February 5, 2011

Furthermore. . .

Mediaite - The BBC and Survival International have released footage from one of the last human tribes to be completely untouched by [modern] society. The tribe exists around the border of Peru and Brazil and the footage is absolutely breathtaking. The video was taken as a collaboration and will be used in both the upcoming series Human Planet as well as the documentary Uncontacted Tribes. It was taken from a helicopter using a camera with an extreme zoom so as to minimize the disturbance to the tribe.

The Hill - The Treasury Department said Wednesday the government is close to breaking even on reviled bank bailouts made under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. . . In addition, it anticipates taxpayers will ultimately earn a $20 billion profit on TARP's overall bank assistance.

Tree Hugger - The first-ever comprehensive review of the state of the world's shellfish has just been released by The Nature Conservancy and the prognosis really isn't good. In fact, when oysters are concerned it's downright awful.Globally, about 85% of the world's oyster reefs have vanished and in many areas oyster reefs are functionally extinct. The report says that the main factors in the decline of oyster reefs are: Destructive fishing practices, coastal over-development, the effects of upstream activities such as altered river flows, dams, poorly managed agriculture, and poor water quality. . . [Oysters] act as natural water filters and improve water quality, proved food and habitat for fish, crabs and birds. And perhaps of increasing importance is the fact that they also as natural coastal buffers, helping to protect shorelines and keep coastal wetlands intact, thereby protecting coastal communities against storm surges and sea-level rise.

Huffington Post - A quarter of all federal student loan borrowers at for-profit colleges defaulted on their loans within three years of beginning to repay them--more than twice the rate of their counterparts at non-profit institutions, according to data by the Department of Education. In addition, students taking out loans at for-profit schools were responsible for nearly half of all federal student loan defaults within the three-year time frame, even though students enrolled at such institutions made up less than 15 percent of college students nationwide.

3 comments:

Lars said...

I really don't believe the Treasury Department on this count. Granted, a lot of the money to float the banks and keep them alive came from the Fed, but still I'll have to wait for a more detailed accounting from Treasury to see if this is true.

Anonymous said...

Read The Hill story. It says the gov't spent $410 billion total on TARP and has gotten back $274 billion -- so they're still in the hole $136 billion for the whole program. A little funny accounting is going on here. To separate out the money that was thrown at AIG -- and say that that's not part of the banker bailout -- is dishonest.

Anonymous said...

Do the filmmakers not see the absurdity of their title, "Uncontaced Tribes"? The very act of making this film is causing the tribes to become contacted, thereby destroying their own premise.