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Friday November 30th, 2018 day edition

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If you’re an environmentalist, the value of the Amazon rainforest—which amounts to half of the planet’s remaining tropical forest—is obvious.

However, a study from economists and agricultural engineers published recently shows that the economic benefit of the rainforest if it’s conserved is $8.2 billion a year.

In many parts of the rainforest, that economic benefit far outweighs the short-term gain of tearing it down.

“The forest should unambiguously be saved when measured in a purely economic sense,” reads the study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature earlier this month.

The $8.2 billion includes the economic benefit of sustainable industries that currently function in the rainforest, such as Brazil nut farming and rubber tree timber.

Even still, the researchers noted that these numbers only capture a fraction of “the immeasurable overall value of the Amazon forest.”.

But even a climate-change denier can’t argue with cold, hard cash, and this study clearly shows that the economic benefit of most of the Amazon is higher when it’s left standing. »

YouPorn Responds To Starbucks' Porn Ban by Banning Starbucks

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Porn purveyor YouPorn has amusingly responded by banning Starbucks coffee in its offices.

In a memo sent to employees by YouPorn by Vice President Charlie Hughes, effective on January 1st, Starbucks products will be banned in the Youporn offices.

This is clearly being sent as a bit of a lolz from the executive team over at YouPorn. »

Opinion | Trump Is Compromised by Russia

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So we now know that Trump lied to the American people about at least one part of his business relationship with Russia, a geopolitical foe that interfered in our election process on his behalf.

In a Jan. 11, 2017, news conference, Trump said that the “closest I came to Russia” was in selling a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian oligarch in 2008.

In the 2016 campaign, Russia wanted to humiliate Hillary Clinton and delegitimize America’s election. »

The Trump Organization Planned To Give Vladimir Putin The $50 Million Penthouse In Trump Tower Moscow

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The plan never went anywhere because the tower deal ultimately fizzled, and it is not clear whether Trump knew of the intention to give away the penthouse.

But Cohen said in court documents that he regularly briefed Trump and his family on the Moscow negotiations.

“My idea was to give a $50 million penthouse to Putin and charge $250 million more for the rest of the units. »