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wednesday september eighteenth eight pm in washington d.c. i'm sam sax you're watching our team and we begin in syria u.n. investigators are planning to return to the war torn country in the next few weeks to collect more evidence of alleged chemical weapons use this come shortly after a u.n. report published on monday concluded that sarah and gas had been used in an august twenty first attack outside damascus but the report didn't assign blame to who carried out that attack and while the u.s. the u.k. and france said the details of the report implicate the assad government russia another member of the security council argues that u.n. investigators overlooked evidence suggested otherwise evidence that implicates the syrian rebels in the attack today russian foreign minister sergei lavrov said he plans to submit more evidence of chemical weapons use by the. rebels to the u.n.
security council in the coming days but as u.n. investigators now plan to return to syria they're returning to a country that's still experiencing and speakable bloodshed on a daily basis as the more than two year civil war churns on artie's marie if an ocean has more on syria's efforts to show that the rebels carried out a chemical weapons attack. russia's foreign minister sergei lavrov said that russia will tourists for the added instead it received from the syrian government according to each as the syrian government has the the rabble the radical rebels i'll be hind the deadly chemical attack here in the syria last month the little girl you have a lot of information about the oldest chemical attack in ghouta we'll examine all of this at the security council along with the u.n. chemical weapons report we still have to figure out who's behind the attack but let me just reiterate that we have a great deal of information to work with so that the russian officials confirmed
that they received this evidence and now we know that they are ready to transfer to the u.n. security council and that is a breakthrough in an interview to see russia's deputy foreign minister said today that quote who is now here in damascus to discuss the deal on chemical weapons design and sad that the u.n. report is biased toward war distorter one. conclusion drawn by our birds are not for sure and we are at me very wary. from her and she. has been. on that basis for what we referenced. of over the river from egypt and we're sure all questions were reported. that your call for remember there will be
or will we begin working on what we need to figure out why it is. the group you're in it for is not. the no year period to continue. for free. and for the ross to. many questions in this story in this is why most school is continuing to call for it who . best to geisha and in order to determine who exactly is responsible for the attack in all this and who. was behind that there was artie's maria for notion of reporting then moving on next month president obama was scheduled to meet with brazilian president dilma rousseff to discuss a host of security and economic issues well that meeting is not going to happen it was cancelled by brazil and the white house can blame the n.s.a. a statement released tuesday by the brazilian president's office office offers
a glimpse into why the meeting was canceled it read quote the illegal interception of communications data belonging to citizens companies and members of the brazilian government or a grave matter in assault on national sovereignty and individual rights and are incompatible with relations between friendly nations artie's marine important i has more on this diplomatic dustup. as the n.s.a. spying scandal continues to undermine america's global standing one u.s. ally is not willing to forgive and forget brazilian president dilma rousseff it has answered her scheduled visit to the white house next month in pulling out of what is going to be the first official state visit of u.s. president barack obama's second term it would have also been the first for a brazilian president in nearly two decades in addition to breaking dates like brasilia is also taking steps to divorce itself from the u.s.
centric internet while seeking its own sovereignty in cyberspace president rousseff has ordered a series of measures aimed at greater brazilian online independence including storing citizens data locally to protect from n.s.a. snooping according to reports the brazilian government is also planning to lay underwater fiber optic cable directly to europe and also link to all south american nations currently most of brazil's global internet traffic passes through the united states now experts say if other nations follow in brazil's footsteps the us cloud computing industry which stores data remotely could lose tens of billions of dollars in business by two thousand and sixteen brazil's path towards internet sovereignty follows revelations that the n.s.a. intercepted president rousseff communications hacked into the network of the state owned oil company and spied on brazilians in trusting their personal information to
u.s. companies like facebook and google president rousseff says she intends to push for a new international rules on privacy and security in hardware and software next week when all the heads of state gather in new york for the u.n. general assembly on tuesday the brazilian leader is set to open the u.n. g.a. debates and her u.s. counterpart president obama is set to take the stage it may be. afterwards reporting from new york marina point nine r.t. . this week forbes magazine released its annual list of the four hundred richest people in america bill gates tops the list for the twentieth year in a row but there's another familiar name on the list that of walton yes the walton heirs heirs to the wal-mart fortune occupy spot six seven eight and nine on the list with their combined wealth topping one hundred thirty five billion dollars it's good to be owning the world's largest company that spinning off stores from
coast to coast and all over the world but there's one place wal-mart hasn't been able to conquer and that's right here in washington d.c. at least until now wal-mart recently announced its plans to open up six stores in the area but those plans were nearly derailed when the d.c. city council began considering a measure that would require large retailers like wal-mart to pay their employees a living wage of no less than twelve fifty an hour including wages and benefits wal-mart which tori's lee pays much much lower wages announce that they would abandon their plans if indeed the measure passed well the measure did pass over d.c. mayor vincent gray vetoed it and on tuesday the d.c. city council failed to collect enough votes to override the mayor's veto and wal-mart said it now plans to proceed with its initial plans to bring six stores to the nation's capital so is this a good thing or a bad thing for this city and other cities that wal-mart may come to next to open
up new stores well to talk more about this i was joined earlier by anthony l. fisher a producer for reason t.v. in new york and reverend graham lynn hagler the senior pastor at plymouth congregational the d.c. chairperson of faith strategies and i started out by asking reverend hagler what impact would opening a walmart have on d.c. without any living wage laws to protect the. workers but the sheer size of the corporation and the and the economic might that it applies to any situation it has the ability to drive salaries down or to live salaries up basically sets the marketplace just by its own weight its own economic weight in the end in an environment like d.c. one correction i'll put there not proposing to build five stores they're proposing to build six dollars in washington d.c. so it's an even greater weight that is going to be applied in d.c. and so as they pay minimum wage or just above minimum wage they will have the
ability to drive down the expectation around the wages and benefits in the city but what do you say to people who say you know look d.c. has an unemployment rate a point higher than the nation won't this bring some jobs to the area well it's it'll bring jobs but it also wipe out jobs because the reality is you already have a business structure small been the structure of them existed through thick and thin through good economic times and bad economic times that have existed and basically right now i can go out and i can look at all the sites and you can see all the businesses that will not be here two years from now a year from now because they will be wiped out and the fact is what what what what takes place in an environment like this is not the amelioration of economic condition but the worsening of economic condition and because of the sheer weight of volume of a wal-mart in its ability to also wipe out the kinds of economic infrastructure of their own to bring you in here over the last year or two we've heard this tom term job creators really be thrown out in our political debate here and wal-mart is
considered one of these quote unquote job creators but studies show that it it's job creation record are a bit spotty we have a two thousand and study from the journal of urban economics said that they looked at three thousand counties where wal-mart had had a wal-mart and found that wal-mart kills on average one hundred fifty retail jobs at the county level another study two thousand and nine from the oil loyola said that wal-mart in chicago created a net zero jobs and in two thousand and studied maryland shut sowed that it actually cost four hundred jobs when wal-mart moved in why should we expect that the retail giant will improve washington d.c. economy given this track record. well i mean the democratic mayor of d.c. vetoed the city council because he understood that having three large businesses that are going to employ a lot of people in low income areas is a good thing and that ultimately it's better to have nonunion non-unionized jobs than no jobs at all and nationally wal-mart pays pays their employees comparable
wages to unionized supermarkets so the idea that they were just that they are destroyers of small businesses is actually not met by the data nationally well you know actually that's incorrect because when you look at wal-mart the reality is wal-mart yes pays some salaries but they don't pay benefits very often and the benefits that they pay are too costly for most workers who are called associates and wal-mart to access that's the reality and in fact when you look around and see what happened with the wal-mart associates is that they end up on public assistance or they end up having to tap into food stamps or they end up in the emergency room so the reality is it's not only the destruction of the jobs that already exist but it is also the economic destabilisation of an entire community that's that's an interesting point and to you it's known that a lot of wal-mart workers rely on federal benefits mainly because they just don't
get paid enough to make ends meet and this this is true of a lot of workers not just at wal-mart but at the very least isn't it a corporation's responsibility to pay their workers enough so that taxpayers don't have to go in and put the bell. well i mean if the first of all the term living wage is fairly arbitrary i mean we could say that eighteen dollars an hour of course why not wal-mart's a huge corporation why couldn't they pay eighteen hours and now i can they pay thirty dollars an hour the idea that raising the wage thirty percent is going to solve all their workers financial woes is is kind of foolhardy and the fact is wal-mart except ten applications for every job they fill people want these. jobs just the same way people want to shop there nobody's putting a gun to anyone's head and say you have to shop at wal-mart people in low income areas shop there because it's the best value for the products they're trying to get and if they can get them at cheaper rates than they can get at unionized supermarkets or specialty stores that cater to high income people then i don't see
why it's socially just that they should be denied the opportunity to shop at a place like that well in a sense you know one of the things that folks miss was that we weren't trying to deny a wal-mart access to the d.c. market we were saying that you have a responsibility to pay to pay a decent and meaningful wage everybody wants that and particularly in washington d.c. you've got eleven hundred families moving into the city new families you've got sixty cranes in operational in any given day in washington d.c. building luxury condos and and all that type of stuff the cost of living has gone up so high that it's really has forced the working families out of d.c. because they can't even afford to continue to live here and so in a sense i understand from my gospel if i may put that out too much has been given much is required and to whom much has been intrusted even more will be demanded and that's the that's the principle we are applied to all of these big box stores looking at those who generate
a billion dollars or more in revenue that they need to pay more than they need to pay a deal. yet that this is the city council great many of them oh their jobs to labor unions who help finance their campaigns and those labor unions support unionized supermarkets who are in direct competition with wal-mart and who don't pay substantially better wages sometimes they don't have better wages at all but see that's the fall so that's the focus that you missed is that even when you talk about a collective bargaining agreement you're not talking about wages simply on a collective bargaining agreement you're talking about other things like wages pension you're talking about paid sick days you're talking about all of those other . benefits that come with a contract now here in this living wage bill we were talking about twelve dollars and fifty cents minus benefits because we were hoping folks would bite the apple and pay some benefits to their workers so if you got there by paying ten dollars an hour and tool dollars and fifty cents in benefits then you comply with the law
that's not unreasonable we have the right to be able to demand whoever comes in to try to exploit our community we have the right to demand that they should pay a living wage and anthony clearly much has been given to the wal-mart heirs i mean they occupy spaces six through nine on the forbes list they're worth over one hundred thirty five billion dollars this is the world's largest retailer doesn't it just sound like greed when they say no we can't afford to pay workers give workers a way to give workers a wage where they can make a living but i'd prefer not to debate gospel if we're debating policy which is the issue at hand here we're talking about the city council. deciding to voting on a bill that would make certain businesses but not others beholden to a substantial increase in the minimum wage and the business in question responded by saying ok we won't open some of these businesses in your city and then again the democratic mayor of d.c. said hey it's better to have these businesses it's better to have these jobs than no jobs at all evident another part of the concern here too is this homogenization
of the economy i mean how many unique mom and pop stores may go out of business thanks to wal-mart's cheap prices which are possible thanks to outsource labor were you making this argument that there was kind of beyond economics and speaks to more the character of communities well i mean personally i am one of these. big city types i've only ever lived in big cities i the only times i've ever shopped at a wal-mart or when i've been on the road so it's not like i've got any stock in the company or anything like that but it and i generally like to support mom and pop businesses as well but not just because they're mom and pop businesses i don't shop at the most expensive specialty places just to feel good. about myself or or support the character of my community i shop there because they provide a good or a service that i want at a price i can afford. last question here what do you plan on doing to keep pushing this living wage bill here in d.c. well we won the debate i want to say that we won the debate even though they didn't override it because all of
a sudden yesterday at the legislative session there were three raised the minimum wage bills that were introduced into the council by those who voted against the legislation except for one the fact is when we did a poll over the weekend we discovered that seventy one percent of d.c. voters wanted the living wage bill and wanted the city council to override the mayor's veto that's how i should like all my that's the only company that has to deal with it is it is not part of this is it is not the only corporate corporation have to deal it's all the big box stores of seventy percent seventy five thousand square feet or more and your company generated at least a billion dollars in revenue why because of the whole much has been given much is made is required that's why that's the economic principle how do we build a society without a net economic prince how how dare we build a society continually where the rich get richer at the expense of the people poor going to have to live in there exploiting people so we need to change our paradigm right we're fresh out of time that was this debate will clearly continue that was
anthony fisher producer the reason t.v. evergreen would have are the senior pastor of plymouth congregational the d.c. chairperson of faith strategies thank you both. they're on to new orleans louisiana convictions against five former new orleans police officers for committing civil rights violations in the post katrina chaos have been tossed out by a federal judge back in two thousand and eleven five officers were found guilty of shooting and killing two individuals and wounding four others on the danziger bridge in new orleans less than a week after hurricane katrina made landfall in two thousand and five among those killed by the police a seventeen year old as well as a forty year old mentally disabled man both were unarmed but the attorneys for the . former officers convicted in two thousand and eleven argued the trial should be voided since the prosecution and gage in what they called a secret public relations campaign against his clients allegedly prosecutors in the case posted anonymous comments on the web site of a new orleans newspaper that a federal judge kurt angle heart now says created
a carnival environment that perverted justice in the case judge englehart has ordered a new trial for the officers. are the same antibiotics that doctors are prescribing us to fight diseases are actually creating super diseases a new study by the center for disease control took a look at the emergence of antibiotic resistance bacteria and the effect it's having on americans the study found that every single year two million americans fall ill from antibiotic resistant bacteria and a twenty three thousand americans die from this resistant bacteria again every single year there are a number of explanations for this uptick in deadly resistant bacteria ranging from factory farming to overprescribing of antibiotics and earlier i spoke with dr broad spellberg from the infectious diseases society of america and i asked him about the c.d.c.'s numbers in this report and just how serious of an issue this really is. well the numbers are actually low the c.d.c.
in releasing the report emphasize that they used very conservative calculations and of course they had released numbers you know i'm going to say about five years ago that suggests that the numbers are closer to ninety nine thousand deaths from those types of infections they tried to use a different a little bit different methodology here so the bottom line is it's a huge problem people are dying of infections in some cases that we've completely run out of treatments for they are pan resistant to every available antibiotic and how is this happening i mean how is it that we've found a way to cure the certain bacteria and now it's coming back and we can what is the mechanism at work here well i think we need to remember that antibiotics were only discovered by people they were actually invented by a bacteria probably on the order of two billion years ago with a b. and they've been using these weapons to kill each other for two billion years and so they've created defense mechanisms resistance mechanisms what we call them to defeat antibiotics when we apply antibiotics to patients or to livestock or in
agricultural settings it kills off the susceptible bacteria and leaves behind the bacteria that are already resistant so that they can then grow and spread their resistance genes will sisters because a lot of these these bacteria people contract this by a bacteria in hospitals and we think of hospitals as these stark white wash places but really should we fear going to the doctor and actually fear what the doctors prescribing us when he gives us these antibiotics are things like the common cold or something well i would not say that we should fear going to the doctor i do think people need to understand that the hospital is an inherently dangerous place and it's not because hospitals are dirty or doctors or lazy or anything like that think about it this way you're taking the sickest people in society crowding them into one building tearing new holes in their bodies that they didn't used to have by placing plastic catheters in their bloodstream in their bladder. we're putting
tubes down there into their lungs that they can breathe for them and we're using very large quantities of antibiotics to treat infections so that's a perfect breeding ground to generate antibiotic resistant bacteria so the point is you go into the hospital if you have to you work carefully with your team to get out of the hospital as soon as you can and i think patients should be empowered for example if patients if health care providers enter their room and the patient doesn't see them wash their hands the patient should say hey do you mind washing your hands everybody you know nobody's perfect and patients should be empowered to remind providers to wash their hands you know even though i mean as you're saying here that a lot of this people contracting and biologic resistant bacteria will infections is a result of too many antibiotics being prescribed to begin with that's still the prevailing way we do medicine in this country why is it i mean are doctors unaware
of these risks do they not care about these risks why do you think we're still pursuing this ok it was so the first point i'm going to make is you're now talking about the twenty percent of antibiotic use in this country which goes into human beings eighty percent of the antibiotics used in this country go into animals the vast majority of that is to promote the growth of livestock so that it's cheaper to produce meat so we're not even touching the eighty percent in this conversation for the moment let's stick with the twenty percent i think the real at the end of the day what drives inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions is fear it's fear of being wrong it's fear of the unknown it's fear of missing a bacterial infection and if you think about it in it if i'm encountering a single patient and i'm wrong about that patient that there could be catastrophic consequences the harm to society of one prescription is pretty small it becomes huge when it becomes magnified millions of times over every. here so this is the
phenomenon that has been has been called in science the tragedy of the commons many people doing something that has a very small injurious effect to society when it's done once but it's done so many times that it causes great harm but that's hard to remember when you're facing one individual patient who's sitting in front of you so now moving on the other eighty percent that you mention which comes from this factory farming in pumping animals full of antibiotics that we have benchley eat how difficult is that to address given the economic incentives there are in using this in a given are just are are are american diet is pretty. well you know the bottom line is it can't be that difficult because europe's already done it right europe has already shown that you can hand growth promotional antibiotics and not only not experience harm to animals but that the country that did it first denmark experienced a six hundred percent increase in hog production after they've banned growth
promotional use of antibiotics so yes is it hard yes it's politically hard but it's not scientifically hard it's already been done very interesting dr brad spell bird from the infectious diseases society of america thank you. and america's expanding green economy more americans are dropping coverage so we hope will better protect our environment one common examples of course recycling just a bit more effort separating certain items and sort of the usual way infill throw it but some of that junk is still and made up at the dump for more that the residents lorries are finished.
if you are the kind of person who walks into a grocery or big box store looks at all the shelves brimming with product notices the massive quantity of packaging and get the fed it all that way you probably won't like the story. while you've been to do it if we separating your best likely from your trash the u.s. has been exporting your recyclables as scrap largely to china we don't turn your old yogurt cups into new wasn't china has been turning them into things like electronics part of the us has been exporting millions of tons of scrap them every year for billions of dollars but this year that changed. china has implemented something called operation green fence which banned the import of most garbage it was supposed to end in november of two thousand and thirteen but chinese industry sources now say that green found it killed a day china did this to help curb the growing giants malins of trash
they have some seats are as big as eight stories high as a result of green fence they've stopped importing everything at the cleanest properly sorted recyclable graft. they've stopped taking plastics with recycling codes three through seven all together so if you see one of these and i'm that piece of plastic garbage that you just carefully cleaned and put into your is likely. chances are it's heading straight into a landfill because unlike china we haven't developed the industry to turn much of our recycling into anything usable at all and until we do much of the recyclables will continue to end up in the landfill because god forbid that we should consider not making tiny plastic cups for individual servings of yogurt than for a big that we should consider alternative packaging solutions like the want to
company called of design developed there taking local farm waste and mixing it with tissues from the mushroom and actually growing replacement plastic foam is used in packaging and magic in that natural packaging natural fast the composition but that's not what big corporations are focusing on so when it comes to our recycling and the up and landfill let's not blame the chinese for no longer taking our garbage let's blame a fifth that packages and tells us what's really at fault rampant irresponsible consumerism tonight let's talk about that by following me on twitter at the residence. and that does it for now for more on the stories recovered go to youtube dot com slash archie america or check our website archie dot com seisure so you can follow
me on twitter. for now we'll take it easy. unexplored antarctica what is it in this icy expanse that attracts the people who come here. now i only go to the dacha. and enter into. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. do. i used to be a bureaucrat. seriously. what adventures await in this mysterious land where do they live what do they eat and what are they actually doing in antarctica .