Temperature and the hygropreference of the Arctic Collembolan Onychiurus arcticus and mite Lauroppia translamellata

first_imgThe hygropreference of adult Onychiurus arcticus (Tullberg) was investigated over 2 h at 0, 10 and 20°C, along humidity gradients (12–98% RH) established using different salt solutions. At all temperatures O. arcticus preferred the highest humidity (98% RH). At 0 and 20°C, saturated conditions were preferred to 98% RH. The hygropreference of the mite Lauroppia translamellata (Willmann) was also assessed at 20°C, and no clear RH preference was observed. This species survived the loss of 24.9 ± 2.1% of its initial water content when held for 24 h at 20°C and 12% RH. A range of assays designed to eliminate the influence of thigmotactic behaviour and population clumping permit exclusion of these factors as being responsible for the observed results. The mean initial water content of O. arcticus samples (71.7 ± 10.9, 73.4 ± 4.0 and 73.8 ± 23.5% at 0, 10 and 20°C, respectively) did not differ significantly between temperatures, indicating that the results were not influenced by differences in initial hydrated state. The percentage water loss of individuals within the gradient increased with temperature, and differed significantly between regimes. The ecological significance of the observed humidity preferences are discussed.last_img read more

Former Ocean City Crew Team Athlete Reflects on his Historic Win at Henley

first_imgBy Donna OvesNow that the racing is over, local athlete, Matt Catanoso, had a moment to share his thoughts on his crew’s historic win at Henley’s Royal Regatta yesterday.Matt had the honor of coxswaining for the United States Armed Forces crew. His team was comprised for the first time ever of both men and women athletes from the United States Naval Academy in honor of Navy Crew’s 150th Anniversary.This elite crew raced seven other countries over multiple days, winning each of their heats by a large margin. At the final race yesterday, the US crew beat Germany by 3/4 of a boat length to win the regatta and the world famous Kings Cup.US Naval Academy Midshipman Third Class and Coxswain, Matt Catanoso, repping his Ocean City Crew gear at Henley’s Royal Regatta on Sunday. Photo Credit:Matt CatanosoMatt shared his experience. “Competing at the Kings Cup has been an absolute honor. The event is a commemoration of peace which both celebrates our longstanding relationships with our allies and reflects upon those who have paid the ultimate price so that we can live in a world of peace. To be able to represent the armed forces as a whole has been incredible. To be able to represent the United States in international competition has been unreal.As for representing the entire armed forces, we came into this event knowing that we were not just competing on behalf of the Naval Academy, we were not just competing on behalf of the Navy, but rather, we were competing for all of our brothers and sisters in arms. We took to the racecourse on behalf of all of those currently standing the watch, all of those currently deployed and away from their families, and all of those who have served in one form or another. We also ensured that we remember the legacy of the United States Armed Forces and the various sacrifices its service members have made over various conflicts in order to protect our way of life.”Matt Catanoso is a former OC Crew Team Coxswain, graduating just last year from Ocean City High School. As a first-year Naval Academy student/athlete, he was selected to coxswain the Academy’s Men’s First Varsity-8 Crew. From there he had the honor of being selected to coxswain the United States Armed Forces Crew at Henley’s Royal Regatta. That’s a lot of accomplishments in just one year!US Armed Forces Crew Team. Coxswain Matt Catanoso in the middle. Photo Credit: HenleysRoyalRegatta twitterMatt’s former Ocean City High School Crew Coach, Michael Millar, spoke with Matt while he was in England for the Royal Regatta. “I talked to Matt during the week, after each race leading up to the final. He told me that it was a big honor racing for the United States Armed Forces. I told him that he was also representing the OCHS Crew Team as well as and that we are all behind him here at home. Matt told me that he even brought some Ocean City Crew gear with him to Henley for good luck!”Coach Millar was excited to watch the final against The Germany Armed Forces. “I was in the Poconos dropping my son Liam off at Boy Scout Camp for the week and I thought that I would watch the race when I got back home to Ocean City. All of a sudden my phone was lighting up with calls from coaches and former rowers saying that Matt Cat won the King’s Cup at Henley! The first call I got was from Zar LaRosa, an Ocean City Crew Team alumni and fellow Coxwain, who currently is serving in the US Navy.”After the race, Matt explained his winning strategy to Coach Millar. “The US crew went though a wake half way down the course and Matt knew that the German crew would be going though the same wake shortly after. He called for a “Power 10” and just then they pushed ahead to victory.”Ocean City High School Crew is so very proud of our MattCat and all of our former athletes currently serving the United States. Jack Branin is at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Forest Wan is at the US Naval Academy. Lindsey Wan is at the US Naval Academy. Garett Longstaff is at the US Air Force Academy. Eric Love is in ROTC at Princeton University. Ben Wiley is at ROTC at Rowan University. Randy Young is in the Air Nationals Guard. And Zar LaRosa is in the US Navy.Interested in rowing? Ocean City Crew Camp is offering four sessions this summer from July 15th through August 12th. Interested campers ages 12-14, can access the  application forms now and other camp information on our website at, www.ochscrew.com. US Armed Forces Crew Team. Coxswain Matt Catanoso in the foreground with the King’s Cup. Photo Credit: Navy Crew Twitterlast_img read more

Early morning stabbing in South Bend Friday, one arrested

first_img Pinterest TAGSarrestedCalvert StreetIndianaSouth Bendstabbingsuspectvictim By Brooklyne Beatty – July 24, 2020 1 580 WhatsApp Early morning stabbing in South Bend Friday, one arrested Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, July 27-30Next articleHolcomb signs the face mask order for Indiana; does not include criminal penalties Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter One person has been arrested after an early morning stabbing in South Bend.Police were called to the 1000 block of E. Calvert Street around 5:30 Friday morning, where they found one victim with stab wounds. They were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.ABC 57 News reports the suspect was located half a block away, and was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Knife. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Sainsbury’s chief Justin King joins M&S board

first_imgJustin King, who was chief executive of Sainsbury’s for more than 10 years, is to join the board of Marks & Spencer as a non-executive director.King previously led the food team at Marks & Spencer and the development of Simply Food at M&S. Before that, he was part of the Asda turnaround team under Archie Norman, who is now M&S chairman.“Having worked there 15 years ago, M&S has a very special place in my affections,” said King. “I look forward to joining the board and supporting Steve [M&S chief executive Steve Rowe] in the turnaround he is leading.”M&S has been working on a transformation plan designed to modernise the business as it looks to improve its systems and recover lost market share among younger shoppers. Activity has included store closures and the scaling-back of its Simply Food openings.“I am delighted Justin has agreed to join us,” said Rowe. “As we navigate the challenges ahead, it will be enormously helpful to have his experience, wisdom and insight on the board. Many colleagues remember his time at M&S and will warmly welcome him back.”M&S chairman Norman added: “Justin’s appointment completes a very significant reorientation of the board in the last year. He will be a great addition to a strong team.”King will continue to serve as vice-chairman of Terra Firma and on the Public Interest Body of PwC.last_img read more

How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rights

first_img Opportunity Insights report suggests targeted social insurance programs may be more effective BLOCK: Sometimes it isn’t clearly understood, but in our law, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Period. It is their obligation to do that for workers. We have a federal agency that is supposed to help define how to do that and enforce that obligation. Unfortunately, they are not doing that. In fact, there was just a hearing recently in the House of Representatives where the head of OSHA absolutely refused to answer any questions about why that agency has not issued standards for employers on how to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It’s really important to understand that is where that obligation is. To me, it is horrifying that workers are having to make that decision for themselves: whether to walk into a workplace that they are not sure is safe or risk losing their job. Workers are being threatened with their unemployment benefits being cut off if they refuse to work in a place that is unsafe, either because the employer isn’t taking the steps necessary to make it safe or because they have some underlying condition that makes them particularly vulnerable. As this opening up happens, states are putting procedures in place to cut off unemployment benefits for workers who refuse to return to work and yet those states and the federal government are not doing what is necessary to ensure that the workplaces workers have to go back to are safe.SACHS: Our perspective is that what the law should do is empower workers to demand safe and healthy workplaces, that we shouldn’t have to rely on the government because we can’t rely on the government. Workers shouldn’t have to rely on the goodwill of their employers. They should have the power to insist upon safety and health, and making sure that workers have that power is going to require significant legal reforms. That’s what we need.GAZETTE: Much has been said about gig workers, Uber drivers, Amazon workers, delivery workers, and their lack of protection during this crisis. Given their classification as independent workers, what obligations do companies have to them?BLOCK: This is just another example of how the law has so been stacked against workers who need its protection the most. For the most part, they are left out of the social safety net. They don’t have access to collective bargaining rights or unemployment insurance. But in the relief legislation that passed, for the first time, people who have been treated by their employers as independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed people, can apply for some unemployment insurance benefits. But it’s clearly not enough. States have been slow to process claims under this provision of the relief act to provide gig workers with unemployment benefits, not to mention the fact that none of the companies that treat their workers as independent contractors have paid into the system. This is just a whole other set of problems about responsibility because companies are creating these conditions where workers are so precarious but hold no responsibility for the consequences of that treatment.I hope this crisis helps the public understand that when companies misclassify workers as independent contractors and talk about vague notions of flexibility and independence, it has real-world consequences, and a lot of workers are having to live with those dire consequences.GAZETTE: With the reopening of the economy, what legal workplace issues are you most concerned about?BLOCK: It has to start with safety and having some way of assuring that workers are walking back into workplaces that are safe, and we just don’t have that in place right now. We don’t have that in place because OSHA has abdicated responsibility and because workers don’t have the power for the most part to be able to assert that for themselves. We don’t have it because we have no coherent testing strategy to figure out who is sick or who is a vector of disease transmission. When you put these all together, it’s just heartbreaking to think about workers having to make the decision and say, “Do I walk back into that workplace or do I stay home and stay safe and lose my unemployment insurance benefits?” There’s a whole other set of issues if schools are closed. What happens to childcare? What happens to children who are home? I was in the Obama administration for eight years, and we fought constantly for some kind of coherent childcare program in this country. We’re going to really see how that gap is going to even further devastate women’s employment in the wake of the pandemic.SACHS: So many of these problems have existed for decades now. What the pandemic sadly did was made them far more acute and immediate. The potential upside is that it gives us an opportunity to really do the kind of rebuilding and restructuring that we need, providing a much, much more robust social safety net, and much more robust protections for worker health and safety. From our perspective, the critical piece is empowering workers to have a voice in the shaping of their own work lives. That is the essence of where we need to go, and our hope is that that will be possible before too long.This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity. As the economy reopens after the COVID-19 shutdowns, businesses are taking a varied, often patchwork approach to ensuring health and safety for their workers, and much uncertainty persists regarding employers’ obligations and employees’ rights. The Gazette spoke with labor law experts Sharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, and Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School (HLS), about how the pandemic has turned a spotlight on the lack of clear workplace protections in general, and in particular for women and people of color, who were disproportionately represented among those deemed essential. Block and Sachs recently co-authored a report urging that U.S. labor law be rebuilt from the ground up. On June 24, they will release the report “Worker Power and Voice in the Pandemic Response.”Q&ASharon Block and Benjamin SachsGAZETTE: What do you think the COVID-19 crisis has revealed about working conditions in the United States?BLOCK: What it has revealed is something that many of us have known for a long time, but it’s been revealed in a much more urgent way, and it is how tattered our social safety net is in this country. That plays out in in a number of ways: for example, how inadequate our supports for workers are in terms of unemployment insurance. Just look at the desperate circumstances now more than 40 million workers have found themselves in. That’s been the reality for many low-wage workers, not on a mass scale, but that’s been their lived experience, even throughout a time when we thought we were in an expanding economy. The other side that has been exposed is that for workers who have been deemed essential and have worked throughout this crisis, how little protection they have in the workplace to be able to stand up for themselves, to say that their conditions are unsafe and they’re not being paid adequately for the important work they’re doing. On all sides of the social safety net and the ability of low-wage workers to have a decent life, what we’re seeing in myriad ways is how the system has failed workers.SACHS: I would just add how weak the protections are for workers who stand up and demand safe, healthy, and fair working conditions, and how easy it is to fire workers who do that. It has also shown how badly broken our system of labor law is, which is to say that our system doesn’t give workers a voice so that the only recourse workers have is to take to the streets, and how little opportunity they have for an institutional structure of communication and demand-making. The other thing that Sharon and I would like to stress is how the crisis is being borne disproportionately by workers of color and women, which is another failing of our labor market and our system of labor law.GAZETTE: Why are workers of color and women bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis? What role do the labor market and the labor law system play in it?BLOCK: This is the result of the broken safety net we have. These are workers who are deemed essential, but the law has not treated as essential. They don’t have basic rights or the law doesn’t adequately address their situation. For lots of low-wage workers who are in these essential industries, the current labor law is particularly broken. They really have almost no real access to being able to act collectively and have the law recognize that and thereby give them power to affect their situation at work. As Ben said, they are predominantly workers of color and women, and that’s a big piece of why this pandemic has hit them so hard. We’re really seeing this connection that a lot of people intuitively knew, but hopefully more people understand now, which is that it is hard to separate economic issues and public health issues and issues of physical well-being. It’s not an accident that most people who are getting sick are poor or paid low wages.GAZETTE: Can you compare the working conditions of workers in the United States to those in Europe during this coronavirus crisis? Which group fares better?,SACHS: Workers in Europe have a much richer set of protections than workers in the United States. That includes multiple mechanisms for worker voice, unions, works councils, sectoral bargaining, representation, and a much more robust social safety net. The situation is much harsher here.BLOCK: You can see that just in looking at the simple measure of unemployment in Europe and in the United States. There are examples of many European countries moving much faster to put supports into place. It’s unbelievable that we’ve had over 40 million workers apply for unemployment insurance benefits in this country. But what’s really horrifying is that probably that does not capture everybody who has lost their job because our system of unemployment is so difficult to navigate. In most European countries that’s different, either because they’ve taken a different approach to having agreements to pay wages during this time so that workers keep their jobs, or because you have unions and workers’ organizations, as is the case in some Scandinavian countries, that actually help administer the unemployment insurance system. It’s very, very different from what we have here. In Germany, and probably in other European countries, there is a sectoral bargaining table for fast-food workers. Very quickly in the pandemic, there was an agreement among the government, employers, and unions that those workers would get about 90 percent of their wages, at least for the beginning of the shutdown period. Compare that to what McDonald’s workers are going through in the United States. It’s just a different world.GAZETTE: You have advocated in favor of sectoral bargaining, a system of collective bargaining that happens between an entire sector, such as the fast-food industry, and all the workers in that sector. How would that help workers in the time of coronavirus?SACHS: It has become completely obvious that we can’t rely on the government, particularly the federal government, to protect workers. The Trump Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hasn’t taken the elementary step of promulgating a standard for dealing with this crisis, much less a sophisticated enforcement program. We need to rely on workers to have the power to protect their own safety and health, and public health, as well. In our view, we can give workers that power through a system of collective bargaining, which has several components, including sectoral bargaining.The reason to have sectoral bargaining over safety and health issues during the pandemic is threefold: One, there are safety and health issues common across all firms in a given sector; all grocery stores have similar safety and health problems, all hospitals have similar safety and health problems, and so on. It makes sense to address those common issues at a single bargaining table. Doing so alleviates a lot of the cost of negotiating standards. If you have to do the same thing at thousands and thousands of firms across the country, that’s much more costly. The other reason to do it sectorally is that you can take the costs of safety and health compliance out of competition if all the firms in the sector have to comply with the same baseline safety and health standards. Nobody should be competing by cutting corners on safety and health. That said, sectoral safety and health negotiations aren’t enough. We need workers’ voices over these issues at the workplace level as well. Sharon and I are recommending a system of workplace safety and health committees at the workplace, which would implement and adapt sectoral safety and health standards to the local conditions of a given workplace.GAZETTE: What responsibilities do employers have with essential workers? And now that the economy is reopening and many more workers are going back to work, what are their obligations to those workers? “On all sides of the social safety net and the ability of low-wage workers to have a decent life, what we’re seeing in myriad ways is how the system has failed workers.” — Sharon Block Americans are weary of lockdowns, but if COVID surges, what then? Kennedy School’s Carmen Reinhart, just named chief economist at the World Bank, says the COVID-born financial crisis will last until the health crisis is solved Relatedcenter_img New economic tracker finds flaws in U.S. recovery plan Experts are thinking through the options as a jump is possible in fall The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘If it’s not over on the disease … it’s not over on the balance sheet’last_img read more

Grotto to close for five days during spring break

first_imgA long-range maintenance plan will force the closure of The Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes during spring break, according to a University press release. The University announced Wednesday that the Grotto would be closed at 8 a.m. on March 14 and would reopen at 3 p.m. March 18. During the closing, digital scanning technology will create a model of the Grotto. “The model will be used to understand and document for historical purposes how the Grotto was built and for tracking future maintenance and repairs, specifically its periodic cleaning and tuck-pointing,” the press release stated. The Grotto sustained damage from a July 26 fire, according to the press release. At the time, cleanup involved removing soot from the shrine, cleaning melted wax from the floor, repairing damaged candle racks and inspecting the structure for safety. Candles will be available for lighting and a nightly rosary will still be held while the Grotto is closed. Both will be outside the kneeling rail. The Grotto, constructed in 1896, is a one-seventh scale replica of a famed French shrine where in 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette on 18 separate occasions.last_img read more

It’s Only a Play Eyes Extension on Broadway

first_img Related Shows The production stars Tony winners Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock, but there’s a Queen waiting in the wings for the Schoenfeld. Helen Mirren is scheduled to begin previews in The Audience at the venue on February 17, 2015. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There’s no business like show business. It’s Only a Play Broadway.com has learned that It’s Only a Play, which was proving to be a stellar box office hit before it officially opened on October 9, is now eyeing to remain a little longer on the Great White Way. A spokesperson for Terrence McNally’s comedy said: “The producers would love nothing more than to extend. The demand for tickets remains incredible this morning.” The show, directed by Jack O’Brien, is currently set to play a limited 17-week engagement through January 4, 2015 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.last_img read more

New peanut entomologist

first_img“It’s a big responsibility. It’s going to be a big challenge,” Abney said. “We’re not going to be able to solve all these problems overnight. It’s going to be kind of a grind to get the answers we need.”According to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, peanuts were the third most profitable commodity, generating $586,414,003. Raymond Noblet is nuts about the newest addition to the University of Georgia Entomology family.Starting June 10, Mark Abney will man the peanut entomologist post at the UGA Tifton Campus. Abney, a native of Cochran, returns to his home state after more than a decade at North Carolina State where he worked as an entomology researcher and Extension specialist.“I think we’ve all known for a number of years that we desperately needed insect pest management support for the peanut industry,” said Noblet, head of the UGA entomology department in Athens, Ga. “I think Mark is a guy who will not only do this, but do it with excellence.”Abney arrived at N.C. State in 2001 as a Ph. D student. He was later hired as a researcher before assuming an Extension specialist role in 2007. He has been exclusively working with insects’ impact on vegetables. He says transitioning to peanuts shouldn’t be difficult.“The main thing is understanding the cropping systems and understanding the insects and their biologies, their life histories,” Abney said. “Then you develop control strategies based on those things.”Abney expressed excitement about his new position at UGA.“I think it’s a great opportunity for me, career wise to come down there and work in a system that really values applied agricultural research and has made a commitment to that line of work,” Abney said. Abney’s arrival at UGA means peanut farmers around the state will have an outlet to discuss concerns over insects, like the burrower bug. For several years, peanut producers have had major problems with the bug, which lives in the soil and feeds on kernels inside the pod. As Abney stated, the bug’s not in every field and not in fields every year, making it impossible to predict. Control strategies haven’t been worked out but are high on Abney’s list of priorities. He also plans to deal with other insects like the three cornered alfalfa hopper and spider mites.last_img read more

Hitachi reportedly on verge of canceling U.K. nuclear project

first_imgHitachi reportedly on verge of canceling U.K. nuclear project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Tokyo on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi board meeting next week, according to the Nikkei newspaper.The company has spent nearly £2bn on the planned Wylfa power station on Anglesey, which would have powered around 5m homes.Withdrawal by Hitachi would be a major blow to the UK’s plans to replace dirty coal and ageing reactors with new nuclear power plants, and heap pressure on ministers to consider other large-scale alternatives such as offshore windfarms.Hitachi and the UK and Japanese governments have been negotiating over a guaranteed price of power from Wylfa and a potentially £5bn-plus UK public stake in the scheme. Talks have proved “tricky to find a solution that works for all parties”, industry sources said.Hitachi said it had made no final decision. “No formal decision has been made in this regard currently, while Hitachi has been assessing the Horizon Project including its potential suspension and related financial impacts in terms of economic rationality as a private company,” it said. The reference to a “potential suspension”, however, was the first official public confirmation that a withdrawal was being considered.More: Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Waleslast_img read more

Interview: Appalachian Political Strategist David “Mudcat” Saunders

first_imgHe’s been called the progressive path to Bubba. David “Mudcat” Saunders is an outspoken, foul-mouthed, unapologetic redneck from Roanoke, Va., who has managed to become rural Appalachia’s key liaison to Democratic candidates. Providing a reminder that Democrats like God and guns too, his work has contributed to changing the South’s political landscape from predominantly red to a new shade of purple. He helped put high-profile candidates Mark Warner and Jim Webb in office in his home state. Right now he is spreading the message that Barack Obama offers the best path to economic equality in the South. Saunders chatted with BRO before a bow-shooting session at his home in the Roanoke Valley.———-BRO: You originally supported John Edwards. Why?DS: Edwards’ message was ‘Let’s screw those who screwed us.’ We need to enforce anti-trust laws and level the playing field on trade treaties. Let’s bring American jobs home.BRO: Can Obama swing key states like Virginia and North Carolina?DS: Absolutely. Obama can get through to rural culture, but he has to prove to these people that he’s going to work for their best interests. In Virginia, [former governor] Mark Warner opened a lot of doors. He’s the only Democratic candidate in the last 25 years to get a majority of rural votes on a state-wide ballot. He got through to the culture, and made it okay for people to say they’re Democrats again.BRO: How much is race an issue in the South?DS: I don’t think Obama’s race is a big deal. Anybody who would vote against him because of the color of his skin is either 1) not registered to vote, or 2) someone the Republicans already have. Doug Wilder, the United States’ first African-American governor, got 48 percent of the most rural districts in Virginia 20 years ago. If Obama gets just 40 percent of it, he’ll win Virginia.BRO: What is the most important issue on the minds of rural Appalachian folk?DS: You can come down here and talk about change, but we’re predominantly a Scotch-Irish culture, and we’ve been hearing about change since the 1700s when the British kicked us out. Every time we talk about helping working people, the Republicans talk about the redistribution of wealth like we’re communists. If I were Obama, I would welcome the argument of wealth distribution. Economic disparity is the worst it’s been since Teddy Roosevelt took office.BRO: Are people in Appalachia starting to care about being marginalized by mountaintop removal mining?DS: Mountaintop removal is an uphill battle. People are more worried about jobs. They told us with NAFTA that the technological revolution was going to create new jobs. Well it did, but they outsourced them all to India. Nobody hates mountaintop removal more than I do, but people are more worried about short-term concerns like how they’re going to eat.BRO: Are green collar and alternative energy jobs appealing to Appalachians?DS: Anything that will feed us down in the sticks is appealing. That’s what it’s all about. When I was a kid, there were red spruce all over these mountains. You can’t find one now. Our brook trout streams are all but gone. I’m an outdoorsman, and I hate coal-fired generators. But long-term health is a tough argument, because right now people are more concerned about putting food on the table.last_img read more