Zuade Kaufman, co-founder and publisher of Truthdig, a political news startup based in Los Angeles.
Rare Earth Minerals
There are 17 elements from the periodic table of elements that are considered rare earth metals, and they are used to make products we use every day, in addition to military defense applications.
Although the U.S. was once the top exporter of the metals (the majority of which once came from a mine in Mountain Pass, CA), China took the reigns as it started to mass mine for the elements with its abundant resources, cheap labor and less strict environmental laws, driving down global prices and demand. Dependence on China became especially dangerous when political disputes between China and Japan led to a halt in exports of rare earth metals to Japan, whom the U.S. relies on to make many of its technological products.
And though the Mountain Pass mine reopened in 2012 with promises of using new, improved technology, its stocks have gone down by over 70% since then.
What will the U.S. government do about this?
These photos show the products we use every day and are made out of, or were made using, rare earth metals.
Indiehub, now inactive, was a project that I, along with three of my classmates at USC Annenberg created in 2013. The website featured independent bookstores in Los Angeles. The goal was to highlight the quirks and aspects of the individual bookstores that made them an integral part of their respective communities despite the rise of e-books. While we all contributed to the content curation of the website, I was the main photographer for the project.
Kerry Slatter, owner of Skylight Books in Los Feliz.
Patricia Fetters, book manager of Wacko Soap Plant in Los Feliz.
Lee Kaplan, co-owner of Arcana Bookstore in Culver City.
Inside Arcana Bookstore in Culver City.
Outside view of Arcana Bookstore in Culver City.
David Jacob Kramer, owner of Family Bookstore in Los Angeles.