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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: McKinney, TX
Member since: 2001
Number of posts: 26,318

About Me

Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

Journal Archives

Nepal... really...? I suppose I imagined Dalit women breaking gravel with hammers

and the 5 year old boy with the beautiful smile and the ring of dirt and glue around his mouth and nose...

Or come visit Nairobi where I am now and we can take a charming visit to Kibera and Mathare.

Is The Guardian becoming neo-liberal?

Who owns the fish?

Corporations, even foreign ones, are taking over our fish resources.

For centuries, men like Larry Collins, a garrulous crab and sole fisherman, were free to harvest the seas.

But sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations. The system, called catch shares, in most cases favors large fishing fleets, a review of the systems operating across the United States shows.

“We’ve been frozen out,” said Collins, who docks near the Golden Gate Bridge. “This system has given it all to the big guys.”

More and more wild-caught fish species and fishing territories in the United States are managed under catch shares, which work by providing harvesting or access rights to fishermen. These rights – worth tens of billions of dollars in the United States alone – are translated into a percentage, or share, that can then be divided, traded, sold, bought or leveraged for financing, just like any asset.

Catch shares have been backed by an alliance of conservative, free-market advocates and environmental groups, some of which have financed scientific studies promoting the merits of the system, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found...


Odinga is filing a protest to the Supreme Court over irregularities

some sporadic violence has erupted per the last US Embassy warning.

Kenyatta was confirmed as President Elect this afternoon.

Am seriously hoping things don't go downhill from here.

Kenya Elections 2013

Am live blogging from my perch in Nairobi... I will be posting updates on DU and you can follow me here


and on Twitter @usa2uae.com

The polls opened at 6AM this morning, but people began getting in line last night in some regions. I have NEVER EVER seen the lines like what are being seen here. It is putting the US to Shame. This is the line outside my window (2-3 miles long)

4-10 Police were killed overnight. 4 were hacked to death in Mombassa per KTN by MRC (coastal separatist terrorists).

An ex-MPs car was set on fire in Kakamega in the west of the country.

The good news with the lines is that everyone who is still there at 6PM will still be allowed to vote.

I know the above sounds bad, but things are relatively peaceful up to now.

It's Election Day in Kenya

Thanks to the USA and the glacial visa process I am in Nairobi to help protect my fiance and 2 yr. old son. I will continue live blogging at my website http://rationalista.com and post updates on DU as the process unfolds.

Could use the good vibes right now...
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