The government shutdown has hit especially hard in Washington, the heart of the federal bureaucracy, where skyrocketing living costs have strained lower-income public employees. Over a quarter-million federal employees live in the capital region. As Mr. Andrés’s site opened Wednesday, federal workers lined up around the building with varying intensities of desperation and despondence.
The Generation that Will Save the World (thc0655)
Concurrently, in the US, Canada and Europe, the generation that will be tasked with digging their countries out of depression will be the millennials. They will fail utterly at their task and they won’t reprogramme their brains to understand what’s necessary, any more than the last two generations of Cubans have. The task will fall to the next generation. It will be their children who take on the task and rebuild.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants 40% of payments to be cashless by 2025. In August, the government announced plans to offer tax breaks and subsidies for companies that get on board. And while everything from credit card payments to transactions using QR codes would qualify, some of the country’s biggest financial players think the way to wean Japan off cash lies in the technology that runs Bitcoin.
Though Stell’s refusal to “name names” makes it difficult to determine what sparked her video, its posting happened to coincide with a controversy that was, at that point, exploding throughout the beauty influencer industry. Manny Gutierrez, a beauty vlogger with close to 5 million YouTube subscribers, had been accused of being paid to start a feud with a startup eyelashes company, possibly with the idea that said feud would lead to more sales of the product. Both he and the lashes company denied that such collusion had taken place, but the fallout from the accusations was immense, with those involved claiming to be the recipients of death threats, blackmail, and all sorts of online invective.
But expanding to Europe will give Tesla some breathing room here. There are tens of thousands of European customers waiting to get their hands on a Model 3, and some of them will be willing to pay a premium for a high-end model. That will give Tesla a few more months to work on driving down costs enough to finally offer the $35,000 Model 3 that Musk has been promising since he unveiled the vehicle back in 2016.
Oil Flat As U.S. Drilling Slows Down (Michael S.)
On Friday, oil prices surged as Baker Hughes reported a drastic reduction to the number of active oil and gas in the United States in the week. The total number of active oil and gas drilling rigs fell by 25 rigs, according to the report, with the number of active oil rigs decreasing by 21 to reach 852 and the number of gas rigs decreasing by 4 to reach 198. The oil and gas rig count is now 114 up from this time last year, 105 of which is in oil rigs.
Life on Earth depends critically on natural processes that shield it from the relentless hazardous onslaught of solar radiation. The first line of defense is the geomagnetic field that deflects the brunt of the sun’s charged particles safely around Earth . Our atmosphere is the second line of defense that protects life from solar ultraviolet radiation. Plants and animals on Earth are shielded from harmful solar radiation by our planet’s stratospheric ozone layer, which is thought to form from the interaction of ultraviolet radiation with O2, which is produced and sustained by photosynthesizing organisms. On numerous occasions the assertion has been made that no UV-C radiation (100-290 nm) reaches Earth’s surface. Here we dispute that assertion, using spectrometric measurements that indicate the probable debilitation of Earth’s biota caused by the levels of UV-C radiation we recorded over the course of one year.
The relatively long-wavelength UVA accounts for approximately 95 per cent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. It can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and is responsible for the immediate tanning effect. Furthermore, it also contributes to skin ageing and wrinkling. For a long time it was thought that UVA could not cause any lasting damage. Recent studies strongly suggest that it may also enhance the development of skin cancers.
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