universities, the for-profit college trade group, blasted the department as politically motivated and seeking to destroy colleges.
Locating Fascism on the Home Map (Don R.)
If you are searching for the real meaning of fascism in the superpower under late stage capitalism, you will find it in the nexus between the presidencies of Obama and Trump. Donald Trump’s fascism is the vintage kind that held sway for 70 or 80 years in Dixie under Jim Crow. Still stuck in apartheid, it seems inflexible, crude and petty, too ugly for global prime time. In some ways, this kind of fascist’s ambitions have shrunk to U.S. territorial size, or less.
Third World Employment Is Here (Tiffany D.)
Over 45% of South African adults have no formal job or do temporary piecework when they can. Millions of people depend on this slender thread for their daily survival. To keep the pot from boiling over, the government has been forced to expand an expensive system of welfare payments. The costs of not doing so — in terms of crime, policing and fleeing investors — would be even higher.
Is this life coming to the U.S.? The signs sure point to it.
Meanwhile, the justices are scheduled to hear another First Amendment case, Lee v. Tam, on January 18. The case essentially asks whether federal intellectual property regulators can bar people from trademarking an offensive name.
On Friday, oilfield services provider Baker Hughes reported a 7-rig increase in the first week of 2017 to the number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States, bringing the total number of active oil and gas rigs in the United States to 665, with the oil rig count up to its highest point in a year. Last week marked 11 straight weeks of oil rig increases, and 9 straight weeks of gas rig increases.
Conservationists now believe the loss of the keystone herbivore was tragic for biodiversity in Europe, arguing that the aurochs' huge appetite for grazing provided a natural "gardening service" that maintained landscapes and created the conditions for other species to thrive.
The theory is now being put to the test, as a "near 100% substitute" of the beast is returned to the forests.
The president notes that momentum is also found on the labor side of the energy equation. Approximately “2.2 million Americans are currently employed in the design, installation, and manufacture of energy-efficiency products and services,” he writes, as opposed to “roughly 1.1 million Americans who are employed in the production of fossil fuels and their use for electric power generation.” The president adds that fossil fuel industries receive nearly $5 billion in federal subsidies a year, “a market distortion that should be corrected on its own or in the context of corporate tax reform.”
The iconic Arctic species is threatened by the loss of sea ice resulting from rising global temperatures, the Fish and Wildlife Service warned.
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